Reading goals: Series to read in 2021

Welcome, 2021! I’m so glad you’re here at last!

I’m not a big fan of new year’s resolutions, and I generally don’t set a lot of reading goals. My reading north star is to read whatever, whenever, according to my whims and moods (although I do try to keep up with my ARCs, more or less according to publication dates).

I do like to plan ahead at the start of a year when it comes to my series reading. A new year is a fresh start when is comes to starting a series that I’ve been wanting to get to. For me, series are most enjoyable when I can read all (or at least, a bunch) of the books in a row, or at least within a few months of each other.

Of course, all of this is subject to change as the year progresses. Still…

In 2021, my priority series to read will be:

The Modern Faerie Tales trilogy by Holly Black – I read (and adored) Holly Black’s Folk of the Air series in 2020, and now I want to read everything else she’s written! I’ll start with these:

The Plantagenet and Tudor novels by Philippa Gregory – of the 15 books in this historical fiction series, I’ve read 5 at random times over the last several years. Nine more to go! (I’m inspired, having watched the Starz TV series inspired by several of these books.)

The Expanse by James S. A. Corey: This was on my list last year too! I seem to manage to read only one book per year. I’ve read books 1 – 4 already, and want to keep going! Hopefully, I’ll read more than one in 2021. Next up for me is:

Emily of New Moon by L. M. Montgomery – I’ve been wanting to read this trilogy since reading the Anne of the Green Gables books a couple of years ago.

Inspector Gamache books by Louise Penny – I want to at least start this series this year. There are 16 books published so far! Seems daunting, but I want to give them a try.

Also for 2021, I want to either start, get back to, or revisit some of these others:

  • The Witcher series by Andrzej Sapkowksi – I’ve read 3 books, 5 more to go
  • The Diviners by Libba Bray – I’ve read the first book, but at this point I’d need to re-read it before continuing (four books in all)
  • Wolfsong series by TJ Klune – I really want to read more by TJ Klune in 2021, and I’ve heard this series is great
  • Shardlake series by C. J. Sansom – I’ve been meaning to start this series for a long time, so maybe this will be the year
  • The Chronicles of Amber by Roger Zelazny – this is a BIG maybe for me. I read books 1 – 5 of this series ages and ages ago, but I’ve always meant to go back and read books 6 – 10… which means I’d need to start over from the beginning. I remember loving it at the time — so yeah, maybe.

Are you planning to start any new series this year? If you’ve read any of the series on my “priority” list, let me know what you thought!

23 thoughts on “Reading goals: Series to read in 2021

  1. This is an ambitious list, but it looks like fun. I’d love to start the Expanse series at some point. I may have to come up with a list like this too😁

    • I try not to plan my reading in too much detail, but I really do find it a good challenge (and reminder to myself) to pick the series I want to get to. Have you been watching the TV version of The Expanse? It’s very good (and so are the books).

  2. I have read all the Gamache books by Louise Penny and I love them. I have yet to read the latest because I’m connsumed with The House of Nicolo at the moment!

  3. The first Witcher book is on my list this year! You have a great list of books here. I hope you enjoy them! 😊

  4. Hi Lisa – I hope you like Louise Penny’s books. I’ve read two of them (out of order but still easy to get into them) – A Rule Against Murder and A Great Reckoning. She’s an excellent writer and Inspector Gamache is a good character.

  5. Fun goal to read several series this year. The Holly Black and the Louise Penny series are both ones I’d like to try. And there are several of Philippa Gregory books I’d like to read. But I know I’ll never get to them all. Happy reading in 2021! πŸ™‚

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