A look back: Series reading in 2021

In some ways, 2021 crawled by… yet at the same time, WHOOOOSH! Where did it all go?

Back in January (as has become my yearly tradition), I wrote a post identifying the series I wanted to get to in 2021. Now it’s time to check back in and see if I actually accomplished any of these reading goals.

So how did I do?

In 2022, my priority series to read were:

The Modern Faerie Tales trilogy by Holly Black:

Status: DONE! I read the trilogy straight through, but didn’t actually love it. Holly Black is amazing, but this earlier trilogy does not reach the heights of awesomeness seen in the Folk of the Air books. Still, I’m glad to have read these stories.

The Plantagenet and Tudor novels by Philippa Gregory:

Status: Nope. I didn’t read a single one of these, even though I got as far as holding the first book in my hands a few times. I do still intend to get to these… eventually.

The Expanse by James S. A. Corey:

Status: A little bit of progress… I read book #5 (Nemesis Games)… but there are still 4 more books in the series. Now that the 6th season of the TV show is airing, I expect to start book #6 shortly, and then we’ll see. I do intend to read all of these… it just may take some time.

Emily of New Moon by L. M. Montgomery:

Status: DONE! I loved these books so much! I listened to the audiobooks during a particularly stressful month, and they were like ice cream for my soul. I hope to read more L. M. Montgomery in the year ahead. (My wrap-up of the trilogy is here)

Inspector Gamache books by Louise Penny:

Status: Nope. Despite fairly good intentions, I didn’t even read one book from the series. Like the Tudor books, these are still “someday, maybe” books for me… but I can’t see myself picking them up any time soon.

I did end up reading a few other series that weren’t part of my original goals:

I read the entire Bridgerton series by Julia Quinn (so much fun)!

Also, the Shadow and Bone trilogy by Leigh Bardugo (although not the two duologies that follow). Notice a theme here? I guess I can thank Netflix for the inspiration!

Plus, I read the available books in a few new-to-me romance series that are ongoing, as well as new installments in some favorite continuing series as well.

That’s it for my 2021 series reading. How about you?

Did you read any series in 2021? Any particular favorites?

Check back in January, when I’ll set a new batch of series reading goals for the new year.

13 thoughts on “A look back: Series reading in 2021

  1. You did great on your series reading. I didn’t track the series I have going but if I did, I would have failed everything, lol. I kept jumping to new things. I still need to complete the Bridgerton books. I intend to do so in the new year.

  2. I haven’t read any Holly Black and the Folk of the Air trilogy is sitting on my bookshelf so I need to get around to that one. The Six of Crows duology is definitely worth reading though, I think it’s better than the Shadow and Bone books. I love Inspector Gamache too.

    • I loved the Folk of the Air books so much! I hope you give them a try. I read the first of the Six of Crows books, but by the time the 2nd became available at my library, I had a bunch of other reading priorities, and just never got around to it. Maybe I’ll give it another try!

  3. Hi Lisa, you may know that I don’t read many series. But I have read 2 Louise Penny books (not in order either) and enjoyed them very much – they were easy to get into despite not knowing the back stories: A Rule Against Murder and A Great Reckoning. Happy reading in 2022!

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