Top Ten Series I Hope to Finish in 2016

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

I’m really proud of how many series I managed to finish in 2015 (23). I’ve already finished one in 2016, and should finish another today or tomorrow. Of course, I probably started more series than that, but shhhhh. I refuse to count, and honestly, all of these numbers are kind of fudged anyway, since some things are meant to be the start of a series but then it doesn’t get picked up, and standalones turn into series all the time and who even knows man.

So here are the series I’m hoping to finish in 2016. Some are backlist series I want to catch up on, and some are series enders I absolutely must read as they come out. These are based on me knowing that the series is actually over (if it even is because seriously this is a hard game).

Ending in 2016

The final books in these series are coming out in 2016 and I will almost definitely be reading them this year.

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Proposal - Meg Cabot
Remembrance (Mediator #7) - Meg Cabot
Hearts, Fingers, and Other Things to Cross (Broken Hearts & Revenge #3) - Katie Finn

Mediator by Meg Cabot: I’d started a reread, god, almost two years ago with Gillian (Writer of Wrongs), which went really well because we both sort of forgot about it and only got through two books. I’m going to pick that back up in preparation for the BRAND NEW NOVELLA AND SEVENTH BOOK AHHHHHH!

Broken Hearts & Revenge by Katie Finn: I’ve been really enjoying this series written under Matson’s pseudonym. It’s very silly and over the top, but it’s just so funny. I’m not sure if I’ll take time to reread them all before I pick up the final book or not, but I’m looking forward to it either way.

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Hawthorn (Blythewood #3) - Carol Goodman
The Mirror King (The Orphan Queen #2) - Jodi Meadows
The Raven King (The Raven Cycle #4) - Maggie Stiefvater

Blythewood by Carol Goodman: I read Blythewood and Ravencliffe last year and very much enjoyed them. Supposedly a review copy of Hawthorn was on its way, but there’s been no sign of that. Either way, I’ll make sure to get my hands on a copy, so that I can finish up this historical fantasy series.

The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows: The Orphan Queen was such a fun fast-paced read, and I plan to reread it before I dive into The Mirror King. Duologies are pretty rare, so I’m not sure if I’m ready to say goodbye!

The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater: Though I only read the first three books last year, catching up in time for book three, I’m planning a reread prior to The Raven King. For one thing, my memory is 🙁 but also that series is SO intricate that I’m going to pick up a million new things.

Planned Backlist Binges

These series are on my shortlist of things and I will almost definitely read them in 2016.

Also Known As - Robin Benway
Going Rogue - Robin Benway

AKA by Robin Benway: Originally, I read the audio version of Also Known As, and, much as I enjoy Benway as a person, I don’t think her narration was the ideal vehicle for me. I didn’t get the shippy feels friends got, so I want to reread it in print before embarking on the sequel. This should be pure fun, and I’ll need it to counteract the darkness of most of my series.

Spirit Gate - Kate Elliott
Shadow Gate - Kate Elliott
Traitors' Gate - Kate Elliott

Crossroads by Kate Elliott: I requested a review copy of Elliott’s new Black Wolves, which starts a new series. Then I heard that this series actually ties in with an earlier one, Crossroads. As such, I plan to read those first. Assuming I like them, I’ll be binging this series pretty soon. I’ve had good experiences with the four Elliott books I’ve read so far, so I think this will go well.

Parasite - Mira Grant
Symbiont (Parasitology #2) - Mira Grant
Chimera (Parasitology #3) - Mira Grant

Parasitology by Mira Grant: Since I’ve got review copies of the last two books, it is time for me to catch up. (I know, bad blogger!) Grant is best binged, anyway. I’ve already ordered a hardcover of Parasite, since I didn’t keep my damaged ARC copy from BEA. I am ready for the Grant-induced pain.

Embers and Echoes - Karsten Knight
Afterglow - Karsten Knight

Wildefire by Karsten Knight: I read Wildefire back in like 2012, when S&S had a galley grab program. They shut it down soon after, and I didn’t get many S&S review books so I never got back to this series. I’ve got at least one of them on my shelves, and I’m ready to finish. I hope that Wildefire lives up to my memories. Either way, I’m doing it!

Beauty - Robin McKinley
Rose Daughter - Robin McKinley
Spindle's End - Robin McKinley

Folktales by Robin McKinley: I think these are more companions than an actually a series, but it’s on a Goodreads so I need to read them as a series. Besides, it’s a good excuse for me to catch up on more than just one McKinley novel. I may have actually read these when I was pretty young, but I remember being vaguely offput (if it was these and I’m not sure), so I may have been a bit too young for them then.

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children - Ransom Riggs
Hollow City (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children #2) - Ransom Riggs
Library of Souls (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children #3) - Ransom Riggs

Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs: I wanted to do a full series reread for Miss Peregrine’s, which I didn’t manage to get to in 2015. I’m determined to get it done in 2016. It’s on my short list of stuff to read. I’m excited to revisit Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and Hollow City.

The Final Empire (Mistborn #1) - Brandon Sanderson
The Well of Ascension - Brandon Sanderson pb
The Hero of Ages (Mistborn #3) - Brandon Sanderson pb

The original Mistborn trilogy by Brandon Sanderson: Honestly this series is a logistical nightmare, because originally it was a trilogy but then there’s another series that’s been plopped under this same series name. Since they’re hundreds of years apart and actually two, I’m counting it. I’ve already finished Mistborn in 2016, and I’m excited to move on to The Well of Ascension. I’ll also be starting the other Mistborn books, but that series will not be completed in 2016.

Blackbringer - Laini Taylor
Silksinger - Laini Taylor

Faeries of Dreamdark by Laini Taylor: This series is shockingly hard to find, so I was excited when I found Silksinger at Books of Wonder (TAKE MY MONEY, GABY). I now have the complete series, and the time has come to read some backlist Laini Taylor. I’m not as much into faeries as I am into teeth-collecting demons, but I’m sure it will be dark and luscious because Laini Taylor hello.

Hope to Binge

These series aren’t on my shortlist, but they’re series I’d dearly love to read sooner rather than later. I’m not sure if I’ll get to some of them or not, but if you want to give some a nudge, let me know. Here’s a list of completed series on binging wishlist. If there’s an asterisk after it, I’ve read at least one book in the series.

Curse Workers by Holly Black
Gemma Doyle by Libba Bray
The Demon’s Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan
Rawlings by Patricia Cabot
Rusk University & Losing It by Cora Carmack
Gallagher Girls by Ally Carter
Ironskin by Tina Connolly*
Astrid Lethewood by A.M. Dellamonica*
Penryn & the End of Days by Susan Ee*
Dark Star by Bethany Frenette*
Eon by Allison Goodman
Burn for Burn by Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
Unearthly by Cynthia Hand*
The Inheritance Trilogy by N.K. Jemisin
The Malediction Trilogy by Danielle L. Jensen
Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones*
Sevenwaters by Juliet Marrillier
Kingmaker, Kingbreaker by Karen Miller*
Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson*
His Fair Assassin by Robin LaFevers*
Legend by Marie Lu*
Tomorrow by John Marsden*
Chaos Walking by Patrick Ness*
Beka Cooper by Tamora Pierce
Confessions of Georgia Nicolson by Louise Rennison*
Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi*
UniCorp by Anna Sheehan*
The Cahill Witch Chronicles by Jessica Spotswood*
This Is Not a Test by Courtney Summers*
Immortal Beloved by Cate Tiernan*

And, um, obviously reading all of these would be basically impossible. Cast your vote in the comme and the series with the most votes I will move to my shortlist and definitely read in 2016!

14 responses to “Top Ten Series I Hope to Finish in 2016”

  1. YES MEDIATOR YES. I did a reread a couple years ago and this is a perfect excuse to do another one. Plus, they’re pretty short, so it shouldn’t take up too much time. I’m so freaking excited to return to this world and see more from Suze and Jesse, and I sincerely hope it’s not disappointing because I’ll cry. (Side note: I wish the cover was more like the first books and not like ROYAL WEDDING and FINDING AUDREY.) I still need to read THE ORPHAN QUEEN, which I’ve heard excellent–and painful–things about. I finally read HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE last week after seeing the movie a few weeks ago and becoming instantly OBSESSED with it, and now I need to read the other books in the series because HOWL (and Calcifer and Michael and Sophie). I love the His Fair Assassin’s trilogy, though I still need to read MORTAL HEART. And I love the Penryn and the End of Days trilogy, but END OF DAYS was probably my least favorite of the three and kind of disappointing. Good luck on all the reading!
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    • Christina Franke says:

      I’ve been debating rereading the first two over again because it’s been about a year. They are short so I may just go for it. They take a couple hours to read a pop so whatever.

      Meg seems to be really dependable with her endings, even if the middles sometimes go a bit wonky. *coughs at Princess Diaries*

      I actually like the cover, but it is too bad it doesn’t match, though thankfully I don’t super care if my covers don’t match.

      The Orphan Queen is total crack fantasy, fair warning, and not the most original thing ever, but I enjoyed it massively.

      HOWL’S. I am so in love with Howl. Christian Bale’s voice in that hot animated character and I’m lost. But I’m also in love with Sophie. She’s such a total boss. And Calciferrrrrr.

      Mortal Heart got way over-hyped to me and I just was not in the mood to read it but I really need to get back to it.

      Unfortunate that End of Days was disappointing. Lowering expectations.

  2. Fantastic list. I am aiming to finish some series this year too. Fingers crossed that you can meet these goals.

  3. Holy crap. I haven’t heard of like more than half of these series you listed! Obviously I need to set myself a backlist series goal for 2016 too. Haha.

    There are so many options that I’m not sure where I’d start, maybe His Fair Assassin? I know I keep hearing good things about that series. And also maybe for me Legend. I’ve read the first book in that series and really liked it but never got around to finishing the series.

    Whatever series you end up going with I hope you love it/them & I’ll definitely be on the lookout for your reviews so I know if I need to push them up my TBR! (:
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    • Christina Franke says:

      :-p I don’t have an official goal, but I want to read more of what I read and what I’ve already started. I’m good at starting series but not so great at finishing them.

      I read the first two Legend books and I have Champion but I just never got around to reading it. I heard there was something I wouldn’t like and I’ve been nervous but I really need to pull the plug.


  4. Melanie says:

    Yes, the Wildefire trilogy! I love those books and feel not enough people have read them. The Rusk University series has such fantastic ships and banter and I love them (books 2 and 3 are better than the first one in my opinion).

    I should probably make it a goal to finish some series this year. I’m great at starting a series, but horrible at finishing them. I think last year I started around 75 series and finished about 10. Plus, I think almost all of the ones I finished were ones I binged.

  5. Gillian says:


    OO READ DEMON’S LEXICON i also need to read that AND FINISH DARK STAR omg i fail

    AHHH BEKA COOPER AND GEORGIA omg there are so many things on that list i’m a bit overwhelmed
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  6. I have QUITE a few I need to finish myself! It’s like I accidentally horde the last books in a trilogy/series. I got the first two Mediator books for Secret Santa this year, hoping I’ll love them so I can binge the series! Blythewood is on my list to start also.

    THE MIRROR KING IS REALLY GOOD. It’s very satisfying. And you know I’m dying for The Raven King, oh my Gansey. It’s one of my favorite rereads because you WILL pick up on so many intricacies! Plot wise and turns of phrase wise. I love how Maggie writes.

    I got Also Known As at a book signing, haven’t read it yet; Wildefire was on my library list, it sounds so interesting! And I LOVED Spindle’s End! I read it a long time ago, probably high school, and remember it being such a good book.

    I’m curious about The Demon’x Lexicon! Loved the Rusk series. I tried reading Fire Fall but I was having trouble remembering all the details so I stopped :/ I liked it but I feel like I might need to reread or find a recap somehow. I have Unearthly and His Fair Assassins at home, loooved Stolen Songbird, need to try Sevenwaters again. OMG GEORGIA NICOLSON. You could read the entire series in a weekend haha. Short and silly and shippy. I really liked the first two books in the Cahill Witch Chronicles and lost interest halfway through book 3. Never read Strangely Ever After either so maybe it was a phase of mine.

    So many good series to choose from! Happy reading 🙂
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  7. JJ says:

    Hope you manage to read all these series this year!
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  8. SO. MANY. SERIES. Gosh, I feel like someday the YA section is going to drown us on series. ANYWAY, you should totally get to the Georgia Nicholson series (these are good to binge on audio, I did that last year and they’re so quickly and I always find it more funny when I listen to funny books, like the jokes just turn better you know).

    The Under the Never Sky trilogy is so good, I read the first book and was meh then a year later I re-read it and it was so much better bc that world made much more sense I managed to actually enjoy the characters way more the second time around, also the second book is all kinds of epic.

    I only read the first one of The Malediction Trilogy so I need to catch up on that one too but oh my god the first book was SO GOOD, super unique and the shippy feels are real (it’s a love to hate relationship and god, just <3).

    To All the Boys I've Loved Before is kind of okay overall, the first book is shippy perfection and family stuff and amazing but the second one was good, but unnecessary sort of.
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  9. Steena says:

    *laughs and laughs and laughs at Wheel of Time* Wow. Much books. So words. Such time.

    Have you ever read the Abhorsen series? That’s my vote.

    • Christina Franke says:

      Yeahhhh, I do really want to get through WOT someday, buuuuuut it will take so long.

      Sorry to disappoint but I’ve actually tried to read the first Abhorsen book twice (once in audio, once in print), and I was desperately bored both times. 🙁 I want to be into Garth Nix, but I’m just not.

  10. Angie says:

    I keep meaning to read the Mediator books because I know you and Gillian are fans of it but my library doesn’t have them and I’m on a book buying ban so maybe 2017.

    I loved Blythewood and I have Ravencliffe and Hawthorn sitting on my shelves and plan to get to them this year.

    I’m actually slowly rereading The Orphan Queen now so I can dive into The Mirror King and I’m planning on listening to The Raven Cycle on audio prior to The Raven King…if it actually gets released I HAVE NO FAITH.

    Haha I got Wildefire from the library like 4 times in 2013 and never read it. I kinda completely forgot about that series. I’ll be looking forward to seeing your thoughts.

    WOOOOOOOOOOO MISTBORN. I think I’m going to reread on audio sometime this year and then read the books I have in the new series.

    Oh I hope you find time for Gemma Doyle. I love it so much. It’s the series that got me back into reading YA when I was in college.
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  11. Shae says:

    *cracks knuckles* Okay, let’s see, in order of Shae-flailing…

    His Fair Assassin by Robin LaFevers – MAI GIRLS! MAI HANDSOME BOYSSSSSSSSSSS. Yes. All the yes.

    Beka Cooper by Tamora Pierce – Favorite Pierce heroine, tbh.

    Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi – *blows kisses to Roar*

    Gallagher Girls by Ally Carter – Um, I actually haven’t finished this one either. But they’re good!

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