Hello readers! I want to tell you about one of my reading projects. A little while back I found myself somewhat annoyed that I had not ever finished certain series that I started reading as a kid. I would reflect on these series and wonder what happened to the characters, how the stories ended, and why I lost interest in them. For some, like the Sammy Keyes series by Wendelin van Draanen, I felt like I had grown out of it before the final books were released. For others, like The Giver series by Lois Lowry, I never managed to obtain a copy of the last couple of books. And some I just forgot about after reading one or two books. So I decided that I would go back and finish the series that I never got around to finishing before.
I started with Sammy Keyes, which I adored as a kid. Sammy was everything I wasn’t. I was a goody-two-shoes, rule following, piano playing, introvert. Sammy was a sleuthing, rule bending, skateboarding, cool kid with a habit of finding herself in sticky situations. I thought she was so amazing, and van Draanen influenced my own writing style early on. So one summer evening, after a long day of data collection for my research project at the time, I purchased the ebook version of the next book in the series from where I had left off. Sammy Keyes was just as enchanting as ever, and I barely came up for air until I was done with the last novel.
Exhilarated from my first success, I dug out my copy of The Carnivorous Carnival by Lemony Snicket and kept going. A few days later I had finally discovered the outcome of the Baudelaire orphans’ trials, which was immensely satisfying. Since that summer, I have finished The Chronicles of Narnia, The Giver, The Books of Bayern, and Percy Jackson and the Olympians. Of course, given the occurrence of crossover in Rick Riordan’s novels, it was hardly enough to stop there. I zoomed through The Heroes of Olympus, and now I’m two thirds of the way through the Kane chronicles, soon to read Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, and eagerly anticipating the second book of The Trials of Apollo. I am also two thirds through the Princess Academy trilogy by Shannon Hale.
And that brings me to the next thing I wanted to talk about. In addition to the goal of reading 60 books this year, I also want to continue my Unfinished Series project, so here’s a little peak at my 2017 to-be-read list, or TBR. I plan on finishing the Kane Chronicles, catching up on Magnus Chase, hopefully before the new book is published, and finishing the third book of the Princess Academy series. I also recently found out that there are two books in the Emily Windsnap series that I never even knew about. I don’t remember most of what happened in the books I have read, but I know I was obsessed with them when I was younger, so I want to re-read those and then read the two new ones.
I also LOVE Ally Carter, so I am incredibly excited to read the new book in the Embassy Row series.
In addition to series that I read when I was a kid, there are plenty of series that I have started more recently and plan on finishing. This year so far, I have already read the first two books of the Starbound series and I plan on reading the third as soon as I recover from the emotional turmoil that has occurred as a result of the second book. I also want to read the second book in The Conspiracy of Us, the sequel to Juliet Immortal, and the rest of the books by Gail Carson Levine that take place in the same world as Ella Enchanted (well, and if we’re being honest, possible everything else she’s ever written).
You may be thinking, “but Emma, you said you wanted to read 60 books this year and you’ve only listed about 20 or so!” Well, don’t you worry, because I have plenty of other books on my TBR. I’ve currently got a long list of books I’m on the waitlist for at my local library (maybe I’ll make a post about that sometime), as well as an even longer list of books that are either stand alone novels or part of a series I haven’t even started yet. I don’t think I’ll have any problem finding enough to read this year, but definitely let me know if you have any recommendations. I love me a good fairytale retelling or sleuthing protagonist. I’d also be interested to know if there are any series that you loved as a kid and think I should read.