Seriously Series Reading Challenge!

Published January 13, 2013 by The Author


I’m a maniac for series fiction. Pretty much all of my all-time favorite books are actually series of books. I like to get to know characters and pairings over time, get involved in their world and enjoy that feeling that I’m really IMMERSED in it — however dangerous and scary it might be. It’s fun to live in a world full of magick and wonder, darkness and battles between dark and light, hate and love. And, you know, sexy supernatural men and kick ass chicks.

Well, I usually try to read straight through a series once I’ve started, but it doesn’t always work out that way. Work or other things get in the way, and sometimes a series gets set aside and never returned to again. Those are exceptions, thank goodness — I’m more likely to get behind than actually abandon a series… but this year I have so many series on my TBR challenge lists, I figure I might as well try this one as well — it sounds interesting!


For this challenge, we define a series as a collection of two or more books that belong together and where the second book is published before the end of 2013. This is a pretty broad definition of series, and it includes traditional series like the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, less traditional series like Stephanie Perkins’s YA contemps (Anna and the French Kiss, Lola and the Boy Next Door), and shorter series, like Kendare Blake’s Anna series (Anna Dressed in Blood, Girl of Nightmares).

A series is considered complete in one of two ways: either as finishing all the books that you own in the series or as obtaining and reading all the books that have been published in the series to date. Because we don’t want this challenge to become a financial burden, how you choose to define completion is left to your discretion.

How It Works

To allow for the greatest level of flexibility, we’ve separated series into three categories: series started before 2013, series started in 2013, and series rereads. Series started before 2013 are defined as series that you have started reading before Jan. 2013 and that you still have unread books to get current in (or finish) the series. Series started in 2013 are defined as any series that you start reading between Jan. and Dec. 2013, and the second book in the series must be published before December 2013. A series reread is defined as books that are part of a series that were read before Jan. 2013 and that are reread between Jan. 2013 and Dec. 2013. A series reread does NOT have to include the full series.

For each category, there are different levels of seriousness about series that you can choose. Semi-serious is reading 1 to 6 series, seriously serious is reading 7 to 12 series, super seriously serious is reading 13 to 18 series, and seriously spectacular series star is reading more than 18 series. What this ends up looking like is this:

series started before 2013 series started in 2013 series rereads
Semi-Serious 1-6 series 1-6 1-6
Seriously Serious 7-12 7-12 7-12
Super Seriously Serious 13-18 13-18 13-18
Seriously Spectacular Series Star 18+ 18+ 18+

You choose which categories you want to attempt and which level to shoot for. Reading novellas and short stories from a series does count here.

Goals and Progress

Want to sign up? Create a post or page about this challenge, what goals you would like to accomplish (mine is here, as an example), and then link up your post here at Reading the Paranormal. I will be hosting all of the linkies for this challenge. In addition to the sign up, every three months, we will post a check-in, where you can report your progress and reassess your original goals. That schedule will look like the following:

  • April 1st: January–March
  • July 1st: April–June
  • October 1st: July–September
  • January 1st, 2014: October–December

Ready to sign up?”

If this sounds like fun to you, head on over to Reading the Paranormal and sign up!


Since I’m already doing so many reading challenges, there are actually a lot of series listed on it, and I’m going to have those cross-over. I don’t have to add too many new books.

Here are my planned series for this challenge:

1. Charlie Davidson by Darynda Jones – Series Started in 2013

  1. First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson, #1)
  2. Second Grave on the Left (Charley Davidson, #2)
  3. Third Grave Dead Ahead (Charley Davidson, #3)
  4. Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet (Charley Davidson, #4)
  5. Fifth Grave Past the Light (Charley Davidson, #5) – Due 2013

2. Sentinels of New Orleans by Suzanne Johnson – Series Started in 2013

  1. Royal Street (Sentinels of New Orleans, #1)
  2. River Road (Sentinels of New Orleans, #2)
  3. Elysian Fields (Sentinels of New Orleans #3) – Due 2013

3. Chicago Vampires by Chloe Neill – Series Started in 2013

  1. Some Girls Bite (Chicagoland Vampires, #1)
  2. Friday Night Bites (Chicagoland Vampires, #2)
  3. Twice Bitten (Chicagoland Vampires, #3)
  4. Hard Bitten (Chicagoland Vampires, #4)Drink Deep (Chicagoland Vampires, #5)
  5. Biting Cold (Chicagoland Vampires, #6)
  6. House Rules (Chicagoland Vampires, #7) – Due 2013
  7. Biting Bad (Chicagoland Vampires, #8) – Due 2013

4. Nathaniel Cade by Christopher Farnsworth- Series Started in 2013

  1. Blood Oath (Nathaniel Cade, #1)
  2. The President’s Vampire (Nathaniel Cade, #2)
  3. Red, White, and Blood (Nathaniel Cade, #3)

5. Vampire Huntress Legend by L.A. Banks – Series Started Before 2013

a) The Forbidden (Vampire Huntress Legend, #5)
b) The Damned (Vampire Huntress Legend, #6)
c) The Forsaken (Vampire Huntress Legend, #7)
d) The Wicked (Vampire Huntress Legend, #8)
e) The Cursed (Vampire Huntress Legend, #9)
f) The Darkness (Vampire Huntress Legend, #10)
g) The Shadows (Vampire Huntress Legend, #11)
h) The Thirteenth (Vampire Huntress Legend, #12)

6. Lords of the Underworld by Gena Showalter- Series Started in 2013

•The Darkest Night (Lords of the Underworld, #1)
• The Darkest Kiss (Lords of the Underworld, #2)
• The Darkest Pleasure (Lords of the Underworld, #3)
• The Darkest Whisper (Lords of the Underworld, #4)
• The Darkest Passion (Lords of the Underworld, #5)
• The Darkest Lie (Lords of the Underworld, #6)
• The Darkest Secret (Lords of the Underworld, #7)
• The Darkest Surrender (Lords of the Underworld, #8)
• The Darkest Seduction (Lords of the Underworld, #9)

7. Guild Hunter Series by Nalini Singh- Started in 2013

a) Angels’ Blood (Guild Hunter, #1)
b) Archangel’s Kiss (Guild Hunter, #2)
c) Archangel’s Consort (Guild Hunter, #3)
d) Archangel’s Blade (Guild Hunter, #4)
e) Angels’ Dance (Guild Hunter #4.75)
f) Archangel’s Storm (Guild Hunter, #5)

8. Fever by Karen Marie Moening- Started in 2013

a) Darkfever (Fever #1)
b) Bloodfever (Fever, #2)
c) Faefever (Fever, #3)
d) Dreamfever (Fever, #4)
e) Shadowfever (Fever, #5)
f) Iced (Dani O’Malley, #1)

9. The Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Hearne- Started in 2013

a) Hounded (The Iron Druid Chronicles, #1)
b) Hexed (The Iron Druid Chronicles, #2)
c) Hammered (The Iron Druid Chronicles, #3)
d) Tricked (The Iron Druid Chronicles, #4)
e) Two Ravens and One Crow (The Iron Druid Chronicles #4.5)
f) Trapped (The Iron Druid Chronicles, #5)
g) Hunted (The Iron Druid Chronicles, #6) – Expected 2013

10. Kate Daniels by Ilona Andrews- Started in 2013

a) Magic Bites (Kate Daniels, #1)
b) Magic Burns (Kate Daniels, #2)
c) Magic Strikes (Kate Daniels, #3)
d) Magic Mourns (Kate Daniels, #3.5)
e) Magic Bleeds (Kate Daniels, #4)
f) Magic Dreams (Kate Daniels, #4.5)
g) Magic Slays (Kate Daniels, #5)

11. Night Huntress World by Jeaniene Frost – Started Before 2013

a) Destined for an Early Grave (Night Huntress, #4)
b) First Taste of Crimson (Night Huntress World #1)
b) Magic Graves (Night Huntress, #4.5; Kate Daniels, #0.5)
c) This Side of the Grave (Night Huntress, #5)
d) One Grave at a Time (Night Huntress, #6)
e) The Bite Before Christmas (Argeneau, #15.5; Night Huntress, #6.5)
f) Up From the Grave (Night Huntress, #7) – Due 2013

12. The Vampire Queen by Joey W. Hill – Started Before 2013

a) A Vampire’s Claim (Vampire Queen, #3)
b) A Vampire’s Claim (Vampire Queen, #3)
c) Beloved Vampire (Vampire Queen, #4)
d) Vampire Mistress (Vampire Queen, #5)
e) Vampire Trinity (Vampire Queen, #6)
f) Vampire Instinct (Vampire Queen, #7)
g) Bound by the Vampire Queen (Vampire Queen, #8)
h) Taken by a Vampire (Vampire Queen, #9) – Due 2013

Series Rereads Planned (but with my reading schedule, I doubt I’m going to get to them all!

1. Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon

2. The Hollows Series by Kim Harrison

3. The Harry Dresden Series by Jim Butcher

4. Dark Hunters (I SINCERELY doubt this, but I really want to!)



* Series started BEFORE 2013: 3 = Semi-Serious

*Series started DURING 2013: 9 = Seriously Serious

* Series Re-reads During 2013: 4 = Semi-Serious



1. Destined for an Early Grave by Jeaniene Frost (Night Huntress, #4)

2. One for the Money by Jeaniene Frost (Night Huntress #4.5)

3. First Drop of Crimson by Jeaniene Frost (Night Huntress World #1)

4. Retrieved by Amber Polo (The Shapeshifters’ Library #2) – Complete to Date, Started before 2013

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