Prequel & Sequel

Like most of you, I probably have started more series than I have finished and my to-read pile is always growing. This year, I wanted to challenge my reading by participating in some new reading challenges. With this challenge hosted by Novel HeartbeatWriter Grrl Reads I hope to make that sequel pile a little smaller by the end of 2015! Also, this just seems like a challenge that the writer of a book series review blog just needs to partake in 😉

Learn more about the challenge and to sign up click here!

My Goal:

✖ 500 Points: Veteran – Goal Complete December 31, 2015!

✔ 250+ points: Veteran – Goal Complete July 4, 2015!

100+ points: Veteran  – Goal Complete March 6, 2015!


 Here is my progress so far:

472/500 points!

—Goal 3 Progress (500 Points) ✖

249/250 points!

—Goal 2 Progress (250+ Points) ✔

100/100 points!

—Goal 1 Progress (100+ Points) ✔

Series

# of Books in the Series Book Date Points

Archers of Avalon

3 Avow (#3) Jan 3/15 2+10
Pushing the Limits 5 Breaking the Rules (#1.5)**is a full length novel despite .5 order Jan 4/15

2+10

 Starling 3  Transcendent (#3)   Jan 6/15  2+10
Welcome to the Point 3 Better When He’s Bad (#1)
Better When He’s Bold (#2)
Better When He’s Brave (#3)
Jan 8/15
Feb 21/15
Oct 15/15
0
2
2+10
 Beautiful Bastard 4
NV: 4
 Beautiful Player (#3)
Beautiful Bombshell (#2.5)
Beautiful Beloved (#3.6)
Beautiful Beginning (#3.5)
Beautiful Secret (#4)
 Jan 9/15
Jan 13/15
Mar 28/15
Mar 31/15
May 6/15
 2
1
1
1
2+10
 2B Trilogy 3  As Long As You Love Me (#2)
The Shape of My Heart (#3)
 Jan 10/15
Jan 24/15
 2
2+10
The Vincent Boys 2 The Vincent Boys (#1)
The Vincent Brothers (#2)
Jan 11/15
Jan 14/15
0
2
 Marked Men 6  Rowdy (#5)
Asa (#6)
 Jan 13/15Jun 2/15 2
2+10
 Caroline & West 2 Harder (#2) Jan 18/15 2
The Burke Brothers 3+ Dirty Secret (#1)
Dirty Past (#2)
Dirty Lies (#3)
Jan 19/15
Jul 19/15
Dec 27/15
0
2
2
Most Wanted 3  Ignited (#3)  Jan 22/15  2+10
Real Series 5+ Real (#1)
Mine(#2)
Rogue (#4)
Remy (#3)
Ripped (#5)
Jan 23/15
Jan 27/15
Mar 10/15
Apr 24/15
May 12/15
0
2
2
2
2
 Wild Seasons 3+  Sweet Filthy Boy (#1)
Dirty Rowdy Thing (#2)
Dark Wild Night (#3)
 Jan 26/15
Feb 8/15
Oct 12/15
0
2
2
 Slammed Trilogy 3 Slammed (#1)
Point of Retreat (#2)
This Girl (#3)
Jan 28/15
Mar 4/15
Mar 6/15
0
2
2+10
Swept Away  2+
NV: 2+
Illusion (#1)
Disillusioned (#2)
Charade (#1.5)
Jan 29/30
Apr 7/15
May 18/15
0
2
1
Ten Tiny Breaths 4 Ten Tiny Breaths (#1)
In Her Wake (#0.5)

One Tiny Lie (#2)
Jan 30/15
Apr 1/15
Jun 14/15
0
1
2
Firebird Trilogy 2+ A Thousand Pieces of You (#1)
Ten Thousand Skies Above You (#2)
Jan 31/15
Dec 19/15
0
2
Trust Me 1+ Trust Me, I’m Lying (#1)  Feb 2/15 0
Waterfire Saga 2+ Deep Blue (#1)
Rogue Wave (#2) 
Feb 6/15
Feb 7/15
0
2
 Stark Trilogy 3
NV: 3
Have Me (#3.6)  Feb 8/15 1
Alienated 2
NV: 1
Alienated (#1)
Until Midnight (#1.5)
Invaded (#2)
Feb 10/15
Mar 23/15
Mar 30/15
0
1
2
Worldwalker 2+
NV: 1
Trial by Fire (#1)
Rowan (#1.5)
Feb 13/15
Sept 3/15
0
1
Tangled 4
NV: 1
Twisted (#2)
Tamed (#3)
Holy Frigging Matrimony (#1.5)
Tied (#4)
Feb 15/15
Feb 16/15
Feb 16/15
Mar 21/15
2
2
1
2+10
Fall Away 5 Falling Away (#3)
Aflame (#4)
Feb 20/15
Jun 14/15
2
2+10
Hopeless 2
NV: 1
Hopeless (#1)
Losing Hope (#2)
Finding Cinderella (#2.5)
Feb 24/15
Feb 25/15
Feb 26/15
0
2
1
The Conspiracy of Us 1+ The Conspiracy of Us (#1) Mar 2/15 0
Arcana Chronicles 3+ Poison Princess (#1)
Endless Knight (#2)
Dead of Winter (#3)
Mar 4/15
Mar 9/15
Mar 27/15
0
2
2
Stripped 2 Stripped (#1)
Trashed (#2)
Mar 11/15
Mar 12/15
0
2
 Castles Ever After 2+ Say Yes to the Marquess (#2)  Mar 14/15 2
 Bloodlines 6 The Ruby Circle (#6)  Mar 14/15 2+10
 The Winner’s Trilogy 2+
NV: 1
The Winner’s Curse (#1)
The Winner’s Crime (#2)
Bridge of Snow (#0.5)
Mar 17/15
Mar 21/15
Mar 21/15
0
2
1
Starcrossed 2+ Bad Romeo (#1)
Broken Juliet (#2)
Mar 19/15
Aug 5/15
0
2
Beau Rivage 2
NV: 2
Tear You Apart (#2) Mar 23/15 2
Spellcaster 3
NV: 1
Sorceress (#3)
The First Midnight Spell (#0.5)
Mar 24/15
Mar 25/15
2+10
1
Snow Like Ashes 2+ Snow Like Ashes (#1)
Ice Like Fire (#2)
Mar 31/15
Nov 6/15
0
2
The Fowler Sisters 3 Owning Violet (#1)
Stealing Rose (#2)
Taming Lily (#3)
Apr 2/15
Jul 9/15
Sept 22/15
0
2
2+10
Maybe 1
NV: 1
Maybe Someday (#1)
Maybe Not (#1.5)
Apr 4/15
Apr 12/15
0
1
Finding Fate 3 Best Kind of Broken (#1)
Perfect Kind of Trouble (#2)

Right Kind of Wrong (#3)
Apr 5/15
Apr 12/15
Jun 10/15
0
2
2+10
Embassy Row 1+ All Fall Down (#1) Apr 6/15 0
Mayhem 3+ Mayhem (#1)
Riot (#2)
Chaos (#3)
Apr 8/15
May 2/15
Nov 23/15
0
2
2
The Book of Ivy 1+ The Book of Ivy (#1) Apr 10/15 0
Crush 3 Just a Little Flirt (#2)
Just a Little Kiss (#3)
Apr 15/15
Oct 1/15
2
2+10
Uninvited 2 Unleashed (#2) Apr 18/15 2
Rosemary Beach 12+
NV: 1
When I’m Gone (#11)
When You’re Back (#12)
Apr 22/15
Aug 1/15
2
2
Summer Tour 2+ Summer Tour (#1)
Winter Break (#2)
Apr 27/15
Dec 3/15
0
2
A Darker Shade of Magic 1+ A Darker Shade of Magic (#1) Apr 29/15 0
Anna and the French Kiss 3 Anna and the French Kiss (#1) Apr 29/15 0
Red Queen 1+ Red Queen (#1) Apr 30/15 0
Sutton College 1+ Between Everything and Us (#1) May 3/15 0
Fifth Avenue 3
NV: 1
Take Me (#0.5)
Avenge Me (#1)
May 3/15
May 4/15
1
0
Beautiful Creatures 4
NV: 2
The Mortal Heart (#4.5) May 6/15 1
Once Upon a Crime Family 1+ Hold Me Like a Breath (#1) May 7/15 0
Cocktail 4
NV: 1
Wallbanger (#1)
Rusty Nailed (#2)

Screwdrivered (#3)
Mai Tai’d Up (#4)
Last Call (#4.5)
May 15/15
May 16/15
Jul 18/15
Aug 3/15
Aug 4/15
0
2
2
2+10
1
Talon 2+ Rogue (#2) May 22/15 2
Throne of Glass 4+ Heir of Fire (#3)
Queen of Shadows (#4)
May 23/15
Oct 9/15
2
2
An Ember in the Ashes 1+ An Ember in the Ashes (#1) May 24/15 0
College of Charleston 1+ The List (#1) May 26/15 0
A Court of Thorns and Roses 1+ A Court of Thorns and Roses (#1) May 29/15 0
Neon Dreams 3 Leaving Amarillo (#1)
Loving Dallas (#2)
Missing Dixie (#3)
Jun 6/15
Jul 28/15
Dec 10/15
0
2
2+10
Wicked White 2+ Wicked White (#1)
Wicked Reunion (#2)
Jun 17/15
Dec 6/15
0
2
The Selection 4+
NV: 3
The Heir (#4) Jun 21/15 2
Pretty 3 All the Pretty Poses (#2)
All Things Pretty (#3)
Jun 22/15
Jun 27/15
2
2+10
Bad Reputation 1+ Bad Reputation (#1) Jun 23/15 0
Pretty 3 All the Pretty Poses (#2)
All Things Pretty (#3)
Jun 22/15
Jun 27/15
2
2+10
Grisha Trilogy 3
NV: 5
Shadow and Bone (#1)
The Tailor (#1.5)
Seige and Storm (#2)
Ruin and Rising (#3)
The Demon in the Wood (#0.1)
Jun 27/15
Jun 28/15
Jul 6/15
Jul 18/15
Sept 3/15
0
1
2
2+10
1
Age of Legends 3 Empire of Night (#2) Jul 4/15 2
Sixth Band Street 1+ Gone for You (#1) Jul 9/15 0
Thunder Road 1+ Nowhere but Here (#1) Jul 12/15 0
Inherit the Stars 1+ Inherit the Stars (#1) Jul 14/15 0
Scarlet 3 Lady Thief (#2) Jul 22/15 2
Sex on the Beach 6 Before You (#2)
Between Us (#3)
Finding You (#4)
Losing Us (#5)
Chasing Me (#6)
Jul 24/15
Nov 11/15
Nov 12/15
Nov 13/15
Nov 13/15
2
2
2
2
2+10
Lost & Found 5 Near & Far (#2) Jul 24/15 2
Condemned 3+ Torrent (#1) Jul 27/15 0
The Program 4 The Program (#1)
The Treatment (#2)
Aug 7/15
Aug 9/15
0
2
The Heartbreaker Chronicles 1+ The Heartbreakers(#1) Aug 10/15 0
Redemption 3 Isn’t She Lovely (#0.5)
**is a full length novel despite .5 order
Broken (#1)
Crushed (#2)
Aug 31/15
Aug 13/15
Aug 18/15
0
2
2+10
Light Trilogy 1+ Shattered Blue(#1) Aug 14/15 0
Fifty Shades 3 + 1 Grey (#4) Aug 22/15 2
The Dark Elements 3
NV: 1
Every Last Breath (#3) Aug 29/15 2+10
The Girl at Midnight 1+ Girl At Midnight (#1) Sept 5/15 0
Rusk University 3+ All Played Out (#3) Sept 6/15 2
Devious Minds 1+ Devious Minds (#1) Sept 7/15 0
The Illumination Paradox 2+ Lumière (#1)
Noir (#2)
Sept 10/15
Nov 6/15
0
2
Nevermore 3 Oblivion (#3) Sept 16/15 2+10
The Orphan Queen 1+
NV: 3+
The Orphan Queen (#1)
The Hidden Prince (#0.1)
The Glowing Knight (#0.2)
The Burning Hand (#0.3)
Sept 27/15
Oct 18/15
Oct 18/15
Dec 28/15
0
1
1
1
Until Friday Night 1+ Until Friday Night (#1) Oct 11/15 0
Six of Crows 1+ Six of Crows (#1) Oct 22/15 0
Without a Trace 4 Crossing the Line (#2)
Inside the Lines (#1)
Tracing the Line (#3)
Outside the Lines (#4)
Oct 26/15
Oct 28/15
Oct 30/15
Dec 23/15
0
2
2
2+10
Nocte Trilogy 3
NV: 1
Nocte (#1)
Verum (#2)
Initium (#2.5)
Lux (#3)
Nov 10/15
Nov 25/15
Dec 2/15
Dec 15/15
0
2
1
2+10
The Young Elites 2+ The Rose Society (#1) Nov 10/15 0
Lorien Legacies 6+ Fate of Ten (#6) Nov 17/15 2
Made Men 2+ Nero (#1)
Vincent (#2)
Nov 20/15
Nov 22/15
0
2
The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten 3 Iron Warrior (#3) Nov 27/15 2+10
3:AM Kisses 7 3:AM Kisses (#1)
Winter Kisses (#2)
Sugar Kisses (#3)
Nov 29/15
Nov 29/15
Dec 1/15
0
2
The Illuminae Files 1+ Illuminae (#1) Dec 15/15 0
First and Last 1+ First Touch (#1) Dec 21/15 0
Pretty Smart Girls 2+ Lace Up (#1) Dec 26/15 0
Passenger 1+ Passenger (#1) Dec 28/15 0
The Lunar Chronicles 4
NV: 1
Cinder (#1)
Scarlet (#2)
Dec 29/15
Dec 31/15
0
2

TOTAL: 500

“+” denotes an ongoing publishing series, “NV” denotes the number of novellas in a series

Check out my dedicated Goodreads shelf here.

Final Wrap-up

UPDATED (December 31/2015): At first I thought I managed to reach my goal of 500 but when I transferred my table over to excel and added everything up, I was just short at 472. All and all, not a bad considering I had no idea how many books I would read this year, let alone series I would finish. I’m not entirely confident that this challenged helped me to read more series, it definitely did encourage me to be more aware of what I was reading and make more of an effort to finish the occasional book. While I won’t be doing this challenge in 2016, it was a great one!

UPDATED (March 11/2015): I managed to reach 100 points in only three months–so I guess the challenge helped me tackle some sequels that had been sitting in my TBR pile! I’ve decided to push myself a little harder to see if I can surpass 250 points!

UPDATED (July 4/2015): Once again, I’ve underestimated myself! I’ve surpassed my second goal and still have a lot more series to read! (It comes with the territory of operating a book-series blog). So, I’ve decided to double my previous goal seeing as it took me approximately 7 months to accumulate 250 points, I want to see if I can do the same in the next 6 months!

Last Updated: November 29, 2015


The Challenge:

To read as many prequels and sequels as you can. You set your goal at whatever number works for you.

The Rules:

  1. The challenge runs from January 1st to December 31st.
  2. Any books started before Jan. 1 will not count.
  3. All books in a series count for points (see below)
  4. Novellas count, either prequels or sequels (i.e. #0.5, #1.5, #2.5, etc).
  5. Books can be of any publication date. They don’t have to be released in 2015.
  6. In order to get 10 points for a completed series, there must be at least 3 full-length books in the series.
  7. You can still get sequel points for a duology, you just can’t get the 10 bonus points for finishing it.

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