Priority Series Quarterly Reading Challenge – 2021 edition

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RRKReads Qrtrly Reading Challenge 2021

Namo Namaha friends. As you might have gleaned from my 21 books in 2021 post, I intend to read more Adult Fantasies this next year. Since most Adult Fantasies are series, I can’t rely on my mood-reading tendencies to achieve my goal.

So, this post is my attempt at creating a plan and staying accountable to that throughout 2021 🤞. As I read based on my moods, I am incapable of sticking to a rigid TBR, so let me simply set some flexible boundaries and work within them. Yes?

I am setting up a quarterly challenge. i.e. I’ll try to complete a series per quarter. Each quarter I’ll choose one series that I am most interested to read, a trilogy specifically, and will complete it.

I also intend to give book-summaries. That way whoever has started the series but left it off in the middle and wants to get back to it without restarting it from the beginning will find the summaries useful (or so I hope! 🤞 😀)
Let’s get started with the four series that I am most pumped up about reading and completing in 2021, shall we?

1. The Winnowing Flame trilogy by Jen Williams

Books in the series

  1. The Ninth Rain (2017)
  2. The Bitter Twins (2018)
  3. The Poison Song (2019)

Jen Williams is an acclaimed award-winning British author. Both the Ninth Rain (the first book in this trilogy) and the Bitter Twins (second book of the trilogy) won the British Fantasy Award under the Best Fantasy Novel category. Awards might not be the best indicator of the value of a book, but it very well could be the starting point.
This sounds like an adventure set in a post-apocalyptic fantasy world and I can’t wait to get started with it.

2. The Broken Earth trilogy by N.K. Jemisin

Books in the series

  1. The Fifth Season
  2. The Obelisk Gate
  3. The Stone Sky

N.K. Jemisin is a hugely popular American author who has the distinction of winning The Hugo Awards for Best Novel for three consecutive years. Each of the books in this series won the prestigious award. I am very intrigued to see what appealed so much to everyone.

It’ll be quite reductive to say this is another story set in a post-apocalyptic world, but honestly, that’s all I know about this series. I have heard this is a series with an intensely complex storyline. Hence, that should excuse me for not knowing more about it before starting the series.

3. Paternus trilogy by Dyrk Ashton

Books in the series

  1. Rise of Gods
  2. Wrath of Gods
  3. War of Gods

Rise of Gods is the first book in the series. It’s supposed to be an epic fantasy about gods, monsters, and such. So, I am naturally drawn to this series. Besides, the Author’s profile in GoodReads reads far better than some novels I have read, surely that gives us a glimpse into his writing talent.

4. The Daevabad trilogy by S.A. Chakraborty

Books in the series

  1. The City of Brass
  2. The Kingdom of Copper
  3. The Empire of Gold

This is solely a booktube-hype buy. This entire series has been hyped up so much throughout booktube that I couldn’t resist buying them and checking out what all the hype is really about. 

This series is about a con artist who gets pulled into a world of djinns and their magical world. Sounds interesting but is it worth the hype? Well, I guess I’ll find that out in 2021. 

There you go. That’s my list of four series that I plan to read every quarter of 2021. Hopefully, by the end of 2021, I should be done with all the 12 books and the 4 series. 

The first book, from each of these series, will be doubling up as my picks in the 21 books in 2021 challenge as well. I am hoping that will give me double the motivation to complete the challenges. 

So friends, which are the top series that you are planning to complete next year? Have you completed any of the series mentioned in this list? How are they? Do share your thoughts with me on my SM channels @twitter, @instagram, @facebook, or @goodreads

You can even join me at my book club in discord or @ bookclubz, and buddy read these books with me. Let’s keep the bookish conversation going. 

Till then, stay safe and blessed. Om Shanti. 🙏

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