Now, before this spreadsheet, I used some Goodreads shelves to keep track of this: series starter, series following, series dropped lost interest, and series completed. It worked for the most part, but it did get harder and harder to keep up with as I started more and more series. So. Once again, I’m using spreadsheets via Google Docs. This time, I have four different tabs.
Tab 1: Series Need To Catch Up
First of all, there are series that I’ve started, that I want to continue, but where I’m running behind. Either there are more books out that I haven’t read yet, or the series is completed, but I’m just not done with it (see last column).
Currently I’m behind on 24 series. Ouch. Looking at this spreadsheet, I should really finish the Incarnate series and Divergent…. it would be nice and relatively easy to move those over to my finished series tab. *cough* Anyway.
Tab 2: Series In Progress – Caught Up
Of course, there are other series that I haven’t exactly finished, but there also are no more books for me to read at the moment. But I can’t forget about those either! So here I’m keeping track of the series in progress which I’m caught up on. For this tab, I added a column to show when the next book is coming out. I think that’ll really help me, because I can keep them sorted by the release dates of the next book and then I can keep up with them as they’re coming out. I don’t want to have to move these series back to the “need to catch up” tab. ;__; that would be an admission of failure.
Currently I’m caught up and following 17 series. I thought that number would be lower, to be honest.
Tab 3: Series I Finished
Now this is the tab that should make me feel better about myself. The series I’ve finished. As you can tell… I’m really freaking awful at finishing series. 13 in total? Seriously? Yeah. *hides* Last year I finished 6. This year, I’m at 2 already, which sounds better, but seriously. I need to get my act together. After all, it is one of my resolutions to finish more series this year.
I don’t know why exactly I wanted to keep track of the publication year, but I suppose it’s nice to see how far off I get from the publication date to when I finish. Mostly I’m going to revel in the feeling of satisfaction when I get to move a series from tab 1 or 2 to this one. Oh yeah man.
Tab 4: Series Dropped
This is where it gets interesting. While I confessed to you this week that I am terrible of giving up on books halfway through, I have no trouble deciding not to continue a series anymore. This is the only way to really keep the “series following/need to catch up” at a manageable number. Every once in a while, I browse through the series that I say I’m “following” and re-evaluate. I mean, there are some that I just lose interest in (like Delirium and Matched). Some made me rage (i.e. The 5th Wave, Witch Finder), but I actually finished the books. But obviously, I won’t be continuing with the series. I mean, I’m not a masochist.
Sometimes though, I might want to revisit dropped series – which is why I added a “reasoning” column here. Without having to search for a review or something, I can just browse and see which series might deserve a second chance. Currently, there are 24 series that I have officially dropped.