A Personal Reading Goal

Books have a way of creeping into our souls and staying with us for beyond our years. We learn a lot from them and they allow us to escape reality. They’re relaxing and yet we feel empowered to do anything and everything we put our minds to.

It’s no secret that I adore the Warriors series by Erin Hunter. If you follow my book reviews, you’ll notice that I’ve picked up the series yet again.

Most people love Harry Potter and read that series over and over again. I’ve only read the series once – I love it to death and have seen the movies too many times to count. However, if there’s a book series I’m going to go back to and re-read, it will always be Warriors.

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The very first book of the whole series came out in January 2003. This was the book that originally got me into reading in the first. I was 11-years-old. I’m 25 now and the series is still going on.

Yeah, seriously. The Warriors series as a whole is broken up into multiple mini-series of six books each. The first book of their seventh series comes out in April 2019. I actually grew up with these books and have tried my best to keep up with the series.

Of course, it’s easy to get behind. There are – currently – 36 main series books, 15 manga books, 11 standalone titles, 6 guides, and 12 novellas. I’m not even going to do that math, but I know the 36 will soon become 42 once the new series comes out in a few months.

With that said, I’ve clearly gotten behind. There are other books to be read and, with this blog, I accept review requests from authors. So, I don’t always end up “choosing” what to read next. My backlog can get pretty long.

Once in a while, when I get into a reading slump, I go back to the series. It helps me enjoy reading again and makes me feel like I want to read all the books in the world. I’m on book five out of six for the Omen of the Stars series, which is the fourth series. That means I have two other series left to read before the seventh comes out in April.

So, that’s what I’m hoping to do. I’ll be spreading the book reviews out so this doesn’t become the “Warriors” blog, but I’m determined to catch up with the whole series buy the time the next book is released at the beginning of April.

Wish me luck.

The only downside I can see to this is that once I catch up, I’m no longer going to be able to binge the series. Once the next book comes out I’ll have to wait six months for the next one just like everyone else.

Do you have a childhood book or series that you read or reread to this day? Let me know in the comments below. If you liked this post, please share it around.

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16 thoughts on “A Personal Reading Goal

    • Warriors is really a great series. I’m so happy they’ve kept it going even if it a little “young” for me now, lol.

      I’ve honestly never read Anne of Green Gables, though I’ve heard great things. That’s so special that you inherited your grandmother’s copy. 🙂

  1. Waiting for the next book to come out is the worst! Especially if it ends up taking a long time. I’ll confess that I tend not to even start a new series until it’s already finished, so that I can read all the books back to back. Which reminds me that I need to check through my bookshelves to find all those first and second books that I read years ago, and the next books weren’t out yet, and I really, really wanted to read the next book at the time, but… then later, I never got back to them.

    • That’s usually what happens to me too. I’ll start a series and then never read the next books because it takes too long. Though these books come out about every six months and there are other series (not Warriors, but similar) that will keep me occupied until the next one comes out.

      • Yes, that’s it exactly. Except that it would be a year or more for the next one, and by that time the first book was buried in the shelves somewhere and I was focused on other things. Most of these “orphaned” books are from back when I wasn’t keeping track of what I was reading, and I still don’t have much of a sorting system in my various bookshelves, so I’m not even sure how many there are. That will be one of my goals for 2019: not just to “read down” my to-read shelves, but to sort through and find all those unfinished series (some of which I remember *really* liking) and add those back into the to-read shelves.

        • I think that’s an excellent goal. That’s definitely something I need to do as well. I want to go through the books on my shelves and maybe even donate some of them. I know there are some books I probably will never go back to and there are some I need to catch up on.

          • Now that I’ve been writing reviews of everything I read (for the past 2 years), I’ve gotten better at making the “keep or give away” decision right then. The “give away” pile is still too small to warrant an extra trip somewhere, though. I have a big bookcase reorganizing project planned for the new year, so that I’ll actually know what books I have (gasp) and where they are (GASP). And in the process, I plan to make some tough decisions about which books I’m realistically never going to read again and can donate to a good cause. (Specifically: Better World Books.)

            • Writing reviews definitely does help with that. A lot of the books are on my Kindle too so I tend to keep those just for the sake of it, but I have them organized on there so I know what I read and what I haven’t and such.

              I was hoping to organize my shelves before Christmas, but I don’t think that’s going to happen. Too much else to do!

    • The universe is huge now, yeah. Omen of the Stars, the fourth series and the one I’m on now, expands the world building through StarClan and such. It’s really well done!

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