5 Series & 5 Standalone Challenges || Bookish Challenges.

Hello people. How are you?? We will continue like I never went missing so that we can avoid the disastrous rant about how exams ruined my mental health and my life. I just completed my last exam today! It was hectic and I want to avoid the topic of whether I am passing or not because even I don’t know. So now let’s just get into this blog shall we?

So I created this challenge (hopefully I created it, not sure) but I started it with my best friend who doesn’t want to be mentioned here so I will leave her books aside and show you the books I will be reading after being challenged by my two other friends; Devananda and Nupur.

This blog is dedicated to the books that Nupur aka MY PANDA (Click here to go to her blog). This girl has my heart and soul and she is so funny yet weird that I can’t stop loving her. I think staying away from her and not being able to interact with her much has made me too mushy😏. So this overthinking woman gave me some really interesting and THANKFULLY smaller series than my other friend did and maybe that’s why I appreciate her so much 😂.

Rules of this challenge (created by me):

  • The Challenger gives 5 series with any number of books and 5 standalone books that has to be a single book and cannot be a book that has a second book upcoming.
  • The person challenged (Challengee) has to complete the series and standalones in the year and by January 1st of the next year if they are not done with all the books (series and standalones included) they have to:
    • In case they didn’t complete a standalone, for example they couldn’t complete 3 books out of 5 standalones, they have to gift the 3 books that the challenger wants to them because its a challenge and it should be taken a bit seriously.
    • If you didn’t read the series, let’s say 2 out of the 5 series chosen, then gift the challenger an entire series of their choice. Only 1 series because a series can be expensive.

Now you ask why the gifting stuff? That’s because it will make the challenge more fun and also make people take it a little more seriously. See these are my rules, you can obviously bend them if you want to try this challenge. You can remove the gifting part.

Starting with the 5 series she gave me to read. The series’ are luckily small and are interesting and diverse. I am personally keeping her books for the last and I am completing Devananda’s challenge first as she has given me huge series’ to read and they are STRESSFUL! (Click here to see Devananda’s Challenge) so let’s get on with it, shall we?


1. The Brown Sisters Trilogy by Talia Hibbert.

To spice things up in my life and to also give me a break from war-related books, Nupur has given me The Brown Sisters’ Trilogy. This is a diverse read with black characters and also as far as I know talks and shows a lot about body positivity, mental health, Autism, and sisters’ love for each other. It will be a great read for me between the war zone books. In fact, I am reading the first book in this series; Get A Life Chloe Brown next month. So I am very intrigued about this series and I have quite a bit of good expectations from this series. I don’t read romance much so this series might be a nice push to start reading that genre.

2. Serpent and Dove Trilogy by Shelby Mahurin.

This is a fantasy series that I have no idea about. Like literally have no idea at all! And that is because this series has mixed reviews. As this is a part of Nupur’s Challenge, I have to read it anyway so I am thinking of just diving into it directly. This will be the series that I think I will be reading the last as I am wishing for the paperbacks/hardbacks to magically arrive at my door. The books are too pretty to be read in E-pub or audiobook versions. I will be buying this series soon and then will read it, just hoping that Amazon USA delivers to Rwanda *fingers crossed*

3. Tita Rosie’s Kitchen Mysteries Trilogy by Mia P. Manansala.

This is one of the series that I am dying to read because of its diverse mystery and romance elements that mix into sleuth detectives and mentions of delicious food! This series is something that I had to ask Nupur to use as a replacement because the series she gave me was already bought in paperback by me but it is in India, so here is this series. I am aiming to read this series in June or July. I am still not sure when I will read it as you can see from the huge pile of books that I have to read but I am still excited to read this series and also enjoy it fully. I can guarantee that this series has high expectations in my eyes!

4. The Iskari Trilogy by Kristen Ciccarelli.

Yes, we are again looking at a war sub-genre series and I can confirm your suspicions when I say that this is the series I am least interested in because I am already exhausted from reading dystopian books. Just for your info: I finished reading The Shatter Me Series. I am already exhausted from this genre. I have discussed this with Nupur and we did decide to change the series to the first 10 books of The Discworld Series but Nupur has honestly been too nice to me by giving me so many diverse and different genre series that I don’t feel like changing the series. It does depend on my state and how much more of the war series’ as a sub-genre I can tolerate to determine what I will be reading. I will choose between either the Iskari Trilogy or The Discworld Series. So let’s see later what I do.

5. The Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson.

This is my most anticipated series this year. This is a high fantasy series and for some time now, I have been trying to read a high fantasy. I have loved reading fantasies since I jumped into The Folk Of The Air Series and that’s why this is a series I desperately want to try and read. I am not sure if I will enjoy it or not but it’s still worth a try. I have not read any books by Brandon Sanderson and after the unlimited praises for his books and writing style, I am looking forward to this series. Also, I haven’t read the synopsis of this series just to avoid spoilers so I don’t know ANYTHING about it.

After showing you the series, let me also take you around the standalones, I have already completed a few and their reviews are or will be out. I am really excited about these books. They are some great selections that are small, and easy to read, and unlike Devananda’s books, I actually approve of them. So let’s get going people.


1. Maybe You Should Talk To Someone by Lori Gottlieb.

Every year, I read only 1 or a maximum of 2 non-fiction books and this was one of Nupur’s highly anticipated books last year that she decided to bang on my head. Just to be clear, I don’t approve of it AT ALL! My mental health lately has been quite shaky and having this book in my TBR for this year just wrecks the nerves and brain cells I have left after these exams. In short, it’s the only book in the standalone part that I don’t like much. I will be reading it as I want to try it out but when? NO IDEA!

2. Circe by Madeline Miller.

Now, this is a book that I have been thinking about reading but haven’t mustered up the courage to do so. The biggest reason is my ongoing Percy Jackson Series. Percy Jackson already has a lot of Greek and Roman mythology and it has its own beautiful world around it. I do not want to spoil it by reading another mythology in the middle of it. But every cloud has a silver lining and here is my silver lining, I am completing The Heroes Of Olympus series this month and after that, I will complete the book this month. I am reading this book for a readathon (readathon TBR blog coming soon) so I will be completing it this month AT ALL COSTS!!!

3. And Every Morning The Way Home Gets Longer and Longer by Fredrick Backman.

This book…this book is one of the saddest reads of this year. It was beautiful but sad. I don’t have words to describe the feelings and emotions I had after reading this book but you will not be getting much from me here as the next blog is going to be a review of this book. I read it with Nupur, she has posted her review but I am yet to post mine. I can’t wait to talk about this book with you all. after reading this entire paragraph, I think you might have understood that I have already read this book. If not, there you go!

4. Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell.

The review of this book is already out (Click Here). I am really grateful that Nupur decided to give me this book because I did read it in just 1 hour and enjoyed it quite a lot.

5. Happy Place by Emily Henry.

My most anticipated romance novel this year is by Emily Henry. I have read two of her books and I am finding time to read her third book (too busy with this series challenge). This book is coming out on April 25th and I am getting the book. I am so excited to read it. I am really happy that Nupur gave me this book to read even if she hasn’t called me for days.

Thank you Nupur for the books you selected. I am glad that I will be reading such diverse and fun books. I hope this blog reminds you to call your one and only bestfriend (sarcasm and taunts are needed as I MISS YOU WOMAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) .

Nupur is my best friend who makes me her free counsellor, advisor and sometimes also the person who she goes to overthink with. So please, keep in mind, this blog was written with her permission and she is a friend so relax and be kind in the comments.

So that’s it for today. Hope to see you all regularly now and I am using a laptop from now on to get used to practicing my writing skills and speed for exams and assignments so writing will be slow and hence blog progress might be slow.

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2 responses to “5 Series & 5 Standalone Challenges || Bookish Challenges.”

  1. Good luck with those exams, dear Suzan. I am sending positive thoughts for excellent pass grades.
    Best wishes, Pete. xx


  2. […] sure yet. Circe is not only the book for the Magical Readathon TBR of March but it’s also for Nupur’s 5 Series & 5 Standalones Challenge, it’s also a book I am excited […]


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