Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.
The full title for this week is Series I’d Like to Start/Catch up on/Finish, but honestly there are so many series out there I haven’t got around to picking up the next book for, unless it’s an arc it’s rare I start a finish now. There’s definitely a couple (Witcher, Wheel of Time) but I’d like to focus on finishing more series’ instead.
Top Ten Series I’d Like to Finish
The Crone Wars by Lydia M. Hawke
I’ve only read the first of four books in this series, but I absolutely fell in love with it. Book 1 sets things up really well too, and rather than leaving the reader with what feels like a forced cliffhanger, the book builds up to the idea of ‘more to come’ throughout. It manages to wrap up the first book really well while giving the reader just enough to make us keen to read on, while a lot of the book underscores the wider world of the series.
I have a physical copy of The Dragon Republic, and have had it for a long, long time by now, but it’s just so big! I definitely feel like I had more time when I read The Poppy War. Still…it’s still a brilliantly written book, Kuang is an amazing writer, and I really do want to finish off this series. Eventually. Why have longer books become so intimidating though?
There’s a number of different graphic novels I could have included on this list – iZombie, Fables, Saga – but I decided to stick to one, The Sandman. I’ve read up to Book 4, and I’m really keen to carry on. It’s a completely engaging series and one that had me hooked pretty much instantly
Reviews of Preludes & Nocturnes (Vol 1), The Doll’s House (Vol 2), Season of Mists (Vol 4)
Manners and Monsters by Tilly Wallace
There are currently six books in this series and I would very much like to read them all. I absolutely loved the first one, which nicely blends Regency, Paranormal, Horror and Mystery. It’s an intriguing premise and book one, without a doubt, really shows how well it works, as the characters look to uncover a murderer. Hoping I can pick up book 2 soon
Review of Manners and Monsters
How to Survive Camping by Bonnie Quinn
The first book in this series is great, the NoSleep adaptation was great, and I actually have all four books on my kindle, I just really need to find time to read them around the arcs I need to get through. Quinn does brilliantly with the NoSleep format, taking her posts and turning them into a very enjoyable novel that had me completely hooked.
Review of The Man With No Shadow
I really enjoyed reading this book, and it helped rekindle my love for this kind of Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance type vampire books. With a great MC and a really compelling plot, I really look forward to see what Jaffrey does in book 2.
Review of May Day
I’m only up to book 5 with this series, and yes I know they can be read out of order, but I really do prefer tackling things in order. Though saying that, the first book I ever read from Discworld was Small Gods (book 13) and that was what made me seek out the first books. They’re really great, and every time I read one it’s such a delight. With over 40 books in this series, it’s going to take me a while to get through them, but I am determined to get there.
Review of Wyrd Sisters
Disney’s Twisted Tale
I kind of lost track of this series completely unintentionally. In my previous workplace, a few of us were reading this series, and usually one of them would let me know when the next one was out. Since leaving, I haven’t picked up the next one, though I do really want to. This is a great series with a few different authors, each adding their own twists to familiar and well known tales. Some of them I loved more than others, but it feels like everyone has a different favourite. The last one I read was Go the Distance by Jen Calonita, and there’s two that have come out since – What Once Was Mine and Almost There. Ideally I’d like to catch up before When You Wish Upon A Star, by Elizabeth Lim, releases next April.
Review of Mirror, Mirror by Jen Calonita / Let It Go by Jen Calonita / Straight on Till Morning by Liz Braswell / So This is Love by Elizabeth Lim / Unbirthday by Liz Braswell / Go the Distance by Jen Calonita
Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter by Laurell K. Hamilton
The last book of this series I read was book 22, and it feels a shame that I haven’t picked up one in years. I do want to finish the series itself at some point, and I’ve heard once it gets further into the 20s it does get better, but I started feeling so disappointed by the time I got to Affliction. It just turned into a series where the conflicts were resolved in the exact same way. Hopefully with so long between reading the last one and whenever I get into the next one, it’ll help me carry on with them until I get to where it gets better again.
The Shadow Histories by H.G. Parry
This is a duology I really want to finish. I absolutely loved A Declaration of the Rights of Magicians, and with it Parry proved a very talented writer. I have yet to pick up A Radical Act of Free Magic, but hoping to do so once I’ve got my current physical TBR down somewhat (if that ever happens). I’m keen to dive back into this world and see how things come together.
Review of A Declaration of the Rights of Magicians
What are the series’ you want to go back to? Have you read any of these, or finished them?
5 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Series I’d Like To Catch Up On/Finish”
I’m glad you’re liking The Sandman so much!
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The Manners and Monsters series sounds super fun. I’d never heard of it before, but I might just have to read it now 🙂 Good luck with all these!
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Thank you! The first book is great definitely
The Poppy War has been on a few lists and sounds amazing. Manners and Monsters looks intreguiging as well. There are quite a few series with twist on Disney stories and I would love to read them all but don’t know if I have the time with all the other books on my TBR list.
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Yeah, finding the time is the main problem for me. With the Twisted Tale, it’s worth picking up one or two – they absolutely don’t need to be read in order! I strongly recommend Reflection, which is still my favourite one