Monday, October 20, 2014

Top Ten New Series I Want to Start

I'm linking up with The Broke and the Bookish for another Top Ten Tuesday.

This week's topic, new series I want to start, defines "new" as published within the last year or two. However, I read series so rarely that it was difficult to come up with ten series total I want to read that would be new to me, so we're going to run with that. (I'm leaving out books that are technically part of a series but are generally recommended as stand-alone books.)

1. Discworld by Terry Pratchett
I have actually read two books in this series, first Going Postal (which I remember fairly well) and then The Color of Magic (about which I remember nothing). So many of the different books in this series have been recommended to me at one time or another that I figure I might as well commit to eventually reading them all through in order.

2. Famous Five by Enid Blyton
My friend from New Zealand mentioned these books and was amazed that I wasn't familiar with them. They're a well-known series of children's books in the British Commonwealth and were mentioned frequently in Family Matters, a book set in India I read recently. I probably won't read all 21 of them, but I can get a compilation of the first three books from our library.

3. The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini
I'm not much of a fan of epic fantasy, but Eragon has had staying power and the whole series has good ratings, so I'll give it a try.

4. The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare
References to both of Clare's series have been popping up more and more recently, so I plan to get caught up... eventually.

5. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
Nope, I've never read them. I read The Hobbit in middle school and found it so terrifically boring that I never had any interest in picking up this series. But I don't feel like I can call myself a true book buff until I've tackled them.

6. Mark of the Lion by Francine Rivers
Rivers' Redeeming Love is one of my favorite books, so when I saw that this series had incredibly high ratings on Goodreads, I decided to put it on my to-read list.

7. The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare
Again, this is my attempt to get caught up on at least one series that's been popular recently.

8. Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
I came across this in my quest to branch out from all the white American authors I typically read. It's a four-volume autobiographical graphic novel of Satrapi's life growing up in Iran. I have a few Iranian-American friends but have not read much set in this country, and I have yet to read a graphic novel, though I want to, so I'm looking forward to this series.

9. Outlander by Diane Gabaldon
Anne Bogel has been gushing about this series a lot lately, and I've seen references to it all over with the TV series starting up. It's been recommended I read it as an audiobook to experience the Scottish brogue, so that's probably what I'll do.

10. A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin
Nothing I've heard about this series (e.g., high fantasy, violence) makes it sound like my kind of books, but like with Lord of the Rings, I might as well tackle it eventually. I think I'll wait until Martin's finished writing it, though.

Reading a series is a commitment, which is one reason I read so few of them. Which series do you consider worth tackling?

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  1. The Enid Blyton books are very sweet! I think they're worth taking a look at.

  2. From what I've heard, they sound somewhat similar to the Boxcar Children books. Would you say that's a fair comparison?

  3. Oh, Discworld! Yes! I should have included that one on my own list.

  4. Have you read any of them? Would you want to tackle the whole series or just some of the most-recommended books?

  5. I've not read any - but my husband is a BIG fan so we have all of them. I was actually going to start with the Tiffany Aching teen books - Wee Free Men, Hat Full of Sky, and I Shall Wear Midnight - but haven't done so yet. (She's related to the witches in Discworld.)

    I do love that Discworld doesn't necessarily have to be read in series order. Within the series, I understand there are repeating characters whose books should be read in particular orders. My husband would probably just say start from the beginning, though :)

  6. I totally should've put Game of Thrones on my list too!! I FORGOT IT COMPLETELY. *sighs* It's huge though. Huge scares me somewhat. I do love all of Cassandra Clare's books, but sometimes I feel like I'm partying alone in the fandom. lol Almost everyone I meet doesn't like them! It's so sad!

    Thanks for stopping by @ Notebook Sisters!

  7. I've heard people gush about Clare's books, but also some who just couldn't get into them. Given that I'm not generally a big fan of anything in the fantasy/sci-fi/dystopian/etc realm, I think I may fall in the latter camp, but I'm going to give them a shot anyway!