Monday, June 19, 2017

Top Ten Series I Haven't Read Yet

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

This week is series we've been meaning to start but haven't yet. I last did this topic in October 2014 and talked about how rarely I read book series anymore. And surprise, surprise, I still haven't read half of the series from that list! It just seems like such a commitment to start a whole series when there are so many standalone books I want to read, you know?

Here's a quick review of what I have read since last time:

Famous Five: I read the very first book in the series, and it was cute! I don't have much motivation to pick up any others right now, but I think they'd be fun to read with my kids down the road.

The Infernal Devices: I read Clockwork Angel and actually quite liked it. I got Clockwork Prince on audio and the narrator was so awful I had to stop it, and I never got around to picking it up in print. Oh well.

The Lord of the Rings: I finally read this whole series last summer! Hooray!

The Mortal Instruments: I read the first book. Didn't like it. Didn't read any more.

Persepolis: This is packaged in two volumes in the U.S., and I read both of them and enjoyed them.

Here are the series I'm still interested in reading:

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 read them all through in order eventually.

2. Dublin Murder Squad by Tana French
I mentioned that I had hoped to take the first two books on my recent vacation, but the holds still haven't come through from the library! I don't read enough crime fiction for how much I love it.

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 want to give it a try.

4. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
All the books in this series have crazy high ratings! I'm not sure how I'm going to feel about the books' world (I'm a reluctant SF/F reader in general), but if I like Cinder I'd be willing to read the others.

5. March by John Lewis, Nate Powell, and Andrew Aydin
This three-volume graphic novel series has been on my radar for a while, but John Lewis has been more in the spotlight in the past year, and I'm especially interested to read these now that more people are picking them up.

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. Outlander by Diane Gabaldon
With the TV series still going strong, I feel like I need to get caught up on these books I keep hearing about. It's been recommended I read it as an audiobook to experience the Scottish brogue, so that's probably what I'll do.

8. The Sandman by Neil Gaiman
I'm a little hesitant to pick these up because they're supposed to be dark, scary, and violent (three things I'm not a big fan of!) but I got through Watchmen OK and really liked it, so I think I could tackle these. The series contains some of the highest-rated books on Goodreads, so there has to be something there worth checking out.

9. 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 so many people have read it that I might as well tackle it eventually. I think I'll wait until Martin's finished writing it, though.

10. Starbridge by Susan Howatch
Several of the people I follow on Goodreads have highly recommended Glittering Images, and it looks like the other books in the series are well-liked as well. Suspense, scandal, and church history? It sounds like something I would like.

Which series are you hoping to start?

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