As a reader, if I’m guilty of one thing it’s that I haven’t started series that I’ve been meaning to. I want to read all of the books, but that also means that my TBR pile is massive. I’m currently being drowned in my TBR but once I’ve discovered the secret to immortality, I’ll finally beat it!
It really bugs me too because I’ve bought many Book #1s of series but I just haven’t started since they’re deep in my TBR pile. I see a new series that I’m interested in and I’m immediately taken away by it but then if I even get to read the first book, I don’t ever continue the series. Or, I’m never able to start the series when I want to.
Hence, today’s post is dedicated to a series of book series that I’ve been meaning to start but haven’t.
First, there are a few reasons why I might avoid reading series!
1 / The wait for sequels
Like I mentioned in my Bookworm Struggles post, the wait for sequels is so long! I’d rather wait for the entire series or maybe the first few books to come out and binge read them. Unless it’s a series by one of my fave authors or one that I’ve decided to buy randomly. The wait is nerve-wracking and a personal hell. (inserts gif I used before here too)
2 / Sequel book syndrome
Common in some YA books, the sequel to a book in the series (typically the second book) doesn’t really live up to the previous book. However, there are a few exceptions such as A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas, City of Glass by Cassandra Clare and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K Rowling. A few examples, but I bet you could name a lot more!
3 / The first book was meh… do I continue?
Sometimes, there are points where I’ve disliked the first book and decided not to continue the series. But, there are sometimes where I do read the sequel and I’m immediately blown away by how much better it becomes. I usually consult someone who’s been in the same boat as me to see if it’s worth continuing. Or I just don’t and I continue my awkward relationship with the book series.
And now without further ado, I will embarrass myself as I share the series I haven’t started yet! (I’ll prepare my defenses for the incoming swords of attack)
Six of Crows Duology by Leigh Bardugo
I’m currently making my way through this series as a matter of fact! My best friend always raves about how good this series is and I’ve just never found the time to start it, until now!
I’ve seen so many badass photos and recommendations for it! The hype surrounding this duology was INSANE as well so I’m hoping that it does live up to the hype.
My excitement factor is about 10/10 for the series. I’m just hoping Crooked Kingdom will arrive at my house before I finish Six of Crows, or it might be an agonizing wait!
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
I know Cait/Paper Fury might attack me for this but I still haven’t had the chance to read The Raven Boys! The first book of the series is in my possession, so perhaps I’ll be getting into it this Summer! There is so much hype and beautiful quotes from this series so it’ll be great getting into the Universe!
PLUS, THERE’S WELSH STUFF IN IT AND I’M WELSH SO THIS IS AMAZING.
My excitement factor for this series is 5/10 just because I don’t feel an urgent need to read it. Although, I’m hoping that the quartet doesn’t disappoint me!
The Dark Artifices by Cassandra Clare
Ok, this is perhaps one that I’m most embarrassed about as I bought Lady Midnight the day it came out with the intention to read it. One year later, and I still haven’t read it. This series is on my TBR list to read this month though, so perhaps I’ll finally be able to join the crying fest that I’ve seen happen because of Lord of Shadows. (no spoilers pls though, I don’t know why.)
I love the Shadowhunter and Downworld Realms that Cassandra Clare has created and I can’t wait to delve back into the world and hopefully learn some new things as well. PLUS, I HAVE THE EXCLUSIVE SCENE AT THE END WHICH I’M EXCITED TO READ ABOUT!
My excitement factor would be 8/10 for Lady Midnight and 10/10 for Lord of Shadows because boy, I love getting my heart ripped into shreds! BRING ON THE RUNES!
The Shades of Magic Series by V.E Schwab
I really have no proper excuse for not reading this series apart from the fact I can’t find them in Hardcovers ANYWHERE. The only one I’ve been able to find is a collector’s edition that’s not released yet but I might still pick that one up. The paperback route might be my only way to go, even though I seriously prefer the Hardcovers. I’m having this exact same problem with This Savage Song too! (weep for me)
With just knowing this is written by V.E Schwab, I already know that this book is going to be full of gloriousness and fiery passion. Plus, I’ve heard there’s lots of representation in this and can I say THANK YOU? Stories should have representation full stop.
Excitement factor? 1000000000/10 because I just can’t wait to explore what this world has to offer.
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
I don’t usually read Contemporaries, but when I do I like ones with drama and a hint of romance. From the synopsis of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, I’ve been excited to read the series. Now that they’re offering it as a boxset, I’m definitely going to try and pick it up for reading this summer.
Plus, I have a hunger for diverse books and food and I saw that Lara Jean is biracial and a baker! Lara Jean has given me the best of both worlds with her fabulous self and I can’t wait to dive into her story!
My excitement factor for this series is 8/10 with two extra points coming from the inclusion of food within the story.
The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
This one I’m a bit 50/50 on. I loved Heartless by Marissa Meyer and I feel like I’d love this series as well. However, I’ve definitely heard some mixed messages about this series. But, the general consensus is it does get better further on into the series. So, I might just have to power my way through the first book. OR, I will insanely enjoy the first book and just love the series as a whole.
The whole world of the Lunar Chronicles seems fascinating to me. Even though I don’t read much Sci-Fi (this book seems quite sci-fi to me), I feel like this would be something that I’d love to read.
My excitement factor for this is 6/10 but I hope to have this read by the end of the year!
I’m so embarrassed! But, are there any series that you’re ashamed you haven’t read yet? Or are there series you’re waiting to continue reading?
Also, Happy Independence Day to all of my American Friends! You guys rock!