Top Ten Tuesday: Series I’ve Been Meaning To Start But Haven’t

TTT- Series I've Been Meaning to Start

As soon as I saw the prompt for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, I knew I had to participate. I am the QUEEN of unstarted series. Literally I have a small fortune sitting on my shelf just in series that I’ve bought and haven’t started. It’s sad, really. But it should definitely make for an interesting post!

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Clicking on a book’s title will take you to its Goodreads page. 

1. Throne of Glass

Yes, this is not a random joke or a “haha guys just kidding I got you!” Nope, I have literally not read the Throne of Glass series, despite the fact that I’ve had all the books IN HARDBACK sitting on my shelf for a solid year. I really really keep meaning to start this soon, although my expectations have been considerably lowered by all the criticism SJM has received lately. While I don’t think this series will be earth-shattering, I am very eager to recognize all the names and places that people are always throwing around, and to be a part of the conversation. I told myself that 2017 was gonna be the year I finally pick up these books, but so far that “prophecy” has not come to fruition.

2. A Court of Thorns and Roses

I bet I really have you gaping now, huh! Yup, I’m probably the last human on the planet to never have touched a book by SJM. Although with this series, I at least only bought the first book, rather than the whole set. Again, I’m more interested in picking up these books just to see what they’re about and understand what people love (or don’t love) about it. At this point, I don’t see how they could possibly live up to the astronomical hype.

3. Red Queen

I’m basically just hitting all the YA staples first. I own the first two books in this series, but for some reason have yet to read them. And while I know a lot of people have mixed feelings (especially about Glass Sword), I just have this weird feeling that I’ll actually really like them. Maybe I’m setting myself up for disappointment, but I’m hoping to get to this series soon!

4. Truthwitch

This is a lesser-hyped series than the previous three, but I own the first book and scored an ARC of the second at YALLFest 2016. Unfortunately, the fact that it’s on this list means I’ve yet to read them. My expectations for these books are fairly low, since I’ve mostly only read negative reviews, but I follow the author’s monthly newsletters (even though I’ve never read her books, I know, I’m weird like that) and she seems like a really cool person so I’m excited to read some of her work!

5. The Young Elites

I’ve had the first book on my shelf for EONS and for some stupid reason I keep forgetting about it! Literally! Whenever I’m trying to think of what to read next, this book just never crosses my mind. Maybe it’s time to move it down from my top shelf. But I read Marie Lu’s Legend series a while back, loved it, and I really want to read the rest of her books too! Plus, TYE features an anti-hero as the protagonist, and since we all know who my favorite character is – The Bastard of the Barrel, aka Kaz Brekker, aka the biggest anti-hero the world has ever seen – I think it’s safe to say that I’ll enjoy this series.

6. The Star-Touched Queen

Some would argue this isn’t exactly a series, since Crown of Wishes is technically a companion and not a sequel, but I think it counts. Brittany from @abibliophilesbkm on Instagram has been begging me to read these books for an eternity now, so I definitely thought this needed to be on the list. I’ve heard nothing but praise for this series, particularly Roshani’s gorgeous writing. I also follow Roshani around the web, and she is legitimately the most stunning human being on this planet and I wish I looked even a tenth as pretty as she does. Not that that has anything to do with her books necessarily, but they’re definitely on my mind a lot, LOL!

7. The Raven Boys

I got all these books in pretty matching hardbacks for Christmas this past year, and I really wanna read them. I think they might end up being too slow for my taste, but I did read The Scorpio Races by Maggie a long time ago and really enjoyed it! Her writing has a very unique flavor, and I hope to read more of it soon.

8. A Thousand Pieces of You

These books have the most gorgeous covers EVER and they sound really good. Jordyn @ Jordz the Bibliophile loves this sci-fi series, so they come highly recommended in my book. I’ve also had a paperback of the first book on my shelf literally since it came out, which is just pitiful.

9. Falling Kingdoms

I’ve had my eye on this series for probably a few years now, and I think I would really enjoy it. It seems like a solid high-fantasy that I could get behind, which I’m always on the lookout for. And I’ve mostly heard really good things about these books, so I’m eager to finally get around to reading them (whenever that turns out to be).

10. The Darkest Minds

With all the updates about the approaching movie release, The Darkest Minds has been on my mind quite a lot. I’m not a huge fan of dystopia, but the occasional one done right can be a lot of fun to read. And I enjoyed Alexandra Bracken’s Passenger duology, so I wanna see if I like these too. It also doesn’t hurt that I got my paperback of TDM signed last fall by Alex herself!

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And that’s my slightly absurd list of series that I’ve been meaning to start but haven’t yet. The really sad thing is, I could’ve listed probably 15 more. But I suppose that’s the life of an avid bookworm right?

Also I apologize if this post seems a little rushed, I didn’t have much time to write it, but I still really wanted to participate! So a list with no pictures and semi-crappy, repetitive explanations is what you get, lol.

Have you read any of these books? Which ones are worth starting right away? Did you gasp in shock that I’ve yet to read some of the more popular series? Thanks for reading my friends!

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20 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Series I’ve Been Meaning To Start But Haven’t”

  1. Great list! The SJM books definitely have their flaws and it’s important to be aware of them, but I still really love them as they are what got me back into reading after a big reading slump and started my obsession with fantasy. I’d definitely recommend The Raven Boys – the writing is so unique and gorgeous and though the first book took me a while to get into, the series as a whole is one of my all-time favorites! Falling Kingdoms is so much fun as well – with the last book coming out in December, it’s the perfect time to start binge-reading 😉 A Thousand Pieces of You is on my TBR as well!

    1. I’m definitely excited to read some of SJM’s books, I really want to experience the stories that everyone seems to be obsessed with! ? And I’m glad to hear you like The Raven Boys so much! I didn’t know the last Falling Kingdoms book was coming out this year, in that case maybe I will read the next one soon ?❤️

    1. That’s definitely a great perspective to have! I have problematic faves too, and we can enjoy them just the same but it’s important to acknowledge that they aren’t perfect. I’m pretty excited to start some of Sarah’s books! ❤️

    1. I’m so excited to read the Raven Cycle and ToG, I’m happy to hear you liked them!! I’ll definitely check out your post soon ❤️

  2. Great picks for this week. It took me ages to get around to SM’s books; she’d released four of her Throne of Glass books and ACOTAR before I finally picked them up. I loved them all and now I’m pretty much hooked on her writing so I’m sure you’ll be as well when you get around to them. The Star-Touched Queen is one of my all-time favourite books, and I really loved The Darkest Minds and The Raven Cycle as well so I hope you do as well.
    It seems like you have some amazing books on your list this week, happy reading! 😀

    1. Thanks, I’m so glad to hear you liked a lot of the books on my list! I can’t wait to read them! ❤️

  3. I’ve started Throne of Glass twice–by accident–that’s how memorable it was for me. I just got bored. Which makes me afraid to try ACOTAR. Raven Boys was also too slow for me, although Scorpio Races is one of the best books I’ve read in a long time. I was also just okay with Red Queen–never bothered to read sequels–and couldn’t get very far in Truthwitch. Man, I sound like a crabby old lady now!

    1. Haha wow I’m sorry to hear you didn’t like too many of those books! But I’ve definitely heard similar thoughts from other people, especially about Red Queen and Truthwitch. I’m just hoping if I go in with low expectations that I’ll be pleasantly surprised. I’m sure I’ll have mixed feelings about at least a few of them though! ❤️

    1. Huh I haven’t had a chance yet to read very many TTT posts today, but I felt like I was one of the last people to not have read those books! I guess not ?

  4. Ahahaha I love this list SO MUCH because of your TOG comment. I’ve owned every book in hardback as well, since January (so not quite as long, but still a while), and haven’t picked up a single one of them. They made it onto my list this week, actually. ACOTAR was really good, though, so I hope you enjoy it when you do read it! I’m currently on book 1 of The Raven Boys and it’s amazing so I hope you like it, too.

    Here is my T10T!

    1. Haha that’s too funny! Glad to see someone else is in the same predicament with ToG, I hope you like it when you do get around to reading it! And I’ll definitely check out your post soon ❤️

  5. Okay, firstly what criticisms has SJM been getting (I haven’t read the newest release, so maybe no spoilers though)? She is one of the BEST writers I have ever read. Her character building is phenomenal, and the world building is just AHHH. For those reasons alone you should read them. I will warn you there is some steaminess in both series, but the way she builds characters (even the smallest) is so amazing and practically leaves me in awe. Okay, I’m done rambling. Red Queen was a bit over rated (I was disappointed). And I’m in the same boat with you for the rest of the books. If you would like to go check mine out: http://www.adaster.com/top-ten-tuesday-series-ive-been-meaning-to-start-but-havent-yet/

    1. The conversation around SJM has mostly been in the book community on Twitter, so if you don’t really go on there that’s probably why you haven’t heard about it! But the main issue people have with SJM is that most of her books don’t include very many diverse characters (most are white, heterosexual, & cisgender), and while some of her newer books are getting better with it, the diverse representation still has problems. I’m by no means the best person to get information from, I really only know the basics. But aside from that people seem very obsessed with her characters, so I’m still planning on reading her books eventually! And I’ve heard that a lot about Red Queen, I’m sorry you didn’t like it as much! I’ll definitely check out your post soon ❤️

      1. Oh, okay that kind of makes sense. I just saw a bit more about it though and I don’t see how sending her death threats will change anything. Hate is never fixed with hate and sorry for my rant but I think twitter and people are going about this the wrong way. Thanks for cluing me in 🙂

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