Monday, June 19, 2017

TTT: Series I've Been Meaning To Start But Haven't

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly blog meme put on by The Broke and the Bookish
Yikes! This one was a lot harder than I'd thought it would be. Apparently I love to read the first book in a series and then stop. Sure, I tell myself I'll go back and read the rest -eventually- but so far I don't seem to have a very good track record. Now, if I were to do a list of Series You Want to Finish That You've Read the First Book Of, I' d probably win a gold medal there.

New Jedi Order by various authors
By far, the most important one on the list. I've been wanting to read this series forever and -barring natural and reading disasters- this is the year I'm going to start.

The Last Policeman by Ben H. Winters
Book 1 is on my Summer Reading List, if you're so inclined to check it out.

Castle Glower by Jessica Day George
I've loved every book of George's that I've read, but this series comes with the bonus of being recommended by my niece. Awwwww...

The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd

The Lotus War by Jay Kristoff

Once Upon a Time by various authors
Especially the ones by Cameron Dokey; I've got a friend who adores them.

Oracles of Fire by Bryan Davis
This is a branch off series of Dragons In Our Midst, which I loved as a teenager. I always meant to read through these, but still haven't gotten around to it. I wonder if I'd still enjoy them. I ought re-read the original series and see!

The Hollow Kingdom by Claire Dunkel
I have two friends who are as obsessed with this series as they are with Labyrinth and Jareth. Go figure. I started this once a while back and -to their utter horror and disbelief- didn't finish it. Then again, I never really did get into Labyrinth.

The Shoe Books by Noel Streatfield
You've Got Mail is one of my mom's favorite movies so it's not a real surprise that she went searching for these books after it first released. (Lucky for us, Skating Shoes is back in print!) She's is completely in love with them.  After trying and failing to get my sister and I to read them, she's been sending copies to grandkids, in they hope she can finally convert somebody to Shoe Book fans. A few years back, I found the movie of Ballet Shoes and gave it to her for her birthday and I totally loved it. I've been meaning to give the series another try ever since.

The Selection by Kiera Cass

Monster Hunter International by Larry Correia

Anna by Kendare Blake

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas
I finally read Throne of Glass this year and loved it. I want to read all of Maas' stuff, but a friend has ordered I not start ACOTAR until after I finish the Throne of Glass series.

King Raven by Stephen R. Lawhead
A retelling of Robin Hood steeped in Celtic mythology. I tried to read these back when I was a teenager, but I was far too impatient to read them. I recall this being a thick book, with lots of Briton history (back in the days of the Angels and Saxons) -a portion of history I'm currently very intrigued by.

There are a LOT more of these than I realized and now I'm feeling a little overwhelmed. I didn't even get half way through my to-read shelf on Goodreads! GAH!!!

There is a lot of reading in my future, that's all I've got to say.

Have you read any of these?
What are some series you've been meaning to read?


  1. The Ballet Shoes is a series that I've been curious about too. All these series books today are making me anxious, can't we just have a standalone? My TTT link

    1. The Shoe books are individual stories. As far as I know, characters and stories from each book don't carry over into others. Their only commonality is centering around a specific pair of shoes.
      There does seem to be a deficiency of standalones out there. Even the last 'novel' I read turned out to be the first in a trilogy of companion novels. I like the idea of companion novels -where they're not directly related to the same story and characters- but yeah, every once in a while, I just want A SINGLE BOOK to read, not an investment of time. >_<

  2. ugh I do that too! read the first book and then I lose interest even if it was a 5-star! I heard The Madman's Daughter is good!

    1. It's a terrible thing, not having time or patience to read a really good series, isn't it? It makes me feel like a horrible reader sometimes. >_<

  3. Anna made my list too. The only one of these I've read is The Madman's Daughter. It was only okay for me, but I seem to be the black sheep on that one.

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

    1. The Madman's Daughter keeps sinking lower on my TBR, just because I want to read the original it's based on, too, so that's two books for one. Who has the time?! *hysterical laughter*

  4. Ha ha. I'm the same way. The only series I've read all the way through is The Madman's Daughter one. It was okay.

    Happy TTT!

    1. Thanks, Susan! And then, of course, the second problem is that once you do decide to finally continue with a series, you still have to read the first book over, because who knows what you forgot!

  5. The New Jedi Order reminds me that I need to go back and read some of the formerly canon EU stuff. I love the idea of Luke starting a Jedi academy and regardless of where the movies go, I want to read about that. :)

    I've read the first two or three Castle Glower books and they're fun. :) And I think I started Hood once but never finished it? I got sidetracked, it wasn't because it was a bad book, I remember that much.

    1. Gah, I get sidetracked reading ALL THE TIME. It's a terrible habit. :P

      I feel exactly the same way about the EU. In my head, it still exists as a truth somewhere out there in alternate reality.

  6. I loved the Shoe Books when I was a kid, though I didn't read all of them! ACOTAR is good, the second is better, and I haven't read the third yet. I think the Anna books are on my TBR? I honestly can't remember!
    My TTT:

    1. Ha! I didn't remember that most of these were on my TBR until I started going through Goodreads. XD
      Thanks for stopping by!

  7. At some point, I want to read the Edward Carey series, starting with Heap House. It keeps staring at me from the shelf.