Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the people over at The Broke and the Bookish and today's topic is "Top Ten Series I Would Like to Start But Haven't Yet".
I like series. I have read some very nice ones - "Lord of the Rings", "Song of Ice and Fire" (up to as much as has been published), "The Farseer Trilogy" by Robin Hobb. Nowadays the amount of series coming from publishing houses makes me feel a bit uncomfortable, because it seems like it's done for financial reasons, so that maybe explains my lack of interest towards the newer stuff.
But, there are some series I would like to read some time in future, and here they are:
1. Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling. It feels odd to be what seems like the only one who hasn't read Harry Potter. After I read that the books are getting new covers, and the first one I actually like very much, I decided that this autumn when the series gets a facelift, I shall buy them and read them, and not feel left out anymore.
2. The Dark Tower series by S. King. Not being a major King fangirl (post about that coming out as well), I am interested in The Dark Tower books. No idea when I get there, though.
3. The Liveship Traders series by R. Hobb. Robin Hobb writes lovely fantasy and deserves more attention. Last year I finished her "The Farseer Trilogy", which is one of those few stories that left me weeping like a babe in the end. So I decided to continue with her trilogies. I have the first book at home and maybe I will pick it up, some time, on a whim.
4. The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan. Very much intimidating, but at the same time I want to read. The bad thing is that as much as I've heard, level of quality of different books in the series is very uneven.
5. Malazan Book of the Fallen series by Steven Erikson. Probably less known fantasy series, this requires a lot of attention and dedication, and it can take a while to get used to the myriad of characters and the strange worlds. I have started the first book some 2-3 times, and never finished, but I'm not giving up.
6. The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide by Douglas Adams. Maybe not that kind of conventional series, but it's books, one following another, so... it's kind of series. Hopefully I can click with the humour, otherwise I guess it's pretty impossible to enjoy these. Marvin!!
7. Dragonriders of Pern series by Anne McCaffrey. Because it's old, and classic, and dragons, and could be a fun read.
8. Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. From what I've heard, this is a series of book-bricks. (I refuse to get intimidated!) But hey. History, fantasy? Yes please.
9. The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis. When I was kid, and where I lived - we never had access to these books. Which is a shame. But better late than never. Should be a fun read :)
10. Anne of Green Gables books by L. M. Montgomery. Same as with Narnia, as a little girl I never knew these books existed. And I was exactly the kind of bookworm-child who would have related to Anne so much. Oh well. I do intend to read, if not all then at least some of Anne books.
Good list! Harry Potter is on my list too, because I haven't read it either! You're not alone! And, how could I have forgotten about the Chronicles of Narnia! I want to read that series too! But, how is it possible you've never read AoGG! Seriously? Just joking! But really, you should start with that series and should read at least 3 books, because it is the third book where love is in the air... Happy reading!ReplyDelete
I know I know, it is pretty bad not to read awesome children's classics :) And thanks for the tip, I will definitely read the third Anne book. AND feels good not to be the only one who has been living under the Harry Potter rock :))Delete
Outlander and Harry Potter constantly do battle in my brain for the title of "my favorite series" -- they are so different, so I can never make up my mind! Usually whichever I have re-read most recently wins :) But I really do love them both very much -- I hope you enjoy them as much as I have.ReplyDelete
I would have put the Narnia series on my list, but I *technically* started it already since I did read The Lion, The Witch, & The Wardrobe. They are all on my Classics Club list though, so I will definitely be reading them at some point. Anne of Green Gables would be another good children's classic for the club too.
Argh now I feel like reading Outlander RIGHT NOW and already my current read-pile is so high :D (Luckily I didn't find the first book while on a trip to bookshop the other day; otherwise I would have bought it, and by now would already be reading. Let's hope I am too lazy to go ordering online.)Delete
Ah right, I remember Narnias from your Classics Club list. Now I think maybe I should have added more children's literature myself. It makes a good change to all this heavier stuff.
I don't think I'd have a chance of completing my Club list if I didn't mix it up, but that is just me :)Delete
What a great list of classic reads. Good luck. I hope you love some of these as much as I did.ReplyDelete
Thank you :) I'mm off to check out your blog ;)Delete
It is hard to believe you haven't read Harry Potter or Chronicles of Narnia (which is my favorite!) I'm excited for you to experience them though!ReplyDelete
I also enjoyed the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, I think I still need to read books 4 & 5 though.
Yes, I do feel like I've been living under a rock :) But on the other hand, it feels good to know I have these wonderful series still to discover for the very first time.Delete
YESSS to so much of this list! ESPECIALLY Outlander, because it's my favorite series in the world.ReplyDelete
I really need to try the Dark Towers series. I got the first one out of the library and now I need to bring it back because it's overdue, so I'm not off to a great start, lol.
I accidentally skipped right over The Liveship Traders and went on to The Tawny Man trilogy. I really need to go back and read those at some point.ReplyDelete
I gave up on The Wheel of Time at book ten, a few after I should have stopped. I'm curious now that it's over, but I might just read the plot synopsis on Wikipedia. :) So wrong, I know, but I can't go back...
That is my main concern with Wheel of Time books. That some of them will be so "not good" that I want to drop them. And I really don't want to waste my time and energy in series I might not finish :(Delete
The Dragonriders of Pern series is fantastic... I started reading them many years ago and the joy of them has always stayed with me. I thought Robin Hobbs' 'Assassin' books were probably the best fantasy I've ever read but I've never read on to the next series. So I have the first Liveship Trader book on my list for Carl's Once Upon a Time challenge that should start next week. I'm determined to read the series this year. Nice post. :-)ReplyDelete
Thank you for a lovely comment :)Delete
And great to meet another Hobb lover! Now I wish I could start The Ship of Magic earlier, but all those classics are taking away time this spring, hehe :)
I can assure you that Anne of Green Gables is ageless! It's wonderful whether one is five or 105. To be honest, I get weary with the later books in the series, but the early installments remain some of the most magical books I have ever read.ReplyDelete
Other people have also said that maybe later books are not *that* good anymore, but I think that's a good thing about such series, you can start with them and then if it doesn't feel like "it" anymore it's not like you have to read all the books.Delete
I've read and really enjoyed Harry Potter, The Dark Tower, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, and The Chronicles of Narnia. I hope you enjoy them too :-) I've just started reading A Song of Ice and Fire!ReplyDelete