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Top 5 Series I Want to Read in 2018

I’ll be up front, I’m really bad about starting book series and even worse about finishing them. I’ve collected quite a few book series over time that I just haven’t gotten around to starting even though I know they’re supposed to be really great. This is mostly out of laziness and a fear of committing that much of my time to a single series when there are so many standalone novels that are easier to digest. I also tend to like to read series all in one go if I do read them, which makes waiting on releases a bit of a pain as I tend to forget a lot of details in between.

For this goal list I’m only going to pick series that are complete and not works in progress. This will be a part of a back list challenge for myself, so hopefully I can knock out at least a few of these!


addtogoodreadsAuthor: Octavia E. Butler
Genre: Science Fiction, Dystopia, Post Apocalyptic

I had actually started this series last year over the summer and had to put the first book, Parable of the Sower, back on my shelf for a number of reasons. One was that I was falling way behind on ARCs and library check outs that were just higher on my priority list, and the second was just that the first book was so… well brutal. It is incredibly violent, and normally I don’t bat an eye when books go to dark places. I want to pick the series back up because I know it’s a classic and I was interested in the plot, I just wasn’t in the right frame of mind to handle all of the more gruesome details at the time that I was reading it. I was also granted a copy of the second book from the publisher for review so that’s another reason I want to get back to this series.

Practical Magic

addtogoodreadsAuthor: Alice Hoffman
Genre: Paranormal, Witches

Perhaps one of the most famous works on this list, Practical Magic was originally a standalone novel that has now become a series with the publication of a prequel. I selected The Rules of Magic for my November Book of the Month box and have been really wanting to read both books in the series together as a pair.

Southern Reach

addtogoodreadsAuthor: Jeff VanderMeer
Genre: Science Fiction, Horror

This is another trilogy that I picked up the ebooks for on sale in 2015 and I’ve been really wanting to read them, especially with the first movie on it’s way to theaters in just a few days. The premise just sounded so ominous and the covers were so eye catching they’ve always piqued my interest. So I think this year I’m going to try to finish the books and watch the film after.

The Grishaverse

addtogoodreadsAuthor: Leigh Bardugo
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

I feel so guilty for this one as this series is incredibly well loved and Leigh Bardugo is an extremely popular YA author. I have yet to read any of Bardugo’s work but this series sounds like everything I would love in a fantasy series. I picked up the trilogy via ebook some time ago while it was on sale and just haven’t gotten around to starting it, so I want to make it a goal to do so this year.

Penryn & the End of Days

addtogoodreadsAuthor: Susan Ee
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Dystopia

This is another trilogy that I had purchased on a whim via an ebook sale quite some time ago (in 2015 to be exact) and I still haven’t read them. I’m literally the worst, right? Especially since this series has quite the fan base and seems to be loved by basically every book blogger that I follow. I’ve been eyeing this series and have wanted to pick it up, so I think that this year will finally be the year that I do.

Have you heard of any of these books?
Are there any series that you’re wanting to read this year?
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  1. I love the Shadow & Bone books – they’re one of my favorite YA series ever! I really want to read the Southern Reach trilogy this year too – ideally the first one, at least, before watching the movie. And should really get to The Rules of Magic as well, cause I LOVE Practical Magic!

    1. I feel like I’ve lived under a rock having not read Practical Magic or watched the film, I plan to remedy that this year! I also hear that a lot about the Shadow & Bone series and am looking forward to reading it. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by Aurora!

  2. I am similar, I usually stay away from series. I sometimes feel like they are a little bit of a cop-out for authors. I guess maybe because a friend released a novel, and so far all she has written has been within that series. Which is nice that she has a steady income, but at the same time it feels a little like “don’t you want to challenge yourself and think of new characters?!” I know this isn’t always true, and I’ve read series in the past (James Bond, Harry Potter, and Chronicles of Narnia)

    But I am almost done with The Magicians. I liked the TV series, and I would like to see how they drew up different plot points over the series. Though I do have to say I can see why people didn’t love the first book.
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    1. Yeah I’ve heard that the first Magicians book is very hit or miss. I haven’t seen the series yet but I’ve heard good things about it, I might pick the series up at some point just to see what it’s about.

      Also absolutely agree on series, I can’t imagine folks that spend such a long time in one series. Then again I read a bunch of Anne Rice’s vampire chronicles without batting an eye growing up, but each book was sort of new with new characters, just the same universe. Nowadays though I just don’t have the patience and like getting something brand new every book I read.

  3. I can quite confidently affirm I have heard of none of these books.

    I am up-to-date with series I’m following, mostly. I’m waiting for their releases. I reviewed the pilot of Shadows Over England last year, and I’ve the sequel on my TBR after Long Black Veil, but otherwise I’m in waiting. (Ugh.)

    Since I joined a written Potterverse RPG, I would like to read the HP series; I only ever watched the movies. I couldn’t get into it when I first tried in middle school, because my life was so shit and I didn’t give it enough of a chance. I read the first few pages and thought that that was how it’d all be…plus I had outer influences against it. #solatetotheparty
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    1. Haha, yeah many of these series were published or were popular quite a few years ago so they don’t get brought up very often in book blogs anymore.

      As for Harry Potter, you definitely should! I really enjoyed the first few books, I don’t know what it was about the magic school thing that really caught my attention when I was a teen. Either way the books are pretty decent and have more details that the films don’t, so I hope that you enjoy them. 🙂

  4. Jumping into a series seems intimidating to me, what with all the other books I own I haven’t yet read. Some of these I’ve considered before, though, particularly the Southern Reach series.

    1. Agreed, I always end up sticking to standalones because it’s just so much easier. I have several series backlogged at this point though that I need to get to so I figure this year is a good year to try and catch up.

  5. Ohh I LOVE the Grisha books!! And everything by Leigh Bardugo basically. She is queen of fantasy and epic fairy tales ajfaksld. Also I haven’t finished the Penryn books but I really should get onto that?! I definitely enjoyed the first one a lot! I’m super bad at finishing series haah so I probably shouldn’t make that more of a goal for this year myself. xD
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    1. That’s what I’ve heard about Leigh Bardugo and it’s made me feel guilty that I haevn’t read any of her work yet (lol) especially since I’ve had her books on my shelf. I will be remedying that though!

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