Friday, August 12, 2011

Series of books I have yet to read

I have collected quite a few different series of books that I've been excited to read. However, I've noticed that most of these books stay on my shelf unread for quite some time. I thought today I might talk about some of them in the hopes that it will get me excited again to read them.

Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead - I began collecting this series earlier this year after feeling horribly left out when there was so much excitement amongst bloggers and on Twitter for the last installment of the series, Last Sacrifice. Everyone was all in a tizzy over it and I wanted to be part of something that big and addictive. I've got the first 3 or 4 books in the series as I'm told once I finish the first book I won't want to wait to get to the next book. I hope so...

Tomorrow series by John Marsden - I've heard such wonderful things about the first book in the series, Tomorrow, When the War Began, especially after the movie was released and the book was repackaged and published again. It was an incredible find actually, a local charity shop had all of the books in the series in their book section AND they had a buy one, get one free offer on their paperbacks. So I picked up the entire series at a serious bargain. But I've still yet to read them...

Spook's Apprentice series by Joseph Delaney - This series is probably aimed at a younger audience than I normally read, but I still quite love the sound of them. I was very lucky to have won the entire series in an incredible giveaway over at Book Chick City. These books stare at me from their place on my shelves, begging to be read. It won't be long, I'm sure.

Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon - I won this entire series in another blog giveaway. Shockingly, I came the closest in guessing page numbers of all the books in the series even though the person had a strange mix of hardback/paperback/large format books. It'll probably be the last time I'm ever THAT lucky. Still, the size of the books put me off slightly as does the slightly confusing premise. But I do hear good things about the series and how much people love them. I wonder how long it will take me to get over my intimidation of chunky books?

Morganville Vampires series by Rachel Caine - The Morganville vampire series is a series that I've put off FOREVER. Mostly because I thought it would be a Twilight rip-off as well as being badly written. I was wrong on both accounts, as I have read the first book in the series and really enjoyed it. I did want to read the next in the series straight away, but I think my problem was that I was afraid of reading the second book before I'd reviewed the first. It took me awhile to review Glass Houses and once I had, the momentum was gone. Also, I go through phases of distinctly despising paranormal books. But I do have most of the series, again, in a wonderful charity shop discovery! I will get back to Morganville and these characters eventually. Perhaps closer to Halloween?

Shifters series by Rachel Vincent - It was only at the beginning of this year that I'd read any book by Rachel Vincent, and it was the first in her Soul Screamers series. I absolutely ADORE that series now (I've only recently picked up the third book and am hugely excited to start reading it) so I figured if I loved one series so much then I should really pick up the books in the other series. Because I'm so unsure if I'll love them as much as Soul Screamers, I've only picked up the first 2-3 books in the series and I used a book swapping site to do that (mostly because my local library doesn't have them!). I think I'll like them, but something is still holding me back? Any fans out there ready to give me encouraging thoughts on starting this series?

And thankfully that is it! Phew. I have A LOT of reading ahead of me. Where do you reckon I should start?

Do you collect a series of books and then have second thoughts or is that just me?


  1. I have yet to read the Vampire Acadamy or the Morganville Vampire series yet as well.. I won The Bite Club (book 10 in the morganville series) but cannot read it until I start the first one!

  2. I am exactly the same. I start collecting series, but they sit there on the shelf, looking all sad, for months on end.

    The series staring at me are Lauren Kate's Fallen series, The Hunger Games Trilogy, the Inkheart trilogy, the Wicked Lovely series and the Percy Jackson series.

    I've just started the Vampire Academy series. I got book 2 and 3 from the library the other week. It's kept my interest that I want to read the rest, but I wouldn't say I went racing out to get the next two.

    I have read the Spook's Apprentice series and love it! I wish it had been around when I was a kid.

  3. VA and Morganville are two of my favourite series. You need to read them!

    I read book one and then buy one at a time as I read them. Apart from when I began the VA series: I bought as many that were out, 2 and 3, I think, and then pre-ordered each as it was available.

  4. I've actually only read the Vampire Academy series form that list, so I reckon you should start from there :P. I sometimes start a series, then wish I hadn't, but feel compelled to keep reading it just because. It doesn't happen often, but it's a pain when it does - it's definitely not just you!

  5. What a lot of series! I read the first VA book last week (wanted to read the novel before I read the GN) and I liked it but not as much as I had expected to based on the hype around it.

    I've got the first three of the Morganville books waiting for me, I got them on a 3 for £5. I love the sound of the Rachel Vincent series.

  6. Becca - I think the problem for me is that both of those series are paranormal and I go through distinct phases where I despise paranormal books! :( I have since read the second book in the Morganville series and it was all right. Debating whether or not I should start the first VA book or not.

    Emma - I think, partially, a problem for me is that once I buy a book I feel less excited to read it immediately, BECAUSE I HAVE IT. Which is a shame, really. I love the Hunger Games, enjoyed the Fallen series, never read the third book in the Inkheart trilogy and couldn't get into the third book in the Wicked Lovely series. Never tried the Percy Jackson books. I think I've realised something else right there. I'm pretty sketchy on MOST books in a series.

    Sophie - But they're both about vampires! Sometimes I think I just should just pick ONE and read it. I don't know.

    Liz - The Vampire Academy books ARE quite popular. I think I really struggle reading books in a series, especially if there's a large gap between me reading books in the series :(

    Jenni - Yeah, I hear the first VA novel isn't the greatest in the series, which makes me frustrated because why would I persist with the books if I don't LOVE the first book in the series? I'm scared. I have just read the second Morganville book, which was all right. The Rachel Vincent books though, I picked up the first off my shelves the other day and it's MASSIVE. My levels of concentration absolutely QUAKED with fear.

  7. I have yet to read all of those series! I own VA but haven't got round to it yet. Morganville Vampires, look AWESOME! Another series I have to read is The Iron Fey by Julie Kagawa. I've heard such amazing things about it! And the Geogia Nivholson series. *Shame*

  8. I read the first of the Diana Gabaldon series. Srsly, it was one of the worst things I've ever read. Maybe it's because I'm Scottish but I just felt life is way too short to read any more.

    I know others who ADORE the series though so what would I know?

  9. The same thing happens to me occasionally. I have both The Vampire Diaries series (well, some of it) and the Night World series by L.J. Smith. As I couldn't finish TVD, I'm reluctant to try NW...

    I enjoyed Vampire Academy though, although the first books more so than the last ones.

  10. I have a lot of series that I really need to read... I have to finish some I started first, though.

  11. Cliona - Aww. That just means you have lots of excellent books in the future just waiting for you! i especially love the Iron Fey series, and Georgia Nicolson. So I hope you don't wait too long to get to those two :)

    Stella - I don't know.. I tried watching the film adaptation and I think I'm leaning towards your opinion of the books instead of all those other people who fall over them!

    theprettybooks - I think it can be hard with series books. As you can see I really struggle to read them all! I'm glad to hear so many people do love Vampire Academy though, gives me some hope..

    Kailana - My commiserations! Good luck to the both of us :)

  12. I want to read most of these...I've kind of banned myself from starting any new series until I get my TBR down though, because if I start series I'll want all the books!

  13. Julianne - Oh definitely the same for me. My TBR pile is out of control and it would be made even worse if I started collecting whole series of books that I haven't yet started. Good luck to you :)


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