Series I’ve wanted to start but haven’t | Top 10 Tuesday

July 4, 2017     Marissa     Books, Top 10 Tuesday

Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish. This topic was technically for June 20, but I wasn’t able to get this post published in time. The topic for June 27 the best books I’ve read so far in 2017, but I’ve only managed to read 3 books so far this year.  Since there are currently no topics for July, as there is a hiatus, I figured I’d still publish this post. Even if it is 2 weeks late.

1. The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

Published by Bloomsbury on June 26, 1997
Genre: Fiction, Middle Grade, Fantasy
Pages: 223
Format: Print, Hardcover

Harry Potter is an ordinary boy who lives in a cupboard under the stairs at his Aunt Petunia and Uncle Vernon’s house, which he thinks is normal for someone like him whose parents have been killed in a ‘car crash’. He is bullied by them and his fat, spoilt cousin Dudley, and lives a very unremarkable life with only the odd hiccup (like his hair growing back overnight!) to cause him much to think about. That is until an owl turns up with a letter addressed to Harry and all hell breaks loose! He is literally rescued by a world where nothing is as it seems and magic lessons are the order of the day. Read and find out how Harry discovers his true heritage at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

This series absolutely needs to be first on this list, because I definitely should have read it already, and that’s the Harry Potter series.  I have managed to start the series, but I really need to finish it. I currently have the first two books in the lovely illustrated editions and I can’t wait for the rest to be released. I’ve had the boxed set for way too long, and I need to stop neglecting them and make them feel loved.

2. The Millennium  Trilogy by Stieg Larsson

Published by Vintage Crime on June 23, 2009
Genre: Fiction, Adult, Mystery, Thriller
Pages: 590
Format: Print, Paperback

A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It’s about the disappearance forty years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden . . . and about her octogenarian uncle, determined to know the truth about what he believes was her murder. It’s about Mikael Blomkvist, a crusading journalist recently at the wrong end of a libel case, hired to get to the bottom of Harriet’s disappearance . . . and about Lisbeth Salander, a twenty-four-year-old pierced and tattooed genius hacker possessed of the hard-earned wisdom of someone twice her age–and a terrifying capacity for ruthlessness to go with it–who assists Blomkvist with the investigation. This unlikely team discovers a vein of nearly unfathomable iniquity running through the Vanger family, astonishing corruption in the highest echelons of Swedish industrialism–and an unexpected connection between themselves. It’s a contagiously exciting, stunningly intelligent novel about society at its most hidden, and about the intimate lives of a brilliantly realized cast of characters, all of them forced to face the darker aspects of their world and of their own lives.

I’ve wanted to start reading The Millenium Trilogy for the longest time. I’ve had the first book on my shelf for at least a couple of years now, but I’ve still never managed to read it. I also just recently bought a boxed set of beautiful hardcovers; maybe that will motivate me to pick them up soon. I’ve also managed to avoid seeing major spoilers even with the movie being out. The movie looks absolutely amazing, and I just really need to see Rooney Mara kick ass as Lisbeth. I hope I enjoy the book, and that I haven’t hyped it up too much in my head.

3. The Lord of the Rings Series by J.R.R. Tolkien

Published by Houghton Mifflin Company on March 3, 1988
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy, Classics, Adventure
Pages: 423
Format: Print, Hardcover

The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien’s three-volume epic, is set in the imaginary world of Middle-earth – home to many strange beings, and most notably hobbits, a peace-loving “little people,” cheerful and shy. Since its original British publication in 1954-55, the saga has entranced readers of all ages. It is at once a classic myth and a modern fairy tale. Critic Michael Straight has hailed it as one of the “very few works of genius in recent literature.” Middle-earth is a world receptive to poets, scholars, children, and all other people of good will. Donald Barr has described it as “a scrubbed morning world, and a ringing nightmare world…especially sunlit, and shadowed by perils very fundamental, of a peculiarly uncompounded darkness.” The story of ths world is one of high and heroic adventure. Barr compared it to Beowulf, C.S. Lewis to Orlando Furioso, W.H. Auden to The Thirty-nine Steps.

This is another series where I’ve seen all the movies before reading all the books, which makes me slightly apprehensive to read the books because I love the movies so much. I’d want to love the books as much as I love the movies. I’ve  also heard that some people find the books boring, which really makes me sad. Even just having the series on my shelf makes me happy because I love the characters so much, I just really hope I’m not disappointed by the books. I honestly think that’s why I’ve put of reading them for so long.

4. The Song of Ice and Fire Series by George R. R. Martin

Published by Bantam on January 1, 2003
Genre: Fiction, Epic Fantasy
Pages: 831
Format: E-Book, Kindle Edition

Long ago, in a time forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons out of balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. The cold is returning, and in the frozen wastes to the north of Winterfell, sinister forces are massing beyond the kingdom’s protective Wall. To the south, the king’s powers are failing—his most trusted adviser dead under mysterious circumstances and his enemies emerging from the shadows of the throne. At the center of the conflict lie the Starks of Winterfell, a family as harsh and unyielding as the frozen land they were born to. Now Lord Eddard Stark is reluctantly summoned to serve as the king’s new Hand, an appointment that threatens to sunder not only his family but the kingdom itself. Sweeping from a harsh land of cold to a summertime kingdom of epicurean plenty, A Game of Thrones tells a tale of lords and ladies, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and bastards, who come together in a time of grim omens. Here an enigmatic band of warriors bear swords of no human metal; a tribe of fierce wildlings carry men off into madness; a cruel young dragon prince barters his sister to win back his throne; a child is lost in the twilight between life and death; and a determined woman undertakes a treacherous journey to protect all she holds dear. Amid plots and counter-plots, tragedy and betrayal, victory and terror, allies and enemies, the fate of the Starks hangs perilously in the balance, as each side endeavors to win that deadliest of conflicts: the game of thrones.

So, this technically might not count since I’ve read the first book in the series, but I’m mentioning this anyway. I really, really want to finish the entire Game of Thrones series. I’ve watched the entirety of the television series, and I absolutely love all of the characters. I know that GRRM has a very different vision for some characters than what’s happened on the show. I just really need to read it.

5. The Mistborn Series by Brandon Sanderson

Published by Orion Publishing Co on October 1, 2009
Genre: Fiction, Epic Fantasy
Pages: 647
Format: Print, Paperback

Brandon Sanderson’s epic fantasy trilogy overturns the expectations of readers and then goes on to tell the epic story of evil overturned in a richly imagined world.

A thousand years ago evil came to the land and has ruled with an iron hand ever since. The sun shines fitfully under clouds of ash that float down endlessly from the constant eruption of volcanoes. A dark lord rules through the aristocratic families and ordinary folk are condemned to lives in servitude, sold as goods, labouring in the ash fields.
But now a troublemaker has arrived and there is rumour of revolt. A revolt that depends on criminal that no-one can trust and a young girl who must master Allomancy – the magic that lies in all metals. A word of mouth success in the states the Mistborn trilogy has, this year, broken on to the New York Times Bestseller list. The time is ripe for its success to cross the Atlantic.

I’ve heard so many good things about this series on booktube. It’s been so highly praised by a lot of people whose bookish opinions I really trust, so I’m really excited to read it. I need to read more fantasy, and this seems like a super epic high fantasy, with a super badass magic system.

6. The Divergent Series by Veronica Roth

Published by Harper Collins on May 3rd, 2011
Genres: Young Adult, Dystopian
Pages: 487
Format: Print, Hardcover

In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue–Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is–she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself. During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are–and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating boy fits into the life she’s chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she’s kept hidden from everyone because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

I’ve also technically read Divergent, but I borrowed the entire series from my friend, and I definitely need read them and give them back to her. I definitely plan on reading on reading them this summer. Since it’s now July, I guess I’d better get cracking on them!

7. The Lunar Chronicles Series by Marissa Meyer

Published by Puffin on January 5, 2012
Genre: Fiction, Young Adult, Fantasy, Science Fiction
Pages: 387
Format: Print, Paperback

Sixteen-year-old Cinder is considered a technological mistake by most of society and a burden by her stepmother. Being cyborg does have its benefits, though: Cinder’s brain interference has given her an uncanny ability to fix things (robots, hovers, her own malfunctioning parts), making her the best mechanic in New Beijing. This reputation brings Prince Kai himself to her weekly market booth, needing her to repair a broken android before the annual ball. He jokingly calls it “a matter of national security,” but Cinder suspects it’s more serious than he’s letting on.

Although eager to impress the prince, Cinder’s intentions are derailed when her younger stepsister, and only human friend, is infected with the fatal plague that’s been devastating Earth for a decade. Blaming Cinder for her daughter’s illness, Cinder’s stepmother volunteers her body for plague research, an “honour” that no one has survived. But it doesn’t take long for the scientists to discover something unusual about their new guinea pig. Something others would kill for.

It’s about time I read this book. This was one of the books in my book club that I joined at uni and I never managed to read it. I’ve had it for a while; it was one of the first books I bought from Book Outlet after I discovered booktube. A lot of people that I watched were talking about The Lunar Chronicles Series, and I thought it sounded super cool! I need to read this one, it’s been sitting on my shelf for a while.

8. The Illuminae Files Series by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Published by Knopf on October 20, 2016
Genre: Fiction, Young Adult, Science Fiction
Pages: 608
Format: Print, Hardcover

This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded. The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit. But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

BRIEFING NOTE: Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.

I love books that use mixed media to tell the story, so I’ve had my eye on this book for a while now. I’ve heard a lot of people talk about it on booktube, and now that the second book in the series is out, I’m even more eager to read it and start this awesome sounding sci-fi series!

9. The Fairyland Series by Catherynne M. Valente

Published by Feiwell & Friends on May 10, 2011
Genre: Fiction, Middle Grade, Fantasy
Pages: 247
Format: Print, Hardcover

Twelve-year-old September lives in Omaha, and used to have an ordinary life, until her father went to war and her mother went to work. One day, September is met at her kitchen window by a Green Wind (taking the form of a gentleman in a green jacket), who invites her on an adventure, implying that her help is needed in Fairyland. The new Marquess is unpredictable and fickle, and also not much older than September. Only September can retrieve a talisman the Marquess wants from the enchanted woods, and if she doesn’t . . . then the Marquess will make life impossible for the inhabitants of Fairyland. September is already making new friends, including a book-loving Wyvern and a mysterious boy named Saturday. With exquisite illustrations by acclaimed artist Ana Juan, Fairyland lives up to the sensation it created when the author first posted it online. For readers of all ages who love the charm of Alice in Wonderland and the soul of The Golden Compass, here is a reading experience unto itself: unforgettable, and so very beautiful.

I bought this book at the same time I bought The His Dark Materials Series. I actually love middle grade so much, and I’d heard the lovely Jen Campbell talk about this series a lot on her booktube channel. It sounds absolutely magical, and I just need to start reading this series already!

10. The Mapmakers Trilogy by S. E. Grove

Published by Viking Books on June 12, 2014
Genre: Fiction, Middle Grade, Historical
Pages: 493
Format: Print, Hardcover

She has only seen the world through maps. She had no idea they were so dangerous. Boston, 1891. Sophia Tims comes from a family of explorers and cartologers who, for generations, have been traveling and mapping the New World—a world changed by the Great Disruption of 1799, when all the continents were flung into different time periods.  Eight years ago, her parents left her with her uncle Shadrack, the foremost cartologer in Boston, and went on an urgent mission. They never returned. Life with her brilliant, absent-minded, adored uncle has taught Sophia to take care of herself. Then Shadrack is kidnapped. And Sophia, who has rarely been outside of Boston, is the only one who can search for him. Together with Theo, a refugee from the West, she travels over rough terrain and uncharted ocean, encounters pirates and traders, and relies on a combination of Shadrack’s maps, common sense, and her own slantwise powers of observation. But even as Sophia and Theo try to save Shadrack’s life, they are in danger of losing their own. The Glass Sentence plunges readers into a time and place they will not want to leave, and introduces them to a heroine and hero they will take to their hearts. It is a remarkable debut.

I think I bought this after I was looking for something similar to His Dark Materials because I had a lot of feels about the series, and I wanted more awesome middle grade books to read! I need to start this series. I’ve had it for too long. Although, I can probably say that about almost all the books on my shelf because I buy many, many books faster than I can read them.

That’s all for this Top 10 Tuesday! Let me know if you’ve read any of these books, and what you thought of them. Let’s discuss in the comments. Also, if you’d like to purchase any of these  books, feel free to do so through my Book Depository affiliate link here.