When I scroll through pictures on #bookstagram, I feel like half my comments are either, “OMG I need to read this series!” or “This has been on my wish list for ages!” Despite this, I continue to fail miserably at tackling my TBR pile and there remain 10s of popular series that I haven’t managed to get through yet. I wrote a whole post about cutting down the dreaded TBR pile but there’s still been no progress on any of these 10 popular series. Plz don’t hate me after reading this list!
Sarah J Maas is the current reigning queen of young adult literature and I am miles behind everyone on both the Throne of Glass series and A Court of Thorns and Roses. I have actually read the first book in this series but everyone says that it’s not until A Court of Mist and Fury that things get really interesting.
Feyre’s survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price …
Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre’s presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.
NB. Contains mature content. Not suitable for younger readers.
V E Schwab has quickly risen the ranks to become one the most popular young adult authors around with her (debut) series, A Darker Shade of Magic. God knows why I haven’t read any of her books yet because literally every book lover I know that has read her work is obsessed with it! What’s more, I’m a Londoner, the book is set in London (or several Londons), and I love reading stories in familiar places.
Most people only know one London; but what if there were several? Kell is one of the last Travelers—magicians with a rare ability to travel between parallel Londons. There’s Grey London, dirty and crowded and without magic, home to the mad king George III. There’s Red London, where life and magic are revered. Then, White London, ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne. But once upon a time, there was Black London…
I have to admit that even from reading the description of Mistborn book #1 I’m not sold by the plot. However, Mistborn frequently pops up when I ask people what their favourite fantasy series are and my boyfriend loves it too so I really want to give it a shot!
For a thousand years the ash fell and no flowers bloomed.
For a thousand years the Skaa slaved in misery and lived in fear while the Lord Ruler reigned with absolute power and ultimate terror, a divinely invincible leader. Hope is long lost, until a terribly scarred, heart-broken half-Skaa in the depths of the most hellish prison and discovered he has the powers of a Mistborn. A brilliant thief and natural leader, Kelsier will turn his talents to the ultimate caper: one with the Lord Ruler himself as the mark.
Only he’s not just planning the greatest heist in history, he’s plotting the overthrow of a divine despot.
Kelsier recruited the underworld’s elite, the smartest and most trustworthy allomancers, each of whom shares one of his many powers, and all of whom relish a high-stakes challenge. But even with the best criminal crew ever assembled, Kel’s plan looks like a long shot, until luck brings a ragged girl named Vin into his life. Like him, she’s a half-Skaa orphan, but she’s lived a much harsher life. Vin has learned to expect betrayal from everyone she meets, and gotten it. She will have to learn to trust, if Kel is to help her master powers of which she never dreamed.
Despite the fact that I own this whole series already (and it’s impossible to forget this since these books take up an entire shelf), I haven’t read any of the books! I am a huge fan of the HBO televised version of Game of Thrones and I love fantasy books so I’m optimistic that I’ll really enjoy the books too. But why are there so many?! I think my goal for 2018 is going to be to get through just one of these mammouth books – that’s an achievement in and of itself.
Summers span decades. Winter can last a lifetime. And the struggle for the Iron Throne has begun.
As Warden of the north, Lord Eddard Stark counts it a curse when King Robert bestows on him the office of the Hand. His honour weighs him down at court where a true man does what he will, not what he must … and a dead enemy is a thing of beauty.
The old gods have no power in the south, Stark’s family is split and there is treachery at court. Worse, the vengeance-mad heir of the deposed Dragon King has grown to maturity in exile in the Free Cities. He claims the Iron Throne.
I only recently discovered that The Bone Season is actually set in Oxford! Seriously, how did I miss this one? On paper, this series seems to tick all the boxes for me: set in the future, strong female lead and features Oxford. I’m currently on a book buying ban but this is undoubtedly the series I am most looking forward to on this list.
A dreamer who can start a revolution.
For the past two hundred years the Scion government has led an oppressive campaign against unnaturalness in London.
Clairvoyance in all its forms has been decreed a criminal offence, and those who practise it viciously punished. Forced underground, a clairvoyant underworld has developed, combating persecution and evading capture.
Paige Mahoney, a powerful dreamwalker operating in the Seven Dials district of London, leads a double life, using her unnaturalness illegally while hiding her gift from her father, who works for the Scion regime…
Dystopian is one of my fave genres so Legend by Marie Lu sounds like something I’d love. I’m also a huge fan of stories where two people from completely opposite backgrounds and who aren’t ever supposed to meet come together. However, my main reason for wanting to read this is because I loveee to see diverse American authors making waves!! Also she has two Pembroke Welsh corgis. That is all.
Los Angeles, California
Republic of America
He is Day.
The boy who walks in the light.
She is June.
The girl who seeks her brother’s killer.
On the run and undercover, they meet by chance. Irresistably drawn together, neither knows the other’s past.
But Day murdered June’s brother.
And she has sworn to avenge his death.
Lord of the Rings is my all time favourite film series but for some reason I’ve never been able to get into the books. I’ve tried numerous times over the years but it’s just so dense that I’ve never made it further than about 1/5 of the way through The Fellowship of the Ring. Tolkien has created my all time favourite fantasy world though so I am determined to make it through the whole trilogy one day!
Sauron, the Dark Lord, has gathered to him all the Rings of Power – the means by which he intends to rule Middle-earth. All he lacks in his plans for dominion is the One Ring – the ring that rules them all – which has fallen into the hands of the hobbit, Bilbo Baggins.
In a sleepy village in the Shire, young Frodo Baggins finds himself faced with an immense task, as his elderly cousin Bilbo entrusts the Ring to his care. Frodo must leave his home and make a perilous journey across Middle-earth to the Cracks of Doom, there to destroy the Ring and foil the Dark Lord in his evil purpose.
Cassandra Clare was my favourite YA author when I was a teenager and I’ve heard many people say the Infernal Devices series is much better than the Mortal Instruments series so I’ve got to crack on and read it. I won Clockwork Princess in a giveaway years ago but sadly the book doesn’t seem to have ever actually made it off the bookshelf. As with A Darker Shade of Magic, this series is set in London so I’m really hoping I’ll love it!
Love is the most dangerous magic of all… First in the bestselling prequel series to The Mortal Instruments, set in Victorian London.
Something terrifying is waiting for Tessa Gray in London’s Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Tessa seeks refuge with the Shadowhunters, a band of warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons. Tessa finds herself fascinated by – and torn between – two best friends…
Robin Hobb is another author that everybody seems to be completely obsessed. There’s even an instagram account dedicated to rereading her books called @HobbSquad. It comes highly recommended by George R R Martin himself, the reigning king of fantasty so the bar is pretty high!
Tom Badgerlock has been living peaceably in the manor house at Withywoods with his beloved wife Molly these many years, the estate a reward to his family for loyal service to the crown.
But behind the facade of respectable middle-age lies a turbulent and violent past. For Tom Badgerlock is actually FitzChivalry Farseer, bastard scion of the Farseer line, convicted user of Beast-magic, and assassin. A man who has risked much for his king and lost more…
On a shelf in his den sits a triptych carved in memory stone of a man, a wolf and a fool. Once, these three were inseparable friends: Fitz, Nighteyes and the Fool. But one is long dead, and one long-missing.
Then one Winterfest night a messenger arrives to seek out Fitz, but mysteriously disappears, leaving nothing but a blood-trail. What was the message? Who was the sender? And what has happened to the messenger?
Suddenly Fitz’s violent old life erupts into the peace of his new world, and nothing and no one is safe.
Again, part of the attraction here is the fact that Jenny Han is of asian descent. Woo diversity! To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before has a pretty funny premise so I’m hoping it lives up to the hype. It seems to be well loved by most people who read YA so fingers crossed! Also my name is Laura Jane and the main character here is called Lara Jean so I’m basically the main character of a book.
Lara Jean keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. One for every boy she’s ever loved. The letters are for her eyes only. Until the day they are mailed, and suddenly Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control.
So there you have it. I’ve confessed all. I’m expecting a great deal of outrage from the bookish community because these are some of the most well-loved series out there at the moment but I’ll get there eventually I swear…
Just remembered I also haven’t read the Divergent trilogy and that’s another biggie 😳