Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Book Series I've Been Meaning to Start

Top Ten Tuesday is weekly book blog meme hosted by the lovely girls over at The Broke and the Bookish.

There are a lot of books in the world. And within those books are a lot of series, many of which sound amazing and I really want to read, but simply have had the time -- or I'm too intimidated -- to start them. Here are just a select few of some of the series that I'm dying to read. What do you guys think?

The Color of Magic (Discworld, #1)
Discworld by Terry Pratchett
I'm almost ashamed to admit that I haven't started this series. I've honestly been meaning to for years now, but for some reason I just haven't. I think that there is a small part of me that worries I won't find them as funny as everyone else does, but I don't think that will actually be an issue. Here's to hoping I get to this series soon!

Gardens of the Moon (The Malazan Book of the Fallen, #1)
Malazan Book of the Fallen by Steven Erikson
If you know anything about the Malazan series, then you can probably understand why I've been putting this one off. To be fair, I have started the first book twice and ended up putting it down both times. I can understand why it's one of the top fantasy series out there, but I just get so confused and lost when I try to make sense of everything... one day, Malazan, one day.

The Black Company
The Black Company by Glen Cook
This is just another great fantasy series that I've heard great things about and I would really like to start. It sounds pretty exciting, and I'm always up for some good fantasy.

The Mists of Avalon (Avalon, #1)
The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
The King Arthur legend is one of those stories that I know the vague details surrounding it, but that I've neglected to ever fully read about. I've heard that The Mists of Avalon is an awesome series that retells the legend through the eyes of some of the women involved, and I just really want to read this one!

The Alchemists of Loom (Loom Saga, #1)
Loom Saga by Elisa Kova
The Loom Saga just sounds so unique and compelling, I've been really dying to get my hands on a copy of the first book, The Alchemists of Loom. If I'm not mistaken, the second book comes out this July, so now would be a great time to get on board!

The Blade Itself (The First Law #1)
The First Law by Joe Abercrombie
Key words I've heard to describe this series are 'dark,' 'depressing,' 'violent,' and 'gritty,' and well, that sounds just about right for me. I think I'll have to be in the right mood to start this series, but I have a good feeling that I'll really like it.

Fire from Heaven (Alexander the Great, #1)
Alexander the Great Series by Mary Renault
If you know me, you know I love Alexander the Great and reading about him. I actually read the first half of the book a few years ago and I'm not really sure why I put it down, but what I do know is that I want to read through this series! Renault has a lovely writing style that just flows in such a poetic manner.

Outlander (Outlander #1)
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Yes, I want to see what all the fuss is about this series! I hear so many good things about it (and some bad, to be honest) and I am just dying to see what it's all about. I'm not normally much of a time travel fan, but I think it'll work it out alright.

Sabriel (Abhorsen, #1)
The Abhorsen Series by Garth Nix
Another one that I'm embarrassed to say I've never really gotten started on. Like a few others, I've read most (?) of the first book, but I don't really remember much. I remember being somewhat disappointed and not liking it as much as I thought, but I'm hoping things will be different when I try to restart this series.

Fire in the East (Warrior of Rome, #1)
Warrior of Rome by Harry Sidebottom
Honestly, I know very little about this series other than the fact that it's in an Ancient Rome setting. I'm also looking for good ancient Rome/Greece books, so I'm completely ready to check this one out.

The Last Kingdom (The Saxon Stories, #1)
The Last Kingdom by Bernard Cornwell
I've had the first book on my Kindle for ages and I've never read more than 30% of it. I love Viking stories, Bernard Cornwell is highly praised, and this is already a series that I always watch on Netflix, so I definitely want to get started on this series!

What series have you been meaning to read? Have you read any of these or do you want to read any of these? Let me know!

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  1. I started reading The Last Kingdom recently, but DNFed at like 50%. It was just very dense and boring for me, and I was surprised, since I really thought I would like it.

    I like the Outlander books, but they are very different from what I expected.

    1. Hm, perhaps that's why I stopped at 30%, haha! That's good to know, so I'm glad you shared that.
      I'm so intrigued by Outlander - at this point, I'm not even sure what to expect.

  2. Oh, the Abhorsen series is just wonderful (I want to reread it to catch up with the new books that he's done)--I think you'll like it.

    I haven't read that particular series by Abercrombie, but I read the first book in the Half A King series, and it was really good. I like his style--it's definitely dark, but it's engrossing.

    1. So glad to hear that! I have always loved Garth Nix, so I can only imagine that this would be yet another great one by him.
      Glad to hear that about Abercrombie. I'd like to check out his other series as well, very interested in how dark his work seems to be!

  3. I'm extremely curious about Sabriel! Everyone says it's good so I might have to get myself a copy one of these days. And yes, you have to read The Alchemists of Loom!!

    1. I know, and it sounds so good! Maybe we'll have to take people up on their suggestions one of these days, haha. And I just requested Alchemists of Loom from my library earlier today (with a bit of a waitlist), so hopefully within the next couple months I'll get the chance - I'm so excited for it!

  4. Outlander is on my list too. My Dad is a huge fan of Bernard Cornwall! I actually nearly borrowed the Joe Abercrombie book today. It looked interesting.

  5. I've heard a lot of people raving about Alchemists of Loom. I might have to check it out.
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/06/20/top-ten-tuesday-112/

  6. I've been watching The Last Kingdom on Netflix too, but I haven't read the books. And I've wondered about Pratchett too- everyone seems to love his stuff but I haven't tried those yet either. Hopefully soon!

    Great list!