I’m back with another Friday Five. It was actually hard to narrow down to 5 series that I’ve heard so much about – the good and the bad (mainly the wonderful stuff). I’m really looking forward to seeing for myself, and mostly hope that I really enjoy them. I decided to only choose one series per author because these are some very well known authors (and I haven’t read any of their others books either) and only chose series that were already completed. With that said, let’s actually get on with it…
5. Mara Dyer Series by Michelle Hodkin
I actually never heard about this series until last year when a friend recommended me this series. No matter how many descriptions of this series I get, I can never fully understand what’s going on, so this series does hold an air of intrigue for me. Also the covers seem kinda creepy and haunting and I love than. From what I’ve heard, it’s about this girl called Mara Dyer (shocker) who wakes up from some sort of coma (I’m clueless) without any memory of how. Paranormals are a hit or miss for me depending on the style, so I’m interested to see because I’ve been informed that she has these “blackouts” and the reality and illusion often get mixed up making it more confusing. Yay! I better pay attention when reading this book.
4. Daughter of Smoke & Bone Series by Laini Taylor
I’ve heard so so much good stuff about this series – not actually much about the actual series, but a lot and I mean a lot of praise especially about the writing. So I really hope my expectations aren’t crushed even though I don’t really know what to expect. Another thing I know is that Laini Taylor likes writing big books starting around 400 pages for the first book to around 600 in the last of the trilogy. I literally know nothing else about this series. Oooh, except the main character is a girl called Karou and it’s a fantasy book!
3. Shatter Me Series by Tahereh Mafi
I knew this series existed and I have been avoiding it for a while because I have seen many reviews that love this book, but I have also seen bad reviews that really don’t seem to like it. Like at all. Yet it still has a pretty high rating on Goodreads. I’m confused. Moving on, a major discriminator I found between the people who like the series and don’t is the unexpected larger role that romance played in the books and reactions to it. Still can’t really say anything because I haven’t read it and I’m still a little conflicted. Yeah, I’m still going to read it. It’s been optioned for TV so it’s got to be a kinda good. Right? Right?
2. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
Well well well, the famous fairytale retellings. To tell you the truth, I did pass on this series a couple of times when I saw it floating around. When I actually read the synopsis, it was interesting but it kinda reminded me of another book that I didn’t like (and I can’t even remember the title now), but now, yeah I don’t think I should have dismissed a series because the synopsis was a tad bit like another book. Also, I wasn’t into fairytale retellings even though I’ve never read one… yeah I know I was being judgemental. Look I’m sorry, STOP GRIMACING at me. From all the buzz, what I know is that each book retells a different fairytale; Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel and Snow White, and its a sci-fi/fantasy, and there are cameos of previous characters in the sequels (wow Emily, again with the really specific details). Oh and another reason I refused to read it was because I was way over my sci-fi craze… more like a sci-fi dystopian slump – but that’s okay because I will attempt to read it soon!
1. Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series by Rick Riordan
You may be asking now; how have you been living a fulfilling reading life when you haven’t read the this series?!?! Yes this concept is absolutely befuddling so I will explain my story. When I was a child, I never came across this series. Like I never heard anything about it – never really had any friends (who liked reading) nor was it ever recommended to me “because it was a boy’s book” *scoffs*… and then high school. By this time, I started slipping away from the middle grade books into YA and the opportunity passed “because I was too old to read middle grade” *doubly scoffs*. So I only heard about this series when I got a Goodreads account and everyone was getting excited about Rick Riordan’s new series, The Trials of Apollo (I must admit I’m actually really looking forward to reading the first book of that series because it sounds awesome). Then I realised I needed to read the previous two series to understand what was going to happen in that book. I don’t mind that at all because this demigod business sounds epic!! Also I’ve never delved into the greek mythology world of books so hopefully reading this series will let me explore this genre and want more.
So that was the end of my list of top 5 popular series I haven’t read, though there are many more popular series that didn’t make it into the list (thank goodness I only had to list 5) but yay for more reading!!! Can we also take a second to appreciate these covers? Double yay for publishers’ consistency with colour schemes, pretty AND MATCHING COVERS (no we are not speaking of the original Shatter Me cover – pretend it doesn’t exist). Won’t they look lovely on your bookshelves…
Not really a discussion topic more like a question: what popular book series have you not read and really really want to? Also what has prevented you from seeking this series and gobbling it up? Comment below!