TOP TEN TUESDAY: Ten series I haven’t started (yet!)

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(Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and The Bookish!)

Last week, I missed Top Ten Tuesday for the first time. I had too much on my plate, and I couldn’t think of anything Father’s day related to write… So I skipped it! Aren’t I a rebel?

But I could talk about the series that I haven’t read for HOURS. I struggle to commit, which means I hardly even start them, let alone finish them! I promise myself I’m going to binge-read all the books when they’re all out, but it hardly ever happens.

These ten series are all ones that I haven’t started YET. As I’m off to university in September, I’m planning on taking a bunch of these with me and forcing my way through them. Hopefully I’ll have read all ten of these (or at least started them!) by the end of the year.

10) The Southern Vampire Mysteries series by Charlaine Harris

True Blood Southern Vampire Mysteries box set

I binge-watched the entire TV show within a month while I was on study leave, catching up to watch the last season as it premiered. Something about the southern accents really helped me focus on my revision! I own all of the books, but I haven’t convinced myself to pick them up yet. I’m sure they’re going to be very fun and extremely fast reads, so hopefully I can burn through all thirteen of them…

9) The Morganville Vampires series by Rachel Caine

The Morganville Vampires by Rachel Caine

This is another lengthy series – fifteen books! – which I’ve been collecting for the past few years. I’d lost interest in it, because vampires have fallen out of fashion, but Anya from An Awful Lot of Reading has told me I must read them. The Morganville Vampires series is one of her favourite series of all times, and I trust her judgment.

8) The Demon Road trilogy by Derek Landy

Demon Road by Derek Landy

I put off starting the Demon Road trilogy because I wanted to wait for the third book to hit the shelves, but I haven’t had a chance to get hold of it yet! It’s ridiculously popular in my local library, so there’s a bit of a wait list. I was accepted for the first two books via NetGalley, so I’m going to purchase a copy of the third book and prioritise these.

7) The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

Hahahahahaha. I’m kidding myself if I think I’m actually going to have the focus to read ‘The Bone Season’. Not only are these books rather chunky, they’re the start of a predicted SEVEN BOOK series. The first three are out already, but I can’t start reading them until more are out or I’ll need to re-read, and I don’t have the time for that! They sound so interesting, though…

6) Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

I’m still conflicted over whether I want to read the Throne of Glass series or not. I’ve heard amazing things about it, but I’ve also heard that it’s all kinds of reductionist. I enjoyed ‘A Court of Thorns and Roses’ but didn’t feel compelled to carry on with the rest of the trilogy… Maybe this series will finally help me see why others love Maas’ writing.

5) Legend by Marie Lu

Legend by Marie Lu

My best friend recommended that I read this series many, many years ago, because she absolutely loved it. (She also recommended I read Maggie Stiefvater’s Raven Quartet, which I’ve attempted twice and abandoned!). I promised her I’d give it a go, so I purchased it… But I’m yet to pick it up. At least they’ll remind me of her when I’m at university!

4) The Maze Runner by James Dashner

The Maze Runner by James Dashner

I bought this when I heard it was going to be made into a movie, because I wanted to read it and then go and see the film. Well, the first film came out three years ago, and I still haven’t even started it! Whoops… Maybe I can get them all done in time to go and see the third film, which is apparently being released next year.

3) The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

This is another trilogy that I was planning to read before the films were released. Quell your laughter! I’ve actually seen the first film, which is completely against my morals: I ALWAYS read the books first! This is the problem with going to birthday parties, but I actually loved it. I don’t know why I didn’t decide to read it straight after that.

2) A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin

Game of Thrones by George RR Martin

Every single time I write a list of the books I want to read, ‘A Game of Thrones’ pops up. I adore the TV show and I’m so attached to the majority of the characters – I even love the bad guys, for being so deliciously evil! I’ve heard that the books are far more convoluted, though. Apparently there are a lot more side characters, the majority of which are completely unnecessary. I find that intimidating, because my small brain won’t be able to cope with the overload.

I’m probably going to take the first of these to university with me, and switch for the next one every time I come home. That should get me reading them regularly.

1) His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman

Northern Lights by Philip Pullman

I have a feeling I read ‘Northern Lights’ when I was younger, but I can’t remember a thing about it. I’m determined to catch up on this series before ‘The Book of Dust’ releases at the end of the year. Helpfully, I bought a beautiful copy of all three books collected into one in a charity shop recently – that should make it easier to fly through them!

I hope you enjoyed this Top Ten Tuesday. Do you recommend any of these series, or are you yet to read them yourself?


  • Louise Nettleton

    I love his Dark Materials and The Hunger Games. Thinking of starting The Bone Season. 🙂 I broke the rules, having written about books left on my shelves a couple of weeks ago. My post is at –

    • Maybe we could read The Bone Season together. That would definitely give me some encouragement! 😛

      • Louise Nettleton

        Great idea – I would love the discussion!

  • Nicole

    I came so close to finishing the Sookie Stackhouse books, I don’t know why I stopped. I read The Maze Runner books on holiday one year, but I’ve only watched the first film. With the ASOIAF series, I’d say take your time. There are a lot of characters, but no one kills off characters like GRR Martin!

    • I just don’t want to get my heart ripped out! (Not like the TV show’s done that enough already… :'( )

  • Amazing list! I’ve started two of these (TOG & ASOIAF) and finished 3 (Maze Runner, THG, & His Dark Materials). I really want to start the Sookie Stackhouse series someday but it’s so long! I’ve been slowly collecting them, though. 😉

    Stacy Renee @ Lazy Day Literature

    • Patti Smith

      The Sookie Stackhouse books are very fast reads though…they are a guilty pleasure for a slow day 🙂

    • You’re doing a lot better than I am!

  • Amy Inholt

    The Southern Vampires series is one of my favorites. I’ll read anything that woman writes (and her Midnight, TX books are great as well). The Hunger Games were good books, but I’m not sure they were as good as they were hyped.

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday.

    • Patti Smith

      I’m glad to hear the Midnight, TX books are good too! I’ve got them on my list 🙂

      • Ooh, I wasn’t a fan of the first Midnight, TX book – I might need to continue on with the series if it’s going to improve!

  • I have various volumes of The Morganville Vampires as well, collected over the years. I read the first one maybe 2 years ago but I can’t get myself to pick up the next one unfortunately. I read TOG until book 3 but just can’t be bothered to continue with it. Demon Road was an interesting read. ASOIAF is a solid read as a whole and your plan to get yourself to read them sounds good. Legend I have enjoyed as well.

    • This is my problem when series are too long: I start them and then I just don’t have the energy to continue. People who can binge series that are over 10 books long are my idols!

  • I love the HG books! I’ve read most of the Maze Runner books, but haven’t finished the series yet. One of these days. Maybe.

    Happy TTT!

    • As long as you’ve started the Maze Runner series you’re further in than I am! 😛

  • Patti Smith

    The Sookie Stackhouse books were really good! You should definitely read them. I started reading them before the tv series…I do think that makes a difference. The tv series got out of control ;P

    • The TV series did get out of hand! I enjoyed it… I think…. But because I watched it so quickly I have hardly any memory of it, which is why I’m hoping the books will help me to remember what went on.

      • Patti Smith

        I think the books are better than the series. (but, isn’t that always the case?) The first season or two was pretty much the same, but after the show got so bold, they seemed very different to me even though the storyline is pretty true.

  • Elena Love

    So many books! I started reading the Morganville Vampires ages ago and stopped at book five for some unknown reason! Same goes for the Throne of Glass series which I only read the first two books from and have the rest of them sitting on my shelves, unread. If you like dystopian, I cannot recommend Legend enough! It’s so fast paced and very unpredictable! Same goes for the Hunger Games. One of my favorite series of all time! Maybe because I read it years ago when it wasn’t such a big deal and was really invested in it from the beginning!

    Elena @ Book Lady’s Reviews

  • Jo Elliott

    The Hunger Games was good, though now I’ve read more in the genre, there are other books I like better. The Maze Runner is also decent, although I actually think it comes across better on screen (at least the first movie, the second was trash). Demon Road is great, as is Throne of Glass. I just started reading The Bone Season, and I’m liking it so far, though yes, it is rather chunky! I have Northern Lights to read as well 🙂
    My TTT:

  • Anya Hallam

    Yes, read Morganville! It’s so good, I know you’ll love it 🙂