Top 5 Series I Want to Start

Welcome back to Top 5 Tuesday, hosted as always, by Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm. This week’s theme is Top 5 Series I Want to Start, and I’m sitting here staring at my bookshelves and hoping that I have enough on my TBR list to fill this out.

Mistborn by Brian Sanderson

The Final Empire (Mistborn, #1)My fiancé keeps pushing this series on me and I keep pushing it off, mostly because I’m currently in the middle of the other book series that he recently pushed on me (Wheel of Time) and that’s a serious commitment. I’m on book seven, and there’s like fourteen or fifteen books that are all upwards of 1000 pages. But I digress. Mistborn is written by Brian Sanderson, who is actually the person who finished up Wheel of Time after Robert Jordan’s death. This is another one of those book series that has unpronounceable character names, so maybe I’ll just listen to the audiobook?

The Bear & the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

The Bear and the Nightingale (Winternight Trilogy, #1)I’ve had the first two books sitting on my bookshelf for almost two years now, and I recently bought the third one in paperback to complete my trilogy. However, I still haven’t read it. I’m not completely sure why. Maybe it’s another one of those “this is so popular, but what if I read it and hate it and then I’ve spent $45 on books that I’m just not that into?” feelings. Like I bought “Bitterblue” before I finished “Graceling” and I still haven’t read it. It’s been like, six years or something. I have so many books I probably need to either donate or sell (or attempt to sell, and then donate what I can’t sell) that it’s unreal.

The Chronicles of Pryadin by Alexander Lloyd

The Book of Three (The Chronicles of Prydain, #1)This is another set that I’ve had on my shelf for years. I almost want to say that I bought it from the Scholastic Book Fair, but I know that’s not true. I definitely bought it while I was in college. Most likely I found it on the shelf when I worked at the bookstore and picked it up on a whim. I will say that I’ve read about half of the first book (The Book of Three) but I got distracted, or I took it on a car ride and got car sick, so I never finished it. It’s one of those that I’ll have to go and clean out of the parents’ house when I finally get enough bookshelves.

Discworld by Terry Pratchett

The Color of Magic (Discworld, #1; Rincewind, #1)I’ve never read anything by Pratchett, and judging by all the blogs and everything else I’ve read over the years, I’m seriously missing out. The one thing I know about him is that he left explicit instructions in his will that all of his unfinished works needed to be destroyed if he died before they were completed, and his wife did exactly that (I believe it involved his hard drive and a steam roller, with no backups available). I’ve heard of other authors doing this. In comparison, Robert Jordan left a full outline of what he wanted done with the series, and his wife did a thorough interview of a multitude of authors in order to find the right one to end The Wheel of Time. To each their own, I guess.

The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher

Storm Front (The Dresden Files, Book 1) by [Jim Butcher]Who’s up for a supernatural detective story? Once again, I have seen this one on the bookstore shelves for years, but I’ve never gotten the urge to pick it up on a whim, I guess because of the same fear I’ve mentioned before. At some point, maybe when libraries reopen, I may try and pick up a few there and see what all the fuss is about. Spoiler alert: I couldn’t actually think of anything for the fifth series, so I went and looked up a list of the Top 100 Fantasy series and read through it, and this one jogged my memory. Cheating? Maybe.

So there you have it! Do you have any unopened series languishing on your bookshelves? Do you keep telling yourself “next month, for sure” or “right after I finish the series I’m currently reading”? Let me know in the comments!

And as always, keep reading.

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