I’m sure I’m not the only person who is part way through more than one series of books. But, I feel like maybe it’s getting a little bit crazy, at this point. Why you gotta write so many series I am interested in, authors?? There are a variety of reasons I’m mid-way through these stories. In some cases, the series isn’t done, yet. In some cases, I own the next installment and for one reason or another the book is on hold in my TBR pile. Today I thought it would be fun to go through the list of book series I’m mid-way through, and why.
So, in no particular order, here we go:
The Dark Artifices – Cassandra Claire
I know enough about Cassandra Claire and my need-to-know feelings about her books that I didn’t want to start reading Dark Artifices until she finished the last book (and when the first two came out I was midway through my epic “read everything Sarah J Maas has published marathon), so I held out. I read Lady Midnight earlier this year. It was everything you love and hate about Cassandra Claire, right? And I love me some shadow hunters, man. But then I started Lord of Shadows, and everything started to get sad and I could FEEL BAD THINGS WERE COMING and at the same time, coronavirus started, so…
I’ll be coming back to this one, and Queen of Air and Darkness when the “real world” is not quite so fraught, I think.
Arc of a Scythe – Neal Shusterman
I pre-ordered The Toll and received it on release day last November, because I loved Scythe and Thunderhead THAT MUCH. There’s honestly no good reason for why I haven’t read it other than I really don’t want this story to be over. I go on vacation in July (right? I was surprised that was going to work out this year, myself) and my agenda as always for this trip is: read all of the books. The Toll is going to be first up, and I’m super excited to find out how it all ends.
Strange the Dreamer duology – Laini Taylor
Muse of Nightmares is the second in the Strange the Dreamer duology, and is also on my summer reading list this year. Part of my resistance here is that I loved Strange the Dreamer so much, I was afraid Muse wouldn’t live up to my expectations. But Jae blazed that trail for me, earlier this year, and so I will go confidently into the abyss and look forward to finding out what happens to this magic world and its inhabitants.
An Ember in the Ashes – Sabaa Tahir
OMG, these books stress me out. I have started Reaper at the Gates (which, yes, I own) at least three times in the last six months or so, but I am so filled with stress and anxiety that this one is 1000% in the freezer until book 4 is published. I’m going to need some resolution, Ms. Tahir. I cannot do your angst-filled cliff-hangers, okay?! I CANNOT DO IT. Ijustwanteverythingtoworkoutforeliasandlaiaplease. Once the final book comes out (which is currently in the revisions stage of writing) I will gladly consume both of them. I just… I need some resolution. I don’t think that’s too much to ask. Forrealthoughpleasebenicetoelias.
The Nevernight Chronicle – Jay Kristoff
I received Darkdawn, the final book in this trilogy, for Christmas this past year and honestly there’s no real reason it hasn’t come “on deck” yet in the rotation. It’s on my list and I’m excited to see how things end for Mia and the not-so-merry band of assassins she runs with.
The Folk of the Air – Holly Black
I do NOT own a copy of The Queen of Nothing, so at least this one isn’t in my book hoard. This one is on my list of “I’ll get it to it at some point” and Jae assured me that it was good – she really liked it, in fact, so I’m sure when I get around to finally reading it I’ll find it a satisfying ending to Jude and Cardan’s twisted story.
There are several other series I’m sort of casually reading (for example, the Secret, Book & Scone Society has proved to be a nice series to use as audiobook options when I’m waiting on a waitlist for another book to be available, and Lady Sherlock by Sherry Thomas which are fun when I’m in the mood for a mystery), but the series on the list above are the ones I would consider myself “actively” trying to complete sooner than later.
Do you read more than one series at a time? Are you the type of reader who prefers to wait until the whole series is completed before you begin, or does the anticipation make it even better? Have you finished any of these series and have any suggestions on which ones I should finish up, first (after The Toll, because for real – its on the top of the list), or do you want to enable me and recommend a series you think I should start? Let me know your thoughts in the comments, below!