Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Top Ten Series I Really Need to Start Like, Yesterday.

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke & the Bookish and thought up by Jamie

I'm the worst ever at buying books and then NEVER READING THEM. Ask my husband. Or ask the 500+ books that I have taking up space on my shelves that I refuse to part with. But I (hopefully) have a bunch of years left in which to start these awesome reads.

1. Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta
I'll be honest. I started Finnikin, got about 50 pages in, then decided I wasn't really in the mood right now. Seriously, there is a nail file marking my place. I'll never be able to shape my nails to my liking again unless I continue this series. That, in itself, should be motivation. PLUS, Carla is a huge advocate of these books (and Marchetta, in general) and I can't let my co-blogger down, can I?

2. A Song of Ice and Fire Series by George R.R. Martin
I watch Game of Thrones. Love it. I've never hated anyone like Joffrey Baratheon, and I LOVE to hate characters. You'd think he'd be even more douchey in the books. I'm honestly afraid I might destroy the gorgeous books that my awesome husband bought me. Perhaps that's the deterrent. And sheer size. More than 600 pages? Ain't nobody got time for that.

3. Matched Series by Ally Condie
Anna loved it, and that's reason enough for me. But then there are all those scathing reviews and that frightens me a little...

4. Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon

5. Jessica Darling Series by Megan McCafferty
I'm cheating a little on this one. I've already read the first four books. I have actually had Perfect Fifths on my shelf since 2011. I kept putting it off because I was afraid to let this series go. Now I need a re-read of the whole damn thing as a refresher.

6. Love by Numbers Series by Sarah MacLean
Adult books. They just SCARE me. All the teeny tiny print makes me feel like I will never finish them.


And MORE cheating. These are series I've started, but haven't yet continued in the series!

7. Angelfire Series by Courtney Allison Moulton
I LOVED Angelfire. And I even requested a review copy of Wings of the Wicked, but haven't read it. Now April sent me a pretty hardcover of Shadows in the Silence, so I have uber motivation to complete these fantastic reads. 

8. Delirium Series by Lauren Oliver
Again, read and loved Delirium. Have a review copy of Pandemonium. MUST PURCHASE REQUIEM. (Though I've heard some iffy things about the last one.)

9. The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare
I'll tell you the reason why I haven't continued: I thought City of Glass ended at a perfectly acceptable and fan-pleasing moment. Sure, Clare left room for expansion, but I'm one of those readers who is a fan of the ambiguous ending. 

10. Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard
I read the first eight. ENOUGH ALREADY. Nothing will beat looking at Ezra Fitz onscreen, anyway.


  1. The Jessica Darling books made my list too. And I love love love the mortal instruments books definitely don't put that off too much longer

    Marissa @ Rae Gun Ramblings

  2. I read Outlander years ago, and it was brutal, but beautiful. I cannot finish Drums of Autumn, I was bored. but Outlander is a must read for romance lovers!

    So, pick up Finnikin of the Rock, Matched, and A Game of Thrones soon. :)

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  3. Good list, I love A Song of Ice and Fire series and I need to read Delrium and Mortal Instruments series as well.

  4. OMG! I stopped after the first four books in the Jessica Darling series, too! So did my friend! I guess we're all reluctant to let go of the series. And it definitely needs a re-read! :)

  5. Matched and Delirium are good. I have yet to read all of the Mortal Instruments series, I've just recently knocked out the first two in the series.

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  6. Finnikin of the Rock; I recently bought this series and it sound very good.
    A song of Fire and Ice; definitely need to get started..
    Outlander series; GO, read it! I feel so stupid for stopping in book four, because they are great. I hope to re-read them soon and then continue.
    Mortal Instruments; I also stopped after City of Glass. I'm not sure if I will continue this series ever :p

    Great list!
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  7. I like it that you also put some series on your list that you did start, but haven't finished yet. There are too many of those for me! I did start the Matched series and only have to read the last book, I loved it so far!

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  8. I hope you pick Finnikin back up and loooove it, because they are amazing! :) Plus, you have to file your nails sometime. :) The Outlander books are huge and intimidating, but soooo worth it! (This coming from someone that hasn't read the last 3...)

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  9. Ah Outlander I forgot about that one... Great list!!

  10. I cannot handle you not finishing Jessica Darling. CAN. NOT. HANDLE.

    But anyhoo -- maybe you and I should read Finnikin together so I can force you to plow through this time and we can both appease Carla? :)

  11. I completely agree with you about City of Glass. In my mind, that's where the story ends. I read the next one, City of Fallen Angels.. and it was just weird. It didn't feel like the previous three. So I have yet to read the one that came out last year (City of Lost Souls?) even though it's sitting on my shelf! Ack. Also, please do not be afraid of adult books. Especially Sarah MacLean! Oh man. It is HOTTTTT and so fun & so so so.. ahhh I love that series.

  12. Great list! I have read Matched and I am currently reading Crossed. I was a bit disappointed with Matched, but hopefully Crossed will be better! :D

    I want to read The Mortal Instruments and Pretty Little Liars, they look fantastic! :D

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  13. My co-blogger really really enjoyed Finnikin of the Rock so it ended up on my list too :) I have the first book in the Jessica Darling series but have not started it yet. I actually enjoyed The Mortal Instruments more that The City of Glass series!

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    Ashley @ The Quiet Concert

    1. DERPP.. I got my titles confused. I liked Infernal Devices more than the Mortal Instruments :) (I have not had my coffee yet :| )

  14. oh, Finnikin was AWESOME, but I would definitely read all of them together because they're so INVOLVED. and intricate. but beautifully written, of course. and of course, you HAVE TO read the cassandra clare books, they're just so...can't find an adjective good enough. I've actually reread all of them at least once. and outlander does look daunting, but it really does go by quickly. good luck. :) ~daphne

  15. I (along with 4 other bloggers) am making it a mission to read the first five books of the A Song of Ice & Fire series this year. We're taking it slow (about 10 chapters a week!), so if you feel like joining us, please do. We just started with A Game of Thrones last Sunday :)

    There's also a read-along going on for The Lumatere Chronicles, but I will endorse this book. It does take a while to get into the book, but I really ended up enjoying it. Marchetta's writing is lovely, and her twisty plot is so clever!

    Out of all the series on your list though, I highly recommend the Love by Numbers series. It's just a lot of fun to read, and I think you'll be highly entertained by all the hijinks the heroines (and heroes) get themselves into ;)

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  17. I tried to start A Song of Ice and Fire, and it is so huge and so difficult for me to get into it. Great list!
    Em @ A Beautiful Madness
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  18. I own the first Jessica Darling book but haven't gotten around to it yet. Actually, as much as I enjoy TMI books, I'm a bigger fan of The Infernal Devices trilogy, so I think it's okay that you left off with City of Glass :)

  19. I only made it past the first book in the JD series (and I know Anna hates me for it lol). I only read Game of Thrones and while it rocked, it was so.effing.long. Set aside a few months to finish that series!

  20. I have to read the Jessica Darling series too!! Glad to see I'm not the only one. :) And the Outlander series is one of my favorites of all-time so I have to recommend them. They are HUGE but well-worth it. Good luck getting some of these knocked out!
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  21. I loved the first book in Matched and can't read the rest. I think the Delirium series is FANTASTIC. Honestly, I've tried reading Outlander twice now. I'll probably try for a third time one day. It's not that it isn't good, the length is just so off-putting, especially when I have hundreds of other books I want to read too!

  22. Matched was good, but they say Crossed is really boring.. I didn't really like reading The Mortal Instruments, but many have been complimenting it..
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  23. Book Four of Mortal Instruments is AWFUL. Like Breaking Dawn awful in its desire to continue a series that was done. But Book Five? Excellent and worth working through #4. Promise.

    Matched was great. Crossed was eh. Reached is brilliant.

    And I agree on the rest of your books. I need to read them all too :)

  24. I totally agree about how City of Glass was the perfect conclusion to the series! I read City of Fallen Angels, which was okay, and I hear City of Lost Souls is great, but I haven't read it yet. I know I will finish the series, but I kind want to say to Cassandta Clare "I love you, I love your books, but now it's time to move one from the world of the shadowhunters."

    I cheated a little on my list too! :)

  25. I just finished the first Jessica Darling book last night! Loved it and can't wait to get my hands on the rest. I'm one of those people who didn't like Matched. In my opinion, there are better choices within the dystopia genre.

    Samantha @ Reading-AndCoffee

  26. "4. Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon

    Once you meet Jamie (swoon!) you won't mind one bit how big these books are. Promise.

    Even if you don't go ahead and read the whole series, the first book could be taken on it's own and I highly recommend you at least read that one.

  27. Seriously, I need to get to A Song of Ice and Fire soon as well. I LOVE the series. Like, A LOT. But the size scares me a little (a lot). I really enjoyed Matched, but I didn't like Crossed at all, so I haven't picked up Reached yet. Hope you'll enjoy them! I also need to read the rest of the Delirium series AND probably continue the Mortal Instruments (but seriously: City of Glass ended so perfectly!).

  28. I give you a ton of credit for getting to eighth book of PLL. I made it to book five but then I got really into the show and let's face it, the show is a lot better than the series (IMO). I do have a friend that is completely caught up on the series and I don't know how she does it. There are just way too many books.

  29. The size is scaring me off the Song of Ice and Fire series too although this comment --> You'd think he'd be even more douchey in the books. Makes me REALLY want to read them. I love love love to hate characters too!

  30. Oh man! I forgot about Outlander. I should have had that one on my list too. Those big ole suckers frighten me just a tad!


  31. I should have added Outlander series to my list! Highly recommend Jessica Darling series, PLL and Delirium!

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  32. I haven't continued TMI for the same reason. I was perfectly fine with the ending in the 3rd one, and I've heard the next few books are a bit disappointing.

  33. MAKE time for A Song of Ice and Fire!!! So good! I'm a little bit of a hypocrite saying that, however, since I still have to read the third one before the next season comes out. Shame on me!

  34. I need to read Jessica Darling, too--so many raves!

    I liked Sarah Maclean's adult books just fine, but I really liked her YA Regency novel THE SEASON. You might give that a try if you haven't already. (*whispers* There's slightly bigger type. Hee hee.)

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

  35. I also have mad love for the Game of THrones tv show! I really want to attack the beast that is the book sometime this year. I haven't read past the 3rd Mortal Instruments book but plan to hopefully finish that one up this year. The Jessica Darling series made my list as well :)

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  36. Yeah the size of those Outlander books has given me pause. I plan to read one this year though.

  37. Oh man, I am so interested in the Outlander books but the size worries me as well! Although I read A Song of Ice and Fire so I really shouldn't be too skerd!

  38. Ooo I totally forgot include Outlander in my list. And yes, it's true they're huge heehhehee

  39. LOLOL. I love the nail file as extra motivation because Carla's right. Finnikin, Froi, and Quintana are must reads. Hope you give Finn -- and your nails -- a chance! :)


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