Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday! Founded through The Broke and the Bookish, Top Ten is about showcasing a list of some of our favorite things. August 8, 2017, we’ll talk about our Top Ten Series I Know I Should Read.
Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan
I loved Percy Jackson. I mean, L-O-V-E. Not on a Harry Potter level. Or maybe. I’m not sure. I actually read Percy Jackson when I was in college so I don’t know what’s stopping me from reading about HOO. I feel like it’s because I haven’t read a middle-grade in so very long and I just never found the intense desire to jump back into it – but Percy Jackson was so near and dear to my heart. I started reading HOO with the first book, but then MARK OF ATHENA came out and then I don’t know what happened. I bought the book. I was gonna read it. And then it ended up in my TBR pile for years! I want to revisit this world. Seriously.
Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes
Falling Kingdoms is a series that I am hesitant to dive into now, especially because there are so many books out. How many are there? Seven including the companion series? GEEZ. And the next one is coming out soon, too, right? I’ve heard nothing but good things about Falling Kingdoms and I’m so in love with the covers. I think that another thing that has thrown me off is that there are lots of characters and I’m hesitant to try to keep track of them, especially because I love being able to watch development in the core ones. There’s JUST SO MANY, but it’s set in a historical period with magic and unrest and ALL THE GOOD STUFF.
The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
I need to read this on the sole reason that the food descriptions in it are just simply scrumptious. I’ve heard nothing is more scintillating than how Ahdieh describes food (except her extravagant storytelling). Plus, I love a good love story and I’ve been told time and time again that this is a beautiful and gut-wrenching one. I love angst.
Villains by V.E. Schwab
This is just a an automatic given to me. I mean, come on. V.E. Schwab is just one of my auto-buys. But I have taken my sweet time to read VICIOUS, but I know I need to hurry my ass up because the second book, VENGEFUL, is coming out soon! I like the synopsis of these two ambitious friends turned rivals and it reminds me of Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr from X-Men. There’s this big conflict that surrounds and guides the protagonists, Victor and Eli and I want to know what comes from it! I know from other readers that it definitely reads towards the mature and I guess that’s what’s thrown me off about it – that it’s closer to adult than it is young adult. Nevertheless, I know Schwab is a fantastic writing so I need to write it ASAP.
Newsoul by Jodi Meadows
I only very recently read Meadows’s duology, THE ORPHAN QUEEN and man what was I waiting for? So, naturally I had to scour back to her first series, Newsoul and see what that was about. Reading through the synopsis for INCARNATE has got me really interested. I love the idea of reincarnation and surprisingly, I have not read a lot of YA about the subject. In this series where it is first used to introduce a star-crossed lovers angle is pretty intriguing.
Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan VivianIf you have followed me on Instagram or Tumblr, then you will know how much I adore Jenny Han’s writing. I have the Burn for Burn series on my shelf, all beautiful in their pastel jacket covers. And they menacingly stare at me with their spines. I’ve been told that it’s got an interesting plot – one that I might or might not like, but I like books where there is a core three, especially when they seem to be close friends like the girls are in Burn for Burn. It’s got notes of supernatural, contemporary, and girl-power charm. How can I not be into that?
The Circle of Magic by Tamora Pierce
Tamora Pierce is a required read for any fantasy fan, but her Emelan series is the BEST. Not only does it have strong female characters, magic, an amazing adoptive family, but the world is so breathtaking. I want to live there. Each character is unique, and the relationships between them all has me unable to even pick a favorite.
Graceling Realm by Kristin Cashore
I feel like this is one of those series where I will get my ass kicked because I have not read it I vaguely remember starting to read GRACELING and felt like it wasn’t the book for me – but it was when it first came out in 2008 and my reading tastes have completely changed since then. I know that this series trios together some kickass heroines that have really inspired and changed the views of females in YA. I cannot believe it’s been so long since I’ve acknowledged the series, but I really want to get into the world of Graceling, knowing there is always room for females to look up to.
Firebird by Claudia Gray
I recently fell in love with Claudia Gray’s DEFY THE STARS so I knew that I had to really go back and read one of her more famous and recent finished series, FIREBIRD. I don’t know why I thought I knew the synopsis of this series. I guess I got it completely confused with something else because I was just reading it on Goodreads and it sounds SO GOOD. Science, fantasy, ROMANCE??? A girl chasing a boy through dimensions to avenge her parents? SIGN ME UP. Plus, the covers are blindingly gorgeous. I am seriously in love.
Penryn & the End of Days by Susan Ee
I have heard so much about this trilogy. It’s such an old one, but I feel like it has a big cult following. I don’t know why I’ve never actually picked up ANGELFALL, especially since it’s such a pretty cover. I guess in the back of my mind, I know it’s always there and it’s a finished series that it’ll always be there for me to pick up in my TBR pile. But really, what is intriguing me is not just the cool angel aspect, but the romance that seems to really capture people who have read it. I’ve seen so many edits of the series and the relationship between the two mains kind of gets to me.
The Curse Workers by Holly Black
Who can resist con-men, magical powers, and mobster intrigue? No one, that’s who. That’s why you have to read the Curse Workers series by Holly Black. Moral ambiguity at it’s finest, Cassel Sharpe is a guy that just wants to be normal and never will be. The voice and plot are to die for, realistic and catching. Plus, the audiobook is narrated by Jesse Eisenberg which was weirdly wonderful to listen to.