Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. I thought this would be a fun way to share a condensed version of potential rambles and thoughts that I have.
This Week’s Theme:
Finished Series I’ve Yet To Start
Slow reading does not bode well for the vast number of series I’ve yet to start despite even owning some of them. I’ve only listed series that I’ve given thought to reading, not those that I probably won’t ever touch (e.g. ASOIAF, Harry Potter, Narnia)
This list focuses on finished series; otherwise, I could have totally included picks like Throne of Glass and Red Rising or something.
The Unknown Assassin – Allen Zadoff
This is honestly a pick because I only own and have read the first book. Surely if I had the rest it’d be the easiest binge read ever because the writing is super quick and is in the vein of YA Jason Bourne. (So this is more of a reminder for me to get the other books than actually being a legit pick to fit this prompt.)
Boy Nobody is the perennial new kid in school, the one few notice and nobody thinks much about. He shows up in a new high school in a new town under a new name, makes a few friends, and doesn’t stay long. Just long enough for someone in his new friend’s family to die-of “natural causes.” Mission accomplished, Boy Nobody disappears, moving on to the next target.
The Grisha – Leigh Bardugo
Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.
Shattered Sea – Joe Abercrombie
Betrayed by his family and left for dead, Prince Yarvi, reluctant heir to a divided kingdom, has vowed to reclaim a throne he never wanted. But first he must survive cruelty, chains and the bitter waters of the Shattered Sea itself – all with only one good hand.
Legend – Marie Lu
Born into an elite family in one of the Republic’s wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic’s highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths—until the day June’s brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect.
Mara Dyer – Michelle Hodkin
Lalala, I know noooothing about this series other than the cover looking kinda cool. But shelving tells me Paranormal; which I don’t think I normally reach for.
Mara Dyer believes life can’t get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there. It can. She believes there must be more to the accident she can’t remember that killed her friends and left her strangely unharmed. There is. She doesn’t believe that after everything she’s been through, she can fall in love. She’s wrong.
Slammed – Colleen Hoover
WHAT IS THIS CONTEMPORARY CHOICE YOU ASK? I have no idea either but I began hauling her books starting last month (technically waiting for the first book to come on sale) but yes, this one is for you CoHo-enthusiasts who keep buggering me to read something of hers. You will surely feel the rage of my breath holding and woody/musky cologne and shit. Ye were warned.
Following the unexpected death of her father, 18-year-old Layken is forced to be the rock for both her mother and younger brother. Outwardly, she appears resilient and tenacious, but inwardly, she’s losing hope. Enter Will Cooper: The attractive, 21-year-old new neighbor with an intriguing passion for slam poetry and a unique sense of humor. Within days of their introduction, Will and Layken form an intense emotional connection, leaving Layken with a renewed sense of hope. Not long after an intense, heart-stopping first date, they are slammed to the core when a shocking revelation forces their new relationship to a sudden halt.
Unwind Dystology – Neal Shusterman
The Second Civil War was fought over reproductive rights. The chilling resolution: Life is inviolable from the moment of conception until age thirteen. Between the ages of thirteen and eighteen, however, parents can have their child “unwound,” whereby all of the child’s organs are transplanted into different donors, so life doesn’t technically end. Connor is too difficult for his parents to control. Risa, a ward of the state, is not enough to be kept alive. And Lev is a tithe, a child conceived and raised to be unwound. Together, they may have a chance to escape and to survive.
Leviathan – Scott Westerfeld
You know what? Before Zeroes, I didn’t have that strong of an interest in venturing into a Westerfeld series. Between Uglies and Leviathan, they were both meh to me. But now I’m kinda wanting a go at the latter, Leviathan, which involves Steampunk (a subgenre I’ve actually never really been let down by). But, we’ll see.
Prince Aleksander, would-be heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, is on the run. His own people have turned on him. His title is worthless. All he has is a battletorn war machine and a loyal crew of men. Deryn Sharp is a commoner, disguised as a boy in the British Air Service. She’s a brilliant airman. But her secret is in constant danger of being discovered. With World War I brewing, Alek and Deryn’s paths cross in the most unexpected way…taking them on a fantastical, around-the-world adventure that will change both their lives forever.
The Infernal Devices – Cassandra Clare
As someone who appreciates bromances, there’s apparently a lot of you who vouch for Will and Jem with your megaphones screaming it into my ear. Now, I haven’t read anything by Clare so this whole Shadowhunter world will be new to me (until I watch the tv show, that I’ll do without fail) so, yeah, I don’t know. I’m throwing this in here because so many of you are crazy about this world and I’m just like ??!?!?!!
The year is 1878. Tessa Gray descends into London’s dark supernatural underworld in search of her missing brother. She soon discovers that her only allies are the demon-slaying Shadowhunters—including Will and Jem, the mysterious boys she is attracted to. Soon they find themselves up against the Pandemonium Club, a secret organization of vampires, demons, warlocks, and humans. Equipped with a magical army of unstoppable clockwork creatures, the Club is out to rule the British Empire, and only Tessa and her allies can stop them…
The Selection – Kiera Cass
I will totally admit that this pick is one of those ones that I just want to see how/why it’s so addicting despite knowing I’ll probably turn on full rage reading mode. Plus it’s basically The Bachelor…and that’s just a bunch of drama. (I like drama so long it isn’t happening to me…)
For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon. But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.
If you’ve started/finished any of these books or can vouch/critique any of these authors, I’d love to hear your opinions! Honesty is the best policy in this case because I read so damn slow that it’d be nice to spend time reading something I’d enjoy (not saying I’m against reading a crummy book and going full on rant mode though).