It was late winter in norterhn Rus’, the air sullen with wet that was neither rain nor snow.First line in The Bear and the Nightingale by Kathering Arden
Hi fellow readers. A couple of weeks ago I did a post about the fantasy series that I would really like to read. You can find that here. Today, I wanted to talk about the series that I’ve already started but for some unknown reason haven’t been able to finish. I’m the kind of reader who loves starting a new series. I love learning about the world, the characters, the magic. This is typically the kind of information you get in a series’ first book. That means that I often pick up a new series instead of continuing on with one I’ve already started. Please tell me I’m not the only one who does that.
I’m very aware of my problem and really try to finish series but I still have 7 fantasy series I want to talk about here. It includes series that aren’t finished but I haven’t caught up with them either. To indicate to you how I’m going to prioritize reading the books, I’m going to give them a rating between 1 and 5. 5 being the series I want to read the most.
Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson
I read the first 3 books last year but then never picked up The Alloy Era. I really enjoyed the series and absolutely agree on all the hype surrounding Sanderson. I just think I needed a bit of a break and wanted to try out some other adult fantasy as that was very new to me (and still is). However, Sanderson seems to publish books left and right and it’s impossible for me to keep up anyway. Calm down, man.
Priority rating: 5
The Queen’s Thief by Megan Whalen Turner
I’ve read 3 out the 6 books in this series and I love it so much. I find it so unique for its genre as it almost reads like classic fantasy. The writing is very beautiful but not the easiest to read which is one of the reasons why it’s taking me so long to read them. I need to read something lighter in between. Another reason is that I don’t want to this series to end. I’m savoring them and trying to make them last as long as possible.
Priority rating: 4
The Broken Earth by N. K. Jemisin
I belong to the minority of people who is not head-over-heels in love with these books. I’ve read 2 out of 3 so I should really just suck it up and get to it. The writing is just really difficult for me to get into. My mind wanders when I read it and I end up being very confused. I like the concept of the story though and kind of want to see how it ends and how it all fit together.
Priority rating: 3
The Witcher by Andrzej Sapkowski
Yeah, I’ve only read the first out of 7 (I think) but I really want to have read them before the TV show starts. I think it’s coming by the end of the year or beginning of 2020. I wasn’t super excited about the first one so that’s probably not going to happen. I didn’t really care about any of the characters and really disliked the main one, Geralt. Hopefully, the series will catch my interest some more when I get through all the short stories. I’m definitely going to push through.
Priority rating: 5
The Kingkiller Chronicle by Patrick Rothfuss
I need to read The Wise Man’s Fear. No rush of course because the third book is never coming, right. I liked The Name of the Wind because the writing is just the style that I like to read. Kvothe: annoying as heck, but I’ll endure it for the writing. Maybe also for the plot if that ever comes into existence.
Priority rating: 2
The Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan
I’ve read 3 out of 5, but I don’t particularly enjoy them too much. I just need to know what happens to Percy because I loved his series when I was younger. I know there are easier ways to figure that out (summaries) but I’m doing this! I also heard a lot of good things about the follow-up series about Magnus Chase so I kind of want to get to that.
Priority rating: 1
Winternight Trilogy by Kathrine Arden
I’ve only read the first one. It was the kind of book that grew on me the further along I got. I got used to the writing style and just enjoyed how Arden managed to create such an atmospheric story. You can literally feel the cold while reading and it’s amazing.
Priority rating: 3
Those were all the series I’m currently reading. I’ll try to make the rule for myself that I can’t start another until I’ve finished one. We’ll see how that goes. Let me know if you’ve actually finished any of these so you can tell me if I have something to look forward to.
Happy reading and have a great summer.