Happy Friday! This week was pretty busy doing things with family, preparing for some upcoming life shifts, and reevaluating this blog. You may have noticed there was no blog post yesterday. This was a conscious choice as I’ve moved to posting three times a week instead of five. This change will allow me to focus on longer and more informative posts, which is important to me, and is also in anticipation of some upcoming life changes. Unfortunately, I’ve been so busy this week there hasn’t been much time for reading! I’m hoping to read a lot this weekend to play catch up and get back in the swing of reading.
As for what I’ll be reading this weekend, I’m hoping to make some more progress on The Odyssey, as translated by Emily Wilson. I only have 139 pages left! I’ve been very slowly reading this book for the longest time now and am determined to finish it before the month is out. I’m sure you’re tired of hearing about it! I am really enjoying it but am finding it difficult to fall into the book, which has led to my picking it up in small segments. One book that is not difficult for me to read is The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton. This is the first book in what will be a YA fantasy series (and is therefore relevant to today’s post) and I’m loving it so far! I’m about 180 pages in and I really appreciate all the world building that Clayton did, as well as all the luscious detail that really makes the story come alive.
And finally, today’s post is all about book series. By the way, in my opinion, for it to count as a series, there must be at least three major books. Smaller prequel and in between novels are excluded from this. I always love starting a new series. There’s something so exciting about knowing an entire world awaits you! However I sometimes forget to keep up with a series. I find it’s easiest for me to play catch up and read several books in a row, knowing that the next book I’ll need is ready to read. So there are a number of series of which I’ve read one or two books and stopped!
Today I’m recommending several book series, broken up in two groups. The first grouping are series of which I’ve read all the books and loved them. I may not necessarily have read each and every little mini book that accompanies the main books, but I’ve definitely read the main ones. The second grouping are series that I’ve started and loved but haven’t finished. Here’s hoping this post inspires me to revisit them!
And now, onto those books!
Series I’ve Finished
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
There are currently three books in this series, but many more are already planned. This is, quite possibly, my favorite fantasy series. I love that they’re inspired by Beauty and the Beast and are full of surprising twists and turns. My favorite book is the second in the series, A Court of Mist and Fury. But this is definitely a series you should start from the beginning.
Lady Sherlock by Sherry Thomas
This is a fun mystery series that reimagines Sherlock Holmes as an alias for a young woman cast out of society due to some unfortunate choices. I love the ways Thomas plays with the Sherlock Holmes stories. While only two books are published thus far, the third is coming out this fall. And I’m counting this series in this category because I’ve read the first two books!
The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
There are four major books in this series and a number of smaller in between books. The Lunar Chronicles is a fun YA sci-fi series that is inspired by fairy tales. We see updated versions of those original stories that are fun, clever, and more feminist in tone. These books do get progressively longer throughout the series but they’re all quick reads and very engaging.
Series I Haven’t Finished
Chief Inspector Armand Gamache by Louise Penny
It’s no secret that I’m in love with Louise Penny, Armand Gamache, and all that Three Pines has to offer. As of right now there are thirteen books in this series and I’ve only read three! While I definitely want to keep reading, I also want to savor these delightful mysteries. My very rough goal is to catch up with this series by the end of the year.
Dublin Murder Squad by Tana French
French crafted a fantastic mystery series with the Dublin Murder Squad. These books are dark, psychological thrillers that will keep you on the edge if your seat! French’s books can be read out of order as they follow the same detective squad, but the events within each book are not sequential in the larger series. I’ve only read two out of the six books in this series and am looking forward to reading the rest.
Miss Marple by Agatha Christie
I love Miss Marple! Actually, I love all things Agatha Christie and the Miss Marple books are always a delight. There are a whopping fifteen books in this series, of which I’ve read five. The Miss Marple mysteries are clever, funny, short, and sweet, so I highly recommend giving them a go. I always try to guess the solution but am always bested by this elderly detective!
That’s it for today! What series would you recommend? What will you be reading this weekend?