This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is looking at the top ten new series you’d like to start and/or add to the TBR pile. I’ll admit that when it comes to starting a series, it can be a fine line for me. There are times when I am averse to starting a new series simply because of the sheer number of books behind that I am and feeling a bit overwhelmed at having to catch-up (I’m looking at you Wheel of Time series). But there are times when I’m ready to jump right in and start catching up, even if it’s slowly.
And so here we go with my top ten series.
1. Phillip Marlow by Raymond Chandler — A local book store has started a book club discussing entries from the 1000 Books You Should Read Before You Die and the first selection is The Long Goodbye. Given my love of Michael Connelly, I’m curious to delve into the Marlow series of books.
2. The Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson — I’ve got both entries in the series sitting on my shelf and I’ve heard great things about them from readers with similar tastes. I’ve enjoyed several other Sanderson novels and really want to give these a shot before I get too far behind and feel overwhelmed by how much I have to catch up like The Wheel of Time.
3. Joseph O’Laughlin series by Michael Robotham. After seeing some reviews for the latest entry in the series, I picked it up and read it, not knowing it was an on-going series. Luckily, it appears they’re stand-along mysteries with on-going character elements so I wasn’t too confused. But I was intrigued enough to pick up the first two installments and add them to the TBR pile.
4. The War Against the Chtorr by David Gerrold. Gerrold penned a couple of episodes of Star Trek as well as a tie-in novel that I read and enjoyed. I’m curious to see what his world-building is like in a universe that is entirely his own.
5. Imperial Radch by Anne Lemke. Ancillary Justice won the Hugo last year and I meant to read it before the awards were announced. Now there’s a sequel out and I hear it’s a trilogy.
6. Sandman by Neil Gaiman. It’s hard for me to admit that I haven’t read the entire run of Sandman by Gaiman, despite a)my public library having all the collected editions and b)my love of Gaiman. But I haven’t and I really need to cross this one of the TBR list.
7. The Maze Runner by James Dashner — I’m curious to see what the buzz is about and I’d like to at least read the first one before seeing the movie.
8. Hundred Oaks by Miranda Kenneally. Part of it is that the series is set in Nashville and I love catching all the local references in the book. And part of it is that Breathe Annie Breathe is a great young adult novel in which teenagers act like teenagers and the entire thing feels authentic. These would be perfect books to listen to while on long runs. I may have to look into that.
9. The Expanse by James S.A. Corey. Read and loved Leviathan Wakes. Then got excited and tried to put book two on reserve at my local library only to put book four on reserve instead. So now I’m back on the waiting list for book two.
10. Silo by Hugh Howley. Another one where I’ve read the first installment and need to read the rest of the series.
And because I am terrible at following rules, I will give honorable mentions to two more series. One is Fables by Bill Willingham and the other is the collections of the full run of Peanuts comic strips.