With so many new books published every day, it’s hard to withstand the temptation to start new series. But I already started so many series without finishing them… In some cases I didn’t like the first book enough to continue. Yet, often I own the first book and I liked to read it. But for some reason I never continued. I got distracted by other books or I realized the series is huge. I do like book series. It gives me the opportunity to really get to know characters. It’s also interesting to see the character development. Enough reasons to keep reading after enjoying the first book. But which book series are worth continuing? This will be my topic for this Top Ten Tuesday, the weekly meme managed by That Artsy Reader Girl.
1. The Great Library series by Rachel Caine – 5 books, so far
Ink and Bone was so good! Only the number of books in the series put me off. It will cost me some time and money to read them all. But the fact that these books are about books, makes it already worth it. The series is set in a world where The Library of Alexandria still exists. Everybody can read every book they want with blanks (a kind of E-readers), but owning a book is forbidden. The world-building was amazing. I’d love to read more about The Great Library!
2. The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco – 3 books
I read the first part of this trilogy in August. Especially the world-building stood out. Next to different kind of witches, this world has undead demonic beasts and people who can forge new hearts that people wear around their necks. I’m definitively interested to read more about this!
3. Mirrorworld by Cornelia Funke – 5 books, but the last 2 books aren’t published yet
I know I liked Reckless, but I remember almost nothing from the plot. Only that it’s about a hidden world behind a mirror. And to be honest, I don’t feel like re-reading the book or continuing the series. I rather use that time to re-read Inkheart, a trilogy by the same writer that was a childhood favourite.
Continue? Probably not
4. Caraval by Stephanie Garber – 3 books
When I read Caraval in 2017, the sequel wasn’t published yet. Now the whole trilogy is out. Yet I can’t decide if I want to buy the other books. I did like the first part, especially the magical atmosphere. Caraval is a magical, mysterious game set on an island. After years of dreaming, Scarlett finally gets an invitation. But when Scarlett and her sister Tella arrive, Tella gets kidnapped. Whoever finds her, wins the game. The problem is that none of the character really stood out for me. I’m not sure if I am interested in reading more about them.
Continue? Not sure yet…
5. The Clockwork Century by Cherie Priest – 5 books and a couple of short stories
It has been six years ago since I read the first book. Boneshaker was my introduction to steampunk books and I really wanted to love it. While I liked the story, it wasn’t that great. The reason I kept Boneshaker was mainly the beautiful cover. But by now I may like the story more.
Continue? A reread is necessary
6. Mortal Engines Quartet by Philip Reeve – 4 books
The setting of these books is very original! The story is set in future where resources on Earth became scarce. Most cities have gotten rolling tracks and steaming engines. London has been hiding from bigger cities, in danger of being devoured. Without knowing anything about the book I found an older edition of the first part at a library sale. I intended to read the rest of the series, but I was probably distracted… I still can, because they currently have the whole series at my library.
7. Shades of Magic by V.E. Schwab – 3 books
I read this book at the start of 2019. I must admit that I expected it to be a new favourite. Despite liking the story, it wasn’t a five-star read. So I may me a little bit disappointed, but it was still a good book. I loved the setting! There are three versions of London in the story. Kell is one of the few who can travel between them. In Grey London he runs into Delilah. She first robs Kell, but then saves him from an enemy. The characters are certainly interesting and have potential. I like to see what happens to them in the sequel.
8. Timekeeper by Tara Sim – 3 books
In August I read the first book of this trilogy. It has a couple of wonderful characters, there is a beautiful romance between two boys and the word-building was interesting too! The story is set in a version of London in 1875 where a damaged clock can fracture time. If a clock isn’t repaired on time, the time in a town just stops working. My only problem with the book was the pacing.
9. The Wolves of Mercy Falls by Maggie Stiefvater – 4 books
Shiver was a five-star book when I was 19 years old. I remember it was beautifully written. When I found out there was a sequel I was a bit surprised. As far as I remember the story doesn’t really need it. I was afraid not liking them and never read the other parts. I am quite curious if I will still love Shiver as much as I did. At the same time I am nervous about no longer liking it. There are some overused tropes in the book (like werewolves and insta-love). Six years ago I had read less YA-books and I was probably less critical. Re-reading could mean spoiling my memories of the story…
Continue: Probably not
10. Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld – 3 books
This book impressed me with its amazing world-building. It’s set during a steampunk version of World War I. One party has steam-powered war machines. The other has fabricated beasts. The story is actually written for a younger audience. Of course, this doesn’t mean adults can’t enjoy the story. But personally I don’t know if I will still like it.
Continue? A reread is necessary
Which of these book series did you read? Tell me in the comments!