As far as reading series go, I tend to have a totally different attitude to them depending on the genre that they are. I don’t know if I have ever read a series of contemporary YA novels, but I’m more than happy, usually, to pick up a giant fantasy series. That being said, I was perusing the library recently and it occurred to me that there are some series that I have started and really enjoyed, but am yet to pick up the next instalment!
The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare
I’m fairly certain I’ve mentioned it here before, but I am a big fan of Cassandra Clare’s series, The Mortal Instruments. I read the first and second novels when on holiday in 2013 and from then on could not stop until I’d finished it in its entirety. As a natural progression, most people go on to read The Infernal Devices straight after, or halfway through.
I tried to read Clockwork Angel about a year ago and could not get more than 100 pages through it. For some reason, I just was not hooked in the way I was when reading TMI. The reason for this, I’m hoping, is because I had been out of the Shadowhunter universe for quite a while and so wasn’t immersed in the hype, and now that season two of the TV series has come to an end (which I love, by the way) I need something to replace my love of this world again! Hopefully on a second reading I can continue with, and love, The Infernal Devices.
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
In 2016, I said that Outlander was the best book I read all year – and I stand by that. At 863 pages, this tome is not one to be taken lightly, but I found that all of the effort I put in to reading it was returned tenfold by Gabaldon’s stunning imagery, detailed historical research and complex characters.
The reason I haven’t yet continued with this series is that each book takes a serious commitment. There are seven more books of the same length in the series that I need to get through, plus another coming fairly recently AND a number of novellas. I think this may end up being a series that I work my way through over the course of a number of years if I’m being totally honest!
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
This is one of the very few contemporary YA novels I have read that is the first of a series. Although I don’t remember it in perfect detail, I do know that I flew through it in one day and loved it. From what I understand, books two and three of this trilogy each take part in different cities with different characters, but somehow relate back to the original novel. Either way, I am often quite reluctant to pick up this genre because I can’t stand romance plots that move forward too fast, but I definitely trust Stephanie Perkins to deliver again!
Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes
This epic fantasy series is yet another in which I read book one and didn’t progress further, despite really enjoying the world and the characters. Rhodes’ plot was gripping and I really loved her writing style, but I think I read this at a time when I used to have five or six books on the go at once and it sort of got forgotten amidst everything else. I keep passing my bookshelf though, seeing it and thinking I have to get round to reading the next book – two years later and I still want to know what happens next!
The Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan
For thirteen-year-old Bex, Percy Jackson and the Olympians was a source of total obsession. I absolutely loved this series and everything it taught me, so much so that I am planning to re-read it in the near future. For some reason, however, I never progressed on to reading The Heroes of Olympus and I’m genuinely not too sure why. In general I have heard amazing things about Rick Riordan’s next series, and it’s always in the back of the bookish part of my mind that I haven’t at least attempted it yet! One day soon, I WILL read it!
I would be more than willing to take recommendations if one of these series is your favourite and you think I absolutely need to pick up the next instalment soon – please let me know! Also tell me, are there any series that you are yet to finish despite enjoying the first book?