The next few weeks are relatively quiet in terms of upcoming book releases about which I’m excited. I’m thinking therefore that this could be a good opportunity to catch up on my TBR pile, specifically in terms of catching up with series with which I have fallen behind. Generally, I like variety in my reading so it’s unusual for me to marathon a whole series, even if I enjoy it immensely. So, without further ado, here are some of the series I really should catch up on. (NB, these are series which are not necessarily complete, but for which I’ve not read up to the latest published book.) It goes without saying that I’m up to date on Game of Thrones and am eagerly awaiting Winds of Winter.
The Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Hearne.
This series is about an ancient Druid, Atticus O’Sullivan and his Irish Wolfhound, Oberon, who live in modern times. Each of the novels – currently seven, with an eighth due out next year – is relatively self contained, and tells of a new adventure, but builds up the world of the Druid and its inhabitants. I have listened to books one to three, and this is one series I definitely choose to experience in audio format. The audiobooks are narrated by Luke Daniels who does an awesome job of bringing the characters to life. Recently I was looking for a quick listen to get me through the last few hours of a long shift at work, and picked up Two Tales of the Iron Druid Chronicles. Listening to this reminded me of just how much fun this series is, and that I need to get onto the rest of it ASAP.
The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher
Another series I enjoy in audiobook format is Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files. These centre on Chicago’s first “consulting magician” Harry Dresden and his adventures. The books are narrated by James Marsters and is one of the best narrator-character matches I’ve come across so far. Marsters IS Dresden to me. I have listened to five out of the fifteen books, so I have a lot yet to go. Each book builds upon the previous ones. A few months ago, Amazon had a great sale on this series so I picked up the next few books. Yep, this is another one I must get onto.
The Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer
Yet another series I want to experience audioly. Nathaniel Parker is wonderful with all the different characters and their voices/accents. So far I’ve read five of the eight books in the series. My problem is, these books are just so laugh out loud funny that I want to keep saving them as a pick-me-up for days when the world seems a blue and scary place. That doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy them any other time though! Another lot for the TBR list.
Shatter Me Series by Tahereh Mafi
This YA dystopian series is one that, I admit, took me several attempts to get into. It is written in a slightly unusual style which I found both intriguing and off-putting. Once I got into it and began to bond with the characters, I couldn’t put it down. At this point, I’ve only read book one. I’m hearing that Mafi does some really great things with character development and the love triangle in the two subsequent books and novellas and I really should get reading the continuation of Juliette’s adventures.
Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon
To date I’ve read three and a half books in the series and my interest was rejuvenated by Starz’ fantastic television series. As an aside; no Emmy nominations for Caitriona, Sam or Tobias? Seriously?!? Did they not watch the Wentworth Prison and To Ransom a Man’s Soul episodes? Anyway, I digress. I started the series several years ago, and loved it, but hit a brick wall right in the middle of book three, Voyager. My issue was that I felt that Claire and Jamie’s adventures had come to a natural stopping point and really struggled to get past that. I’ve got past that now, and am enjoying their adventures; I have just got distracted by other books. But dammit, I want to know about Jamie’s ghost from book one!
A.N.G.E. by Anne Robillard
This is a series in French by Quebecoise Anne Robillard. It’s kind of X-Files meets the apocalypse. There are ten books in the series of which I’ve read seven. Robillard’s strength as a writer is her wonderful characters – you can’t help but root for them; they feel so real and human (even if they’re not, in fact, human.} The reason I’ve not continued with the series thus far is that where I’ve stopped, the series arc is at its lowest point for our characters. Everything they touch just seems to turn to merde, and the world is falling apart, literally, around them. Think the end of Empire Strikes Back. I found it a little too depressing to continue. I really should finish it.
Chaoswar Saga by Raymond E. Feist
Shadow of a Dark Queen was the very first book I ever bought on my Kindle, and I credit Feist with rekindling my love of reading. He really is a master storyteller. The Chaoswar Saga is the final three books in his Midkemia series and I’ve not yet read them, shame on me. I suppose what’s holding me back is a reluctance to say goodbye to Pug and all the other characters I’ve grown to love. That’s not really an excuse though.
Are any of these series on your TBR list? Which of these should I tackle first? Let me know in the comments!