Top Ten Tuesday #39
Happy Tuesday, book nerds!
I’m going to keep this brief since today is going to be another double posting day (🙈),
but just to recap a few things:
- I’m like 78 percent confident I’m NOT going to have a voice at work tomorrow due to screaming at the Stars game tonight! We won by 3 so lots of cheering!
- I’d like to welcome my new followers and fans of my #HolidayADVENTure series! I hope you enjoy my regularly scheduled content as well! 😊
- I’m worried the double posting might grow to be TOO much for you so PLEASE let me know below if it’s more the merrier for you or if I should limit to once a day!!
And while I will be posting today’s stop on the holiday-themed series this afternoon, right now it’s time for another round of:Hosted by Jana at ThatArtsyReaderGirl, this week’s prompt is “Cozy/Wintry Reads,” which I’m basically ignoring to do my own thing.🤷🏻♀️But let’s be real you’d be more shocked if I actually followed the prompt than doing my own thing, right?
Maybe it’s the warm weather or that it’s too early into December, but I’m simply lacking those Wintery vibes. So instead I thought I’d focus on how to “WIN
ter” 2019 by completing some series I’ve started in 2018 or earlier. So let’s check out my T10T list of Titles I’d Like To Cozy Up With And Finish in 2019!
*I should point out that I only included series that are either already complete OR will publish their final installment IN 2019*
1) The Lunar Chronicles Series by Marissa Meyer
After attending a Marissa Meyer meet and greet back in November, I decided to finally take the plunge and dive into this futuristic fairy tale retelling series. Cinder got me interested. Scarlet got me invested. And now I can’t wait to see what I think of Cress (apparently the crowd favorite) and Winter (the most polarizing of the set).
The jury is still out on whether I’ll read the “bridge” novella, the short story collection, or the spin-off graphic novel duology. For those that have read this series are they worth the time?
2) The Remnant Chronicles Series by Mary E. Pearson
I read the first novel in this fantasy series back in 2016 and I remember being super hooked by the unique way the story was formatted. You see the first book centers on a princess that runs away on her wedding day and then is pursed both by the prince she jilted and by an assassin hired by her father. The twist? While the princess is undercover she encounters two attractive male strangers (both also incognito), which means as the reader you don’t know if she’s flirting with her betrothed or her would-be killer. You eventually find out about 3/4ths of the way through and I think I just wasn’t in the right mindset for this fantasy saga at the time. I’d love to return to the world of Morrighan and see how the story unfolds.
3) The Illuminae Files Trilogy by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Similar to my adventures with The Lunar Chronicles series, I decided to pick up this beloved sci-fi trilogy (or the first installment at least) after meeting Jay and Amie at the Obsidio launch party! The fans were wild for this series (several had tattoos to prove it) and I knew I needed to end that waiting game immediately. And I’m thrilled to report the fans did not lead me astray! I was so taken by the story, its characters, and the straight up bananas formatting of book 1 that I stayed up all night the night before my sister’s bachelorette party so I could finish it!
I HIGHLY recommend listening to the FULL-CAST audiobook WHILE following along with a physical copy of the novel if your funds/library will allow it, because it’s the closest to a cinematic experience I’ve ever encountered while reading!
4) The To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before Trilogy by Jenny Han
You’ve probably seen a HUGE influx of this series across your feeds thanks to the massive success of the Netflix adaptation earlier this year. And although it didn’t stay 100 percent faithful to the source material, the movie was capital A Adorable and I’m actually really excited they landed a deal for the sequel to be adapted as well! Namely though I want to watch the chaos unfold as loyalties are tested via #TeamKavinsky and #TeamJohnAmbrose 😈
Jokes aside, I read the first two books of this YA contemporary series back-to-back in October of 2016 and probably would have continued right on, but alas, the final novel didn’t publish until May of ’17. Oh well, here’s looking at you, 2019!
5) The Wrath and the Dawn Series by Renee Ahdieh
This is another series that’s completion was hindered by publication dates. I read and fell hard for The Wrath and The Dawn back in 2016 and couldn’t wait to get my hands on the second book of this One Thousand and One Nights retelling. But you know how it goes: Months of waiting leads to moving on to other fandoms, which makes it hard to dive back into a world you haven’t explored in half a year. But book 2 — and the non-cover-matching novellas are on my priority list for 2019!
6) The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare
I guess it would be more accurate to say the Shadowhunter series because then it would incorporate The Infernal Devices/The Dark Artifices series, which — if we’re being real — is the whole point of reading the first 6 novels in the first place! And while I’m certain there will be more spin offs into this world, this series is way too much of a hot commodity right now (read: most of you won’t even read this post because you’re too busy devouring QoAaD as I type) to not include it on my must-read radar for next year!
7) The Stalking Jack The Ripper Quartet by Kerri Maniscalco
First, thanks for the title reveal and photo that’s standing in for book 4 here, Kerri! I cannot wait to see Audrey Rose in her final cover! What color do you think she’ll go with??
Beyond cover reveal theories, I finally picked up the first book in this series about a month ago and was one smitten kitten. I know these historical crime novels aren’t everyone’s cup of tea (yeah, they’re kind of predictable and not as feminist as the early reports claimed), but I enjoyed them nonetheless. There’s something that’s just highly readable about this series and if you haven’t given it a try, join me in 2019, won’t you?
8) The Nevernight Chronicle Series by Jay Kristoff
You haven’t been following me for very long if you’re shocked to see this vendetta-inspired series on this list! And that’s totally fine, but something you should know about me, gentle readers, is that I’m DOWN for this series! I know the footnotes and historical tangents scared some people off in Nevernight, but Mia and her blood-filled darkin journey are worth the effort! Book 1 made such an impact on me earlier this year that I’m confident I’ll be counting down the NINE MONTHS we have to wait for the concluding — and
presumably definitely devastating — finale!
9) The Nyxia Triad by Scott Reintgen
This sci-fi trilogy will always hold a special place in my heart because its first installment was my very first ever approved eARC. It changed the game for me and I can’t wait to see how Reintgen wraps it all up next year! If you’re looking for a twisty space trials series I’d definitely give this series a shot! You can check out my full gush review for Nyxia here!
10) The Caraval Trilogy by Stephanie Garber
And finally, I “welcome, welcome” you to Caraval — and the final selection for this week’s T10T prompt! I read the first book back in March of ’17 and was pretty invested in Garber’s magical debut. Although the response for book 1 was divided (namely due to extreme volumes of purple prose) the fans jumped solidly back on board by book 2! And if Finale follows in the footsteps of Legendary, I’m certain we’re in for one heck of an ending!
Honorable Duology Mentions (that also need to be consumed ASAP):
The Warcross duology by Marie Lu and The Six of Crows duology* by Leigh Bardugo
*I know Queen B plans on actually making this a trilogy, but until I see an expected publication date, a duology it shall remain!*
So there’s my no-longer-secret shame! Also known as the series I’d love (read: NEED) to finish in 2019!! Have y’all completed any of these series yet? More importantly, are any of you behind on any of these as well? Which series should take priority? Let me know below!! And PLEASE come back to check out today’s #HolidayADVENTure creator because they’re worth your time and attention!!
And, as always: Happy Reading!
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