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Hi friends! Today’s topic is going to be a little difficult for me, so the large majority of these will probably be more like “series a lot of my friends like that I’ve sort of tried but not really and would like to try again more seriously.” Because there are a lot of series that I’ve tried but not necessarily been able to get into, like the ones below.
1. Lord of the Rings. I guess technically I started this a long time ago when a) I read The Hobbit (hated it, btw) and when I got the LOTR trilogy in one giant anthology for Christmas or a birthday one year (got as far as “eleventy first birthday” and put it down). But this year I am determined to read the series all the way through. Except The Hobbit, I guess, because I have no idea at all where my copy could be.
2. Game of Thrones. This is another one that I’ve technically started, but I only made it about 70 pages into the first book before giving up. But I’ll give it the old college try again someday--I just don’t know if it’ll be this year.
3. The Wheel of Time. Okay, this is a total lie because I’ve already started The Eye of the World, but even though I’m about a hundred pages in I still feel like I’m barely scratching the surface. I’m doing okay with Eye of the World so far but I’m not totally hooked yet.
4. The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Again, I’ve started this series--my fiance has the full anthology--but I only made it through two of the books. And I mean, out of five that’s not bad, but it’s been several years since my first attempt and I can only remember little bits and pieces, like the little fish you stick in your ear so you can understand any language and the fact that the main character’s name is Arthur Dent. Or something like that.
5. The Ender’s Game sequels. I have (or had, at one point) all of the older Ender novels: Ender’s Game, Speaker For The Dead, Xenocide, and Children of the Mind. Wikipedia tells me that there are two more now: Ender in Exile, a prequel to Speaker For The Dead, and Earth Unaware, a prequel to the entire series. I tried reading Speaker after reading Ender’s Game for the first time, but I think I was too young to really get it. I’d like to find those books again and give them another try. I’d also be interested to read Earth Unaware as well as the Shadow series, which follows Bean.
6. The Dark Tower series. Again, I’ve already read the first book of this one (here’s my review of The Gunslinger) and I really wasn’t crazy about it, which is saying something when it comes to Stephen King’s works. Fantasy is just really not my genre, even though I’m trying to get more into it. And I especially want to read this because I think SK kind of considers it his magnum opus.
7. Matched series. One of my friends read both the first and the second--liked the first, thought the second was okay, but wasn’t going to be waiting in line for the third. I’m not a huge fan of YA, but I do love me some dystopia, and Matched sounds pretty dystopian.
Tahleen jumping in here! I've got a bunch of series I've been meaning to start, but the life of a librarian is a busy one, especially when it comes to which books to read. Here are three of my picks:
1. Beautiful Creatures series by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. This is especially true since the movie came out. I won the first two in the series right before the third one came out, so they've been sitting on my shelf for a while. But the timing has never felt right. And right now I'm focusing on reading winners of the Youth Media Awards as I'm working on a challenge. Anyway, I want to get to these sometime.
2. The King Raven series (trilogy?) by Stephen Lawhead. This is a fantasy version of Robin Hood, written for an adult audience (I usually read teen stuff). I have the first one and it sounds really good, but again, timing.
3. The Jessica Darling series by Megan McCafferty. Everyone LOVES this series, so I feel like I should at least read the first one, which I luckily now have (thanks Secret Santa!). I will get to this soon. I hope.