Five Favorite: Series I Haven’t Finished

“Five Favorite” is a feature on thewasofshall where I lay out my five favorite “x”. Sometimes they’re relevant to a season or holiday, mostly they’re not. It’s an all-around fun excuse to give my 100% amazingly awesome opinion. To see previous topics, click here.

Do you know the feeling where you read a book and you’re so in love with it and need more and then you find out that it’s part of a series and you’re like, YESSSS?

Me, too. Except, for some reason or another, I start series and really, really love the books and then, just… stop. Put the rest of the series on my TBR and then move on to something else.

Below are some of my favorite series I haven’t quite finished.*

The All Souls trilogy by Deborah Harkness
Series starter: A Discovery of Witches
I last read number 1

The Giver quartet by Lois Lowry
Series starter: The Giver
I last read number 1
Books are up to 4 — and the series is finished

The Passage trilogy by Justin Cronin
Series starter: The Passage
I last read number 2

The Robert Langdon novels by Dan Brown
Series starter: Angels & Demons
I last read number 3
Books are up to 4 with a 5th coming this October

The Undead/Queen Betsy series by MaryJanice Davidson
Series starter: Undead and Unwed
I last read number 11
Books are up to 15

* I actually did a Top Ten Tuesday post on this same topic back in 2015 – and I still haven’t finished some of the series yet. LOL.

Have your own five favorite unfinished series? Let me know!

Top Ten: Books Every Fan of Kick-Ass Ladies Should Read

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme was ten books every x should read.

My top ten list is a two-fer: books to read if you like kick-ass ladies AND want to start a series. (Because, honestly, who doesn’t??)


Top Ten: Series I Haven’t Yet Finished

logo-TopTenTuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme was completed series I haven’t yet finished.

Some of these series might not be completely finished yet, but I’ve listed them because they include published works of which I have not read.


2B Trilogy by Ann Aguirre

Read: As Long as You Love Me (#2)
Not read: I Want It That Way (#1), The Shape of My Heart (#3)


All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness

Read: A Discovery of Witches (#1)
Not read: Shadow of Night (#2), The Book of Life (#3)


Millennium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson

Read: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (#1), The Girl Who Played with Fire (#2), The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest (#3)
Not read: The Girl in the Spider’s Web (#4) (I am very, very excited about this one!)


Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Read: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (#1)
Not read: Hollow City (#2), Library of Souls (#3)


New York Blades by Deirdre Martin

Read: Body Check (#1), Fair Play (#2), Total Rush (#3), The Penalty Box (#4), Chasing Stanley (#5), Just a Taste (#6), Power Play (#7), Icebreaker (#8)
Not read: Breakaway (#9), Hip Check (#10)


Oxford Time Travel by Connie Willis

Read: Blackout (#3), All Clear (#4)
Not read: Fire Watch (#0.5), Doomsday Book (#1), To Say Nothing of the Dog (#2)


Parasol Protectorate by Gail Carriger

Read: Soulless (#1)
Not read: Changeless (#2), Blameless (#3), Heartless (#4), Timeless (#5)


Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

Read: Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood (#1-2)
Not read: Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return (#3-4)


Robert Langdon by Dan Brown

Read: Angels & Demons (#1), The Da Vinci Code (#2), The Lost Symbol (#3)
Not read: Inferno (#4)


Undead / Queen Betsy by MaryJanice Davidson

Read: Undead and Unwed (#1), Undead and Unemployed (#2), Undead and Unappreciated (#3), Undead and Unreturnable (#4), Undead and Unpopular (#5), Undead and Uneasy (#6), Undead and Unworthy (#7), Undead and Unwelcome (#8), Undead and Unfinished (#9), Undead and Undermined (#10), Undead and Unstable (#11)
Not read: Undead and Underwater (#11.5), Undead and Unsure (#12), Undead and Unwary (#13), Undead and Unforgiven (#14)

Top Ten: Goals for 2015

logo-TopTenTuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme was book & blogging goals/resolutions for 2015.

My goals:

  1. Participate in and finish the BookRiot #ReadHarder campaign
  2. Read Deborah Harkness’ All Souls trilogy
  3. Read Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven and Andy Weir’s The Martian
  4. Read George Eliot’s Middlemarch in order to fully understand Rebecca Mead’s My Life in Middlemarch
  5. Read John Ajvide Lindqvist’s Let the Right One In so that I can then watch its two film adaptations, Let the Right One In and Let Me In
  6. Read Lois Lowry’s The Giver series
  7. Read all of Rainbow Rowell‘s books (except Attachments, which I actually read in 2012 and got a like from Rainbow herself on Tumblr after posting a quote – like, oh my god, whoa #nojoke)
  8. Read Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Complete Sherlock Holmes, vols. 1 & 2
  9. Read the following YA series that I completely missed over the past 5 years: Anna and the French Kiss, Divergent, If I Stay, Just One Day, and Shatter Me
  10. And blog at least once per week

Top Ten: Books on my Fall TBR List

logo-TopTenTuesday Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme was books on my fall to-be-read list.

Let’s just get this out of the way – I am probably not going to read all of these books. According to GoodReads, I only read an average of 1.2 books per month – but, hey! four of those 11 books were books two through five of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series – which boosts my average pages per month to 606. So maybe I’ll read more than, like, three books from now until the end of December.

Captain America: Winter Soldier
vol. 1 & 2 by Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting
I have been so totally infatuated with Captain America: The Winter Soldier and MCU and Sebastian Stan’s portrayal of the Winter Soldier since I saw the film in theaters that I just need to have some feels with the source material and then watch the movie in the dark with some tissues. Okay? Okay. 
The Casual Vacancy
by J.K. Rowling
Because I haven’t yet? And it’s not Rowling’s most recent book anymore?? And I want to know what all the fuss was about???
Is Everyone Hanging Out WIthout Me? (And Other Concerns)
by Mindy Kaling
A huge release in 2011 (can you tell that I am way behind the times on reading new releases???) but it’s been on my tbr list since it was published and it’s just, like, time, okay?
Just One Day by Gayle Forman
This series was honestly not on my radar until I became a (kind of) official book blogger, but I’ve heard nothing but rave reviews AND three novels in the series are published, so I can binge read. (Yes!)
Night Film by Marisha Pessl
The plot sounds AMAZING and I absolutely adored Pessl’s previous novel, Special Topics in Calamity Physics, so it’s sort of a given that I at least check out Night Film (if not fangirl over it as well).
The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure
“An architect is hired to build hideaways for Jews during World War II.” I mean, COME ON. This novel sounds awesome and intense and, like – history!
Shadow of Night and The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
Mafi’s Shatter Me series is another trio that I’ve only heard about from other book bloggers, but everyone who’s read it has had über fangirl reactions – and, again, five novels are already published so binge reading, here I come!

A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal by Ben Macintyre
My one new release that also happens to be non-fiction – huzzah! I’m not a huge lover of non-fiction, but this book’s premise sounded too good to pass up.