Series I’d love to read but … #toomanybooksnotenoughtime #intimidatedbooknerd Top 5 Tuesday 04/28/2020

Hi friends,

Today’s topic in Top 5 Tuesday is top series I want to read.

I have series I want to read but 

 I am intimidated by the length of the books and series like

Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson (that’s seven books and the first one is 647 pages)

In a world where ash falls from the sky, and mist dominates the night, an evil cloaks the land and stifles all life. The future of the empire rests on the shoulders of a troublemaker and his young apprentice. Together, can they fill the world with colour once more?

In Brandon Sanderson’s intriguing tale of love, loss, despair and hope, a new kind of magic enters the stage— Allomancy, a magic of the metals. 

 

 

 

 

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (9 books beginning with 850 pages)

The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of Our Lord…1743.

Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire is catapulted into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life, and shatter her heart. For here James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, shows her a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire—and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.

 

 

Merci Thompson by Patricia Briggs (12 books but the first is only 289 pages)

Mercedes Thompson, aka Mercy, is a talented Volkswagen mechanic living in the Tri-Cities area of Washington. She also happens to be a walker, a magical being with the power to shift into a coyote at will. Mercy’s next-door neighbor is a werewolf. Her former boss is a gremlin. And she’s fixing a bus for a vampire. This is the world of Mercy Thompson, one that looks a lot like ours but is populated by those things that go bump in the night. And Mercy’s connection to those things is about to get her into some serious hot water…

 

 

 

 

Night Huntress by Jeaniene Frost (7 books , first one with 358 pages)

Flirting With The Grave…

Half-vampire Catherine Crawfield is going after the undead with a vengeance, hoping that one of these deadbeats is her father – the one responsible for ruining her mother’s life. Then she’s captured by Bones, a vampire bounty hunter, and is forced into an unlikely partnership.

In exchange for help finding her father, Cat agrees to train with the sexy night stalker until her battle reflexes are as sharp as his fangs. She’s amazed she doesn’t end up as his dinner – are there actually good vampires? Pretty soon Bones will have her convinced that being half-dead doesn’t have to be all bad. But before she can enjoy her status as kick-ass demon hunter, Cat and Bones are pursued by a group of killers. Now Cat will have to choose a side … and Bones is turning out to be as tempting as any man with a heartbeat. 

 

 

Bloodline by Richelle Mead (6 books first one 411 pages)

I wasn’t free of my past, not yet.

Sydney’s blood is special. That’s because she’s an alchemist – one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets – and human lives. But the last encounter Sydney had with vampires got her in deep trouble with the other alchemists. And now with her allegiences in question, her future is on the line.

When Sydney is torn from her bed in the middle of the night, at first she thinks she’s still being punished for her complicated alliance with dhampir Rose Hathaway. But what unfolds is far worse. Jill Dragomir – the sister of Moroi Queen Lissa Dragomir – is in mortal danger, and the Moroi must send her into hiding. To avoid a civil war, Sydney is called upon to act as Jill’s guardian and protector, posing as her roommate in the unlikeliest of places: a human boarding school in Palm Springs, California. The last thing Sydney wants is to be accused of sympathizing with vampires. And now she has to live with one.

The Moroi court believe Jill and Sydney will be safe at Amberwood Prep, but threats, distractions, and forbidden romance lurk both outside – and within – the school grounds. Now that they’re in hiding, the drama is only just beginning.

 

I am afraid of the hype and fear that I will be disappointed

Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor (3 books)

Around the world, black hand prints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grows dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherworldly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real, she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious “errands”, she speaks many languages – not all of them human – and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.

When beautiful, haunted Akiva fixes fiery eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?

 

Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa

One thousand years ago, the great Kami Dragon was summoned to grant a single terrible wish—and the land of Iwagoto was plunged into an age of darkness and chaos.

Now, for whoever holds the Scroll of a Thousand Prayers, a new wish will be granted. A new age is about to dawn.

Raised by monks in the isolated Silent Winds temple, Yumeko has trained all her life to hide her yokai nature. Half kitsune, half human, her skill with illusion is matched only by her penchant for mischief. Until the day her home is burned to the ground, her adoptive family is brutally slain and she is forced to flee for her life with the temple’s greatest treasure—one part of the ancient scroll.

There are many who would claim the dragon’s wish for their own. Kage Tatsumi, a mysterious samurai of the Shadow Clan, is one such hunter, under orders to retrieve the scroll…at any cost. Fate brings Kage and Yumeko together. With a promise to lead him to the scroll, an uneasy alliance is formed, offering Yumeko her best hope for survival. But he seeks what she has hidden away, and her deception could ultimately tear them both apart.

With an army of demons at her heels and the unlikeliest of allies at her side, Yumeko’s secrets are more than a matter of life or death. They are the key to the fate of the world itself. 

 

And there is the one that I am really determined to begin this year because I was smitten by her Red Winter series:

The Guild Codex by Anetter Marie

Broke, almost homeless, and recently fired. Those are my official reasons for answering a wanted ad for a skeevy-looking bartender gig.

It went downhill the moment they asked me to do a trial shift instead of an interview—to see if I’d mesh with their “special” clientele. I think that part went great. Their customers were complete dickheads, and I was an ***hole right back. That’s the definition of fitting in, right?

I expected to get thrown out on my ***. Instead, they… offered me the job?

It turns out this place isn’t a bar. It’s a guild. And the three cocky guys I drenched with a margarita during my trial? Yeah, they were mages. Either I’m exactly the kind of takes-no-*** bartender this guild needs, or there’s a good reason no one else wants to work here.

So what’s a broke girl to do? Take the job, of course—with a pay raise. 

 

Now YOU CONVINCE me: which one should I really, really, really begin? Come on! Don’t be shy! You can be your bossy b!tch 😉

 

Thanks for reading!

Sophie

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45 Replies to “Series I’d love to read but … #toomanybooksnotenoughtime #intimidatedbooknerd Top 5 Tuesday 04/28/2020”

  1. I’m really enjoying Annette Marie’s Codex Guild: Spellbound. Although I’ve only read the first couple, I’m keen to read them all!

    1. Same here Flora!!

  2. I loved the first book in the mistborn series and it took me five days to finish it. I’m scared to pick up the rest of the series! They’re huge! I also want to check out Merci Thompson! I gave up Night Huntress in the middle but it’s a good series if you want to check it out. I’ve read the Daughter of Smoke And Bone trilogy. The first book was a hit for me, but the next two are three star reads for me.

    1. I am listening to Night Huntress Raven!

  3. I actually have several of these on my TBR too. I’m really digging the blurb for Daughter of Smoke & Bone! I had such a huge book hangover after Crescent City tho…

    1. See? You are joining the club LOL

  4. The hype has me afraid to start Daughter of Smoke and Bone too, lol.

    1. And yet it must be amazing Suzanne!

  5. My Aunt has been trying to get me to read The Guild Codex and it sounds amazing but the series isn’t finished yet! And I’m tired of reading unfinished series haha. Also I am hesitant to start Outlander because they are huge!!! Great list 😀

    1. I think I will wait too Brittany!

  6. As soon as I get back to working normal hours I have the Merci Thompson series to finally get started on!

    1. I hope you’ll get back to normal hours soon!

  7. I really hope you get to read both Mostborn and Mooncalled. I love both of these series and I hope you would love them too!

    1. Me too Susy!!!

  8. Bloodlines is SOOO good!! Please please read them!! I may even like them more than Vampire Academy? and yes I agree w you on Outlander… I just dont think I will ever read it?? (on the other hand I may watch the show…) and I have yet to read Mistborn but it is on my tbr as a good summer binge read series. Great post!

    1. You loved them more than VA???? Wow!

  9. Em @ The Geeky Jock says: Reply

    Mistborn is waiting on my shelf waiting to be read … and Daughter of Smoke & Bone is definitely happening later this year. (They’re releasing a tenth-anniversary edition with gorgeous new covers!) I don’t think Laini Taylor will let us down!

    1. I don’t think either Em!

  10. OMG, same about Mistborn!! I’m SO intimidated for some reason even when I know it will be amazing, you know?
    The trilogy of Daughter Smoke & Bone is one of my favorites EVER, it’s absolutely amazing, so I hope you decide to give it a try & of course, I recently read Shadow Of The Fox and really enjoyed it ❤️

    1. ha damn Sofii! Now I really need to read them LOL

  11. I actually read The Bloodlines series. Those books read fast. They are not dense, like some SFF books can be.

    1. I get what you mean by “dense”! For example, SJM’s books are “dense” even if amazing!

  12. LOVE Outlander and Night Huntress series!

    1. I began the Night Huntress today Kim!!

  13. Haha. I grok this topic so hard… Too many books, not enough time.

    I adore Sanderson’s works, and LOVED Mistborn. I enjoy novel magics and this doesn’t disappoint. (There are 3 distinct types of magic in the Mistborn series!!)

    Outlander I started but never read past book two. I just couldn’t get into it :/

    Kagawa’s books are always good to me. I haven’t read this series but I’m actually about to start it Same with Annette Marie’s books. I started rewatching Inuyasha, and that made me ant to reread Red Winter.

    I wanna say start with Mistborn (they don’t feel as long as they are when you’re reading them.), but really, I’d say start with Kagawa’s or Marie’s series.

    Happy reading and stay safe!

    1. I will follow your advice and begin with Mistborn! Thank you!

      1. I hope you like them!!

  14. Night Huntress is a must read along with Mercy Thompson.
    Outlander, I stopped at book 4 and watch the tv series . The Annette Marie series with the mages was okay; Richelle Mead should start with Vampire academy before going to Bloodlines…but it’s just okay as well.
    I say pick one a month and try two books in that series before you decide if it’s worth continuing

  15. Great list! I feel the same about Daughter of Smoke and Bone!

    1. Thank you Kayla!

  16. #intimidatedbooknerd is right! I have a feeling that Outlander is something that you’ll become OBSESSED over! I loved that book more than words! I haven’t continued the series yet (#intimidatedbooknerd) but I want to so badly! Jamie…….. Oh Jamie! He’s indescribable!

    1. I know Shanah once I’ll begin I won’t be able to stop!!!

  17. Tanya Atkinson says: Reply

    There was a time (about 15 years ago or so) that I was addicted to the Outlander series. I was obsessed with the books and those characters. I’ve since fallen behind on the series and at this point would probably have to start all over. It’s quite the undertaking!

    1. That’s the right word Tanya! An undertaking!

  18. You would LOVE the Night Huntress World by Jeaniene Frost….those books are fabulous.

    There are so many good books out there, there just isn’t enough time right?

    1. I began the Night Huntress today! After seeing so many enthusiastic recommendations LOL

  19. Outlander is definitely intimidating because of the length of the books. I suggest reading it in audio even though it takes a long time to get through each book, because the narrator is great, and audio can be painless if you listen while doing other things.

    I recommend the Mercy Thompson and Night Huntress series regardless of the number of books, and they’re great in audio, too! In fact, I love bingeing on them (and a few other long series) in audio.

    1. Thank you for your advice! I will probably go for the audio road here!

  20. I really enjoyed the Bloodlines series when I read them years ago. Shadow of the Fox is good. I still need to read books two and three.

    1. So basically I need to begin now! LOL

  21. Mistborn is a series I want to start too (but isnt on my list today!)

    I thought I might read 1 book a month off my list to start the series…..and then have to add the other books in the series to my tbr!!!

    1. Well that’s what I think too Caro!

      1. I bought The Final Empire, I couldnt resist it any longer!

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