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This week's Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and The Bookish confronts two current bookish fears of mine - starting and finishing series. I'm usually a staunch series finisher; however, recently, I've been loath to finish the, albeit few, series I'm in the middle of. Unlike some bloggers, my fear to finish is not because of the series ending but because I'm ready to read something new, and I'm tired of being tied up with the same characters and plot for so long, which brings me to my next bookish fear: starting a new series. Again, I'm not looking forward to investing so much time into three, four, or more books when there are so many excellent standalones on my TBR list. Regardless of these issues, I managed to compile a list of series that I am currently interested in immersing myself in.
- Chaos Walking by Patrick Ness (finish) - I loved The Knife of Never Letting Go, but the intensity of this series has me afraid to continue on. It's so dark!
- The Quartet by Lois Lowry (finish) - I was late coming to Lois Lowry's classic, The Giver. I didn't read it until graduate school, but I immediately fell for it. It is quintessential dystopia - accessible to all - and I love the exploration of memory preservation via Jonas. However, I never read Gathering Blue or Messenger; mostly because I knew they weren't a straightforward continuation of Jonas' story, and I'd read mixed reviews; however, reading Ally Condie's Matched and the recent release of Son has me interested in returning to Lowry's strange society.
- Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin - I've heard fantastic things about this series. I think it's time to jump on the bandwagon - luckily, my library carries them all!
- The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin - I shamelessly admit that I judged this book by its cover - in a good way. It is so beautiful that I immediately wanted to read it having absolutely no idea what it was about. It seems, however, that the novel's content will live up to its captivating cover. (Shout out to Myra McEntire's Hourglass series for similar cover envy!)
- The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing by M. T. Anderson - These novels are a historically accurate account of growing up during the American Revolution written by a fantastic and very versatile author.
- Chains by Laurie Anderson - Another historical account of revolutionary America by a powerful and favorite author. I'm actually surprised I haven't read this yet as I own the first book, and Anderson's Speak is one of my favorite novels.
- Thursday Next by Jasper Fforde - A detective that has the ability to jump into books and solve literary mysteries? Yes please!
- The Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin - I own all of these, yet I can't seem to get pass the first chapter - third time's the charm?
- Maus: A Survivor's Tale by Art Spiegelman - I hear this is a very moving and powerful graphic novel account of the Holocaust.
- Touch by Laurie Stolarz - I loved the Blue is for Nightmare series, and I've added each book of the Touch series to my TBR as they have been published - I guess it's finally time to crack one open. You know, though, the benefit of waiting to start a series until all/most of the books are out is that there is no lag between each book!
What series are on your TBR? Do you share my series fears? Any tips for overcoming them?
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