Top Ten Tuesday: Popular Series I Haven’t Read

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. How it works is that each Tuesday the host assigns a topic and then posts their top ten list that fits the topic. Every blogger can create their own top ten (or 2, 5, 20, etc.) list as well and link to the host’s. The topic for June 26th, 2018 is: Series I’ve Given Up On/Don’t Plan to Finish. As I’ve already talked about similar topics in previous TTT posts, I thought I’d change the prompt to talk about some extremely well-known series that I just haven’t gotten around to. There was a period of around two years (2013-2014) where I just stopped reading fiction and lost touch with new releases. I also didn’t read the hottest new books till 2017 started. So, I’ve accumulated a backlog of famous series and I really want to get to them all some day. I know I’m going to get a lot of comments that will have reactions of shock and outrage, but I just want to tell you that I’m trying my best to have a mix of backlist books and new releases, so they have a solid place on my TBR. To make the post a bit more interesting, I’m going to state the reason why I want to read it (other than everyone I know raving about it of course) and what I will rate the series as a whole.

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1. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

Why I want to read it: I’ve developed a love for retellings recently and a sci-fi setting would put a very unique spin on the familiar fairy tales.

Rating prediction: 4.5 out of 5 stars

2. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Why I want to read it: Heist stories are a particular weakness of mine and if it’s set in a fantasy world, all the better!

Rating prediction: 5 out of 5 stars

3. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Why I want to read it: It has elements that I don’t read often such as gods, monsters and a war of epic proportions.

Rating prediction: 4 out of 5 stars

4. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

Why I want to read it: The movie is coming out soon and I need to be prepared!

Rating prediction: 4 out of 5 stars

5. The Young Elites by Marie Lu

Why I want to read it: Although her Legend series is more well-known, this basically is the origin story of a villain and I’m a sucker for such stories.

Rating prediction: 4.5 out of 5 stars

6. Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Why I want to read it: The books give off a very horror-y vibe and since it’s not a genre I pick up often, I’m excited to go out of my comfort zone for this.

Rating prediction: 4.5 out of 5 stars

7. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Why I want to read it: It’s been a while since I picked up a good dystopian series and this one seems the perfect candidate to make me fall in love with that genre all over again.

Rating prediction: 4 out of 5 stars

8. Gemma Doyle by Libba Bray

Why I want to read it: It has a lot of Indian connections and I’m curious to know how that part is handled.

Rating prediction: 4.5 out of 5 stars

9. The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

Why I want to read it: I did enjoy her Passenger duology and want to check out her more popular series.

Rating prediction: 4.5 out of 5 stars

10. Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder

Why I want to read it: My longest blogging friend, Sara, interviewed the author on her blog and ever since then I’m intrigued by her books.

Rating prediction: 4.5 out of 5 stars



Which of these have you yet to read? What did you rate them if you have already read them? Let me know in the comments section below.

49 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Popular Series I Haven’t Read

    1. I can’t wait to get to this series! I want to read the Grisha trilogy first just to get a feel for the world although I’ve heard mixed things about it, which is why I haven’t started with Six of Crows yet. I will surely finish it before the end of the year. 🙂

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      1. I’ve heard the same from many people. Also, I think the Six of Crows is much better since it’s Bardugo’s second series and she’s improved a lot as a writer in that. So I really want to get to this first. I have the trilogy on audiobook and I think I’ll start very soon. 😊 Thank you!

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  1. #1 – I’m reading the series very slowly, I think book 2/scarlet sort of not make me want to continue, I really didn’t like that book. but I’m hoping I’ll finish the series some day.

    #2 – still undecided if I want to read this, so many reviews gush about it, they love it but I have doubts I would

    #3 – try reading the first book, just didn’t like it, I know judging a series by the first book is bad but I can’t help it.

    #4 – never going to read this series, I just find the story ordinary

    #5 – nope

    #6 – nope, don’t care for horror or even horror vibe

    #7 – I did want to read it but after reading an excerpt, I have doubts, and also, all that crossed out words is just weird to me

    #8 – never heard of this

    #9 – no idea what this book is about

    #10 – I’m curious about this series but not enough for me to read it

    that’s it for me, have a lovely day.

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    1. Thank you for your opinions on them! I’m sorry you didn’t like many of these. I agree that the hype cannot be justified in all the cases. Also, it is definitely alright to abandon a series based on the first book if you didn’t enjoy it. After all, we only have very limited time to read and we should only read the books we like. Happy reading! 🙂

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  2. Nandini… I did the same topic for the post too!!!!
    I’ve not read most of these either…
    Poison Study is so much fun… it’s quite different from usual and I love the characters…
    And I’m shocked you haven’t read Six ofCrows yet… YOU HAVE TO!!!!! It’s the best duology ever 😍😍😍😍 Sorry, I just love it too much 😜😜😜

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  3. (*blushes over the Poison Study mention*)

    I do hope you get to read that one soon! As well as Daughter of Smoke and Bone and the Six of Crows series. Laini Taylor and Leigh Bardugo are probably my two favorite YA fantasy authors right now, so I was all kinds of happy over that part of your list. 🙂

    As for me, I’m also planning to read Cinder at some point, though I’m not sure when. Other series I’m hoping to start in the future (either soon or who knows when *lol*) are Tamora Pierce’s Trickster Duology (set in the same world as her Song of the Lioness Quartet), Naomi Novik’s Temeraire series, N.K. Jemisin’s Dreamblood Duology, and Scott Lynch’s Gentleman Bastard series.

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    1. I always knew you loved both Laini Taylor and Leigh Bardugo, which is one of the biggest reasons I have them on this list (and also Rae Carson but I decided to stop at 10). Some other writers I absolutely need to check out after hearing you rave about them are UKLG and N. K. Jemisin. Of the ones you mentioned, I’ve read Scott Lynch’s series and I did really enjoy all of the books that are out (especially the third one). I hope you have a great time reading them, Sara, and a huge thanks to you for pushing me to read books that I’m sure will become my favourites in the future. 🙂

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      1. I remember your review of The Lies of Locke Lamora. 😉 It reminded me that I’d been meaning to get a hold of that book, so it put it back on my radar.

        Awwww, shucks. (*blushes*) Thank you, and you’re welcome.

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  4. I’m reading the second book in the Elite series now. I am totally in love! The main character is an antihero and arguably even the villain of the story. I enjoy reading stories told from a different perspective like that.
    I’ve read books by that author before (Legend) and loved them as well. She is a gifted storyteller and always knows how to keep the tension high. Legend is a dystopian and The Elites is a fantasy, and she does both genres really well (though technically dystopian is classified as fantasy, but you know what I mean 😀 ).

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    1. I have heard so many great reviews about Marie Lu’s books! I’m sure that if you liked them, I’ll feel the same too. Thanks for letting me know what you thought of them, Megan! 🙂 (And yes, I totally got what you meant of course.)

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    1. These are mostly of the fantasy genre which of course is my favourite but I know you tend to lean more towards contemporary and romance (as far as I remember, do correct me if I’m wrong!) so it’s completely fine lol. Also, very glad to see you back here again! 🙂


      1. Yeah.. you’re right.. I take a lot of time convincing myself to read a fantasy book because I feel like I should be lectured about its worth. I don’t like disappointing fantasy novels and take a lot of hurt when the world building has flaws. That’s why I’ve only ever read the world-famous ones. But, with contemporary romances, I give them to fate.
        And I’m so happy to be back! WordPress has been beaconing me for months now.

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  5. i only read 4 of these series! but i love those a lot so im very very excited for u to give them a try!! especially six of crows, but honestly, who doesn’t love that one
    the darkest minds i feel isn’t as hyped as it should be, it’s a great story. im so happy the movie is coming out!

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    1. I feel like Alex has great potential to write and I know that The Darkest Minds has a great cast of characters, which is always something I look for in a book. I’m so glad the movie is coming out too! We need more YA on screens! 🙂 I think every single comment I’ve gotten says that I should be reading Six of Crows, so I’m sure it’ll be the first series I get to among this list. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts! 🙂


    1. That’s fine, haha! I know fantasy isn’t your go-to genre but it’s my favourite so I need to get on these ASAP. Also, from what I’ve heard over and over in the comments, Six of Crows is great if you want to venture into YA fantasy some time. 🙂


  6. The only one I’ve read from this list is Jenny Han’s To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. The first book was excellent, while the second two are wholly unnecessary as they romanticise unhealthy relationships. It’s a case of “stand-alone would’ve been better.” But that’s just my personal preference. I know lots of people feel otherwise, which is totally cool! I really want to read The Lunar Chronicles and the Six of Crows series. The other ones I feel indifferent about.

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    1. Six of Crows seems to be the most recommended, so I would definitely prioritize that first. I’ve never heard that the second and third books in Jenny Han’s series were problematic. Most people seem to only gush about it. If you can tell me a bit more about it without spoilers, can you please do so? Or if you have a review on Goodreads, a link would be good enough. I really want to know so that I can be aware of problematic content before I go into any book. (I really needed it before I started Twilight but I only realised years later lol and I don’t want a repeat of that!)

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      1. Yeah, it romanticises and fetishises abuse as an indicator of a boy’s feelings, and it just very degrading towards women. I’ve linked my review below. There are spoilers for book two in my review, but they are all marked.
        Here’s my review for book two:
        Here’s my review for book three:

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  7. bujoowl

    The only one I’ve read is Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children. The rest of them are books that are lost on my “books to buy if you ever finish the books you own” list. Six of Crows is one that I’ve been meaning to read for so long now tho that I might just have to pick it up

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    1. Oh, that list! It’s notoriously hard to resist. I have such a list too, except I can never go on a book buying ban because I’m just out of control. 🙈 Yay, that’s great! I hope you love Six of Crows as much as everyone else seems to. ❤

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      1. bujoowl

        I’ve been doing good except for subscription boxes. But yesterday I HAD to go to Half Price Books because one of the books I do own was damaged, and I may have walked away with quite a few more than the one….

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  8. We have a lot os series in common but I’m already done with Taylor, Meyer and Riggs series. The last one… had a good start but an ending that was a “no” for me. I also read Shatter Me and that was definitely a bigger no.
    I don’t even know if I’m going to read something else from Mafi. That books badly shocked me XD

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    1. Mafi has a contemporary coming out soon that deals with immigration I think. I might start with that because I’ve heard some very mixed things about Shatter Me. I’m so glad we have many in common. Let’s slay our TBR together!

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  9. The Lunar Chronicles and Shatter Me series are amazing! The Lunar Chronicles are all retelling and are so amazingly unique and the world building is done beautifully plus it isn’t a very difficult world to get into anyway. I finished it all in a week, I was seriously addicted. Shatter Me series is unlike anything I’ve ever read! I binge-read it with a friend in 4 days 😅

    I would advise against Ms. Peregrines series. I mean go ahead read the first book, it’s okayish. But if you just read the rest in hopes that it gets better, it doesn’t. I’ve 100% forgotten the plots cause meh.

    And I’m really looking forward to reading Six of Crows too! I started but abandoned it even though it was very gripping. Will start reading again soon 😊

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    1. Thanks for your thoughts on all these books, Charvi! ❤ I already love retellings and space, so I’m sure I’ll end up liking The Lunar Chronicles. I’m interested to see what I think of Shatter Me because I’ve heard both good and bad things. I have a few dystopian series I need to get to soon, so I’ll try to space them out so that I don’t get fed up of the genre. Also, can we please buddy read Six of Crows? 😅

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