I may have confessed to this before, but I have a problem called buying cheap ebooks and then not reading them for a really long time. And thus, we have arrived at this moment on January 11th, when I’m about to make this shameful confession to you: I have 24 first books in a series that I own. Yes. I am not entirely certain it’s feasible to get through all of them this year, but we’re going to try! That said, if there are any that you think I should definitely skip, please feel free to let me know.
1. Daughter of Smoke and Boneby Laini Taylor
I read the first chapter of this book in the bookstore and was absolutely fascinated. So why haven’t I picked it up and completed the book? I honestly have no idea. I’m not 100% clear on what it’s about, but I think it has something to do with demons? Maybe also angels? I also know that a lot of people really love this series so I’m excited to get to it.
2. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
I have heard that the first book in this series is terrible but that they get better and while I normally would not be super on board with that, I can’t resist Whitney’s (from whittynovels) fangirl nature over this book. If someone loves something that passionately, there has to be something good in there, right? Again, not entirely sure what this book is about, but I know that there’s a Juliet, Warner, and Adam? So there’s a love triangle and it’s some kind of fantasy because if Juliette touches people they die? Like the girl from X-Men but worse? We’ll see. Probably.
3. Eonby Allison Goodman
In contrast to Shatter Me, I’ve heard that Eon is significantly better than it’s sequel. I also read the first chapter of this book in the bookstore and really enjoyed it. The book is over 500 pages so my plan was that I could use it for a Tome Topple, but then I had other books I wanted to read for the last round of Tome Topple so… It’s still sitting on my shelf. What I know about this book is that it’s fantasy and there’s a girl dressing as a boy to train to be some important person and there are dragons. Hopefully I’ll pick it up soon!
4. A Study in Charlotteby Brittany Cavallaro
I impulse picked this book up at Target because… I don’t even know why. The cover appealed to me mostly. I’ve heard mixed things about this book, but in the moment I wanted it. Target is a dangerous place. I think I’ll probably like this book or at least, I hope that I will. Basically, Charlotte and Jamie are descendants of Holmes and Watson and they wind up together at this prep school when a murder happens. So to clear their names they have to solve the murder (or something). I’m really hoping I enjoy this book and I’m actually really excited to get to it now. I guess that’s why making this post was a good idea, right?
5. Red Rising by Pierce Brown
I bought this ages ago when the first book was on sale and still haven’t bothered to pick it up, but I know that Dani at Dani’s Bookshelf really enjoyed the series and marathoned them and Caz from Little Book Owl just read them recently and loved them. I’m not sure exactly what these books are about, but Red Queen gets compared to it a lot and I enjoyed the first book in that series so hopefully I’ll like this one. It’s an adult sci-fi? Or fantasy? If someone could explain to me the easy way to know the answer to that question, that would be lovely. Anyway, you’ve probably heard of these books by now as there’s a fourth one coming out on Tuesday.
6. My Lady Janeby Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows
This book is one where there’s legitimately no reason why I haven’t already read this book. I’m approximately 99% certain I’m going to love it and have had it recommended to me by people in real life and I’ve seen people rave about it on the bookish internet. If you, like me, have not read it and are unclear about precisely what the book is about, basically from what I understand, this is a historical fiction novel with a fantasy twist. This book follows Jane (based on Lady Jane Grey), Edward (King Edward VI), and G (idk my Tudor history, tbh). There’s shapeshifting involved. I don’t have a clue but everyone seems to love this book so I’m excited to get to it.
7. The Falconerby Elizabeth May
Someone described The Falconer today, but I don’t remember who it was. Maybe in a video of Reagan’s (PeruseProject if so) that I watched? I’m not sure. Anyway, I’ve owned this book probably since 2016 (terrible) and until today wasn’t sure what it was about or why I bought it in the first place. Basically this book is about a noble teenage girl who is charged with killing the fae and then she has to save the world. This book sounds so good to me now and I’m really excited to dive in. Also I love the cover.
8. Bintiby Nnedi Okorafor
I think the first person I saw talking about these novellas was April from Aprilius Maximus and then I saw a few others talk about them so when I saw Binti on sale for a really good price, I snatched it up. Does it matter that I rarely read sci-fi? Apparently not. Does it matter that I have no idea what the plot is about? Not really. This is the first bit of the synopsis though and it sounds so good: Her name is Binti, and she is the first of the Himba people ever to be offered a place at Oomza University, the finest institution of higher learning in the galaxy. But to accept the offer will mean giving up her place in her family to travel between the stars among strangers who do not share her ways or respect her customs.
I will report back soon on this one.
9. Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Sword of Summerby Rick Riordian
Given how much I enjoyed the Percy Jackson series, there’s really no reason for me to not have already finished and loved this one as well. Actually, we can add The Kane Chronicles to the list of series I need to finish that I posted the other day. I knew I was forgetting things… This series deals with Magnus Chase and Norse mythology. I started this book but didn’t finish it before the library needed it back. It was quite sad. I think I’m waiting until I’m sad and really need a pick me up that romance novels can’t help with before picking this up, which seems stupid, so let’s not let me do that anymore. Great.
10. Poison Studyby Maria V. Snyder
Regan at PeruseProject has been raving about Poison Study recently and the second and third books in the series so it’s renewed my interest in this world. I’ve (again) had this for a while and really need to just pick it up and get moving on it because I think I’m going to enjoy it. Yelena is offered the opportunity to become a food taster for the Commander of Ixia to keep from being executed. I’m a bit confused by the synopsis but magic happens and the world really breaks open in book two apparently. Hopefully I will get to this soon.
If I keep providing this much detail, we’re going to be here for a good long while, so instead I’m going to provide you a gallery of covers for the remaining fourteen books that I already own as an ebook that begin a series. Please chastise me in the comments for letting this get so out of control. Thank you. Also, recommend me series to cut from this list because woah, there are so many books. This isn’t even including romance series because we really would be here all day then.
Seriously, send help. Preferably in the form of an intervention, but you know, I’ll take recommendations in the alternative.