Top 5 Tuesday #37: Series I Want to Start

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Shanah, the Bionic Book Worm.

This week’s topic:

Top 5 series I want to start

Well, this is more the top 5 series to pop in my head when I thought of this topic.

Inheritance trilogy

I’ve yet to read anything by N.K. Jemisin but when I do, I’d like to start with The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, the first novel in her Inheritance trilogy, which seems to be of the fantasy genre. I want to start with her fantasy stuff before going sci-fi.

Harwood Spellbook series

Lisa at Way Too Fantasy got me interested in Burgis’s Harwood Spellbook series — Snowspelled is the first book in this fantasy series. It sounds like something I’d really like.

Binti series

Binti is the first novella in a sci-fi series of the same name by Nnedi Okorafor. So far, I’ve only read Okorafor’s Akata Witch, but I own a couple of her other books, including Binti, that I want to try too.

Lightbringer series

I really enjoyed Brent Weeks’s Night Angel trilogy and am craving more stories by him, so I’ll certainly read his Lightbringer books soon. They are fantasy novels and The Black Prism is the first book.

Gentleman Bastard series

I keep hearing great things about Scott Lynch’s Gentleman Bastard fantasy series, so of course, I want to read them too. The Lies of Locke Lamora is the first book.

Let me know if you’ve read any of these.

27 thoughts on “Top 5 Tuesday #37: Series I Want to Start

  1. I love those Harwood books so much! And also Locke Lamorra. It’s over the top and fun and I think just letting go and being along for the ride is a great way to experience that one. 🙂

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  2. I’m up to date on Lynch though I’m not loving it, and I started Weeks in January – those are really big books, and quite exhausting, but in a good way 😄 Binti sounds interesting!

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      1. Eh, I know people love this sequence, but for me there are several things that just take the reading experience down a few notches. Heavy trope overdose is probably the worst. The special snowflakeness of the main character is close in line, though! 😉 Then there’s a lot of over-the-top scenes requiring suspension of disbelief, and I’m not really forgiving in that aspect… I liked the second installment the most, Red Seas Under Red Skies was very solid, but the third book just ruined all of it – and beware, if you were tired with Fitz’s pining and grumpiness, Locke can get much worse, almost on par with Kvothe! 😂 I developed an allergy to him, I’m afraid 😉 the reviews for the first two books are on our blog, if you’re interested.
        I started Lightbringer series, finished Black Prism and enjoyed it a lot. I plan to read the rest, but I’m pacing myself, the first book was a tad too long despite the ongoing action and high stakes, and I felt slightly exhausted by it in the end 😉 Plus, beware, Weeks has a thing for female physiology, and I saw that for some people it’s a huge deterrent.

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        1. Lol at “Fitz’s pining and grumpiness” but it did get a bit annoying after a while. Thanks for the warning there. Didn’t know Kvothe was like that too. I haven’t yet read The Name of the Wind, but that’s good to know. I sure will check out the reviews! Most likely when I read the books because then I can relate more 🙂
          Lol at “developed an allergy to him” that cracked me up.
          Oh yes! I read Weeks’s Night Angel series, which I enjoyed, but it was the same with the women in it. If a woman is a main character (or even a side character or barely mentioned), the reader will mostly likely be told something about her breasts. It became annoying too. I was hoping he’d get over it by these books. Not a deterrent for me but certainly annoying.

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        2. I absolutely hated The Name of the Wind. It’s one of the worst cases of Mary-Sueism I ever had the displeasure of reading ;).
          LOL! I keep wondering whether he wants to raise awareness, or if it’s just a weird fascination… Here it’s more about periods and cramps, and I heard from others there’s even a detailed description of vaginitis somewhere along the way. 😉 And it is annoying, I agree! It’s not that this shouldn’t be written about or anything, I’m fine with such things being mentioned now and then, but 1) it’s unbalanced – I don’t ever see anything about prostate problems, or nightly ejaculations, or whatever, and 2) for women these are facts of life and usually not something to be dwelled upon for pages and pages of an epic fantasy book.
          I guess I need to write a review soon! 😀

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        3. Lol!! For some reason your displeasure with these books makes me want to read them even more. I’m really curious to see if I’ll think the same, which I highly believe I will.
          But, oh my god, I guess I should expect to be annoyed by that in Weeks’s book. Yes, please do a review!

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  3. I loved the Binti books! And since they’re novellas, it’s easy to read all three pretty quickly. 🙂 I need to read the Inheritance trilogy too — it’s been on my TBR forever. And one of these days, I should read Locke Lamora as well. Good luck with all these!

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  4. I have read Jemisin’s Broken Earth trilogy and I’m not sure I’d call it science fiction. It has elements of both sf and fantasy, I’m pretty sure. I don’t know any of the ones on your list, though.

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  5. I just started Gentleman Bastards. I’m not super far into The Lies of Locke Lamora, but so far it’s really giving me Charles Dickens/Victorian era vibes.
    And the Lightbringer series is on my ‘to-read-eventually’ TBR. I’ve got to finish WOT and Stormlight first.

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