Twelve Series I Want to Keep Reading

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, is about series we’d like to start, catch up on, or finish. In this post I’m writing about series I’ve started recently. I should tell you I’m pretty bad about starting series and then not continuing them – I’m the same with TV. There’s just too many options to spend years on something you don’t love. I start series all the time, rather than finish the ones I’m already reading. Sometimes a series just seems to go on too long. Or in some cases, I’ve simply been away from a series so long I feel like it might be too hard to go back to it.

Mystery series:

This year I started two historical mystery series that I can’t wait to read more of.  The first is Stacie Murphy’s Amelia Matthews mystery series (the first one is A Deadly Fortune) and the second is Karen Odden’s Inspector Corravan series (the first one is Down a Dark River).

I also really enjoy Sujata Massey’s Perveen Mistry series, about a woman lawyer in India in 1921.  I’ve read two, the first one is The Widows of Marabar Hill.

I’ve also really liked Tana French’s Dublin Murder Squad, though I’ve gotten into some of the books more than others. I love the depth of her characters and the way she incorporates the stories of the detectives into the murder cases they’re investigating.

Science Fiction and Fantasy series:

I’ve read 2 of 3 books in Mary Robinette Kowal’s Lady Astronaut series. My husband didn’t care for the books, but I like the blend of science fiction, history, and alternate history.

I’ve read 2 of the 3 books in the Poppy War series by R.F. Kuang.  Those are a big time commitment but I’d like to go back and read the third. It’s maybe been too long since I’ve been away though.

I’m reading the second book in Anne Bishop’s The Others series and I really like the world she’s built.

Earlier this year I received an ARC of Not the Witch You Wed by April Asher. It was such a fun story and a good romance that I’m looking forward to the next in the series, Not Your Ex’s Hexes.  I like the lighter approach to fantasy and romance.

Romance:

I’m loving the Bromance Book Club series by Lyssa Kay Adams. There’s a cheesiness to these books about men struggling with romance, but I like that Adams writes about difficult issues and I love the trend of poking fun at romance tropes. And the cover art makes me laugh.

Belles of London by Mimi Matthews and League of Extraordinary Women by Evie Dunmore: I love historical romances with a lot of well-researched history, and these books are perfect for me. I’ll be reading the next ones as soon as they come out.

Well Met by Jen DeLuca: It may not be literature, but a romance series with a Renaissance Fair as the backdrop? Yes please.

Those are some of the series I’ve started up fairly recently and I hope to continue with. These are comfort reads for me; in times of stress I turn to books from writers I already know I like, with characters or worlds I’m already familiar with. Are you reading any of these? If not, maybe you’ll find something here to add to your TBR list.

  20 comments for “Twelve Series I Want to Keep Reading

  1. November 8, 2022 at 7:43 am

    I’d like to try the Lady Astronaut series but I have not gotten to it so far. I liked her Regency set fantasies OK but I’d be even more in favor of something more unusual. Well Met sounds fun too! The series I’ve been most excited about lately is The Wolf Den trilogy, set in ancient Pompeii. I can’t wait for the third book to see how it all turns out. I also really enjoyed two series readalongs this year, of The Chronicles of Narnia and The Dark Is Rising, two of my childhood favorites.

    • November 8, 2022 at 7:26 pm

      I’ve had mixed feelings about a few of Kowal’s books. This series is quite different from her others and I like the concept. The Wolf Den trilogy sounds great, it’s on my TBR list.

  2. November 8, 2022 at 7:53 am

    I love the cover for In the Woods. May all of these series have great endings.

    My post: https://lydiaschoch.com/top-ten-tuesday-series-i-should-read-someday/

  3. Karen Odden
    November 8, 2022 at 9:54 am

    So gratified to find my series on your love list!!!! Thank you! I hope you enjoy UNDER A VEILED MOON … and I’m working on Corravan #3 … all about a group of con women and thieves … 🙂

    • November 8, 2022 at 7:23 pm

      Thanks Karen, I can’t wait to read it!

  4. November 8, 2022 at 10:57 am

    Fab list! Poppy War is one I need to continue!

  5. November 8, 2022 at 11:39 am

    And this list reminds me that I need to read the next two Poppy War installments and the latest Jen DeLuca novel languishes on my audiobook list. (Romance novels are a nice break from other audiobooks while running).

    • November 8, 2022 at 7:21 pm

      I’ve only read the first Jen DeLuca, I’m looking forward to reading more. I’m not a runner but I think romances make perfect audiobooks (mysteries too, but they require more concentration).

  6. November 8, 2022 at 12:37 pm

    I’m intrigued by the Perveen Mistry series you mention. I do love books set in India and/or written by authors from the sub continent. This would make a good companion read to two series I want to continue by Vaseem Khan and Abir Mukherjee

    • November 8, 2022 at 7:20 pm

      I’ve read two of the Mistry books, I love all the historical detail. They are based on a real-life woman, the first female lawyer in India. I’ll look up the other two you mentioned.

  7. November 8, 2022 at 6:16 pm

    I want to finish the Tana French series and the Bromance Bookclub as well!

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday. Thank you!

    • November 8, 2022 at 7:17 pm

      I’ve read four of the Dublin Murder series, my favorites are the second and third ones. I didn’t like the fourth quite as much. The Bromance books make me laugh out loud – which I can really use these days! Thanks for visiting!

  8. November 8, 2022 at 6:26 pm

    I love Jen DeLuca’s series. Such fun romances! 😀 Thanks for commenting on my blog earlier.

    • November 8, 2022 at 7:15 pm

      Thanks for commenting, Lark! I’m glad to hear you like the Well Met series, as I’ve only read the first one.

  9. November 8, 2022 at 8:24 pm

    What a great list! I love the Lady Astronaut books and the Ren Faire (Well Met, etc) series — hope you get a chance to keep going !

  10. November 9, 2022 at 11:31 am

    Someday I’ll get to The Poppy War. I keep putting them off because they’re long and depressing!

  11. November 27, 2022 at 4:45 pm

    This is a great topic–I love series because they let you pop in and find out what your favorite characters are up to. I really liked the first few Tana French novels, but couldn’t finish The Witch Elm because it unsettled me so much. I want to read the rest of the series though.

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