Me? Exposed for procrastination two weeks in a row?
It’s more likely than you think. Shanah @ Bionic Bookworm Blog has a remarkable talent for getting me to call myself out via my TBR, and today is no exception. We get to look at the series I want to start this week, not just the scattered books that are popular but may or may not be on my TBR. And in doing that, we get to see just how far into the backlist I really should be going.
The answer is pretty far. It’s easy to get wrapped up in ARCs and new releases. Hopefully soon I can do these backlist books right!
Kerri Maniscalco’s Stalking Jack the Ripper Series
Part of the reason I’ve stalled on picking this up is because I only have the very first book in paperback, and I cannot resist the allure of a complete, matching set. That said, we’re talking about historical fiction with murder here, and I am weak in the knees. Yes, I want to solve mysteries! Yes, I want capable girls to dive deep into said mysteries when everyone else tells them no! And if I understand the shipping stances right, yes I want soft and supportive murder-solving couples!
I should get started, shouldn’t I?
Cornelia Funke’s Inkworld Trilogy
Okay, so this is more about what series I ought to finish. I’ve tried multiple times to get through Inkdeath, but always fall short within the first couple chapters. Hell, a couple times, I don’t think I’ve even finished Inkspell. But I’m so curious to see how it all ends, and I already own all three books (thanks, Scholastic brochures from grade school). Why wait?
The answer is: I’m waiting because I’m afraid it will not fit my childhood nostalgia glasses. Oh no.
Rachel Caine’s The Great Library Series
Am I eternally bitter about the destruction of the Great Library of Alexandria? Yes, yes I am. My classics major heart breaks to think of all the information that was burned there. But if we can’t have the real deal back, a series focused on a fictional incarnation of that will satisfy me quite nicely!
I currently own Ink and Bone in paperback, a gift from my best friend, and it’s begging me to just start, even though I don’t own the rest of the series. Partly because it’s a gift from a friend, which automatically boosts it up my TBR, and partly because it just sounds fantastic. Which is also a hefty boost.
Samantha Shannon’s The Bone Season Series
When I first read the summary of The Bone Season, I kind of dismissed it. It didn’t seem entirely like my thing, and it didn’t strike me as the kind of YA I like, even if Goodreads does seem to have it labeled as YA.
After reading The Priory of the Orange Tree, though, it’s clear that Samantha Shannon is incredibly talented, and I want a better look at the worlds she creates! Plus, I’ve seen her mention that the protagonist of The Bone Season series is demisexual, and I am always down to read more ace rep.
Also, this is slated to be a seven-book series. As much as I love a solid standalone or duology, quick and done, I’ve had a series-shaped hole in my heart for a while, and this might just fill it.
V.E. Schwab’s Threads of Power Trilogy
Okay, so technically, I have to wait at least a year to start this one. We don’t even have a title for the first book, or a release date beyond maybe in 2021. All I know is that it picks up in the same world as the Shades of Magic trilogy, and it’s going to focus on new characters with cameos from the original cast (provided they, y’know, survived). I couldn’t be more excited to dive back into the four Londons, and I’m 100% ready for V.E. Schwab’s outstanding prose to take me out at the knees.
Waiting for this one will be worth it, but oh man, it is going to be hard.
Of all the series I want to start, which one do you think I should pick up first? I have to admit, it’s hard for me to decide! 😵