BLOGTOBER Day 28: Top Five Wednesday Revisited: Series I’m reading next year

Earlier in the month I discussed the series I can’t wait to finish and the series I can’t wait to continue, so I thought before Blogtober finished I should probably shine a light on some series which I still need to start.

This was a Top Five Wednesday topic way back at the end of 2015. I decided that I was going to try to read a series each month in 2016 and… failed spectacularly. It’s now 2020 and I’ve only finished one of the series that I featured. Oops.

However, I’m only picking five series this time around and I’m only promising that I’ll START them, not that I’ll read each series in its entirety. Hopefully by reducing the pressure from the beginning I might actually succeed this time around.

I’m also not going to feature any of the series I said I was going to read back in 2016. If I haven’t read them yet, it seems silly to force myself to read them in 2021!

5. The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

I loved Samantha Shannon’s standalone adult fantasy novel The Priory of the Orange Tree, so starting The Bone Season series has become a priority.

The only reason I’ve procrastinated starting this series is because it’s meant to be seven books long, and only three have been published so far. The fourth book in the series, The Mask Falling, is finally arriving in February. As over half of the series is going to be out in the world at that point, I think it’s time for me to discover whether the hype surrounding Paige and her adventures is deserved.

4. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

I’m currently hosting #ACOTAlong – my own A Court of Thorns and Roses readalong – and it is going terribly. I’m over three weeks in and I’ve only managed to read three chapters because I’ve been reading It by Stephen King (and doing Blogtober!) but I’m determined to catch up and get the series finished.

Once I’m up to date on the A Court of Thorns and Roses series, there’s no excuse for me not to finally pick up Throne of Glass. I honestly cannot remember how long I’ve owned these books for, and I haven’t read a single one of them. I even went to a talk in Bath and saw Sarah J. Maas after the released of Empire of Storms and still didn’t read any of the books. I’m a mess.

3. The Locked Tomb trilogy by Tamsyn Muir

The Locked Tomb trilogy is either going to be a new favourite book or I’m going to hate it, which is why I’ve been putting off reading this one.

Part of me is expecting to love it, so even though I hadn’t read the first book I ended up ordering the Illumicrate special edition of Harrow the Ninth the moment it went on sale… But for some reason I’m still apprehensive about finally picking it up.

All I know about this book is that it features lesbian necromancers in space. That sounds amazing, but will it be? I guess 2021 is the year that I’ll finally find out.

2. The Nevernight Chronicles by Jay Kristoff

I only special edition hardcovers of all of the books in the Nevernight series, but I haven’t read a single one of them. What is wrong with me?!

(Side note: I do this far too often. I have special editions of The Dark Artifices, The Poppy War series, the Crown of Feathers series, yet I haven’t picked up any of the books in any of those series yet. Kill me now.)

I’ve heard that this book features an assassin, footnotes and a shit-ton of snark, so it should be my new favourite series… But something about it just puts me off picking it up. Is it the hype? Is it Jay Kristoff’s trademark ‘sass’ on Twitter (which comes off rather assholey)? I have no idea, but I’m going to force myself to pick up Nevernight at some point next year. If I don’t like it, it’ll get me a pretty big space on my shelves to fill with books which I will end up loving!

1. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Same old story, really. Pre-ordered An Ember in the Ashes because the hype was very intense before this book was released, then I got too scared to read it. Forgot to order the second book, then there were approximately 17 cover changes so I didn’t end up buying the rest of them… Now the series is nearly over, I still haven’t started it, and I’m still planning on trying to order one of the Fairyloot special edition sets when they go on sale. Someone stop me, or at least change my PayPal password when I’m not looking.

I know basically nothing about the An Ember in the Ashes series, apart from the fact that the main characters are called Laia and Elias and it’s inspired by Ancient Rome, but I think I’ll probably enjoy it!

Are there any series which you can’t wait to start in 2021? Which one of these five series do you want me to start first? Let me know down in the comments!

See you tomorrow,