It’s Saturday! I hope you all are having fun on this fine weekend. If you would remember, I posted Top Ten Standalone Books of 2018 a few days ago and well, this post was bound to happen after that one, right? It just took me a while to get around to it.
So, book series. Yeah, since these are book series, I am not going to restrict myself to the books/ series that only released in 2018, that would be very limiting and not very smart. So, here’s a list of book series that I read in 2018 and found them to be the bee’s knees.
Mind you this list is in no particular order because I don’t want to give them numbers just yet.
So, without further ado, here are the top ten series I read this year.
Villains by V. E. Schwab
Oh. Boy. I had resisted reading anything V. E. Schwab till this year because I was afraid that I wouldn’t really like the books, don’t ask me why. I mean, I know one of the reasons, they are so very, very hyped and that immediately makes me a bit reluctant to pick up books. However in case of her Villains series, the hype was well worth it and more. The first book, Vicious, was so brilliantly written that I wasn’t sure how Vengeful could even compare but I shouldn’t have doubted. Vengeful added a few more characters and the existing characters were given even more nuance and made everything so much better. Frankly, I am blessed to have read this series. I have a feeling that there might be more coming our way in this series and I welcome it. I will not doubt Schwab with Villains again.
Grishaverse by Leigh Bardugo
Oh, boy. I hadn’t really thought of the Grisha trilogy as something I wanted to read for a long time (clearly) but I finally gave in this year and I am so glad I did. This trilogy was so good (and bad) and addictive. Seriously, I think I just finished the trilogy in a matter of weeks and then devoured the Six of Crows duology. While I loved the Grisha trilogy, I absolutely adored the Six of Crows duology not only because the writing and plotting was better in these books but also because the characters were given such nuances and sure I still wish I knew more about Wylan and Matthias and even Kuwei but you know what? What I do have is enough for me for now. Also, I can’t wait for Nikolai duology!
Memory, Sorrow and Thorn by Tad Williams
I had no idea till 2018 who Tad Williams was and why I should read his books and that has been haunting me all year. Tad Williams’ writing is so good, his characters magical and the pacing just the right amount for me to thoroughly enjoy his books. Memory, Sorrow and Thorn trilogy almost ticked all the points for me. I was and probably still am in love with this one and I can’t wait to read the next installments in the same world.
Themis Files by Sylvain Nuevel
Oh, gosh, what can I say about this trilogy. Themis Files is such a good series, seriously. I absolutely loved the first book and second book made me think about humanity in general. While the concluding book didn’t manage to wow me as much as the first two, I do have to say that the series as a whole was absolutely fascinating and I will be re-reading the whole series soon. Why? Becasuse why not?
Mistborn trilogy by Brandon Sanderson
This was the year of me reading a ton of fantasy by new-to-me authors. Not because I hadn’t heard of them or anything but mostly because I just never got around to their books. With Brandon Sanderson, it was the intimidation of tackling his books because they all seem to be set in one universe and I wasn’t sure if I could actually handle that? I am glad to say that I started reading his books and Mistborn trilogy ( I have yet to read the last one so I can’t say that it’s amazing quite yet) is pretty amazing and so immersive! From his characters to his magic systems to the plot twists, everything he does seem to be working for me so far. I am so, so glad that I finally read his books. I haven’t finished the last book in the trilogy yet but since the first two managed to make me fall in love with the series, I am okay with including this one, ok?
Shades of Magic by V. E. Schwab
Ah, yes, another series by V. E. Schwab. I am including this one despite my misgivings because it has such a potential and I am hoping that the concluding novel in the series would make my experience tons better. I am not saying this is the best series I have read in the year but it is damn near best so it’s still included. There are so many things that really make me I started reading this one that I am not going to quibble about the flaws because everything has flaws. I absolutely love the relationship between Kell & Rhy, I would love to know more about the King and the Queen of Red London and why they are the way they are. Lila is equal parts fascinating and frustrating, I am hoping I will see her in a better light in the next book. I also wanna know more about Alucard, he sounds so mysterious and his relationship with Rhy is something I want more of, without not knowing much about it.
These are my favourite series of the year, I did read more series than this and frankly, even finished them but these are the ones that really stayed with me. I can actually see myself re-reading these books in future with joy. So, what do you think? Found any series that you love? Or maybe you are planning to read it? Or worse, you have read one of these and found them not to your liking? Tell me all about your favourite series in the comments.