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 2019 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.
Winternight Trilogy by Katherine Arden
I was so sure that I finished this series last year that I had to go and check the post for last year and I was ever so surprised to see it wasn’t even on the list. Then I looked the publishing date and what month it could come in India and the mystery was solved. Of course, I hadn’t read the last two books by the end of the last year. This trilogy is so stunningly atmospheric and just plain magical that anyone who hasn’t read it, I would implore you to do so as soon as possible.
The Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb
I finally read something by Robin Hobb!!! Yay! I had been meaning to read anything Hobb for a long time and then, a video which was shared on Reddit led me to reading order of the books and I realised that all these series were linked and were supposed to be read in some sort of order if one didn’t want to spoil oneself. So I did the thing and started on the Farseer trilogy and boy, was I swept away in the best sense possible. Her writing is so accessible and her characters so real and just…if you haven’t read the books, please do. Be ready for all the heartbreak too because she isn’t holding those back.
Murderbot Diaries by Martha Wells
One of the most fun series I have ever read and that’s saying something. It’s a sci-fi novella series about a robot who really just loves to watch TV shows and be all engrossed in them but he was created for murder. You can bet all your savings that this is a fun romp with all the best parts of a science fiction novel wrapped into a series. There’s more! There’s gonna be a full length novel! Can you believe??!!
Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger
This is a series I started simply because Regan over on PeruseProject would not stop singing its praises and I knew I had to get to it. I am so glad I did because goodness, this series is something else. Middle grade fantasy, the author manages to make it so addictive and it’s not without its tropes but there’s more to the series than that. It’s the more serious topics that are dealt in such a way that it’s understandable for a child and I am just so glad that I could read this series. I am only four books in but trust me when I say that it’s a brilliant series if you are looking for long, middle grade series.
Mistborn trilogy by Brandon Sanderson
What can I say about this series that I haven’t already said? Or hasn’t already been said by everyone who’s read it? It’s gripping, it’s epic and it’s addictive. The end was not something I really saw coming when I read the first book but at the end of the third book, it made all sorts of sense. What a hecking ride that was. Worth every moment, every gasp of surprise and every tear, I say.
Skyward by Brandon Sanderson
Yes, it’s yet another Brandon Sanderson but it’s not fantasy this time! It’s sci-fi. That should matter. Right? Anyway, I wasn’t so sure if I was gonna like Skyward and for a while, it did feel rocky but there came a moment when I was just so freaking invested in what was going to happen next that I forgot a meal. Yeah. The second installment is out but I haven’t gotten around to it yet because it’s too expensive but trust me, I know it’s gonna be great.
The Bone Witch trilogy by Rin Chupeco
I haven’t managed to read the entire trilogy this year and that’s a shame. A damn shame because what I read in the first book gave me hope for the next two books in the series. It’s such a brilliantly written book and I can’t wait to delve into the world again. It has necromancy and just intrigue and ugh. I am gonna get to it in 2020, mark my words. (Actually, don’t because I tend to jinx myself often.)
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.