Namo Namaha, welcome to my blog. A year/decade is nearing its end. A signal to get started on our New year’s resolutions and goals, have you started planning yet? I am not sure of my resolutions but I sure am ready with my reading list for 2020. In this post, I am going to list the Top 5 Book series that I intend to read in 2020. Most of the books from the series are well-loved, remarkable books and I am a little peeved that I couldn’t get to them till now. Better late than never right? So let’s jump right into the series list.
1. The Raven Cycle series
Authored by Maggie Stiefvater, this is a YA Paranormal Fantasy series. I don’t think I have read any book from this genre yet. So I am excited to explore.The first book is The Raven boys. From the synopsis, I gather It’s a story about a girl named Blue who as a non-seer (person who can’t see spirits) sees a spirit, for the first time, of a boy named Gansey. Via Gansey, she lets her life entangled with the lives of the Raven Boys, a small group from an elite school.
I only know it’s a paranormal story with ghosts and other mystical elements in it but that’s more than enough for me to get started with this series for now.
2. Six of Crows series
Anybody who claims to be a fan of YA Fantasy must have read Leigh Bardugo’s books. She’s obviously the long-reigning Author Queen of YA Fantasy. Her Ninth House book even won the Goodreads Fantasy awards this year.
But I belong to the minority who hasn’t read a single Leigh Bardugo yet. You probably think I have been living under a rock all this time and maybe I was. But, I am determined to change that hence I am picking up her latest series: Six of Crows. It looks like a trilogy but only 2 books have been released as of date.
From the synopsis, the first book Six of Crows seems to be a heist story. A tiny Goodreads snippet given below gives a glimpse of the crew that along with Kaz, the Main Character(MC) must pull off a heist or die trying?
A spy known as the Wraith
A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums
A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes…
Ooh! this does sound interesting and I can’t wait to get started. I especially am eager to dive into the world Leigh Bardugo has created and glimpse at her much raved about writing style.
3. The Folk of the Air series
YA Fantasy authored by Holly Black. It’s (thankfully!) a completed series. I don’t do well with the waiting game so I can’t stomach unfinished series. Leigh Bardugo’s books probably are the only exception in my list.
This series is a trilogy with The Cruel Prince being the first book. What drew me most to this series is the buzz that unlike other book series this series has overcome the middle book syndrome. Middle book syndrome is a term used when the middle book in the series is sub-par in quality & plot depth as compared to the first/third book in the series. Apparently, The Wicked King, the 2nd book, is the best book from this series. A series that beat the middle book syndrome is worth a try. Don’t you think?
The synopsis btw tells me that this is a story of a mortal girl struggling to come to terms with and strive in a very hostile Faerie kingdom. Sounds magical! So yes, I am giving this series a go in 2020.
4. The Bone Witch series
The Bone Witch trilogy is a bestselling YA Paranormal series by Rin Chupeco. This series has witches, (blood/bone?) magic, necromancy and more, what’s not to like?
The Bone Witch is the first book in the Bone Witch trilogy. The synopsis says it’s a story of a girl named Tea who accidentally raises her brother from the dead. When she is ostracized from her witches community she is taken in by an Old Bone witch and thus begins the story of her training and usage of her powers. I probably am not explaining it as well as I should. But without reading the book I am not in a position to elaborate. Nevertheless, I am quite intrigued to see how Tea grows and where this journey takes her.
5. Outlander series
Though this series by Diana Gabaldon also falls under the Fantasy genre, it’s different in a few ways:
1. It’s a historical adult fantasy fiction. Also, the historical facts mentioned in the books are supposed to be quite accurate.
2. I have already watched the first season of the TV series adapted from these books. So, yes, I am planning to break my rule of not reading the book after watching its movie/series adaptation.
3. Reading this series is an investment, why? because every book in this series (the series is unfinished & it already has 9 books!) has 850+ pages. The books are huge and reading them is a huge investment of time and energy.
4. As mentioned earlier, this is an unfinished series and you know I tend to avoid unfinished ones. But, because it’s a huge series, I can take my own time reading them. Also, what’s the guarantee I’ll stick with the entire series?
Outlander is a hugely popular TV show adapted from this book series, so you probably already know the premise. But for those who are unaware, the first book follows a lady named Claire Randall who’s a combat nurse in 1945. After the war when she’s vacationing in Scotland with her husband she is hurled back in time to the year 1743 by a freak accident. In 1743 she as an English woman in Scotland is an Outlander(an outsider). Together with Jamie Fraser, a Scotsman, she goes on a time-bending adventure.
Yes, it’s as interesting as it sounds and this is just one of the reasons why I want to read them. I loved the first season of the TV series, but, I haven’t been able to watch the rest of the seasons. I find the politics of those times a bit tedious so I cannot bother myself to continue with them. But, I am committed to starting the book series. Also, I am quite interested to see the genius of Diana Gabaldon, an Author who has churned out 9 insanely popular books with 800+ pages each, with a steady fan following and more books in the pipeline! How on earth does she do that? Hats off to you Diana! With the sheer number of pages to read I think I’ll be glad if I complete just one book per year (yeah! that’s how low I am setting my yardstick for these books).
So these are the top 5 book series that I am excited about and am looking forward to beginning next year. Which are the series/books that excite you the most? Do you have your list? Have you started planning for the next year? Let me know your thoughts and reactions in the comments section. I’ll be posting my reading updates on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook pages regularly, so if any of you would like to buddy read any of these books with me do message me with your interest. We can set up a buddy read group in Goodreads/Facebook and can enjoy our reading. I hope you have a great reading year, as always stay blessed and happy. Om Shanti.