All the Series I am Currently Reading at the Moment #2

So, last August I created a, pretty lengthy, post listing all the book series I am currently reading and there were a lot. But a whole year has passed since then and I wanted to update you all on the new series as well as informing you on the progress from all the series I mentioned last year. So, without further a do, let’s jump right in!

This will be another lengthy post.

Series Previously Mentioned

  • Series: Discworld
  • Author: Terry Pratchett
  • Number of books: 41
  • Date started: Oct 2018
  • Next book: Guards, Guards! (#8)

Plot for Book 1 (Not the cover pictured above): Twoflower is the Discworld’s first tourist, he’s exceptionally naive and about to get himself into an array of dangerous and fantastical situations on his travels. And if that didn’t sound fateful enough, it’s the spectacularly inept wizard, Rincewind who is charged with safely chaperoning Twoflower and his Luggage (a walking suitcase that has half a mind of its own and a homicidal attitude to anything threatening) during his visit. Safe to say chaos ensues…

This series has been hit and miss for me as I went against what everyone said and decided read the series via publication order instead of just reading a sub-series that everyone recommends. I have heard that the next book Guards! Guards! is where things start getting really good but I will be honest. If I don’t like this one I will probably DNF the series, I mean there’s 41 books!

You can read my reviews here (I have only reviewed a small number of books for various reasons):

  • Series: The Books of Babel
  • Author: Josiah Bancroft
  • Number of books: 4
  • Date started: March 2018
  • Next book: The Fall of Babel (#4)

Plot for Book 1: The Tower of Babel is the greatest marvel in the world. Immense as a mountain, the ancient Tower holds unnumbered ringdoms, warring and peaceful, stacked one on the other like the layers of a cake. It is a world of geniuses and tyrants, of airships and steam engines, of unusual animals and mysterious machines. Soon after arriving for his honeymoon at the Tower, the mild-mannered headmaster of a small village school, Thomas Senlin, gets separated from his wife, Marya, in the overwhelming swarm of tourists, residents, and miscreants. Senlin is determined to find Marya, but to do so he’ll have to navigate madhouses, ballrooms, and burlesque theaters. He must survive betrayal, assassins, and the long guns of a flying fortress. But if he hopes to find his wife, he will have to do more than just endure.

If you have been following my blog for some time then you will know this is my favourite series of all time! I don’t think anything will match this series for me! I am truly heartbroken but also excited as the final book is out in November and I have pre-ordered my copy!! From all that I have seen the response has been amazing!!!

You can read my reviews here (I only have reviews for the last 2 books):

  • Series: New Hercule Poirot Mysteries
  • Author: Sophie Hannah
  • Number of books: 4 (On-going series)
  • Date started: Feb 2019
  • Next book: The Killings of Kingfisher Hill (#4)

Plot for Book 1: Hercule Poirot’s quiet supper in a London coffeehouse is interrupted when a young woman confides to him that she is about to be murdered.  She is terrified – but begs Poirot not to find and punish her killer. Once she is dead, she insists, justice will have been done. Later that night, Poirot learns that three guests at a fashionable London Hotel have been murdered, and a cufflink has been placed in each one’s mouth. Could there be a connection with the frightened woman? While Poirot struggles to put together the bizarre pieces of the puzzle, the murderer prepares another hotel bedroom for a fourth victim…

I was very apprehensive going into this series as the Hercule Poirot series holds a very special place in my heart. The books have all been enjoyable but I have yet read a book in this series that has topped book 2. So fingers crossed book 4 is amazing!

You can read my reviews here:

  • Series: Wheel of Time
  • Author: Robert Jordan
  • Number of books: 15
  • Date started: Sept 2019
  • Next book: The Fires of Heaven (#5)

Plot for Book 1: The Wheel of Time turns and Ages come and go, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth returns again. In the Third Age, an Age of Prophecy, the World and Time themselves hang in the balance. What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow. When The Two Rivers is attacked by Trollocs-a savage tribe of half-men, half-beasts- five villagers flee that night into a world they barely imagined, with new dangers waiting in the shadows and in the light.

This was a series I saw promoted all over BookTube and I was always intrigued but also insanely intimidated by this series. It’s so long not just in terms of number of books but all in terms of size! Hundreds of pages with names to remember! But I ultimately decided to give it a go and it was the best thing I did!

This series has also spawned loads of new content like fan podcasts which I listen to to help with my knowledge and memory of the series and Amazon have just announced the release date for the first season of their adaptation which covers Book 1 and part of Book 2. It comes out this November and they are currently filming Season 2.

You can read my review here:

  • Series: Hercule Poirot
  • Author: Agatha Christie
  • Number of books: 45 (Not counting the individual short stories or additional novellas)
  • Date started: Nov 2018
  • Next book: Murder on the Orient Express #10

Plot for Book 1: A refugee of the Great War, Poirot is settling in England near Styles Court, the country estate of his wealthy benefactress, the elderly Emily Inglethorp. When Emily is poisoned and the authorities are baffled, Poirot puts his prodigious sleuthing skills to work. Suspects are plentiful, including the victim’s much younger husband, her resentful stepsons, her longtime hired companion, a young family friend working as a nurse, and a London specialist on poisons who just happens to be visiting the nearby village. All of them have secrets they are desperate to keep, but none can outwit Poirot as he navigates the ingenious red herrings and plot twists that earned Agatha Christie her well-deserved reputation as the queen of mystery.

A series, which I have mentioned previously, has a special place in my heart. I was first introduced to this show through the Death on the Nile movie that came out in the 70’s and I then watched the ITV Poirot show which is AMAZING and finally braved the books a couple of years ago! Poirot is an amazing character and Christie’s mind is impeccable for murder mysteries.

You can read my reviews here (I have only reviewed a small number of books for various reasons):

  • Series: Detective Kosuke Kindaichi
  • Author: Seishi Yokomizo
  • Number of books: 34
  • Date started: May 2020
  • Next book: The Village of Eight Graves (Book #3 out of the ones translated)

Plot for Book 1: In the winter of 1937, the village of Okamura is abuzz with excitement over the forthcoming wedding of a son of the grand Ichiyanagi family. But amid the gossip over the approaching festivities, there is also a worrying rumour – it seems a sinister masked man has been asking questions around the village. Then, on the night of the wedding, the Ichiyanagi household are woken by a terrible scream, followed by the sound of eerie music. Death has come to Okamura, leaving no trace but a bloody samurai sword, thrust into the pristine snow outside the house. Soon, amateur detective Kosuke Kindaichi is on the scene to investigate what will become a legendary murder case, but can this scruffy sleuth solve a seemingly impossible crime?

I need all the books from this series. Goodreads is saying that 34 books were published in this series but the English publishers are saying 77 either way … I want them all!!! The two books I have read were really really good, this man always manages to subvert my expectations on his stories. Every time I feel like I have figured it out he tells me that I am very very wrong indeed!

You can read my review of The Honjin Murders here >>>

  • Series: Gentlemen Bastards
  • Author: Scott Lynch
  • Number of books: 4 (On-going series)
  • Date started: July 2020
  • Next book: The Republic of Thieves (#3)

Plot for Book 1: An orphan’s life is harsh—and often short—in the mysterious island city of Camorr. But young Locke Lamora dodges death and slavery, becoming a thief under the tutelage of a gifted con artist. As leader of the band of light-fingered brothers known as the Gentleman Bastards, Locke is soon infamous, fooling even the underworld’s most feared ruler. But in the shadows lurks someone still more ambitious and deadly. Faced with a bloody coup that threatens to destroy everyone and everything that holds meaning in his mercenary life, Locke vows to beat the enemy at his own brutal game—or die trying.

This first book was a re-read as I had read it a couple of years ago and got bored so I DNFed it. I am so glad I picked it back up! The second book was even better than the first which is saying a lot and I am super excited for Book 3 as loads of people have told me how great it is.

You can read my reviews here:

  • Series: Fullmetal Alchemist: Omnibus
  • Author: Hiromu Arakawa
  • Number of volumes: 9
  • Date started: Aug 2019
  • Next volume: #6

Plot for Volume 1: In an alchemical ritual gone wrong, Edward Elric lost his arm and his leg, and his brother Alphonse became nothing but a soul in a suit of armor. Equipped with mechanical “”auto-mail”” limbs, Edward becomes a state alchemist, seeking the one thing that can restore his and his brother’s bodies…the legendary Philosopher’s Stone.

I found this mange through the TV show. I fell in love with the show and needed another fix of this great storyline so I decided to venture into the world of manga for the first time. It took some getting used to but I found that I really enjoyed it. The show is definitely a faithful adaptation! I plan to read the next volume later this year!

You can read my review for the first volume here >>>

New Series I Have Started

  • Series: Lightbringer
  • Author: Brent Weeks
  • Number of books: 5
  • Date started: Oct 2020
  • Next book: The Blinding Knife #2

Plot for Book 1: Guile is the Prism, the most powerful man in the world. He is high priest and emperor, a man whose power, wit, and charm are all that preserves a tenuous peace. Yet Prisms never last, and Guile knows exactly how long he has left to live. When Guile discovers he has a son, born in a far kingdom after the war that put him in power, he must decide how much he’s willing to pay to protect a secret that could tear his world apart.

So I picked this up after hearing people on BookTube raving about this series. I was anxious going into it as the series has so many pages and a detailed magic system but I really enjoyed it. The pacing was a bit slow at time and one of the main characters I find annoying but I am so invested in Gavin’s story and the plot itself that despite some other annoyances I want to continue.

You can find my review for The Black Prism here >>>

  • Series: Attack on Titan
  • Author: Hajime Isayama
  • Number of volumes: 34
  • Date started: June 2021
  • Next volume: #2

Plot for Volume 1: For the past century, what’s left of mankind has hidden in a giant, three-walled city, trapped in fear of the bizarre, giant humanoids known as the Titans. Little is known about where they came from or why they are bent on consuming humankind, but the sudden appearance of an enormous Titan is about to change everything…

I absolutely love the anime so I wanted to read the whole series after the final season. I personally want to watch the finale rather than read the final volume so I am slowly making my way through this series. If I have to be honest I do prefer the anime over the manga so far. The first episode was more engaging that the first volume I hope that changes soon.

You can read my review here >>>

  • Series: The Poppy War
  • Author: R.F. Kuang
  • Number of books: 3
  • Date started: May 2021
  • Next book: The Dragon Republic #2

Plot for book 1: When Rin aced the Keju—the Empire-wide test to find the most talented youth to learn at the Academies—it was a shock to everyone: to the test officials, who couldn’t believe a war orphan from Rooster Province could pass without cheating; to Rin’s guardians, who believed they’d finally be able to marry her off and further their criminal enterprise; and to Rin herself, who realized she was finally free of the servitude and despair that had made up her daily existence. That she got into Sinegard—the most elite military school in Nikan—was even more surprising. But surprises aren’t always good. Because being a dark-skinned peasant girl from the south is not an easy thing at Sinegard. Targeted from the outset by rival classmates for her color, poverty, and gender, Rin discovers she possesses a lethal, unearthly power—an aptitude for the nearly-mythical art of shamanism. Exploring the depths of her gift with the help of a seemingly insane teacher and psychoactive substances, Rin learns that gods long thought dead are very much alive—and that mastering control over those powers could mean more than just surviving school. For while the Nikara Empire is at peace, the Federation of Mugen still lurks across a narrow sea. The militarily advanced Federation occupied Nikan for decades after the First Poppy War, and only barely lost the continent in the Second. And while most of the people are complacent to go about their lives, a few are aware that a Third Poppy War is just a spark away . . . Rin’s shamanic powers may be the only way to save her people. But as she finds out more about the god that has chosen her, the vengeful Phoenix, she fears that winning the war may cost her humanity . . . and that it may already be too late.

This was another case of I saw so much hype surrounding the series that I couldn’t ignore it any longer. I picked up the book earlier this year around the time the final book was released and I really really enjoyed it. The ending was super impactful so I can’t wait to see where Kuang takes the rest of the series.

You can read my review of The Poppy War here >>>

  • Series: The Heroes of Olympus/Camp Half Blood Chronicles
  • Author: Rick Riordan
  • Number of books: 5
  • Date started: 2022
  • Next book: The Lost Hero #1

Plot for Book 1: JASON HAS A PROBLEM. He doesn’t remember anything before waking up in a bus full of kids on a field trip. Apparently he has a girlfriend named Piper, and his best friend is a guy named Leo. They’re all students at the Wilderness School, a boarding school for “bad kids,” as Leo puts it. What did Jason do to end up here? And where is here, exactly? Jason doesn’t know anything—except that everything seems very wrong. PIPER HAS A SECRET. Her father has been missing for three days, ever since she had that terrifying nightmare about his being in trouble. Piper doesn’t understand her dream, or why her boyfriend suddenly doesn’t recognize her. When a freak storm hits during the school trip, unleashing strange creatures and whisking her, Jason, and Leo away to someplace called Camp Half-Blood, she has a feeling she’s going to find out, whether she wants to or not. LEO HAS A WAY WITH TOOLS. When he sees his cabin at Camp Half-Blood, filled with power tools and machine parts, he feels right at home. But there’s weird stuff, too—like the curse everyone keeps talking about, and some camper who’s gone missing. Weirdest of all, his bunkmates insist that each of them—including Leo—is related to a god. Does this have anything to do with Jason’s amnesia, or the fact that Leo keeps seeing ghosts?

So I included this series on this list as this is a continuation of the Camp Half Blood Chronicles, it follows directly after the final book from the Percy Jackson series, The Last Olympian. So naturally I wanted to continue the story and start this new series. I have actually read this book previously so this will be a re-read for me.

  • Series: The Fifth Season
  • Author: N.K. Jemisin
  • Number of books: 3
  • Date started: Jan 2021
  • Next book: The Obelisk Gate #2

Plot for Book 1: Three terrible things happen in a single day. Essun, a woman living an ordinary life in a small town, comes home to find that her husband has brutally murdered their son and kidnapped their daughter. Meanwhile, mighty Sanze — the world-spanning empire whose innovations have been civilization’s bedrock for a thousand years — collapses as most of its citizens are murdered to serve a madman’s vengeance. And worst of all, across the heart of the vast continent known as the Stillness, a great red rift has been torn into the heart of the earth, spewing ash enough to darken the sky for years. Or centuries. Now Essun must pursue the wreckage of her family through a deadly, dying land. Without sunlight, clean water, or arable land, and with limited stockpiles of supplies, there will be war all across the Stillness: a battle royale of nations not for power or territory, but simply for the basic resources necessary to get through the long dark night. Essun does not care if the world falls apart around her. She’ll break it herself, if she must, to save her daughter.

Another book that I picked up thanks to social media. I really enjoyed this book as well. I was a bit confused by the magic system but I loved the characters and the world and I just want to learn more!

You can read my review for The Fifth Season here >>>

  • Series: Saga
  • Author: Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples
  • Number of volumes: 9 (On-going Series)
  • Date started: July 2021
  • Next volume: #2

Plot for Volume 1: When two soldiers from opposite sides of a never-ending galactic war fall in love, they risk everything to bring a fragile new life into a dangerous old universe. 

You can find my review of volume 1 here >>>

  • Series: Wax and Wayne/Mistborn
  • Author: Brandon Sanderson
  • Number of books: 4
  • Date started: June 2021
  • Next book: Shadows of Self #2

Plot for Book 1: Three hundred years after the events of the Mistborn trilogy, Scadrial is now on the verge of modernity, with railroads to supplement the canals, electric lighting in the streets and the homes of the wealthy, and the first steel-framed skyscrapers racing for the clouds. Kelsier, Vin, Elend, Sazed, Spook, and the rest are now part of history—or religion. Yet even as science and technology are reaching new heights, the old magics of Allomancy and Feruchemy continue to play a role in this reborn world. Out in the frontier lands known as the Roughs, they are crucial tools for the brave men and women attempting to establish order and justice. One such is Waxillium Ladrian, a rare Twinborn who can Push on metals with his Allomancy and use Feruchemy to become lighter or heavier at will.  After twenty years in the Roughs, Wax has been forced by family tragedy to return to the metropolis of Elendel. Now he must reluctantly put away his guns and assume the duties and dignity incumbent upon the head of a noble house. Or so he thinks, until he learns the hard way that the mansions and elegant tree-lined streets of the city can be even more dangerous than the dusty plains of the Roughs.

This series is called Mistborn Era 2 as well as the Wax and Wayne series and is set 300 years after Mistborn Era 1 and follows a whole new cast of characters. I loved the first novel a lot and I liked what Sanderson did with the world and magic system. The ending of the first book also got me excited for the rest of the series. Sanderson is currently writing the final book in this era so I want to read them all before it gets published.

You can read my review of The Alloy of Law here >>>

  • Series: Sands of Arawiya
  • Author: Hafsah Faizal
  • Number of books: 2
  • Date started: June 2021
  • Next book: We Free the Stars #2

Plot for Book 1: Zafira is the Hunter, disguising herself as a man when she braves the cursed forest of the Arz to feed her people. Nasir is the Prince of Death, assassinating those foolish enough to defy his autocratic father, the sultan. If Zafira was exposed as a girl, all of her achievements would be rejected; if Nasir displayed his compassion, his father would punish him in the most brutal of ways. Both Zafira and Nasir are legends in the kingdom of Arawiya–but neither wants to be. War is brewing, and the Arz sweeps closer with each passing day, engulfing the land in shadow. When Zafira embarks on a quest to uncover a lost artifact that can restore magic to her suffering world and stop the Arz, Nasir is sent by the sultan on a similar mission: retrieve the artifact and kill the Hunter. But an ancient evil stirs as their journey unfolds–and the prize they seek may pose a threat greater than either can imagine.

This was an amazing YA book. I am hit and miss with YA I have read more average books and than good ones personally but this was a 10/10 and I bought the sequel straight away. This was my first enemies to lovers that I have read, to my knowledge, and I loved it. The setting was super beautiful as was Faizal’s writing!

You can find my review for We Hunt the Flame here >>>

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