As I have already said, earlier this month, we are finally making it to my yearly wrap up posts, my favourite posts of all time! This week it’s all about the series I have completed from December 2020 to November 2021!
This year I finished a trilogy, a re-read of a childhood favourite, a duology I didn’t expect to enjoy and the series that got me back into reading all those years ago! I am super excited to talk about these books! Let’s go!
- Series: Mistborn
- Author: Brandon Sanderson
- Number of books: 3
- Started: July 2019
- Finished: December 2020
- Favourite Book: No. 3 – The Hero of Ages
Plot for Book 1: For a thousand years the ash fell and no flowers bloomed. For a thousand years the Skaa slaved in misery and lived in fear. For a thousand years the Lord Ruler, the “Sliver of Infinity,” reigned with absolute power and ultimate terror, divinely invincible. Then, when hope was so long lost that not even its memory remained, a terribly scarred, heart-broken half-Skaa rediscovered it in the depths of the Lord Ruler’s most hellish prison. Kelsier “snapped” and found in himself the powers of a Mistborn. A brilliant thief and natural leader, he turned his talents to the ultimate caper, with the Lord Ruler himself as the mark. Kelsier recruited the underworld’s elite, the smartest and most trustworthy allomancers, each of whom shares one of his many powers, and all of whom relish a high-stakes challenge. Then Kelsier reveals his ultimate dream, not just the greatest heist in history, but the downfall of the divine despot. But even with the best criminal crew ever assembled, Kel’s plan looks more like the ultimate long shot, until luck brings a ragged girl named Vin into his life. Like him, she’s a half-Skaa orphan, but she’s lived a much harsher life. Vin has learned to expect betrayal from everyone she meets. She will have to learn trust if Kel is to help her master powers of which she never dreamed.
This is just one of the best fantasy series I have ever read. Sanderson is a master of his craft and after finishing this trilogy it inspired me to read more of his work. This series has an incredibly interesting magic system, layered characters, great action sequences and a plot that is so masterful it didn’t matter what I could conjure up for the ending I was not prepared or right in any capacity and I LOVED IT. He completely met the hype for me and I am excited to see what he comes out with next.
- Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians
- Author: Rick Riordan
- Number of books: 5
- Started: September 2019
- Finished: May 2021
- Favourite Book: No. 4 – The Battle of the Labyrinth
Plot for Book 1: Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can’t seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse – Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy’s mom finds out, she knows it’s time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he’ll be safe. She sends Percy to Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for demigods (on Long Island), where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea. Soon a mystery unfolds and together with his friends—one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena – Percy sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the gates of the Underworld (located in a recording studio in Hollywood) and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods.
Back in 2019 I made a decision that I wanted to re-read some childhood favourites. Books like Harry Potter, Hercule Poirot etc. were chosen. I was super nervous starting this re-read as I only recently decided to stop reading my Harry Potter re-read due to me not loving the writing style now that I’m older and also not supportive of comments the author made. After that I was worried I would feel the same way about this series but I felt the complete opposite. I thoroughly enjoyed my re-read of this series. The writing style was hilarious and flowed super well, the characters were great, the plot was better than I remembered it being. Overall, it was such a rewarding experience for me and I am excited to start reading his follow up series The Heroes of Olympus next year!
- Series: Orange
- Author: Ichigo Takano
- Number of volumes: 2 (I read the complete collection)
- Started: April 2021
- Finished: May 2021
- Favourite Volume: 1
Plot for Volume 1: On the day that Naho begins 11th grade, she receives a letter from herself ten years in the future. At first, she writes it off as a prank, but as the letter’s predictions come true one by one, Naho realizes that the letter might be the real deal. Her future self tells Naho that a new transfer student, a boy named Kakeru, will soon join her class. The letter begs Naho to watch over him, saying that only Naho can save Kakeru from a terrible future. Who is this mystery boy, and can Naho save him from his destiny?
This was a series I found by randomly scrolling online. Earlier this year I challenged myself to read more manga and graphic novels as I enjoy them but never read enough and I was also inspired after watching loads of tiktoks. As I have mentioned many times before I am not a massive romance fan when it is the principal of the plot. Now, I don’t know why but after I read this series I can see my opinions on that changing with each book I read. This book is filled of great relationships not just romantic but platonic too. The dialogue is super funny and I really enjoyed the art style.
- Series: The Books of Babel
- Author: Josiah Bancroft
- Number of books: 4
- Month Started: April 2018
- Month finished: November 2021
- Favourite Book: N/A
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. This quiet man of letters must become a man of action.
Now this one is a bit tricky. This is my all-time favourite series ever full stop exclamation point and as I am writing this, on 13/11/2021, I am waiting for my delivery containing the final book of the series, The Fall of Babel. I plan on reading it within this month which is the cut off date so I am including this series in this list. This series has some of the most beautiful writing I have ever read, an incredible setting that allows for so much imagination and creativity, great female characters and compelling male ones. I am super excited to see how this series ends and thankfully I won’t have to wait long to find out!