All the Series I am Currently Reading at the Moment #3

So, every year I do a quick overview on all the series I am trying to finish. Now when i started this it was a small number and quite manageable. This year however, this post is going to be a long one. Buckle up!

Starting off with the series I have already mentioned.

Series: Hercule Poirot
Author: Agatha Christie
Number of books: 45 (Not counting the individual short stories or additional novellas)
Date started: November 2018
Next book: The ABC Murders #12

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.

Still making my way through this really long series. Not counting all the other series she has written. The last installment was not great but I am holding back hope.

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

  • Series: Fullmetal Alchemist: Omnibus
  • Author: Hiromu Arakawa
  • Number of volumes: 9
  • Date started: August 2019
  • Next volume: #8

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 am getting so sad at the idea of finishing this series but I am also so excited at the same time. That being said I don’t have a physical copy of volume 8 so I need to get that first!

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

  • Series: Wheel of Time
  • Author: Robert Jordan
  • Number of books: 15
  • Date started: September 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.

So I am actually in the exact same position I was in last year! I still have not managed to get round to reading this next book. My plan is to dedicate the whole of December to reading that 5th book.

You can read my review here:

  • Series: Detective Kosuke Kindaichi
  • Author: Seishi Yokomizo
  • Number of books: 34
  • Date started: May 2020
  • Next book: Death on Gokuman Island (Book #4 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?

Now I loved the first book a lot! But the follow up books were quite lacking for me. I wasn’t planning on reading the rest of the series but I got access to the 4th book for free on Netgalley. The next book is inspired by And Then There Were None which is a book I love.

You can read my books 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.

I still haven’t managed to get round to reading the third book but I plan on reading it next month. The 4th book isn’t out until next August!

You can read my reviews here:

  • Series: The Thursday Murder Club
  • Author: Richard Osman
  • Number of volumes: 3 (On-going series)
  • Date started: August 2020
  • Next volume: The Bullet That Missed #3

Plot: In a peaceful retirement village, four unlikely friends meet weekly in the Jigsaw Room to discuss unsolved crimes; together they call themselves The Thursday Murder Club. Elizabeth, Joyce, Ibrahim and Ron might be pushing eighty but they still have a few tricks up their sleeves. When a local developer is found dead with a mysterious photograph left next to the body, the Thursday Murder Club suddenly find themselves in the middle of their first live case. As the bodies begin to pile up, can our unorthodox but brilliant gang catch the killer, before it’s too late?

I really enjoyed the first two books but I wasn’t sure if I was going to read the hardback release of the third book or wait for the paperback in about a years time. But I ended up being lucky enough to get a physical ARC of the third book and that sealed the deal.

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

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 series that gets better and better with each instalment!

You can read my reviews here:

  • Series: The Poppy War
  • Author: R.F. Kuang
  • Number of books: 3
  • Date started: February 2021
  • Next book: The Burning God #3

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 series gets better with each installment. I love it so much. I am so scared to read the final book though!

You can read my review here:

  • Series: Wax and Wayne/Mistborn
  • Author: Brandon Sanderson
  • Number of books: 4
  • Date started: June 2021
  • Next book: Bands of Mourning #3

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.

I cannot wait to continue this series. I already own the third book but I have the last book on order! I am also super excited to starting reading more books in this Cosmere universe Sanderson has created!

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.

I really hope to get to the sequel before the end of the year but I tried to read it when I had COVID and it just wasn’t working out!

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

  • Series: The Heroes of Olympus/Camp Half Blood Chronicles
  • Author: Rick Riordan
  • Number of books: 16
  • Date started: August 2022
  • Next book: The Lost Hero #1/#6

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 am actually reading this as we speak. I am currently re-reading the series that inspired my Sequels Challenge!!!

Series I Have Recently Started

  • Series: An Ember in the Ashes
  • Author: Sabaa Tahir
  • Number of books: 4
  • Date started: September 2021
  • Next book: A Torch Against the Night #2

Plot for Book 1: Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free. Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear. It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do. But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy. There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.

I had heard so many amazing things about this series and I cannot beleive it took me this long to get to it!

You can read my review on An Ember in the Ashes here >>>

  • Series: All of Us Villains
  • Author: Amanda Foody and Christine Lynn Herman
  • Number of books: 2
  • Date started: October 2021
  • Next book: All of Our Demise #2

Plot for Book 1: The Blood Moon rises. The Blood Veil falls. The Tournament begins. Every generation, at the coming of the Blood Moon, seven families in the remote city of Ilvernath each name a champion to compete in a tournament to the death. The prize? Exclusive control over a secret wellspring of high magick, the most powerful resource in the world–one thought long depleted. This year, thanks to a salacious tell-all book, the seven champions are thrust into worldwide spotlight, granting each of them new information, new means to win, and most importantly: a choice – accept their fate or rewrite their story. But this is a story that must be penned in blood.

I was super lucky to get an eARC of the first book but I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to get access to the sequel until…. the publisher contacted me and gave early access to the eARC to the sequel!!!!! Super excited.

You can read my review of All of Us Villains here >>>

  • Series: Iron Widow
  • Author: Xiran Jay Zhao
  • Number of books: On-going series
  • Date started: January 2022
  • Next book: Heavenly Tyrant #2

Plot for Book 1: The boys of Huaxia dream of pairing up with girls to pilot Chrysalises, giant transforming robots that can battle the mecha aliens that lurk beyond the Great Wall. It doesn’t matter that the girls often die from the mental strain. When 18-year-old Zetian offers herself up as a concubine-pilot, it’s to assassinate the ace male pilot responsible for her sister’s death. But she gets her vengeance in a way nobody expected—she kills him through the psychic link between pilots and emerges from the cockpit unscathed. She is labeled an Iron Widow, a much-feared and much-silenced kind of female pilot who can sacrifice boys to power up Chrysalises instead.​ To tame her unnerving yet invaluable mental strength, she is paired up with Li Shimin, the strongest and most controversial male pilot in Huaxia​. But now that Zetian has had a taste of power, she will not cower so easily. She will miss no opportunity to leverage their combined might and infamy to survive attempt after attempt on her life, until she can figure out exactly why the pilot system works in its misogynist way—and stop more girls from being sacrificed.

I am super excited for the sequel! But I need to know whether I will listen to it on audiobook like last time or try the hardback!!!

  • Series: Haikyu!!
  • Author: Haruichi Furudate
  • Number of books: 45
  • Date started: January 2022
  • Next book: #4

Plot for volume 1: Ever since he saw the legendary player known as “the Little Giant” compete at the national volleyball finals, Shoyo Hinata has been aiming to be the best volleyball player ever! Who says you need to be tall to play volleyball when you can jump higher than anyone else?

I get the hype now. I tried watching the show but I found it too slow-paced, the manga on the other hand I adore!!

  • Series: The Promised Neverland
  • Author: Kaiu Shirai
  • Number of books: 20
  • Date started: February 2022
  • Next book: #6

Plot for volume 1: Life at Grace Field House has been good for Emma and her fellow orphans. While the daily studying and exams they have to take are tough, their loving caretaker provides them with delicious foods and plenty of playtime. But perhaps not everything is as it seems… Emma, Norman and Ray are the brightest kids at the Grace Field House orphanage. And under the care of the woman they refer to as “Mom,” all the kids have enjoyed a comfortable life. Good food, clean clothes and the perfect environment to learn—what more could an orphan ask for? One day, though, Emma and Norman uncover the dark truth of the outside world they are forbidden from seeing.

Probably my favourite manga as of right now. The characters, the plot, the art style. All perfection!!!

You can my review for the first 2 volumes here >>>

  • Series: The Atlas
  • Author: Olivie Blake
  • Number of books: 3
  • Date started: March 2022
  • Next book: The Atlas Paradox #2

Plot for Book 1: The Alexandrian Society is a secret society of magical academicians, the best in the world. Their members are caretakers of lost knowledge from the greatest civilizations of antiquity. And those who earn a place among their number will secure a life of wealth, power, and prestige beyond their wildest dreams. Each decade, the world’s six most uniquely talented magicians are selected for initiation – and here are the chosen few…

– Libby Rhodes and Nicolás Ferrer de Varona: inseparable enemies, cosmologists who can control matter with their minds.
– Reina Mori: a naturalist who can speak the language of life itself.
– Parisa Kamali: a mind reader whose powers of seduction are unmatched.
– Tristan Caine: the son of a crime kingpin who can see the secrets of the universe.
– Callum Nova: an insanely rich pretty boy who could bring about the end of the world. He need only ask.

When the candidates are recruited by the mysterious Atlas Blakely, they are told they must spend one year together to qualify for initiation. During this time, they will be permitted access to the Society’s archives and judged on their contributions to arcane areas of knowledge. Five, they are told, will be initiated. One will be eliminated. If they can prove themselves to be the best, they will survive. Most of them.

I was super lucky to get a physical ARC of the first book but I don’t think I am going to be that lucky this time round. If that is truly the case then I will wait for the paperback release.

You can read my review of The Atlas Six here >>>

  • Series: Moriarty the Patriot
  • Author: Ryosuke Takeuchi
  • Number of books: 17 (On-going series)
  • Date started: April 2022
  • Next book: #2

Plot for volume 1: Before he was Sherlock’s rival, Moriarty fought against the unfair class caste system in London by making sure corrupt nobility got their comeuppance. But even the most well-intentioned plans can spin out of control—will Moriarty’s dream of a more just and equal world turn him into a hero…or a monster? In the late 19th century, Great Britain rules over a quarter of the world. Nobles sit in their fancy homes in comfort and luxury, while the working class slaves away at their jobs. When young Albert James Moriarty’s upper-class family adopts two lower-class orphans, the cruelty the boys experience at his family’s hands cements Albert’s hatred of the nobility he was born into. He asks the older of the two boys—who has a genius mind and a killer instinct—to help him rid the world of evil, starting with Albert’s own family!

This was a lot better than I thought it was going to be. It tackled some really interesting topics and I love the characters.

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

  • Series: Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End
  • Author: Kanehito Yamada
  • Number of books: 9 (On-going series)
  • Date started: April 2022
  • Next book: #3

Plot for volume 1: Elf mage Frieren and her courageous fellow adventurers have defeated the Demon King and brought peace to the land. But Frieren will long outlive the rest of her former party. How will she come to understand what life means to the people around her? Decades after their victory, the funeral of one her friends confronts Frieren with her own near immortality. Frieren sets out to fulfill the last wishes of her comrades and finds herself beginning a new adventure…

Probably one of my favourite new manga series out at the moment. I can’t wait to continue the series.

  • Series: The Kiss Quotient
  • Author: Helen Hoang
  • Number of books: 3
  • Date started: June 2022
  • Next book: The Bride Test #2

Plot for Book 1: Stella Lane thinks math is the only thing that unites the universe. She comes up with algorithms to predict customer purchases—a job that has given her more money than she knows what to do with, and way less experience in the dating department than the average thirty-year-old. It doesn’t help that Stella has Asperger’s and French kissing reminds her of a shark getting its teeth cleaned by pilot fish. Her conclusion: she needs lots of practice—with a professional. Which is why she hires escort Michael Phan. The Vietnamese and Swedish stunner can’t afford to turn down Stella’s offer, and agrees to help her check off all the boxes on her lesson plan—from foreplay to more-than-missionary position… Before long, Stella not only learns to appreciate his kisses, but to crave all the other things he’s making her feel. Soon, their no-nonsense partnership starts making a strange kind of sense. And the pattern that emerges will convince Stella that love is the best kind of logic…

A romance novel I picked up due to hype on social media. Well, I enhaled this story in like 2 days. I need the sequel.

  • Series: Avatar Comics
  • Author: Multiple
  • Number of comics: 12 (On-going and not counting the Korra ones)
  • Date started: August 2022
  • Next book: The Promise, Part 2

Plot for comic 1, part 1: Picking up exactly where Avatar: The Last Airbender left off, The Promise takes Aang to a Fire Nation colony in the heart of the Earth Nation, where tensions between neighbors threaten to shatter the world’s newfound peace—putting the Avatar on a collision course with one of his closest friends, Fire Lord Zuko!

I loved the show with my entire heart. After hearing more live-action tv show news plus the new movies I had to read the comics.

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