My Top To-Read Book Series

Happy Friday, my friends! I'm sure most of you know by now that reading is a big part of my life, so today I thought I would share the top five book series on my to-read list. Yes, series, not just books. Go big or go home. And if you're curious to see my out of control to-read list in its entirety, you can check it out on my Goodreads profile—it's currently at 230 titles, but it's always growing. I have a few books to finish before I dive into these, which will probably take me until the end of summer (just being realistic here), but I cannot wait to devour all of these! You may be surprised to see the lack of YA titles and that's because I'm off that bandwagon for now (well, I definitely will be once I'm done with those few books I'm finishing by the end of the summer). I'm sure I'll be back on it some time soon, but at the moment it's starting to get repetitive. So which series should I read first?

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1. A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin

Now that season four of Game of Thrones is over I'm about to hit major withdrawals. I've been wanting to read A Song of Ice and Fire series ever since the show premiered, but after the finale we had this time around there is absolutely no way I can wait for 10 months to find out what happens next. Now, I have already read the first book last year and loved every word of it. However, I'm thinking I'll be reading it again when I'm ready for the series just so I can get back into the swing of things. Yes, it's long, but for me there is no such thing as too much Westeros. Valar Morghulis!


2. The Cousins' War by Philippa Gregory

Bring on the historical fiction! I've been eyeing The Cousins' War series for a while now (along with The Tudor Court) and after skimming through a couple of chapters of The Lady of the Rivers I could tell I am going to love it. If you're questioning why I was skimming through the third book in the series, it's because I will actually be reading them in chronological order of events instead of the publishing order. The books focus on the War of the Roses period, but particularly on the women of that time: Jaquetta of Luxembourg, Elizabeth Woodville, Lady Margaret Beaufort, Anne Nevillle, and Elizabeth of York. The sixth and final novel of the series is coming out in September and is going to be the story of Margaret Pole, cousin to Elizabeth of York, and lady-in-waiting to Katherine of Aragon. On a more shallow note, the covers for these books are stunning!


3. The Accursed Kings by Maurice Druon

All hail the books that inspired George R.R. Martin! Though written quite a while ago (first book was published in 1955), these are currently getting republished in English. There are seven novels in the series, four of which are currently easily available and the fifth one is being released next year. As far as I know, the rest of the series will be printed soon as well. I have actually read the first three (?) books a LONG time ago, but I honestly remember absolutely nothing other than really enjoying them so I will be starting from the beginning. In a nutshell, these are historical fiction novels about the French monarchy of 13th-14th centuries.


4. Song of the Lioness (and the rest of Tortall universe novels) by Tamora Pierce

OK, so this is kind of YA, but not at all like most of the currently popular YA books. Let me explain: first of all, though there are still books being added to the Tortall universe, the first ones were written back in the 80s when the genre as a whole was entirely different. Second, this is fantasy YA—not very mainstream at the moment (yes, I know, there are some recent popular fantasy YA series, but let's be honest: when I say "YA" the first things that come to mind are dystopia and John Green). And I'm talking about REAL fantasy (oxymoron alert), not urban fantasy or paranormal romance. Basically, a young girl called Alanna wants to be a knight, and in order to do so pretends to be a boy. She calls herself Alan and goes off to training, where she is faced with all kinds adventures, intrigues, and magic. I have read the first two books in the series, thanks to the awesome recommendation from my friend Joyce, and I really enjoyed them. Can't wait to continue reading!


5. Y: the Last Man by Brian K. Vaughan

Yes, a graphic novel series. I'm starting to get into comics and graphic novels, and I've been hearing about Y: The Last Man for a while now. The premise here is this: a virus somehow kills all Y-chromosome carriers on Earth, except for this one guy called Yorick and his monkey (what?!). I've managed to stay away from spoilers, so I have NO idea which route this is taking—all I know is it's dystopian science fiction and I can see a lot of messed up ways this could go. 

Have you read any of these?
hat's on top of your to-read list?

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