Top 5 Tuesday: Top 5 Series That I Want to Start

Once again, I’m joining in with the Top 5 Tuesday meme this week! Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by Bionic Bookworm, who posts the month’s topics at the start of each month. Today’s topic is Top 5 Series I Want To Start. I love reading series, except I get super frustrated when I get involved and then have to wait a year or more for the next installment. Here are five series that I’ve been wanting to try for a while now. Wish me luck!

1) Discworld series by Terry Pratchett. I’m convinced that I’ll love it! But it’s so overwhelming… There are so many books, and so many different recommendations on where to start. What’s a Discworld newbie to do?

See what I mean? You need a diagram to read this series!

2) The Glamourist Histories by Mary Robinette Kowal: I’ve been talk about reading this series a lot this year — it’s one of my 2020 reading goals. I know I love the author, and I really like the sound of it (and the pretty covers).


3) Inspector Gamache series by Louise Penny: I own the first book, and have friends who are wild about this series. I really need to get started, even though tackling a series with 16 books seems like a ginormous undertaking.


4) Kitty Norville series by Carrie Vaughn: I swore I wouldn’t start any more urban fantasy series… but I loved Bannerless and a few other books by this author, so why fight it?

5) Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch: Another series that I’ve heard is great, and I just need to commit to starting!

Have you read any of these? Let me know if you think I should READ or SKIP them!

And please share your Top 5 links too!

30 thoughts on “Top 5 Tuesday: Top 5 Series That I Want to Start

    • I have a few of the Discworld books already, but I get so many different opinions on where to start and which books to read — it’s overwhelming.

    • I’m really excited for the Glamourist books! I loved Bannerless by Carrie Vaughn, and she has two Robin Hood novellas coming out this summer — but I keep feeling like I should at least try the Kitty Norville books, since that’s her biggest series.

  1. With Discworld it doesn’t really matter where you start or stop. They stand alone just fine, really. Having followed your blog for years now and having a sense of your reading taste, I suggest trying The Wee Free Men. Funny and well written. Rivers of London (the book not the series) is stand alone as well and a great read, love this world. Books 2-7 follow an arc, some are better than others. The last one, 8, stands alone.

    But ya know, if you don’t want to start a series, a great, stand alone, National Book Award-winning read is Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman. 😉

    • I think I may actually have a copy of The Wee Free Men — thanks for the suggestion! I’m clearly in need of guidance. Great to know about Rivers of London too.

      Okay now, time to ‘fess up: You’re really Neal Shusterman in disguise, right? Or part of his PR team? You’re doing an excellent job! 🙂

      • Haha no, it’s just that good. 😀 And when you read a fantastic book, you want to share the experience. My daughter, same age as your son, insisted I read it, She was13 or 14 at the time. I had no idea of the subject matter when I started it and probably wouldn’t have picked it up on my own. Glad I did though.

    • Oh, awesome! I hadn’t thought about listening to these, but that sounds like a great approach. (And hurray for librarians in fiction! Always a plus.)

  2. Lisa, I just started the Three Pines series this year, and I’m hooked already. I’m on the sixth book of Inspector Gamache, and I’m planning on have them all read by September or by the end of the year, in time for the new release.

  3. Oh yeah I do get what you mean- Discworld can be intimidating. That said, I think one of the best ones to start with is the Witches series (Equal Rites). It’s just one of the best of the earliest ones and an amazing introduction to the world!

    • I think this will finally be the year when I start! Which book do you recommend as a starting place? I keep going back and forth between options… now I’m leaning toward chronological order of publication.

  4. Oh man! Maybe you should join in the Turtle Recall year-long reading event. It’s a laid back reading event for the Discworld books. The books are fun and fairly quick to get through, but I understand having many other books to make your way through first.

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