Top Ten Tuesday REWIND: Series I STILL Haven’t Started

the broke and the bookish

Good morning ya’ll! It’s Tuesday! And I’ve actually been really looking forward to this Tuesday, because it’s a Top Ten Tuesday Rewind from The Broke and The Bookish today, and I missed a topic in the beginning of March that I really wanted to do. That topic that I’m going to tackle today is Top Ten Series I Want to Read But Haven’t Started Yet. Cause seriously, this list could be aΒ MILE long.

Storm Front

1. The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher – This is a really popular sci-fi / fantasy series that I’ve had my eye on for a while. The only thing holding me back is that it’s already a REALLY long series (over a dozen books long, I believe) so I’m just patiently waiting to finish a few other series before I start this one.

A Series of Unfortunate Events

2. A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket – I feel like this is almost as bad as those people who’ve never read Harry Potter. It’s such a classic kids series! But it’s apparently also very snarky and witty. I should really just borrow the whole series from the library and plow through them one of these days.

The Gunslinger

3. The Dark Tower series by Stephen King – Because Laura wants me to! And because it sounds like one of the less-scary things that King has written.

Wrinkle in Time boxed set

4.Β The Wrinkle in Time quintet by Madeleine L’Engle – I’ve only ever read A Wrinkle in Time, and that was at least 15 years ago. I’m kind of waiting until I own the whole series before I get into it.

The Bartimaus trilogy

5. The Bartimaeus Trilogy by Jonathan Stroud – My friend has been recommending this kid’s trilogy to me for 7 years now. I REALLY do want to read it this year, especially since she read the first Outlander novel last year at my recommendation.

Gemma Doyle trilogy

6. The Gemma Doyle Trilogy by Libba Bray – I’ve read two books by Libba Bray so far and I loved them both (Beauty Queens and The Diviners), so I don’t know why I’ve been holding back on starting this super-popular trilogy. I guess I’m still wary of the hype?

In His Image

7. The Christ Clone Trilogy by James Beauseigneur – This has also been recommended to me for years, and I have the book on my shelf just waiting to be started. It’s about someone trying to clone Jesus using DNA found on the Shroud of Turin, and I’m sure it’s good… but it sounds a little action-thriller-y for me, like a Tom Clancy novel or something. I need to get over my (probably wrong) perception of it and just start reading it.

The Big Over Easy

8. Nursery Crime series by Jasper Fforde – I really enjoy Fforde’s Thursday Next books, and I kind of can’t wait to try this other series by him. But as I’m still reading the Thursday Next books AND his kid’s series The Chronicles of Kazam, I figure I should finish those first.


9. EonΒ / Eona dualogy by Alison Goodman – I’ve been wanting to read this dualogy for a long time because I hear fantastic things about it, but I think I’ve been waiting to crave a little YA fantasy.


Murder Is Binding

10. The Booktown Mystery series by Lorna Barrett – I have the first three books in this series, AND the author is a local author to my area. I really should read the first one soon and keep an eye out for any author events she might be at!



Can’t wait to see what you guys come up with for today’s rewind topic!!! Are there any series I should be reading that you would suggest to me?






  1. Zomg Bartimaeus books! I don’t laugh easily, but these were hilarious πŸ˜€ (Makes me chuckle even now only thinking about it.) Plus they go like mega fast. You should read! πŸ˜€

    Also thinking about those Fforde books, I’m guessing TBR pile is gonna get some action again *sigh*


    1. I’m so glad you liked the Bartimaeus books! I honestly feel like I never would have heard of them if it wasn’t for my friend loving them so much, so I wasn’t sure (her taste and mine don’t always match up, lol).


  2. The Time books and Bartimaeus – musts! The Time Quartet is one of my earliest favorites, and Bartimaeus is one of my more recent. Very, very different, but both excellent. Gemma Doyle is skippable (I have my issues with the series), but I do highly recommend Bray’s Going Bovine – a truly brilliant book.


  3. Dresden Files!! It is a bit daunting but it’s a good thing there’s so many to catch up with and you don’t have to wait to find out what Harry’s getting up to. When I got to the same point as the new releases I was all where’s the next book?!? I need it now!!!

    I’ve been thinking about starting the Gemma Doyle Trilogy, but I’m still undecided. I really enjoyed The Diviners but I’m not sure if I’m ready to dive out of my genre comfort zone.


    1. Yeah… I think the fact that Gemma Doyle is such a popular YA series has me hesitant to start it, because sometimes YA hype is just wrong. BUT Libba Bray has proved her awesomeness to me twice already, so maybe I should just trust that!

      And I do totally want to start the Dresden Files, but I need to finish the Nightside series by Simon R Green first. I think I have 3 or 4 more books to go in it (it’s 12 books total). I don’t want to be reading two gigantic series all at once.


      1. Sounds like a good plan. I looked up the Nightside series, as it sounds awesome, but my library only stocks about 4 of them, none of which are the first one. Going to wait until I can justify another book buying binge!


      2. I hate when libraries don’t have the first in the series! Although half the time the Barnes and Noble doesn’t either. It’s crazy.

        The Nightside books are REALLY fun and different, but I have to admit that by the 8th book some of it is repetitive. Lots of repeating of catch phrases and such, but I like the characters so I’m still going to finish the series.


    1. Now that I’ve read more about physics and the possibility of time travel and things like tesseracts, I’m SO excited to get into the Wrinkle in Time series. I read the first one in school when I was super young, so I don’t remember a whole lot about it.


  4. OMG. O. M. G. So many fantastic series you need to read!

    We’ve been passing the Dresden Files books around at work. Because I’m disgustingly impatient and couldn’t wait for my turn I wound up opting for audio instead. Ha, Spike from Buffy is the narrator.

    I read the first Unfortunate Events book years and years ago and remember being fairly ‘meh’ about it. I’ve been wanting to give it another shot though.

    The Dark Tower is one I haven’t read – though I own the first book! – but it seems to me like a King series that people who typically don’t read King enjoy. He’s EXTREMELY hit-or-miss with me, but I have super high hopes for these books.

    For the past few months I’ve been wanting to go back to my roots, so to speak, and check out some of the classics/hidden gems/authors who ~paved the way~ L’Engle is one of those authors. I’ve read maybe one of two of her books, but I’ve completely forgotten everything: the plot, characters, whether or not I even liked the books.

    WHAAAT, the Bartimaeus Trilogy is that old?! Somehow it managed to escape my radar for the majority of that time and only just recently have I been coming across it. It was majorly on sale at work (a whopping QUARTER) and I picked up the first book. Hopefully it’s a good one!

    Jasper Fforde can do no wrong. That is all. ♥

    I’ve heard such wonderful things about Eon/Eona, but, again, have yet to read them. They sound fantastic though and I’m always up for a good fantasy.

    πŸ™‚ Oh, cozies. I’m a huge, HUGE fan of cozy mysteries and the Booktown series has been on my TO Read list for ages.


    1. HAHAHA I’m glad to see that you like so many of them!! A lot of them seem to be on your to-read list too – if you want to try reading one of them together, let me know! I’m always up for a readalong πŸ™‚


  5. I also haven’t read A Series of Unfortunate Events. Back in elementary when it became popular, everyone was saying it was the next Harry Potter, which is why I refused to read them (because come on, Harry Potter is WAY better than anything else). I saw the movie and because I’m not the biggest fan of Jim Carrey, I wasn’t a huge fan of the movie. So I guess those are my excuses for not reading the series, haha.
    But you simply MUST read the Gemma Doyle trilogy. I bought A Great and Terrible Beauty when it came out and I just fell in love with it and anxiously waited for the other books to come out. You definitely need to try them out!


    1. I have A Great and Terrible Beauty on my shelf! It’s been sitting there waiting for me to read it for AGES, lol. I’m going to try to get to it this summer.

      The Unfortunate Events books came out after Harry Potter? Holy crap I didn’t realize that, lol. Now I don’t feel so bad for not having read them yet, I always wondered how I missed such a popular series.


      1. Yeah, I think the first book in ASOUE came out just a couple of years after the first Harry Potter book, but they didn’t become popular in my school until the third book.
        And yes, please start reading A Great and Terrible Beauty. I’m curious to hear what you think of it.


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