Go Read This! | Series of Interest, Part I

I haven’t posted a GRT in a while, so I thought I would change it up. Instead of posting a book review, here’s a brief list of series I’ve read/started lately – check ’em out!

  • A Song of Ice and Fire Series: I sped through all five books in 2012 and will definitely re-read them in the future. A brilliant fantasy series that inverts and subverts many tropes.
  • The Hunger Games Trilogy: I’ve already listened to the trilogy twice, and I love it more each time.
  • Divergent Trilogy: I definitely preferred the first book to the rest of the trilogy, but this is an imaginative, fresh entry into the YA/dystopian genre.
  • The Kingkiller Chronicle Trilogy: A wonderful, imaginative fantasy series that I rec to anyone interested in the genre. I know I’ll be rereading this.
  • Joanna Stafford Trilogy: A historical mystery set in Henry VIII’s England? Sign me up.
  • Nola Céspedes Series: Only two books in, and the series presents a deeply flawed, wounded, recovering female who is equally likable and frustrating (and entirely realistic). The mysteries are engaging, but you’ll stay for compelling characters and the individual/cultural identity questions about gender, race, and sexuality.
  • The Program Duology (?): I reviewed the first book, and I already preordered the second (can’t wait!). This is a great YA series that poses some difficult questions, regardless of your age or ability.
  • The Passage Trilogy: I loved the first book; after the second book, I really don’t know where we’re going. That may annoy some, but I like that Cronin takes risks and doesn’t “dumb it down” for the reader.
  • The Magicians Trilogy: Often described as “the adult Harry Potter,” the trilogy is so much more – namely, it incorporates Narnian elements and levels up the action and stakes with each book. I can’t wait to see what the third book has in store.
  • Bloodlines Trilogy: Not to be confused with the vampire series of the same name, this is a solid entry into the horror genre by Glen Duncan.
  • Dublin Murder Squad Series: Tana French is easily one of my favorite modern authors because of this series; her approach is to introduce a secondary character in one book, then make him/her the protagonist in the following book. It keeps the books fresh, the crimes unique, and the perspectives varied.

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