Books Everyone Else Read While I was Under a Rock

March 5, 2013 Meme / Surveys 24

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…or reading something else. This week’s topic is: book series I’d like to start, but haven’t yet. My goal is to read the first book in each of the series listed below by the end of the year. Someone check in and remind me in July if I’ve done it yet. What book series are you wanting to try?


In no particular order:

01: Harry Potter series by JK Rowling: I remember seeing the first HP book at a local bookstore and I was interested, but never got around to it. Then it became popular and it just didn’t appeal to me.

02: If I Stay series by Gayle Forman: A friend of mine said if I was interested in reading Forman to start with this series.

03: Steampunk Chronicles series by Kady Cross: I really like the covers and I’ve always wanted to try a Steampunk read so why not?

04: Avoiding series by K.A. Linde: I’ve heard some great things about this series. We shall see.

05: The Dark Duet series by CJ Roberts: I’m actually a bit unsure about this series only because it’s dark erotica and I don’t know if I can handle it.

06: The Sergeant Mornay Mystery series by M.G. Kincaid: Scottish mystery? I’m there.

07: The James Bond series by Ian Fleming: I’ve always wanted to read a Bond novel. I’m hoping to start book 1, Casino Royale, later this year.

08: The Selection series by Kiera Cass: Okay I admit I want to start this because of the covers, but some of my friends really like the books.

09: The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare: I keep seeing Clare around and want to see what the fuss is about.

10: The Shatter Me series Tahereh Mafi: I’ve heard great things about this series and I’m curious.

24 Responses to “Books Everyone Else Read While I was Under a Rock”

    • Jessica

      Everyone wonders the same thing: re not reading Harry Potter. I had other things to read and when the big craze hit I was at uni and just lost interest.

      Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  1. angelicreader

    I have to admit that I am a bit in shock that you haven’t done the Potter series yet… as a bit of a Pothead I am under the impression that everyone AND their aunty has read the books. BUT I do get why you did not read it. I HATE picking up a book once everyone else tells me to do it. I am not one to jump on the band wagon all that easily.

    A few of the ones on your list is already on my TBR… Hopefully I will get to them soon.

    • Jessica

      No one in my family (both sides on my mother’s and father’s side) have read the books. Two of my cousins have children so maybe they’ve read them since. There are people who haven’t read them-we do exist. I keep hearing I need to read them and one of my favorite authors LOVES the books, so I promised him I’d read them at some point. My goal is to read the first book by the end of the year.

      Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

      • angelicreader

        Ha – so I stand corrected. Most of my family hasn’t read it either – but that’s mostly cos myself and my mother are the only ones that read.

    • Jessica

      Passes you cookies. Nice to have company!

      Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

    • Jessica

      YES! The covers are what make me want to read them. It is nice to hear you enjoyed them so that makes me feel better about trying them.

      Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

    • Jessica

      Good to have company with with the reads. 🙂 Yeah everyone I know tells me how much I need to read Harry Potter. I’ll get around to it.

      Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

    • Jessica

      Glad to hear you liked both series and it makes me a feel a little better starting them.

      Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  2. Susan (Bloggin' 'bout Books)

    I definitely recommend The Mortal Instruments and Harry Potter (OF COURSE). Once you start reading them, I’m pretty sure you’re not going to want to stop!

    Glad to have found you via TTT 🙂

    • Jessica

      That’s what I’m worried about: re start reading them and not wanting to stop. It’s exciting to finally read a series that most have enjoyed.

      Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  3. megan @ Love, Literature, Art, and Reason

    The Mortal Instruments is one of my favorite series and I love Shatter Me, too. I highly recommend those. And of course, Harry Potter is must read. It took me awhile to finally pick up the series. I read 1-3 when they first came out but then I sort of moved on. It wasn’t until I was 21 that I finished the series and ended up loving it!
    Hope you get around to some of those!
    If I stay and The selection are books i need to get started on as well.
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    Megan @ Love, Literature, Art, and Reason

    • Jessica

      The Shatter Me series is the one that keeps calling my name as well as Mortal Instruments. I might get around to those first.

      Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  4. Kimberly

    I see what you did there.

    James Bond #07… 😉

    If I Stay and Harry Potter are some of my favorites. I hope you enjoy them!

    • Jessica

      I did it on purpose and high-five you picked up on it! 😀

      Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Courtney

    Here’s the thing with HP – if you read the first book, you HAVE to let yourself read the second book right after. And they’re easy reads, so it’s not a hard move. Because I LOVE HP. So much. But, the first book can be tedious for some people because it is laying a LOT of ground work. There’s adventure and stuff and awesome magicalness too, but I get why some people have a hard time getting super into it with book 1.

    That being said, my one/two big plugs for it are this: JKR is an AMAZING author. Really. Her ability to craft a story and weave plots and secrets and valuable bits of info that you don’t realize are valuable until three books later – it’s second to none. As is her ability to craft a character. The characters in these books? Even minor ones? Felt more real to me than many characters in the many other books I’ve ever read. If you read HP for anything other than the wonderful story that it is, read it to give a master story teller the opportunity to tell you a story. You won’t be disappointed.

    As for the rest of your list? Crap. My TBR list just grew. AGAIN. 🙂

    • Jessica

      That’s what I’m worried about: wanting to read the entire series in one sitting. I’m looking at my required reading and it looks I have a few weeks in between required reviews that I may be able to swing this if I get past book 1.

      I don’t doubt that Rowling is a talented writer. If she wasn’t her influence wouldn’t be worldwide as it is. Although when I was living in Glasgow, Scotland, everyone kept saying Hogwarts was modeled after Glasgow Uni. I’m curious to see if I can see why people say that.

  6. Miss Inga Page

    I must admit, I first picked up The Selection books because of their beautiful covers, but I did really enjoy them! The Selection was actually the first book I reviewed on my blog. I’d love to hear what you think about them if/when you get around to them!

    As an aside, please read Potter. I’d love to be able to read them for the first time, again! Particularly if you haven’t seen the films(?) because then the magic is 100% there! 🙂
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