Where to begin…I thought when I took a look at this Top 10, that coming up with 10 series that I REALLY wanted to start would be easy – I could just look through my Goodreads shelves and be done…but of course that wasn’t the case. I had a lot of books that were first in series on them, but when I sat down at thought about it, I wasn’t jumping up and down to read them – which is kind of how I interpreted the “want to start” portion of the question. My other issue is that books that were first in the series that I wanted to start reading, I had either already read a later book (for whatever reason)…so those were also knocked off my list.
Either way, here we go (these are in no particular order for excitment/intention):
Hannah Vogel – Rebecca Cantrell
Book #1 – A Trace of Smoke
A mystery series, featuring crime reporter, Hannah Vogel, set in 1930’s Germany. This series intrigues me because of the time period – I’ve always been interested in the 1930’s and 1940’s, particularly in Europe. I’ve never read any of the authors stand-alone books, but did enjoy the book that she co-wrote with James Rollins.
Jenny Cooper – M.R. Hall
Book #1 – The Coroner
I’m a huge fan of mysteries with a medical basis, so with the main character in the Jenny Cooper series being a coroner, it seems to be right up my alley. Plus, I’m on a bit of a kick of books set in the UK right now.
Dragon Kin – G.A. Aiken
Book #1 – Dragon Actually
Lots of my friends swear by this author (who also writes under the name Shelley Laurenston) and this book has been loitering on the virtual TBR pile for a while – supposedly if you like humorous paranormal romances, she is a go-to author. I’ve found her books under her other name to be a bit hit/miss – sometimes the humor is pitch perfect, other times it feels really forced. But I’m interested in checking this one out.
Shadow Guard – Kim Lenox
Book #1 – Night Falls Darkly
I’m always on the lookout for unique paranormal romances – and while I don’t remember when I added this one to my shelf, I occasionally come across it and think that I need to try the series, but then I get distracted. I love the idea of paranormal romance that is set in a historical time period, rather than contemporary.
The Disillusionists – Carolyn Crane
Book #1 – Mind Games
This might be a little bit cheating because its only a trilogy and I technically read the prequel to it in an anthology a couple of years ago, but I recently found my copy of the book when I was tidying up my bookshelves which reminded me that I still needed to read it. Looking forward to digging in soon.
Graveyard Queen – Amanda Stevens
#1 – The Restorer
I’ve been told that I HAVE to read this book and its on the TBR pile – I really like the idea of a Graveyard Restorer – it is something that I have never come across in a book series before. I’m looking forward to reading it sometime in the near future.
Chief Inspector Armand Gamache – Louise Penny
Book #1 – Still Life
This is another series where reading friends swear up and down that I need to read – in fact, I’ve had book 1 in audiobook format sitting on the virtual to-listen pile for a while. Although reviews of the most recent book were a bit iffy, so I’m undecided if I want to risk diving into another series that I may end up disliking
Laurence Bartram – Elizabeth Speller
#1 – The Return of Captain John Emmett
I’d actually never heard of this series until I randomly came across book 1 while I was browsing the audio books at my local library – but after reading the description – a mystery set in post-WW1 England, I’m intrigued and looking forward to reading it. Plus a friend of mine who is a notoriously hard reviewer gave it 4 stars, which means it must be good
Stage Dive – Kylie Scott
Book #1 – Lick
This is a series that many of my friends, both on Goodreads and blogs are raving about right now. I will admit that i have a fondness for rock star romances – I love the bad boy trope. But I will admit upfront that I am probably going to read this series out of order, because my library have #3 available to borrow the other day and I grabbed it.
The Custard Protocal – Gail Carriger
Book #1 – Prudence
So this series isn’t being released until March next year, but I can’t wait to read it. I loved all the books in the Parasol Protectorate series (even the one that others seemed to hate), as well as the pseudo-prequel books in the Finishing School series.
The only question remaining is: What do I start?