15 Popular Book Series I Haven’t Read
Ever since I was a child, I was an avid reader from the start. My love of books lasted up until about 8 years ago when life took a pretty drastic turn, throwing me into a slump, if you will. In taking a break from life for a while to focus on myself, I realized that I should get back into old hobbies I used to enjoy.
During those few years I stopped reading, a lot of books came out and I simply couldn’t focus when reading so I ended up missing out on some popular books/book series. I’m sure I’ll read some of these one day (so no spoilers!) but for now, I wanted to share some book series that I haven’t read yet.
I got this idea from the lovely Jenny in Neverland, and I’d love to hear your guys’ thoughts on these series. Some younger readers might not recognize a few of these so if that applies to you, go check the books out!
These are all Young Adult books because I’m still fond of the genre and some of my favorite authors write YA books. I apologize in advance for the summaries. Haha. A few of these series aren’t new by any means but they were popular in their time and I still never read them, so without further ado, here are some book series I have not read!
1. Six of Crows Duology
This “series” or duology includes two books: Six of Crows (2015) and Crooked Kingdom (2016).
The synopsis for Six of Crows is:
“Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price–and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…
A convict with a thirst for revenge.
A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.
A runaway with a privileged past.
A spy known as the Wraith.
A Heart render using her magic to survive the slums.
A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.
Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.”
I feel like I’m the only person who has yet to read these but I’m actually really looking forward to reading these two books. I won’t post the summary for Crooked Kingdom because I assume most of you have read it already, or you can just look it up on Goodreads. The idea of six different people coming together to pull off a heist is right up my alley and I think I’d enjoy this book. This author actually has several other fairly popular books as well, such as The Shadow and Bone Trilogy. Get the box set for Six of Crows here!
2. Red Queen
The Red Queen series by Victoria Aveyard contains four books. Here is the summary for the first book, titled “Red Queen.”
“This is a world divided by blood – red or silver. The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change. That is until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power. Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime. But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart.”
The story line itself seems somewhat interesting but I’ve seen a ton of reviews saying it’s boring or it’s too similar to other YA books. I can’t comment on similarities but if anyone here has read this series, please leave a comment with your opinion of it! (: You can also get the 4 book hardcover box set for these here!
3. Artemis Fowl
I believe I own ONE of these books, though I couldn’t tell you which one. This series was written by Eoin Colfer and contains eight books.The synopsis for the first book is pretty straight forward.
“Twelve-year-old Artemis Fowl is a millionaire, a genius—and, above all, a criminal mastermind. But even Artemis doesn’t know what he’s taken on when he kidnaps a fairy, Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon Unit. These aren’t the fairies of bedtime stories—they’re dangerous! Full of unexpected twists and turns, Artemis Fowl is a riveting, magical adventure.”
I don’t think I’ll be buying the other seven books of this series, simply because I can’t relate to a 12 year old. It’s such a pet peeve of mine when YA books give a young character so much power, responsibilities, battles, etc. I could see a 17 or 18 year old probably being able to handle those things but a 12 year old? Sorry but no thank you. I’m sure this is a great series but maybe just for a younger audience. Box set found here.
I’m positive we’ve all heard of this trilogy by Veronica Roth, consisting of Divergent, Insurgent and Allegiant. Some of you may have even watched the movies. I do happen to own all three of these books but honestly, they’ve been on tbr shelf since they were gifted to me many years ago. I tried reading the first book and couldn’t get into it and that also applies to the movies. I watched a bit of the first one and despised it. It may be because I don’t particularly like the actress for Tris or maybe I’ve just had my dystopian fill from the Hunger Games. Either way, these books will likely stay on my tbr shelf or I’ll end up donating them.
5. The Maze Runner
James Dashner first published The Maze Runner in 2009. I own the first and second book and would like the last one too as this story seems really interesting. My mother was watching one of the movies the other day and I had to dodge her so I wouldn’t hear anything important. Hah. The series starts with The Maze Runner and is followed by The Scorch Trials and The Death Cure. According to Goodreads, the trilogy started out well and seemed to get lower ratings as the second and third books came out. This reminds me of The Hunger Games because in my opinion, those books progressively got worse and worse. The harsh reviews makes me a bit leery about this series but it just sounds so intriguing to me that I have to give it a chance. I’ll likely read/watch this trilogy any way, I just prefer to read the books first, you know? If anyone has read it, let me know what you thought of the series!
6. The Uglies
Talk about a throwback, right? Even ~13 years later, I still have not picked up any of these books. I wanted to but never got around to it and now I’m certain I won’t be purchasing them any time soon. There are four books in this series titled Uglies, Pretties, Specials, and Extras. These books don’t have particularly good reviews on Goodreads as none of them hit 4 stars, so maybe it’s best for me to stay clear of this series. I know it was pretty popular when I was in school so if anyone has read this series, I’d LOVE to know your thoughts! You can find all four paperbacks in the boxed set.
7. The Selection series
This series has five books written by Kiera Cass. In case you haven’t read the books, here is a summary of book one.
“For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.
But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks. Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself—and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.”
I don’t personally own any of these books but the series is kind of intriguing so I may purchase these in the future. I’ve read a lot of negative reviews about the series and I’m not prone to reading novels with a heavy romantic story line but I’m willing to give it a chance. If anyone wants to offer their opinion on the series, I’d be happy to hear it! Box set.
8. The Lunar Chronicles
I’ve heard about this series maybe once or twice. There are four books in the Lunar Chronicles, and each book appears to be a retelling of a classic fairy tale. Cinder is a spin on Cinderella, Scarlet has to do with Red Riding Hood, Cress revolves around Rapunzel, and last but not least we have Winter, which echoes the story of Snow White and The Huntsman. The descriptions of the books were not interesting to me for the most part, so I likely won’t ever read this series unless it’s sent to me for a random giveaway or something. Do you guys like fairy tale retellings or no? Let me know some of your favorite retellings below! You can get all four books PLUS two extra books related to these four for a 6 book box set here.
9. Throne Of Glass
Sarah Maas sure had a lot of inspiration considering there are seven books in the Throne Of Glass series. I have not read any of these books, nor do I own any copies. I’m not sure if I want to read this series just yet as it’s kind of long and honestly the first book is the only one that sounds even remotely interesting. If you want to check out the books, Throne of Glass is number one, followed by Crown of Midnight, Heir of Fire, Queen of Shadows, Empire of Storms, Tower of Dawn, and finally, Kingdom of Ash – all of which you can find here.
10. Fallen series
Goodreads has some pretty harsh reviews for the first book in this series. I do own the first book, Fallen, and I personally liked it. I also own Torment which is book two but I have yet to read it. Passion and Rapture are the third and fourth books. Those are evidently the main books following Daniel and Luce. Unforgiven seems to be about Cam and his story and I have no idea what Fallen In Love is about but you likely don’t need to read it anyway. (; I may just have to reread the first book and read the second one to see if it’s worth buying the other two…or four. Just from checking the reviews on Goodreads though, I’m not feeling particularly good about the direction this series went in.
11. House of Night series
I own one or two books from this series but considering it has TWELVE books I doubt I’ll be reading them anytime soon…or ever. Twelve books is a ridiculous amount, in my opinion. Aside from just the number of books, I’ve heard that the last one was disappointing, and I’d rather not have another Lemony Snicket situation. Ha. I can’t speak for this series but if anyone has read all twelve books, congrats and please tell me how you thought it was! ALL 12 of the books are in a neat little box set that can be found here.
12. Delirium series
I actually own and started reading the first book in this trilogy, which is Delirium. I think I got a quarter of the way in and then just gave up on it. It was good and I liked it but then life happened. For those of you who haven’t read the book, here’s the synopsis.
“In an alternate United States, love has been declared a dangerous disease, and the government forces everyone who reaches eighteen to have a procedure called the Cure. Living with her aunt, uncle, and cousins, Lena Haloway is very much looking forward to being cured and living a safe, predictable life. She watched love destroy her mother and isn’t about to make the same mistake. But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena meets enigmatic Alex, a boy from the “Wilds” who lives under the government’s radar. What will happen if they do the unthinkable and fall in love?”
The second book in this trilogy by Lauren Oliver is called Pandemonium and the third book is Requiem, for anyone who wants to check the series out. In my opinion, only the first book is/seems mildly interesting and the other two books just aren’t really as appealing to me, so I’m not sure if I’ll purchase the rest of the trilogy.
13. Percy Jackson and The Olympians
I think a lot of people have read this series as it was quite popular. I read the first book and then lost interest in the series. Here is a summary of the first book.
“Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can’t seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse – Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy’s mom finds out, she knows it’s time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he’ll be safe. She sends Percy to Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for demigods (on Long Island), where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea. Soon a mystery unfolds and together with his friends—one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena – Percy sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the gates of the Underworld (located in a recording studio in Hollywood) and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods.”
I did see the movie adaptation and I enjoyed that very much. I also enjoyed that the characters were demigods and I liked all of the Greek Mythology Rick Riordan wove into the story. I may just have to come back and finish the series. There are five books total so it’s not terribly long and the stories are sure to grab your attention!
Also, I love how that says the gates to the Underworld are in Hollywood. Where’s the lie?
14. Caster Chronicles (Beautiful Creatures)
I own Beautiful Creatures, Beautiful Darkness, and Beautiful Chaos. Even though I own three out of the four books, I’ve only read the first one. I thought it was a good read and I liked the film adaptation of the book too. Here is a small excerpt:
“Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she’s struggling to conceal her power, and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever.”
Since the first book was fairly good, I’ll probably end up purchasing the fourth book and giving the entire series another go. Have you guys seen the movie or read these books? Did you think they did a good job with the movie? Let me know in the comments! (:
15. Iron Fey series
I seem to have the first book but I have no idea where I got it from. Regardless, the entire series never seemed interesting to me before. However, I may give it a second chance as well because it does sound a bit more intriguing now. Here’s another excerpt:
“But she could never have guessed the truth – that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and is a pawn in a deadly war. Now Meghan will learn just how far she’ll go to save someone she cares about, to stop a mysterious evil, no faery creature dare face; and to find love with a young prince who might rather see her dead than let her touch his icy heart.”
If you like faeries or seemingly odd romances, then this would probably be the book for you. There are four books in this series titled The Iron King, The Iron Daughter, The Iron Queen, and The Iron Knight. There are also a few books by the same author and they are apart of a series called “The Iron Fey: Call Of The Forgotten.” I’ve never heard of that series or seen those books so if you’ve already read all of the Iron Fey books, maybe check out the other “sister” books. You might find your next read. (:
Well, those were some of the popular book series that I’ve seen floating around. Like I said at the beginning of this post, I’m probably super late because most of these books aren’t exactly new but I missed them at the time so I added them anyway.
I’d LOVE to hear you guys’ thoughts on anything I’ve written up there! I realize I asked for opinions quite a bit but I genuinely want to hear your guys’ thoughts on these series.
Which series from here was your favorite and least favorite? Let me know in the comments! ♥