Bookish Discussions

Series to Read in 2020:

I’m not a big lover of series.

I haven’t really gotten through any since my YA days and that was before I started uni four and a half years ago.

I want that to change.

I feel motivated to start reading series again after Ashleigh posted her video on the fantasy series she wants to pick up this year. I have a few in mind, which are mainly fantasy and historical fiction, which I thought I’d share with you today. It holds me accountable that way…

9A09DA29-513D-4B73-A215-EEBA1341FE55A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin

I started reading this series this month, so I’m already winning at this. I had all six current books on my shelf since I worked my first job in 2016 – I bought all of them in one go with my second wage slip.

As it’s an epic fantasy, and my reading month hasn’t fully returned, I’m listening to these on audiobook. I’m actually really enjoying the experience; the audiobook is easy to listen to, meaning I can multitask whilst listening (which is something I can’t usually do). The first book has put me in a lil reading slump – I just want to carry on with the series, but my others are back at home, so I’ll have to make a quick trip to collect them!

Thomas Cromwell by Hilary Mantel

I’ve wanted to read this series ever since the third book in the trilogy was announced. I couldn’t resist buying the new editions when I saw them in York Waterstones. I’m really into historical fiction at the moment, and I haven’t read any about this particular time, so I’m intrigued by it.

In Wolf Hall, the first book, Mantel brings the “opulent, brutal world of the Tudors to bloody, glittering life. It is the backdrop of the rise of Thomas Cromwell: lowborn boy, charmer, bully, master of deadly intrigue, and, finally, most powerful of Henry VIII’s courtiers”. Gah, I’m excited to embark on this adventure…

The Kingkiller Chronicle by Patrick Rothfuss

Told in Kvothe’s own voice, The Name of the Wind, which is the first book in the series, is a tale of the magically gifted young man who grows to be the most notorious wizard his world has ever seen.

I’ve heard *so* many great things about this series. Each book follows a day in his life; from the sheer volume of the two books currently out, it looks like Kvothe has a very dramatic life. I hope I can get wrapped up in this series, especially as there is very few of the books out.

Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb

Ashleigh, from A Frolic Through Fiction, is thinking of hosting a readalong for this series. If she does, I’ll definitely be taking part. I’ve had my eyes on this trilogy for a while now, but never had the motivation to actually pick it up. I’m hoping that won’t be the case this year!

The first book in the series, Assassin’s Apprentice, we follow Fitz, the son of Chivalry Farseer, who is a royal bastard. When “Fitz is finally adopted into the royal household, he must give up his old ways and embrace a new life of weaponry, scribing, courtly manners; and how to kill a man secretly, as he trains to become a royal assassin”. I’ve heard this series get better with each book so I’m going to give it a try…

I haven’t set myself too many series, simply because ASoIaF has seven books currently out, and the others quickly add to that number. I’m still wanting to make my way through some Victorian classics, as well as some stand-alone historical fiction, so I’ll be making my way slowly through these throughout 2020.

What series do you want to pick up this year?

Thanks for reading, Lauren X

4 thoughts on “Series to Read in 2020:

  1. I enjoyed the aSoIaF series. It’s on my list to read again, but it’s such a massive undertaking and there is so much other great stuff that I don’t think I’ll ever get round to it.

    The Patrick Rothfuss novels are great too, as is Wolf Hall.

    Hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

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  2. I love A Song of Ice and Fire! I read all the available books back in 2014 and have been waiting for The Winds of Winter since then.
    I’m also reading the Farseer Trilogy. I’ve read Assassin’s Apprentice last year and would love to finish the other two books this year and then pick up the other series set in the same world.

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