Happy Tuesday everyone! It is the second day of the week already but I hope everyone is doing well and is safe. Tuesdays also mean one thing, a Top Ten Tuesday update! Top Ten Tuesday is an original blog meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and is currently being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.
This week’s given topic is Series I’d Like to Start/Catch up on/Finish
I am assuming that this week’s prompt is related to book series and not television series; that is always a possibility. Anyway, I have quite a couple of series that I want to start. Here are some of them. Happy reading everyone!
Series I Want to Start
A Dance to the Music of Time by Anthony Powell
One of the books that piqued my interest when I started perusing must-read lists is Anthony Powell’s A Dance to the Music of Time. Back then, I wasn’t aware that the book is actually a series. And the series is not just composed of about four or five books. It is composed of 12 books! I barely have an iota about what the books are about but I knew that it is a book I must read. I just hope that I get to complete all twelve books in the coming months (or years perhaps?).
The Sea of Fertility Tetralogy by Yukio Mishima
Those who have been tuning in to my book blog would know that I am a big fan of Japanese literature. One of the Japanese writers that have been reeling me in is Yukio Mishima. His The Sea of Fertility Tetralogy is actually his first work that I have taken note of and subsequently added to my reading list. Renowned for its slice-of-life narratives, book series are quite rare (I have noticed) in Japanese literature. I am just crossing my fingers that I get to read the books soon.
Time Quintet by Madeliene L’Engle
Madeleine L’Engle’s Time Quintet is the third series in this update that incorporated the element of or mentioned “time”. It is pure coincidence and is without design. It’s been years since I first encountered A Wrinkle in Time but I still haven’t been able to read any of the books in the series (LOL). Honestly, the reason this series is on the backburner is that I am waiting for the hardbound copies of the book. HAHA!
Buru Quartet by Pramoedya Ananta Toer
Indonesian novelist Pramoedya Ananta Toer’s Buru Quartet is one of the latest additions to my growing reading list. I think I just came across the series early this year but it has already piqued my interest especially after learning that the author is from a neighboring nation. The book found new meaning after I learned that Ananta Toer, a vocal critic of Indonesian regimes, wrote these books while he was in exile on the island of Buru, hence, the title.
Wolf Hall Trilogy by Hilary Mantel
I was impressed when I learned Hilary Mantel won two Booker Prizes for fiction. Coincidentally, these two awards were for the first two books in her acclaimed trilogy starring Thomas Cromwell; the last book in the trilogy was also longlisted for the aforementioned award. The trilogy is also right at my alley for they are all works of historical fiction. It has become imperative for me to start reading the trilogy following Mantel’s unfortunate passing this year. May her soul rest in peace.
The Millennium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson
Ever since reading Suzanne Collins’s The Hunger Games Trilogy, I have become a fan of dystopian works (I always contend they’re not young adult fiction, haha). Although I was apprehensive at first, my countless encounters with Stieg Larsson’s The Millennium Trilogy in bookstores finally convinced me to include the series in my growing TBR list.
Cairo Trilogy by Naguib Mahfouz
It was back in 2015 I think when I first encountered Naguib Mahfouz. I acquired a copy of his books even though I barely had any iota about who he was. I would, later on, learn that Mahfouz is a Nobel Laureate in Literature and that among his works, the Cairo Trilogy stands tall. One of the books I acquired back then was Palace of Desire but I never got around to reading it when I learned it was the second book in the trilogy. I waited to complete the entire trilogy before starting it and I was finally able to acquire all three books in the trilogy last year. I have resolved to start the trilogy as I made Palace Walk a part of my 2022 Beat the Backlist Challenge.
Series I Want to Catch Up On/Finish
In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust
Marcel Proust’s renowned In Search of Lost Time is technically not a series but rather an entire novel divided into several parts because of its length. Nevertheless, I am treating it as such because of this. HAHA. I have been meaning to start the novel but not having the complete set held me back. While I was able to obtain two books in the novel back in 2015 or 2016, it was in 2020, when I managed to complete all books, save for one. The time is ripe then to start the novel. This year, I finally was able to do so as I read Swann’s Way. I loved it and I can’t wait to read the rest of the novel.
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Series by Douglas Adams
For the longest time, I have wanted to dip my fingers into Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. The series sounded eccentric even though the genre was not right up my alley; I was always willing to make compromises for new experiences. Back in 2018, I was finally able to read the first book in the pentalogy. It was witty and innovative. I was meaning to read the rest of the series but there are just too many good books out there waiting for me to read them (my usual excuse, haha). I will see if I have time later this year to resume reading the rest of the series.