Happy Tuesday everyone! I hope that your week is going well and that you are also doing well. I know, most of us are still shrugging off some of that holiday hangover. But with the new year also comes new opportunities for us to be better, opportunities for us to turn on a new leaf. The new year also means new opportunities for reading new books and for new reading adventures. It is also a fresh canvas of book blogging year wanting to be painted with new memories.
As it is Tuesday, let me share a Top 5 Tuesday update. Top 5 Tuesday was originally created by Shanah @ the Bionic Bookworm but is now currently being hosted by Meeghan @ Meeghan Reads.
This week’s topic: Top 5 Series I Will Finish* in 2023
This is an asterisk. HAHA. I currently have four book series that I have started, including one that I started way back in 2018. I have also been including this said series in my yearly reading resolutions as I already have the other books in the series. Anyway, here are the three book series I am hoping (really hoping) I get to finish this year. Happy reading!
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
This is a book series I have been meaning to complete for quite some time now. I read the first book in the series, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy back in 2018. As someone who is a little averse to works of science fiction, I was delighted with the book and its wit. I was also able to complete all the books in the series, hence, my resolution is to complete the series. However, things – well, books – quick pile up, and the other five books in the series were left to gather dust on my bookshelf. Maybe I get to finally finish the series this year? I also am hoping.
The Cairo Trilogy by Naguib Mahfouz
Ah. The Cairo Trilogy, the most renowned work by Nobel Laureate in Literature Naguib Mahfouz. It was way back in 2015 when I acquired my first book in the trilogy, Palace of Desire. Back then, I didn’t have an iota about it being part of a trilogy. I then pushed it down my reading list, hoping to start the series once I complete all three books. In 2021, I was able to do so, hence, I made Palace Walk part of my 2022 Beat the Backlist Challenge. Thankfully, I was able to start on a series I have long been wanting to read. Palace of Desire is also part of my 2023 Beat the Backlist Challenge. I just might find the space and time to conclude the trilogy this year.
The Cairo Trilogy by Naguib Mahfouz
Ah. The Cairo Trilogy, the most renowned work by Nobel Laureate in Literature Naguib Mahfouz. It was way back in 2015 when I acquired my first book in the trilogy, Palace of Desire. Back then, I didn’t have an iota about it being part of a trilogy. I then pushed it down my reading list, hoping to start the series once I complete all three books. In 2021, I was able to do so, hence, I made Palace Walk part of my 2022 Beat the Backlist Challenge. Thankfully, I was able to start on a series I have long been wanting to read.
In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust
Technically, In Search of Lost Time by French writer Marcel Proust is not a series. Rather, it is an enormous literary masterpiece that is divided into seven volumes. When I obtained the first volumes of the book, I didn’t know this so just like The Cairo Trilogy, I had to push it down my reading list. I am just one book short so I started reading the multi-volume book last year. I loved Swann’s Way even though the paragraphs can be quite long. Finding myself in the midst of one of the most revered works of literature is awe-inspiring. I have added the second and third volumes to my 2023 Beat the Backlist challenge and I’ll see how it goes from there.
The Crazy Rich Asians Trilogy by Kevin Kwan
Unlike the other series in this post, I don’t have the succeeding books in the Crazy Rich Asians Trilogy. Out of curiosity – the first book was adapted into a film – I bought a copy of the book and started reading it. It was… well, entertaining. I had myself a good laugh. Entertaining, however, does not entail a good literary piece. This is the reason why I have been holding back from reading the rest of the books in the trilogy. But well, I started the series anyway so I just might as well finish it.
At the moment, only one series I can finish:
Sea of Trolls- started last year on the first book and bought the rest the same year
In addition: new ones I bought
Tale of Magic Trilogy- that is the prequel to Land of Stories (one of my favorite series I read in the college years)