It’s the second day of the week! It’s also time for a Top 5 Tuesday update. Top 5 Tuesdays 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 Want to Start

Dang. I messed up the dates! This was supposed to be last week’s prompt but instead, I did Top 5 Series I Want to Finish this year. I guess I have been too busy and have not been paying that much attention. Thankfully, those busy days are now behind me. I hope everyone’s statutory audit is going smoothly, both on the accountant’s and the auditor’s side. Yeah, I was finally able to start Remembrance of Things Past/In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust, a book that has been a recurring presence in similar updates. The second and third volumes in this book are included in my 2023 Beat the Backlist Challenge. Anyway, before I lose myself in words, here are the series and trilogies I hope I get to start this year.

A Dance to the Music of Time by Anthony Powell

Again, making up the list is Anthony Powell’s A Dance to the Music of Time. Like the majority of my reads in the past six or seven years, it is one of the books that piqued my interest when I started perusing must-read lists. 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 Cromwell Trilogy by Hilary Mantel

The British writer has long piqued my interest, particularly when the third book in this trilogy was longlisted for the Booker Prize. I was, by then, already aware that the first two books in the trilogy won the Booker Prize. Maybe a three for three? But it was not meant to be. Long before that, I kept on encountering The Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies whenever I pass by the secondhand bookstore. I ignored them because I had no iota about who Mantel was. Fast forward, and I can’t wait to read the books as they are set in the Elizabethan era; historical fiction is right up my alley. Reading the trilogy became imperative after Mantel passed away last year.

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; Japanese Literature month is a staple of my yearly reading journey. 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. I have already read three of Mishima’s works but this tetralogy remains to allude me.

Time Quintet by Madeleine L’Engle

Madeleine L’Engle’s Time Quintet is the second 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 still on hold is that I am waiting for the hardbound copies of the book. HAHA! Hopefully, I get to obtain the copies I have been yearning for. It is about time for me to start this series!

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 back in 2021. The series immediately piqued my interest especially after I learned 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.

Apart from these five series, there are several trilogies and series that I am also looking forward to such as:

  1. Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander Series
  2. Pittacus Lore’s Lorien Legacy Series
  3. Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy
  4. George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire Series
  5. Frank Herbert’s Dune Chronicles