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In light of National Book Awareness Month, which celebrates devotion to reading and book awareness, we’re going full throttle: why settle for a one-book celebration when you could devour an entire series? To rev up the reading enthusiasm and to get all you bookworms buried nose deep in good reads, we’re providing you with a list of new series ready for your love.
We know what you’re thinking: starting a new series can be daunting—we understand. Each chapter brings the creeping obligation to read the next in the series, and the deeper you get the stronger cemented the drive to read them all. But, then again isn’t that the beauty of a series? The consuming drive to keep going, the rising obsession, and the complete immersion into the world between the words? Rest assured, these series will suck you in and keep you hooked. Enjoy!
Red Queen Series, by Victoria Aveyard
The Red Queen series is comprised of four books, two of which have already been released: Red Queen and Glass Sword. Praised as a New York Times bestseller, the series is captivating, full of mystery and supernatural oddities, and–not surprisingly–blood. The four-part series recounts a vivid fantasy world divided by blood-based classes, with character-driven twists, and buried secrets. It’s got The Reading Room seal of approval and was voted as one of your Favorite Books 2016.
Passenger Series, by Alexandra Bracken
The first book in the series, Passenger, follow violinist prodigy Etta Spencer as she is thrust into a strange world, void of everything she once knew and loved, and removed overnight from her prior life by miles and years. She suddenly finds herself a passenger on a strange man’s ship, at the whims of the sea and the subject of a quest. Although the series only has one published book so far, the second is expected to make its debut in 2017. This is a great series for lovers of adventure, time-travel, and mystery.
A Darker Shade of Magic Series, by V.E. Schwab
This three part series begins with A Darker Shade of Magic, and is a story about one of the last Travelers–rare magicians who weave in and out of parallel universes. For a price, one of these travelers can sneak you a glance at a world below the veils of centuries; but such a dangerous hobby can often lead to dangerous perils and consequences, as one traveler quickly learns. The first novel in the series is followed by A Gathering of Shadows, which was published this year. A third book, which remains untitled, is also being whispered about and is expected to release sometime in the next year.
The Neapolitan Novels, by Elena Ferrante
Praised by the New York Times, The Boston Globe, The New Yorker, and just about anyone who’s read the books, this series is a great go-to. Centering around the lives of two girls, the collective series is a touching look at friendship, womanhood, violence, and class. The quartet includes My Brilliant Friend, The Story of a New Name, Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay, and the most recent 2015 title, The Story of the Lost Child.
The Wrath and The Dawn Series, by Renee Ahdieh
Inspired by the sumptuous tales of One Thousand and One Nights, this series reinvents the familiar tale of Shahrzad, who spin stories to make it through each night, and save herself from her killer and ruler. The iconic story takes a new turn when Shahrzad develops unexpected feelings for the murderous ruler, and her narrative skills become subject to her feelings. The first book in the series, The Wrath and the Dawn, is already out, but you’ll have to wait a few months to read the second, The Rose and the Dagger, which debuts in May of this year.
Thunder Road Series, by Katie McGarry
The four part YA series follows Emily, a 17-year-old-girl. Content with the comforts of childhood, but gripped by the desire to find her biological father, she is sucked into a world of secrets and unexpected truths. Emily must grapple with the world of her father—who chose a life in the motorcycle gang, The Reign of Terror, over her family—and simultaneously face the joys and perils that come with growing up. The first half of the series, Nowhere But Here and Walk the Edge, are out and ready for your devouring. The last two books are expected to be published by 2018.
My Struggle Series, by Karl Ove Knausgård
My Struggle is a six part autobiographical series, outlining the life of Knausgård: the darkest thoughts, private pleasures, creatives drives, and familial bonds that make up his life. Collectively, the six novels fills over 3,600 pages and swing from conversations about art to family, from the most tender moments to the most painful struggles, and the most minute details to the sweeping concepts–life, death, fear–that stitch each life into existence.
Four out of six have been released, with the fifth expected to arrive April 2016.
The Descendants Series, by Melissa de la Cruz
Another great YA read, the two part (and presumably growing) series is a villainous, magic-riddled fairy tale, turned upside down. Set on the Isle of the Lost, a sort of island of misfit toys for the evil, the series rides the line between good and evil, and explores the traditional binary of hero and villain. Start with The Isle of the Lost, then get lost in the second book, Return to the Isle of the Lost.
A God In Ruins, by Kate Atkinson
Although not explicitly a series, A God in Ruins is a follow up to Atkinson’s first book, Life After Life, in which the heroine, Ursula Todd, is granted the opportunity to live her life again and again, each one shaken by seemingly insignificant choices that end up sculpting a life. In Life After Life, we are introduced to her younger brother, Teddy, who is given a greater voice in the second novel, A God in Ruins. The second book surrounds Teddy’s life and his legacy as a pilot in World War II. Rich in history and beautiful language, A God In Ruins is an exceptional story about legacy, time, and the shadow war casts across generations.
Six of Crows Series, by Leigh Bardugo
Another great fantasy read, the series kicks off with the first novel, Six of Crows, a story about a convict with a thirst for revenge. It is a tale of magic, survival, redemption, and the heist no one thought could be pulled off. The second book, Crooked Kingdom, picks up where the first left off, following the cast of characters returning from the daring adventure. The second book is expected to debut September 2016.