You might want to yell at me after reading this post. Please keep the noise to a minimum.
The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater
Before you freak out, I do actually own the first book in this series... but I couldn't get into it. Everyone seems to love these books and I really wanted to be part of it, but nothing was happening and I was so bored. If I remember rightly, I gave up after 30 pages or so. Please, someone tell me it gets better?
Shades of Magic by V.E. Schwab
The first I heard of this author was when the blogosphere erupted over her announcement of a UK tour a couple of years ago. To be honest, I'm not sure this is my kind of thing, but so many people love these books that they have to be good, right? I'll give the first one a try at some point.
The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
This series sounds amazing and so many people have recommended it to me over the years. I love what I've heard! I have to say, however, that the covers put me off a bit. I really don't like them. Yeah, you shouldn't judge a book by its cover but we all do it anyway. I need to get over it and have a read because I've heard SO many good things.
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
With the recent release of the final book in one of the author's other series (I think?! She's written a lot of books!) all I've heard about for weeks is Sarah J. Maas and how great her books are. I think I have a couple of old ARCs knocking about somewhere so there's no excuse, really.
The Selection by Kiera Cass
Ah, this series has appeared multiple times in my life and yet I still haven't started it. I got a review copy of the first book when it first came out, and it lived under my bed for years, forgotten, until I had a clear out and off to the charity shop it went. A few months later, I was on a book buying spree, thought it looked good, and bought another copy. I'm not known for being sensible...
Colleen Hoover's books
I haven't named a specific series because, seriously, Colleen Hoover has a LOT of books. Where to start? I bought Slammed a while ago but I'm not sure if that's the best one to read first. Someone help?
Lux by Jennifer L. Armentrout
I'm reaaaally not a fan of this cover. Knowing it's on my blog is actually making me cringe. However, it sounds pretty good and, again, this is an author with a ridiculously huge readership and yet I've never read anything by her. In my opinion, life's too short to see everyone loving a series and not even giving it a go yourself. This may or may not be a liiiittle hint to anyone who still hasn't read anything by Cassandra Clare. Come on, people.
I think the reason I haven't read the books in this post is because it's so time-consuming and financially crippling to become invested in a long series, never mind seven of them. Don't get me wrong, I love that moment when you find yourself in the middle of a book series and loving life, but the idea of actually diving in is daunting; a bit like when it's boiling hot and you're on the beach but you're wary of actually going in the water because you know you'll freeze to death instantly. That's England for you.
Have you read any of these? Where should I start?