Top Ten Tuesday: Series Currently Reading

TTT Top Ten Tuesday The Book Wars


I am going to interpret this question to include series that I am waiting for the next release in, even if I am not reading any of its component books at this exact moment.

  1. The Old Kingdom books by Garth Nix. October (and Goldenhand) feels very far away.
  2. The Lion Hunters cycle by Elizabeth Wein. There is no good reason that the world and the author are still waiting for the publication of the newest book in this marvellous series.
  3. The Queen’s Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner. O where is Costis during A Conspiracy of Kings, we ask, and pine away for lack of an answer.
  4. Ms. Marvel by G. Willow Wilson, Takeshi Miyazawa, Adrian Alphone, and Nico Leon. Kamala Khan is the superhero I would want to hang out with.
  5. Lumberjanes by Shannon Watters, Grace Ellis, and Noelle Stevenson. I wish my Girl Guide camping trips had been like theirs.
  6. Gotham Academy by Brendan Fletcher, Bechy Cloonan, and Karl Kerschl. The team is so much fun to hang out with, and Maps is who I want to be when I grow up. There is a crossover between Gotham Academy and Lumberjanes that I am hoping very hard will be released as a volume. Oh! You know what would be the best? If there was a crossover between Gotham AcademyLumberjanes, and Ms. Marvel. That would be beyond amazing.
  7. The Water and the Wild books by K. E. Ormsbee. Does the series have a title yet? Anyway, The Doorway and the Deep is coming out in October! October is good month.
  8. The Shades of London by Maureen Johnson.
  9. The Delilah Dirk books by Tony Cliff, because I haven’t got my hands on the second one yet.
  10. The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow by Katherine Woodfine, for the same reason.


This topic is a bit of a challenge for me because I don’t typically read a lot of series – I have the attention span of a gnat, so a storyline has to be pretty darn engaging to hold my attention through multiple volumes. I read a lot of picture books in my role as a children’s librarian, but my recreational reading tends to focus on adult novels, most of which are stand-alone titles. I do read a few different mystery series, but they’re not particularly kid-friendly (Nordic noir, anyone?), so I won’t be including them in this list.

1.Disgusting Critters – Elise Gravel. The Disgusting Critter series by Canadian author/illustrator Elise Gravel blends interesting facts and funny illustrations to create a fun, kid-friendly nonfiction series. I’ve used other titles in this series with my Early Readers Book Club, and I can’t wait to add Gravel’s newest book, The Toad, to my collection.

2.Orca Footprint – Various Authors. From Victoria-based Orca Books, this fantastic nonfiction series introduces young readers to different global environmental issues. Each title in the series is filled with beautiful, eye-catching colour photographs, and shares complex information in a way that’s straight-forward but never condescending. Titles in the series include Every Last Drop: Bringing Clean Water Home and What’s the Buzz?: Keeping Bees in Flight. I’ve read most of the titles in the series, but there are still one or two that I need to get my hands on, and I hope they keep adding new titles!

3. The Blackthorn Key – Kevin Sands. SO GOOD. An apothecary’s apprentice is thrown into a race against time and must solve a mystery to save the world. Great characters, great story, great setting, AND an exciting new Canadian author! Can’t wait for the rest of this series – no pressure, Mr. Sands….


Unlike Jane, I’m reading MANY series. In fact, I have counted and they are, I’m not joking, somewhere around 80. Which is not really my fault. I mean, every time I read a book, it ends up being part of a series and when I enjoy a book, I tend to read the sequel. Here are the ones ongoing I enjoy the most:

  1. Lady Helen – Alison Goodman
    The Dark Days Club 
    was very very good and I can’t wait to see how the story progresses. This series is very interesting in that it straddles the fence between adult and YA and though it is marketed almost exclusively as YA, I believe that it might lean more towards the adult side of the fence. Its treatment of the stories, the characters and the strategies the author takes to narrate the story is very interesting. I want to go back and reread the first book.
  2. Shades of Magic by V. E. Schwab
    The first one in the series didn’t do anything for me but I persisted and tried out the second one and bam! I really want to know how this story will be resolved.
  3. Friday Barnes: Girl Detective by R. A. Spratt
    Friday is just so delightful. I can’t wait for the sequel to be honest.
  4. Charlotte Holmes by Brittany Cavallaro
    I hope the sequel does not let me down.
  5. Uncommon Magic by R. J. Anderson
    The sequel to this is coming sooooooon!

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