Top Ten Tuesday- Series I’ve Been Meaning to Start But Haven’t

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish blog. This week’s topic is: Series I’ve Been Meaning to Start But Haven’t



1. The Poldark Saga by Winston Graham

I am slightly obsessed with BBC’s Poldark and am counting down the days until season 3 returns. Even though I own the first two books in Winston Graham’s series, I haven’t read them. It will be interesting to compare and contrast the books with the TV adaptation and I can’t wait to spend more time in Cornwall with Ross, Demelza, and Verity. I look forward to becoming immersed in all the epic drama of this 12 book series.


2. The Cazalet Chronicles by Elizabeth Jane Howard

I’ve heard only good things about this multi-generatational family drama series set in England. Comprised of five novels, the series begins during the interwar years and concludes in the 1950’s. Family drama + England during wartime sounds like my ideal series.  I own the first three books on Kindle and just need to find the time to start them.


3. The Oxford Time Travel Series by Connie Willis

This sci-fi quartet features time traveling history students and faculty from 2050’s Oxford University. Willis’ books are described as innovative, comedic, and jam-packed with historical details. The Oxford Time Travel series covers the plague, the Victorian era, and the Blitz. Each novel can technically be read as a stand-alone, although there are some interconnected characters and plot points. I’ve heard that Doomsday Book is heartbreaking and Blackout and All Clear are actually one long novel broken into two.

[I’ve just started reading To Say Nothing of the Dog as one of my #20booksofsummer, so I guess I can take this series off the list now!]


4. The Grantchester Mysteries by James Runcie

Grantchester is one of my favorite cozy, period drama TV series. It’s the perfect mix of mystery and quiet, mid-century English village life. I love watching the character Sidney Chambers and think I would love reading about him too. Each book is written in a vignette style with several short mysteries per book, so this seems like a fun series to dip in and out of.


5. The Emily Series by Lucy Maud Montgomery

I can’t believe I still haven’t read L.M. Montgomery’s Emily series. I love Anne with an E and can’t wait to meet Emily Starr. I know some people even prefer this series to Anne of Green Gables and I’m interested to find out if I will be one of them! These lovely Virago Modern Classics editions are certainly calling my name…


6. The Thursday Next Series by Jasper Fforde

This quirky series is set in an alternative reality in which it is possible to physically enter the world of classic novels. The series’ protagonist is Detective Thursday Next whose duty it is to police these literary worlds. In the first book she has to rescue a hostage Jane Eyre. This sounds like a fun- if slightly strange- series with a bookish theme.


7. The Chronicles of Barsetshire by Anthony Trollope

I’m ashamed to say I haven’t read anything by Trollope. As he is perhaps most famous for  his Barsetshire series, these books are probably a good place to start. I think I’ll enjoy these sprawling Victorian classics whenever I do get the chance to read them.


8. The Lord Peter Wimsey Series by Dorothy L. Sayers

This golden age crime series features an aristocratic amateur detective, Lord Peter Wimsey. Dorothy L. Sayers is a giant figure in the mystery genre and her books are  known for their strong writing. I’ve especially heard great things about Gaudy Night and the character Harriet Vane in general. I will probably pick and choose from this series as opposed to trying to read every book in order.


9. Her Royal Spyness Mysteries by Rhys Bowen

Her Royal Spyness books are cozy mysteries starring Lady Georgiana, a broke member of the British royal family who decides to earn her living by solving crimes. Set in 1930’s London, these seem like fun, light reads that come highly recommended by Fug Nation.


10. The Neapolitan Novels by Elena Ferrante

I still haven’t read this insanely popular series of Italian novels about female friendship.  I want to see what all of the hype is about but the writing style hasn’t managed to grab me so far.



Have you managed to start any of these series?


4 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday- Series I’ve Been Meaning to Start But Haven’t

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  1. Looks like we have a lot in common. I LOVE LM Montgomery’s Emily series. I’d be hard pressed to say whether or not I prefer it to Anne.

    I read The Doomsday Book several years ago. I remember I enjoyed it, but I had no idea that it was a series. I’ll have to check out the others.

    I recently started My Brilliant Friend but I put it down after about 100 pages. I think I had a similar reaction to you. Maybe I’ll try it again at some point.


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