Four Popular Authors and Series That I Have Yet to Read

I have seen a post like this on a few other blogs and thought I’d try it out! There’s a lot of authors and serieses out there that I have yet to read but I thought I’d make a list of four of them that are very popular whose books I have never read! Get ready to be shocked because Phoenix is very behind on reading all of the authors that everyone else has.

1) Sarah J. Maas (Throne of Glass, ACOTAR, Crescent City)

No, your eyes hath not decievethed thou (bow down to my stellar Shakespearean English. I know, top notch). I have never read a book by Sarah J Maas.
I’m also a great liar πŸ™‚
Okay so I did read the very first book in the Throne of Glass series several years ago (smol me actually read through this book, yes). But I never tried to read the rest of the series. I think both the size of the books and the size of the series intimidated me–and from what I’ve heard goes on later in the series, I am very thankful for young me putting down those books after reading the first one.
I do not remember much of what happens in that first book and it was several years ago so I’m barely counting that. I’ve never read another book by SJM. I’ve also heard many many mixed reviews about these books and given some of the things I’ve heard…I will probably not pick them up for a while longer. There are just so many books that sound better to me that I want to read first.

2) Cassandra Clare (Mortal Instruments, Infernal Devices, Dark Artifices)

Yet another absurdly popular YA author whose books I have never read. And I’m not lying this time, I have never touched a Cassandra Clare book except maybe that time that my friend asked me to hold the book for her while she tied her shoe.
There was one time when I was interested in maybe reading them. I’d seen a lot about them and they were these giant books and a long series–just so much to read! But there are a lot of books out there and, like the SJM books, these just don’t seem like they should be my top priority of books to read. They are still giant fantasy books and there are a lot of them but…they just seem like sort of the same. The same thing that a lot of fantasy books are. More and more books are being written today that are different, that are diverse, that are just more interesting.

3) VE Schwab (Shades of Magic, Villains, Addie La Rue)

I have heard SO, SO MUCH about VE Schwab and her books and I just NEED to read them. I cannot count the number of reviews I have read of The Invisible Life of Addie La Rue and every single one of them are glowing. I actually haven’t heard as much of her other books–I think because Addie La Rue was just published and there’s a lot of hype surrounding it. But really, I’m excited to read any of Schwab’s books and will hopefully have done so by the end of the month.

4) Alice Oseman (Heartstopper, 4 individual books)

Alice Oseman is another author whose books I really need to read. Another author who I CANNOT BELIEVE I’ve never read. I have heard SO MUCH about her books. They sound awesome and adorable and SO DIVERSE and I just–I need them! I was really looking to read Loveless this year because there aren’t many books about ace/aro characters and I thought this story especially sounded really interesting since it’s sort of a self discovery story…but it’s not out in the US yet!!!!
I’ve also heard a lot about Heartstopper. So many people love it and want to read it. It sounds interesting. It sounds cute. But (*cue the gasp of everyone reading*) due to recent experiences with graphic novels that include adorable mlm ships (*cough* Fence* *cough*) I’m probably not going to pick it up.
*My recent experience with Fence was that I got so obsessed that I couldn’t really do anything else. And I really don’t want that to happen to me again because last week was not a fun week to be around Phoenix unless you ONLY wanted to talk about Fence EVER.

I was debating whether to make this a post of well known serieses* that I haven’t read but decided against it because it was mostly, well, SJM and CC. Schwab and Oseman’s books don’t really have serieses or if they do they’re not, in my opinion, as well known as the authors themselves. There are, however, a few serieses that I thought I would tell you I haven’t read just because.
*I am convinced that serieses is the plural of series and it makes sense if you think about it. The word bus, plural, is buses. The word mess, plural, is messes. For a singular noun ending in s, to make it plural you add es. You’re welcome for the grammar lesson. Maybe one day I’ll do a post on the word series. But probably not because that sounds weird.

1) Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

I’ve seen a lot about Shatter Me around, some people hate it and some people love it. I’ll probably never read it because it seems kind of big on the romance and sort of just…not the kind of book that I’d like. I’ve seen VERY mixed reviews on this, with a lot of different opinions but really, it just seems like a regular YA dystopian romance and I’ve found, especially in the recent weeks (read: after reading Fence, when my reading preferences went wack) that I don’t enjoy dystopian much any more.

2) Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Well, I’ve heard a lot about this book as well. Including the fact that this is, like Shatter Me, a typical YA dystopian romance.
From reading reviews of this book, I’m going to admit that this sounds a little better than Shatter Me. Possibly, it’s because there’s a little more action? And maybe less romance? I don’t know, I’ve never read it and most of my opinions come from this review from Sofia on goodreads. (do check it out, it’s hilarious)
But also I’ve seen a lot of reviews that say it’s just typical YA which…I’m not exactly looking for.
Also, the tropes. Not like other girls and a love triangle? No, thank you.

3) Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

Raise your hand if you are surprised that I’ve never read Twilight. After having read my thoughts on the last two books, how could you be surprised? Twilight is literally the definition of a typical YA book. In fact, this book might be the book that created the definition of a typical YA book. Which might have made it atypical when it was one of a kind. But not anymore.
Sorry, I’m not big on straight romance. Vampires sound cool but not ones in love. And just…I don’t want to read four books (five now, right?) on a girl in love.
(I will say one thing: I’ve read the first two pages of Twilight and Bella is right about the fact that Forks, Washington is in fact in the middle of nowhere. There’s nothing to do there, but the beaches are nice. And now, after Twilight is based there? Their only claim to fame is Twilight. It was EVERYWHERE.
No offense to anyone living in Forks, I’m sure that there’s plenty to do there if you live there. I mean, you cannot fall in love with a vampire around where I’m from.)

4) Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

This one I actually want to read, mostly. I’ve seen a few good reviews of it and it sounds interesting. I very recently read April Lee’s review of it on her blog and it seems like she enjoyed it! Unfortunately, it’s not very high on my tbr (I gotta get past all the VE Schwab and Alice Oseman books first!). So hopefully I’ll read it eventually. We’ll see when that happens. (*adds to long list of books to read in 2021)

Well. That was a long post that people might get angry at me for! Because these are a lot of popular authors/serieses that I know people really enjoy! If you have opinions for what I should read first of these or want to try to convince me to read one of the authors/serieses that I said I didn’t want to read, I look forwards to your arguments. I’m hard to sway.

I hope you all enjoyed this post! I always love to hear your opinion on my opinion as long as it’s respectful, so please leave a comment or two! As always, stay safe and keep on reading!


41 thoughts on “Four Popular Authors and Series That I Have Yet to Read

  1. Great post! Glad I’m not the only one who doesn’t think that Sarah J. Maas is super worth the time…I read Throne of Glass a few years back and I wasn’t a fan Β―\_(ツ)_/Β―
    Shatter Me was alright up until…book 5, I think? I HATED the romance, but book 5 just got ridiculous so I jumped ship. I DNF’d Red Queen a while ago, and I never intend on touching any of the Twilight books with a ten foot pole…but yeah, comforting to see that we share some of the same opinions 🀣

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    1. Ha ha! Yeah, there’s a lot of hype around them but they just…don’t seem interesting. Maybe one day when I have nothing else to read and want to make fun of a book (or who knows maybe I’ll really love it) but there’s just a lot of more interesting things I want to read until now.
      Ha, that’s another reason I don’t want to read Shatter Me…it’s such a long series. There are some long serieses that are good sort of but I feel like often things just get repetitive or authors run out of ideas and just want to keep writing more and it just…ew. Ha we really do share a lot of the same opinions!

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  2. Oh my goodness! I loved Shadowhunters, and since reading them Cassandra Clare has become one of my favourite authors! They’re a lot different to typical ya fantasy, and should you ever find a copy, you should totally read it. I too have not read Throne Of Glass *shame on me* but I did try reading Shatter Me and I absolutely hated it. It was just so cliche and just awfully boring. And the writing. We dont talk about that 🀧πŸ˜₯

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    1. Hmm, interesting. I’ve seen people who love them and people who hate them. They’re just so giant and there’s so many of them and obviously that means more book which is always a plus but…when there’s so much I don’t know when I’m going to have time to read them! Maybe I’ll give them a try someday.
      Ha, well, I think there’s many more interesting books to read than ToG. Yeah I’ve heard that a lot
      about Shatter Me. It looks super uninteresting to me, I don’t want to try it.


      1. Hm, Shatter Me is really boring, and it gave me an awful book slump. Yeah, the books are quite long, but they’re totally worth it! Especially The Infernal Devices 😍😍😍

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  3. Great post! I’m glad I’m not the only one out of the loop with Twilight. I have so many authors I’m yet to check out their work, and then at the same time there are also so many debut authors I also want to check out, the never ending tbr

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  4. I would just like to take a moment to appreciate the brilliance of that Shakespearian lingo πŸ˜‚
    I have not read anything by Cassandra Clare, VE Schwab, or Alice Oseman either. Most of all from that list I want to read some books by Alice Oseman because I have hear excellent things about them. I have read ACOTAR and I was not a fan. I succumbed to the hype a couple of weeks ago and was very underwhelmed by the series that so many people were screaming about. At least I understand the references *shrug*
    Shatter Me lowkey terrifies me because it is so looong. I swear every time I check a new book gets added to the series like a creepy book hydra. I will not touch Twilight… ever. So the cliff notes version of this very rambling comment is I have not read any of these except Stalking Jack the Ripper and dabbled in acotar
    I hope that you’ll like Stalking Jack the Ripper when you get to it. Its a great series that only gets better as it goes on. Happy reading!

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    1. Ha ha ha yeah I don’t know what was going on with my mind that day, I just…decided to spice it up a bit.
      Yeah, I’ll hopefully get to Oseman soon…ah, good to know that you didn’t like ACOTAR. I feel like I have FOMO, like ‘what if the book is actually good and I’m not reading it???’
      ITS SO LONG. I don’t like serieses like that because they just…never end. It’s not like an author’s going to come up with a new and unique idea each time! I mean maybe they do but…unlikely. I don’t want to read however many books there are of the same exact thing. Yeah, Twilight’s just a no no.
      I hope I enjoy Stalking as well! (maybe I should have written out the whole title because saying I hope I enjoy stalking is just weird).

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      1. most of the times when i think “but what if it’s good” on a book that isn’t normally in my wheelhouse i don’t actually like it that much. also the hype surrounding certain books also totally destroy my expectations and probably affect my enjoyment as well.
        RIGHT?! like how do you keep going for that long?? there has to be new characters introduced or something? i’ve never read them so i can’t say for sure but i find it hard to believe that i would be invested for how ever many books it is eeee
        best of luck with Stalking lol

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      2. Hmm that’s actually a good point. Yeah I feel like hype sometimes destroys opinions. I read a few popular books before I really got into the reading community (that is, interacting with other readers) which was actually nice because I didn’t know about the hype (I still enjoyed them though).
        Aaaaah I know. KOTLC is kinda like that, and I feel like the plot is sorta the same in every book but there are new situations…I am amazed with Shannon Messenger’s abilities. It’s gotta end eventually!
        Lol thanks.


  5. lovely post!! i read the first book of twilight, but it just wasn’t for me!! i couldn’t dnf it in the middle, because i just can’t leave stuff, and my brain keeps telling me to finish it, but twilight wasn’t worth it!! some of cassandra clares books are really good, so if you get the chance, you should read them!! but i LOVED throne of glass so so much, and i know sarah j maas is kinda problematic (😭), but throne of glass is definitely one of my favourites!! i suggest you start with assassins blade (a novella), and then move on to finish the rest of the series – i did it like that, and it helped me understand so many of the later cameos!! also just a heads up, assassins blade completely broke my heart 😭❀ i get that ToG is super long – 8 books (all 800 – 1,000 pages)!! but they’re all worth it!! i loved reading this, phoenix πŸ™‚πŸ’™

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    1. Aaah yeah, I can never DNF a book in the middle either! But it really does not sound good.
      Ha, okay, I’ll try….I just feel like there are so many books out there that are better or at least sound more interesting to me and I would rather read them! I’ll probably end up reading TOG when I’m old and have nothing else to do ha ha. Oh my gosh, that’s a lot of pages.
      Thanks for stopping by!

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  6. i haven’t read a lot of these books either, so you’re not alone! i haven’t read a single sjm book and i honestly don’t plan on it, so i don’t feel like i’m missing out on much haha. alice oseman wrote one of my favorite books of all time (radio silence) and i really enjoy her writing style, so i hope you get around to reading her!! ❀

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  7. I haven’t read a lot on this list either haha! But a popular book I haven’t read (and probably never will read) is A deadly education! It sounds so good tbh so it’s really a shame, but I’ve heard of some problematic things happening in it so nope, I’ll pass, haha!

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  8. Ooh thank you for sharing Phoenix! Ahh I’m never going to read Twilight haha… I’m really excited for you to try VE Schwab, I’ve only read Addie LaRue but it was amazing and ended up in my snagging all of her other books! Don’t worry, apart from SJM and VE Schwab, I haven’t read any of the authors here!

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      1. So in book 1 rhys does a bunch of things to feyre without her consent. Then in book 2 he tells her that he did those things to protect her. Then there are a bunch of unnecessary explicit scenes.

        But rhys didn’t write himself. Sjm did. Idk what goes on in her head.

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      1. haha it’s not a problem at all! If you know any good series, feel free to recommend them to me. However, I’ve heard Sara J Maas books are like 900 pages. I prefer shorter books, so I guess that also is a factor in terms of fantasy novels.

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  9. Good question! I usually read anywhere from 250pg to 400pg. The longest I’ve ever read is 520 pages I think. It was The Gentleman’s Guide To Vice and Virtue. It’s a great book! Genres….contemporary, philosophy, and romance. I usually read YA novels, but a couple of years ago I was into older adult novels with heavier topics. Now I just like to chill when I read, not bawl my eyes out. (Although that does happen sometimes hahaha.)

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