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 🙂
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 LITERALLY CANNOT BELIEVE I HAVEN’T READ A VE SCHWAB BOOK YET.
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!