Series I Want To Continue But Need To Re-Read First Because I Have Goldfish Brain {Top Ten Tuesday}

Hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl
Post header background: Designed by Kjpargeter / Freepik

Hi everybody, and welcome to a new Top Ten Tuesday!

Today’s topic is about books I like but can’t remember much about. Which, for me, is basically over half of all books I read over 5-6 months ago. Now, usually this isn’t much of a problem. EXCEPT when I want to read a series and there is a WHOLE YEAR or more in between books. Though I remember big lines, all the finer details and elements that make up the intricacy of the characters and plot are just… gone. And because I don’t want to lessen my reading experience, that means I need to re-read. See why I prefer binge-reading series?

Anyway, here are some examples of series which I really do want to continue, but that I first need to re-read because I have goldfish brain:

The Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson

The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson
  • Save
The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson
  • Save

All I remember from The Final Empire is an epic group of misfits planning a heist or rebellion or something, a cool magic system featuring metals and a love interest who loves reading. And that’s pretty much it.

The Dark Artifices by Cassandra Clare

  • Save
Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare
  • Save

I will scream about my love for Lady Midnight forever and will rave about the Blackthorn family to anyone who will listen. But I definitely need to re-read before I dive into Lord of Shadows. Bonus: I can do this just before the release of Queen of Air and Darkness so I don’t have to wait for the conclusion!

The To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy by Jenny Han

PS I Still Love You by Jenny Han
  • Save
Always and Forever Lara Jean by Jenny Han
  • Save

I feel like I may remember sufficiently about the first two books to start Always and Forever, Lara Jean, but on the other hand I want to re-read to refresh my memory about the amazing family dynamics and all the cute fluff and baking to really have the full reading experience again.

The Nevernight Chronicles by Jay Kristoff

Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff
  • Save

I remember loving Nevernight, despite not liking it for the first 100 or so pages. I remember lots of stabbing and an awesome shadow cat. But is that enough to continue with Godsgrave without a re-read?

The Crown’s Game duology by Evelyn Skye

The Crown's Fate by Evelyn Skye
  • Save

Another favorite read of mine, but I remember close to nothing except magic and Russia and a contest, so a re-read is definitely in order.

The Starbound trilogy by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
  • Save
This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
  • Save
Their Fractured Light by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
  • Save

These Broken Stars had my favorite trope: hate-to-love. There was also a space crash and two people ending up alone together on a different planet but more than that? I know nothing.

The Witchlands series by Susan Dennard

  • Save

I actually remember not being super impressed with Truthwitch, but thinking it had so much potential and wanting to continue. It had a great female friendship, an intriguing magic system and that hate-to-love romance I adore. But I need to re-read to continue and do I really want to to spend time re-reading a book I wasn’t THAT in love with the first time?

The Remnant Chronicles by Mary E. Pearson

The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson
  • Save
The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson
  • Save

I think this may be the worst memory loss of all. All I remember from The Kiss of Deception is what is written in the blurb.  But I do remember liking it so I still want to continue the series after a re-read!

The Falling Kingdom series by Morgan Rhodes

Rebel Spring by Morgan Rhodes
  • Save
Gathering Darkness by Morgan Rhodes
  • Save

Crystal Storm by Morgan Rhodes
  • Save
Immortal Reign by Morgan Rhodes
  • Save

Okay, I’ve read the first five books in the series and only have the last one to go. And I don’t think I want to re-read them all, but I think (I hope) I can manage with a quick re-read of Crystal Storm before starting Immortal Reign.

HAve you reAd Any of this series, And if so, are they totally worth the re-read? Do you have the same problem of forgetting all about previous books in a series?

44 thoughts on “Series I Want To Continue But Need To Re-Read First Because I Have Goldfish Brain {Top Ten Tuesday}

  1. Rissi says:

    …and as usual, I still need to read even book one of the ‘Lara Jean’ trilogy. They sure look adorable though. And Evelyn’s books have made me curious each time I see them! Someday I may just pick up a copy of “The Crown’s Game” and see what it’s all about.

    I read “These Broken Stars” years ago, and basically remember nothing about it. Except that I do think I enjoyed it! Here’s hoping if I continue the series I find it easy to follow, because right now re-reading the first book isn’t on my near bookworm horizon. 😀
    Rissi recently posted…Murder on the Orient Express (2017) – Big-Screen Agatha Christie Remake Lines up Stars and SuspectsMy Profile

    • Lindsey Habets says:

      I do hope you’ll love the Lara Jean trilogy! And The Crown’s Game of course 🙂
      Glad to hear I’m not the only one who doesn’t remember much frrom These Broken Stars! I don’t mind re-reading, but sometimes I just don’t want to spend time on that when there are other books also fighting for my attention 🙂

  2. Greg says:

    I haven’t read any of these but the Truthwitch and falling Kingdoms series are both on my TBR. I guess I have no excuse for not reading Falling Kingdoms since there are so many books out now, I could binge read them. Which sounds kind of fun actually. 🙂

    Great list.
    Greg recently posted…Sunday Post #229My Profile

    • Lindsey Habets says:

      Oh yes, that’s a great idea to binge read the Falling Kingdoms series now they’re all (almost) out! This is definitely a good reason to just read series all at once when they’re all released: no waiting, no forgetting 🙂

    • Lindsey Habets says:

      Ah, I wasn’t that impressed with Truthwitch myself, so maybe I’d indeed better put Windwitch on hold. Haha I know, I don’t want to re-read the first Mistborn either but I’m not sure if I can get by with what little I do remember…

  3. Eve L (Evilous) says:

    Yes you can re-read Lord of Shadows before December! I can’t wait for Queen of Air and Darkness…Lord of Shadows is everything! I am also looking to finish up the To All the Boys, Starbound and the Crowns Game series this year with one book in each left. I have been on the fence about Nevernight and Mistborn. But do plan to marathon read the Remnant Chronicles in 2018.

    • Lindsey Habets says:

      Ah I heard so many good things about Lord of Shadows, I can’t wait to read it! But I also heard the ending is a total cliffhanger so it’ll definitely be a good thing if I have the next book ready already 🙂 Hope you’ll get to all of the books you want in 2018!

  4. Suzanne @ The Bookish Libra says:

    Great spin on this week’s topic. I have goldfish brain too, which is why I almost always wait to start new series when there are at least a couple of books out. If there’s too big of a wait between books, I almost always forget everything about what I’ve read. I did just finally read Nevernight though so I’m looking forward to continuing with Godsgrave.

    • Lindsey Habets says:

      Thanks, glad to hear I’m not the only one with goldfish brain 🙂 It’s definitely a good reason to wait with starting a series until more or all books are out. Hope you’ll enjoy Godsgrave!

  5. Lauren @ Wonderless Reviews says:

    The title of this post describes my life ? honestly this is one of the reasons why I think I struggle with reading series so much. I can’t remember much about Nevernight either except that it was hardcore and Mia was a total badass. I really want to read Godsgrave but I’m worried I’ll be like confused the whole time.

    • Lindsey Habets says:

      Haha glad to hear goldfish brain is not just a me-thing 😀 And I feel the same way about Nevernight and Godsgrave! I want to read Godsgrave but I’m worried I won’t remember enough about Nevernight and it’ll ruin my reading experience. Maybe we should look up some recaps… or re-read 🙂

  6. Angela says:

    LOL at your post title! I totally sympathize. I want to finish the Starbound trilogy, but I only remember bare bones things about the first book. I know I liked it, though!

    • Lindsey Habets says:

      Thanks! And yes, I totally agree that most fantasy series are better to be read all at once! It’s what I prefer actually. But I also tend to get impatient when I REALLY want to read a book so I’ll need to work on that 🙂

  7. Rebeccah @ The Pixie Chronicles says:

    I haven’t read any of these, but OMG can I relate!! That huge long wait in between book releases is one major reason I’m so resistant to book series nowadays-because I already have little time to read as it is, and now I have to read the same book TWICE just to remember what happened!? No way, Jose. Buuuut, I am missing out on a lot of fabulous series 🙁 I should probably suck it up and deal with it. Or just wait until I’m old and the entire series is out and I can binge it in one go…
    Rebeccah @ The Pixie Chronicles recently posted…Where’s my #MEXREP at!?My Profile

    • Lindsey Habets says:

      AH yes, I totally understand! There is already so little time, and re-reading just to remember seems like a waste. But I’d definitely recommend waiting until a series is out completely and then binge-reading them, I love it 🙂

  8. Kei @ The Lovely Pages Reviews says:

    I haven’t read any of these but I really want to read Lady Midnight, I don’t know if the series is over yet but I want to binge read it instead of waiting years for it to be complete. I am excited for Clare’s new series that has nothing to do with the Shadowhunters universe that’s for sure!
    Kei @ The Lovely Pages Reviews recently posted…Top Ten Tuesday | That Awkward Moment When… You Can’t Remember The Books You’ve ReadMy Profile

    • Lindsey Habets says:

      I think it’s a great idea to binge-read the Lady Midnight series – I think the final book comes out this year somewhere 🙂 And wait, she has a new, non-shadowhunter series coming out? Must check it out now!

  9. Taylor @ taylortalksbooks says:

    Ahh I remember before I picked up Windwitch I had NO RECOLLECTION of anything that happened in Truthwitch and was so annoyed with myself (because re-reading can take a long time for me) but then Susan Dennard did a thread wrapping up all the events that happened in the first book and I felt so blessed, it was honestly a great moment ahaha ?

    Here’s my TTT if you want to give it a look:

  10. Mikaela @ The Well-Thumbed Reader says:

    Ooh, we share the Starbound Trilogy and the Falling Kingdoms series! I read These Broken Stars and started the sequel, but wasn’t in the mood for it, so I put it down…but I haven’t picked it up since. Oops. ? I binged the first three books of Falling Kingdoms, then went on to never read the others, for some reason???

    I have read Lady Midnight, but I think I remember enough to continue with Lord of Shadows! And I’m finally hoping to read Nevernight this year! ?

  11. Rebecca says:

    Yes on Mistborn! Start with that one! I really, REALLY loved that series. You might need to gloss over the first one again because there is a LOT of stuff going on.

  12. Poulami @ Daydreaming Books says:

    Well, I kind of mostly remember the stuff from the first 2 books of the Nevernight Chronicles but I wouldn’t find rereading it, though only I get time. Also, I read The Final Empire this December along with The Crown’s Game, so it’s still fresh on my mind. At least I hope so. I really hope I’ll be able to complete this series this year along with a bunch of my endless tbr…
    Poulami @ Daydreaming Books recently posted…Review: Player’s Game by Desirae Clark || Where I game in the Midst of Inconsistencies || Also, I’m Baaaack!!My Profile

    • Lindsey Habets says:

      That’s good that you remember, makes it much easier to start the next ones in the series! I’m hoping that maybe I can get by with just reading a recap, if not, I’ll have to reread 🙂

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

CommentLuv badge

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.