Hello Biblioshelf Friends,
I hope you have been having a good week. I have felt incredibly productive with work this week as well as finally getting round to finishing my OWLs exams for the Magical Readathon. I’ll be posting a Readathon Wrap soon so watch out for that one!
As we are now into May, we are kicking off a brand new Six For Sunday theme which is all about ‘showing some series love’. For those who don’t already know, Six for Sunday is a weekly list-based meme created by Steph @ALittleButALot and has a different weekly prompt based on a monthly theme.
This week’s S4S is based on Favourite Book 1s in a series – initially I thought this was going to be really hard as it’s becoming a bit of an ongoing affliction that I start a series and then never get around to buying any of the sequels. I just can’t seem to shake off! Anyway, a quick scroll through the bible that is Goodreads helped me to come up with these. All heading titles link to Goodreads!
- Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
I totally devoured this book and loved it a smudge more than the sequel Crooked Kingdom. I was a little apprehensive going into this duology as I couldn’t really understand the hype surrounding the Shadow and Bone series but I am so glad I read them that way round.
- Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C Dao
This Evil Queen retelling was just something else. I was gripped to every last word on every page. The sequel definitely had a different feel to me as the perspective changed from Xifeng in the first novel to Jade in the second. I think that’s why I preferred the first novel more.
- Everless by Sara Holland
Another fantasy where I was blown away by the first one then slightly disappointed by the sequel. I could not put Everless down, yet Evermore felt like it had lost all of the things which I had loved so much about the first one.
- Caraval by Stephanie Garber
For me this introduction to the world of Caraval was by far my favourite. It was filled with so much magic and wonder. In that first book none of us quite knew the character traits and how the game worked so everything was just that little bit more mysterious.
- Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
How on earth could the original tear-jerking starter be outdone by it’s sequels? For me, it just couldn’t. As much as I adored Lou, there just seemed to be something so final after this first book that I think I would have been happy had it just been a standalone.
- From Notting Hill With Love… Actually by Ali McNamara
The set-up of this novel was so brilliant and I thoroughly enjoyed it however when I read the others in the series, they just seemed to become slightly formulaic.
There we go, my Six For Sunday favourite firsts in the series! What have you read? What firsts in a series were your absolute favourites. Drop me a comment or leave me your link to your own Six For Sunday below!