Top Ten Tuesday: The Dust Collectors

Tuesday is back which means it’s time for another TTT. Tuesday is the best day of the week because us bloggers get to make A LIST! There is no greater joy. If you don’t know, Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted over at The Broke and the Bookish and each week there is a new theme. According to this theme you create a list of 10 books and flail about for a little bit. Sounds perfect, right?


Now this week’s theme is actually to do with music – but guess what? That’s right, I’m not doing it. Call me rebellious seeing as this is the second week in a row where I’ve done my own thing but OH WELL. Whilst I do listen to music I don’t give it all that much time, so trying to come up with a post for the actual theme required waaay too much effort. And seeing as 90% of my listening habits involve me wailing along to Disney, it doesn’t leave much room for imagination (ya know, seeing as they’re already books/movies, etc).

SO. Instead I’m doing an old topic:

Top Ten Series I’d Like to Start, but Haven’t Yet

Now I did do something a little similar a while back but it was a while back and I have new series that I need to get a wriggle on with. This list is in no particular order – I’d like to get around to each of these as much as the others. Let’s start counting!

Series I Need to Read 2


The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

The Pillars of the Earth Duology
Can we all just take a minute to appreciate that I managed to hold both of these hunkers up with ONE hand? Thank you, thank you.

First book in the series: The Pillars of the Earth

Genre: Historical Fiction (medieval), Classics
Author: Ken Follett
Published: February 2002 {1st pub. 1989}
Publisher: NAL Trade
Pages: 973 {paperback}

Number of books in the series: 2

The spellbinding epic set in twelfth-century England,The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of the lives entwined in the building of the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has ever known—and a struggle between good and evil that will turn church against state, and brother against brother. {continued on Goodreads}

Goodreads summary

This series has come to my attention more recently than not – I’ve always sort of wanted to read it but now I really want to read it. I’m going to England in July and a friend of mine said that if I was familiar with this story there was an actual cathedral in Salisbury that the series was based off. So of course that provided plenty of motivation for me to read at least book one before I go. It’s a huge one, but I think it’ll be great.



Starbound by Amie Kaufman

These Broken Stars

First book in the series: These Broken Stars

Genre: Young Adult, Sci-Fi, Romance
Author: Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
Published: December 2013
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Pages: 374 {paperback}

Number of books in the series: 3 + novellas

Luxury spaceliner Icarus suddenly plummets from hyperspace into the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive – alone. Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a cynical war hero. Both journey across the eerie deserted terrain for help. Everything changes when they uncover the truth. 

Goodreads summary

I’ve owned this book for quite a while and I know it’s a popular series but I just haven’t picked it up. This is a typical victim of the I-Own-Too-Many-Books syndrome. I’m almost certain that I will like this when I read it so hopefully I’ll get around to it soon!



Temeraire by Naomi Novik

His Majesty's Dragon

First book in the series: His Majesty’s Dragon

Genre: Fantasy (dragons), Historical Fiction
Author: Naomi Novik
Published: March 2006
Publisher: Del Rey
Pages: 353 {mass market paperback}

Number of books in the series: 9 + novellas

Aerial combat brings a thrilling new dimension to the Napoleonic Wars as valiant warriors ride mighty fighting dragons, bred for size or speed. When HMS Reliant captures a French frigate and seizes the precious cargo, an unhatched dragon egg, fate sweeps Captain Will Laurence from his seafaring life into an uncertain future – and an unexpected kinship with a most extraordinary creature. Thrust into the rarified world of the Aerial Corps as master of the dragon Temeraire, he will face a crash course in the daring tactics of airborne battle. For as France’s own dragon-borne forces rally to breach British soil in Bonaparte’s boldest gambit, Laurence and Temeraire must soar into their own baptism of fire.

Goodreads summary

This book sounds ridiculously cool. I have no idea why I haven’t picked it up yet because it’s everything I could ever asked for in a book. HISTORY + DRAGONS. Life doesn’t get any better than that, it doesn’t. The greatest thing, of course, is the fact that this is a really long series, *throws confetti*.



The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer


First book in the series: Cinder

Genre: Young Adult, Sci-Fi (dystopia), Fantasy (fairy-tale retelling)
Author: Marissa Meyer
Published: January 2013 {1st pub. January 2012}
Publisher: Square Fish
Pages: 387 {paperback}

Number of books in the series: 4 + novellas

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. {continued on Goodreads}

Goodreads summary

I think it’s pretty obvious why I want to read this one. My excuse for not reading it is because I don’t own a copy of it. Every time I decide to buy it I always get distracted with something else so I still am waiting to get around it to. I think I’m going to 100% love the series once I start.



The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

Queen of the Tearling

First book in the series: The Queen of the Tearling

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Author: Erika Johansen
Published: July 2014 {1st pub. October 2013}
Publisher: Bantam
Pages: 512 {paperback}

Number of books in the series: 3

Kelsea Glynn is the sole heir to the throne of Tearling but has been raised in secret by foster parents after her mother – Queen Elyssa, as vain as she was stupid – was murdered for ruining her kingdom. For 18 years, the Tearling has been ruled by Kelsea’s uncle in the role of Regent however he is but the debauched puppet of the Red Queen, the sorceress-tyrant of the neighbouring realm of Mortmesme. On Kelsea’s 19th birthday, the tattered remnants of her mother’s guard – each pledged to defend the queen to the death – arrive to bring this most un-regal young woman out of hiding…

Goodreads summary

I bought this book back in July when I was in Ireland (and went on a crazy book buying rampage through Waterstones) and I’M SO KEEN to get to it. In all fairness it’s ‘only’ been on my shelf for about six months . . . and that’s pretty great by Kirstie standards. Nonetheless, I’ve heard literally nothing but good things about this so I’m ready to take the dive. I am.



Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

Vampire Academy Series
At this rate I’m going to have one muscly arm from holding all these books.

First book in the series: Vampire Academy

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy (paranormal)
Author: Richelle Mead
Published: November 2013 {1st pub. August 2007}
Publisher: Razorbill
Pages: 332 {paperback reprint edition}

Number of books in the series: 6 + novellas

Only a true best friend can protect you from your immortal enemies . . . 

Lissa Dragomir is a Moroi princess: a mortal vampire with a rare gift for harnessing the earth’s magic. She must be protected at all times from Strigoi; the fiercest vampires – the ones who never die. The powerful blend of human and vampire blood that flows through Rose Hathaway, Lissa’s best friend, makes her a dhampir. Rose is dedicated to a dangerous life of protecting Lissa from the Strigoi, who are hell-bent on making Lissa one of them. {continued on Goodreads}

Goodreads summary

This is a series that everyone else in the entire universe seems to have read but me. After Twilight I sort of went off vampire books for a while – I don’t know why, because I loved Twilight, but during that phase of EVERY new book being either about Vampires of Werewolves I just couldn’t do it. But I think I’m up for the challenge. These books are actually my sister’s copies but I do own the first two in the spin-off series, which I mistakenly bought thinking they’d be lovely standalones. According to my friends, though, I just have to read the series in order. Harrumph.



Matched by Ally Condie

Matched Trilogy
Didn’t even drop them once. High-five to me.

First book in the series: Matched

Genre: Young Adult, Sci-Fi, Dystopia
Author: Ally Condie
Published: June 2011 {1st. pub. November 2010}
Publisher: Penguin
Pages: 366 {paperback}

Number of books in the series: 3

On her 17th birthday, Cassia meets her match. Society dictates he is her perfect partner for life. Except he’s not. In Cassia’s society, officials decide who people love. How many children they have. When they die. But, as Cassia finds herself falling in love with another boy, she is determined to make some choices of her own.

Goodreads summary

I managed to get this entire series very cheap off Gumtree but haven’t actually read them yet. I’ve read Atlantia by Condie and was so-so about that one so I haven’t been super eager to jump into these ones. I’ve also heard that this series basically just gets worse from book one onwards. But I shall make my own decision about that! I think I’ll need to just block off a week in the future to marathon the entire thing.



Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Red Rising

First book in the series: Red Rising

Genre: Young Adult, Sci-Fi (dystopia)
Author: Pierce Brown
Published: January 2014
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Pages: 382 {paperback}

Number of books in series: 3

Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations. Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children. But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. {continued on Goodreads}

Goodreads summary

I very almost didn’t buy this book when I did – for starters I got it from an independent book store and those things are expensive, sheesh. But I threw caution money into the wind and got it anyway. This series sounds like so much fun so I really need to get onto it. Plus I believe the final book in the series has just been released – marathon anyone? *waggles eyebrows*.



Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson

The Final Empire

First book in the series: The Final Empire

Genre: Fantasy (epic)
Author: Brandon Sanderson
Published: October 2009 {1st pub. July 2006}
Publisher: Gollancz
Pages: 647 {paperback}

Number of books in the series: 7 + novellas

In a world where ash falls from the sky, and mist dominates the night, an evil cloaks the land and stifles all life. The future of the empire rests on the shoulders of a troublemaker and his young apprentice. Together, can they fill the world with colour once more? {continued on Goodreads}

Goodreads summary

I own a Brandon Sanderson book and have not read it. These books are amazing,  I know that for a fact without even needing to read them. Enough said.



Halo by Alexandra Adornetto

Halo Trilogy
Again with the holding – well done me.

First book in the series: Halo

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy (paranormal, angels), Romance
Author: Alexandra Adornetto
Published: August 2010 {1st pub. January 2010}
Publisher: HarperCollins {Angus & Robinson imprint}
Pages: 485 {paperback}

Number of books in the series: 3

Nothing much happens in the sleepy town of Venus Cove. But everything changes when three angels, Ivy, Bethany and Gabriel are sent from heaven to protect the town against the gathering forces of darkness. They work hard to conceal their true identity and, most of all, their wings. {continued on Goodreads}

Goodreads summary

I bought this whole series together in a sale with the intentions of marathoning the whole lot really soon. Frustratingly, however, that has not happened. For one reason or another I never seem to get around to them and I really want to! Soon, I’m sure it will happen soon.



Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott

Fire and Flood

First book in the series: Fire & Flood

Genre: Young Adult, Sci-Fi
Author: Victoria Scott
Published: March 2014 {1st pub. February 2014}
Publisher: Chicken House
Pages: 366 {UK paperback}

Number of books in the series: 2

Tella’s brother is dying. He’s got cancer, and Tella is helpless to save him. Or so she thought. When an invitation arrives for Tella to compete in the Brimstone Bleed, a deadly competition that will lead her through treacherous jungle and scorching desert, she doesn’t think twice. Because the prize is a cure to any illness. But Tella will be facing more than just the elements.

Goodreads summary

I don’t actually remember when or why I bought this (apart from the fact it sounds amazing) but this is probably the number one book on my shelf that I tell myself I’m going to read next. It has definitely been sitting on my shelf for over a year now. This year will be the year, I just know it! You’ve got to admit the covers for this series are just the prettiest things (and you should see the spines).



Unremembered by Jessica Brody


First book in the series: Unremembered

Genre: Young Adult, Sci-Fi, Romance
Author: Jessica Brody
Published: February 2014
Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books
Pages: 304 {paperback}

Number of books in the series: 3 + novellas

The only thing worse than forgetting her past . . . is remembering it.

When Freedom Airlines flight 121 went down over the Pacific Ocean, no one ever expected to find survivors. Which is why the sixteen-year-old girl discovered floating among the wreckage—alive—is making headlines across the globe. {continued on Goodreads}

Goodreads summary

This cover. Wow. I think this is one of my favourite cover designs on my shelf. It’s just so cool! This series sounds a lot like Day of the Triffids which is totally what had me intrigued in the first place. I’m hoping to read this one very soon and then I’ll be able to continue with the rest of the series. I doubt that this will let me down, I mean, how could it with a cover like that?


And there we go, my list of shamefulness because I should have read so many of these already! I know I totally did 12 instead of 10 things, but who cares, really? All of these books I’m sure are amazing so I cannot wait to get around to them!

Do you recommend I read any of these before the others?
What’s a series you’ve been meaning to read for ages?

Series I need to read

Let me know in the comments below!

 End Note

~~ Kirstie ~~


23 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: The Dust Collectors

  1. 12 different series?!? And you already own most of them!? You must be addicted to buying books you probably won’t read for a while — we’re kindred spirits, you and I!

    The only one I have read completely is the Mistborn series. I am the HUGEST Brandon Sanderson fan. He’s coming to my city on the 25th and I’m freaking out a lot. Yes, Mistborn is good. But The Stormlight Archive is masterful. Unfortunately, the books are 1000+ pages each, so that turns many people off. But not me!

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    1. Oh goodness that is a lot of pages!! I love buying books – this is a lifetime’s worth of snatching them up at a good price, and to be fair I only own the first in the series of a lot of these. Got to have something to look forward too!

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  2. YESSS YOU MUST READ RED RISING!! It is violently glorious and plot twisty and kind of feels stabby. Lots of stabby actually and I may have shrieked at the book more than once. *nods* OHOH And I really loved the Lunar Chronicles. They are a definitely must eat. And I’m here admiring your strength to hold up all those VA books. XD I haven’t read them yet either….not 100% sure if I will or not?! But I see them second hand all. the. time. at library sales, so I’ll probably pick up a copy eventually just out of curiosity!
    Thanks for stopping by @ Paper Fury!

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    1. Okay, okay I will read Red Rising very soon if it’s that amazing then!! Haha a ‘must eat’, well if you put it that way … I feel like I’m going to have to buy the whooole series at once to gobble them all up. The VA is such a strange series like that, 90% of the reason why I want to read them is because everyone else has! I think they definitely deserve a go 🙂


  3. Read the lunar chronicles first in my opinion even though it is a longer series it is really good so definitely worth it.

    Queen of the Tearling is great but you need to be in the mood for a slower paced court politics book.

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    1. Yes ma’am! I feel so out of the loop having not read them – and I just saw that she’s writing another series (coming out in 2017?) that takes place after the events of The Lunar Chronicles – I MUST CATCH UP.

      Ah! That’s good to know, I will have to make sure I have a steady supply of tea ready for when I start reading Tearling then!

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  4. I’d love to give you recommendations but I haven’t read any either. But I’ve got Ken Follett and tearing in my list as well. And you bought all of them? You’re so like me. I’ve got two bookcases full.

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    1. Yup – I recently bought a second bookshelf and it’s filling up swiftly. What can I say? Haha 🙂 The Ken Follett books are family books as are the Vampire Academy, but yes the rest I’ve bought over time. It’s times like these when I wish I could read faster!!

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