Bandwagon Books I Want to Jump On!

Greetings readers!

We all know there are some books that we say we are going to read and then months, perhaps even years go by and we still haven’t read them. I especially have this problem with super hyped books. For example, I only started reading the Throne of Glass series  because I heard  so much buzz around it, and that was two years ago, when Queen of Shadows came out (the fourth book). Not to mention, I didn’t actually get into reading until my early teens so I missed a whole lot of old hyped series and because I am that inefficient, I’m missing out on a lot of new hyped series!

The Bandwagons Series is what I call them. There are a lot out there, that out of the blue I just feel like jumping onto them…but I lack serious motivation to do so.

So why not list them all out for you. Clearly I like to share my inefficiencies with you all!

The Percy Jackson series…actually the whole Rick Riordan Franchise!

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)

via Goodreads

Ever since middle school I have been eyeing these. Then the movie came out and well I set my eyes on Logan Lerman (hello!), but I never got around to picking up the books. Plus, some boy in my class had the audacity to say that I should read Percy Jackson because it rules and Narnia drools. No. You don’t say that to me. I immediately knocked them off my list. Him and the books, for a short while.

But lately, my urge to read them has resurfaced and with all the other companion series…I just really want to jump on this bandwagon. I want to get all the inside jokes!

The Shatter Me Series by Taherah Mafi

Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1)

via Goodreads

No I haven’t read these ones either. My cousin did and she did throw the books in my face and yelled at me to read them…but I haven’t. Now that new additions are being added, I kind of want to get in on this action too.

Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss

The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1)

via Goodreads

Two words:

Epic Fantasy

I’m alllllllll for it. I’ve heard endless praise for it by my favourite BookTuber Regan @PeruseProject and I have seen so many raving reviews! Plus and anniversary edition of this just came out and it looks gorgeous!!! Just give me all the pretty epic fanatsies!!!

Mara Dyer Trilogy by Michelle Hodkin

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #1)

via Goodreads

I saw this one a lot of Tumblr and boy oh boy does Tumblr make it seem intriguing. Not to mention all the hype surrounding this and the new companion series about this Noah person. I know there are mixed reviews about this series, but it really does sound interesting and I want to get in on all the inside jokes…………………….(that’s basically my reason for everything.)

The Remnant Chronicles by Mary E. Pearson

The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles, #1)

via Goodreads

I actually almost bought this book. Then I saw that it was a love triangle or as people say “love triangle” (which putting it in air quotes I think kind of gives the secret reveal away…but I’m not 100% on what that secret revelation is, though I have good faith that I am right.) ANYWAYS…past the love triangle, I have heard incredible things about the characters especially the MC and although I think the titles and covers are kind of cheesy, I shall not remake the same Winner’s Trilogy mistake. (i.e. I shouldn’t judge the covers…or title)

PLUS…there is a companion series coming out so…….*geez Rendz let’s just keep elongating this list with the companion series*

The V.E. Schwab Train

A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic, #1)

via Goodreads

Self-explanatory really. I haven’t read a single Schwab book, I missed her signing here in Toronto because I hadn’t read any of her books AND I am missing out on a lot of epic fantasy and intrigue and pain.

Shame on me.

(And it was announced that there will be companion novels…)

The Cinda Williams Chima Bonanza

The Demon King (Seven Realms, #1)

via Goodreads

Again, Regan made me list all her books on my TBR. More epic fantasy. And yes there are companion series. *Rendz you have a problem*

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

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You know me. I have put off this series for a long while. (After jumping on the ToG bandwagon and heading down a bumpy road, I lost faith in SJM) I actually said I wouldn’t read them and then I said I would and then I wouldn’t and just………I will. I bought the books, so I kind of have to. I will be 100% honest that I only bought the series because Indigo had a beautiful fan art edition of ACOWAR, and I liked the art so yeah…Otherwise I’m not too excited. I do want to get the inside jokes and all the memes and stuff (and you know it’s also getting companion novels) but like I can wait a little longer.

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

via Goodreads

Yeah………this is so not going to happen. I always say “someday”, “one day”, “when I’m older and I can buy a pretty set”, yeah…….probably not.

*Dodges tomatoes*

It’s not that I’m saying the series is bad…I’m just saying it’s a bit overrated and sometimes too much hype can cause some serious set backs. I mean even the thought of all those companion novels doesn’t strike me (but sometimes it does). It’s a back and forth, “I will, I won’t, I will, I won’t etc.” I do have the inclination to watch the movies when they are on TV, but like I can’t watch the movies and not read the books, it’s sacrilegious.

So yeah people….biggest black sheep confession of the day.


Clearly there are more series I could have listed, but these are the ones that have struck me recently. There are so many bandwagons I’d like to join, but only so much time to read! Plus, all of these basically have companion novels…which apparently I’m just discovering I have a fetish for. I am very odd.

Let me know what you think? What are some bandwagon books you jumped on? What are some books you would like to jump on? Which bandwagon book should I jump on first? Has hype ever killed a book for you?

I’d love to know!

Happy reading!

~ Rendz

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48 thoughts on “Bandwagon Books I Want to Jump On!

  1. onespeculiar says:

    i too need to read the shatter me trilogy and rick riordan’s other books!! and harry potter too *shame!!* regan is my favourite youtube too and i read some of her recommendations and loved them i can’t wait to read chima’s books

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  2. bookprincessreviews says:

    Intriguing, intriguing, Rendz. I hadn’t realized you had not read Percy Jackson! ALTHOUGH THAT STUPID BOY RUINED IT FOR SURE. But seriously, I really think you would enjoy it a lot. It definitely has the funnies and the mythology is wonderful. Um, let’s see. I’m with you on Harry Potter, and I’m a clear book pusher when it comes to Schwab (SO I WANT YOU TO READ IT FIRST PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE). I am intrigued what you will think of Shatter Me, because I was so in the minority of super not liking that one. Wonderful list, and can’t wait to see what you think of the bandwagon books! ❤

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  3. kyera says:

    Ahhh I don’t even know which to recommend first? I know all the hype and love around Harry Potter are intimidating, but I promise they are worth it. I would just say don’t pressure yourself, borrow it from the library one day, don’t let anyone know you’re reading it and just enjoy it.. or don’t, without any outside influences. I’m also considering doing a re-read specifically so that I can review them (I’ve never done that for them before).

    I also have so much love for Rick Riordan’s series, but they’re definitely a writing style that I’ve found is a little bit harder for people to get into the older they get. I’ve recommended them to people (and my mom), I just think sometimes it’s hard to relate? In the first series, Percy is 11 and gets older with each book. If you’re not in middle school, it might be tougher to relate to an 11 year old. That being said, Percy is 16 in the second series and it feels much more like YA than Middle Grade. Sometimes they read the first book and say they don’t care for the series, then try series two and fall in love. But I’m obsessed with mythology and love RR’s books, so I shall definitely push them.

    And finally, Schwab. Yes, the Shades of Magic trilogy is so deep and lovely but if you’re a little intimidated by the emotions (and fantasy) I promise you’ll be hit with – you could always try the YA series by her. The Monsters of Verity, it is also really enjoyable just shorter.

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    • Reading with Rendz says:

      Okay, so I will def take your advice on HP. I have the first book in my home somewhere (it has a tacky cover but oh well) I’ll just give it a try…one day.
      As for PJ, I actually really enjoy middle grade books when I pick them up. The kid in me is still very much alive but the YA-like companion series is what has me searching for pretty boxsets and all!
      As for Schwab, I’m hoping to get her shades of magic series this winter, perhaps even This Savage Song! There is so much to choose from!

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  4. Krysta says:

    I tried to get on the Rick Riordan bandwagon, but I didn’t like The Lightning Thief, so it didn’t happen. But I really did try! I just thought it was clearly written for middle school boys, which I was not.

    I think HP is a great series because of the world building. I’m not a fan of the characterization, which I think is a little weak. (I mean..does Ron have a character? Besides “lovable sidekick?” He’s a loyal friend and I love him for it, but it seems like a lot of the characters aren’t fully dimensional.) But I still recommend the series. It’s pretty magical! 😉

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  5. Ryann the Reader says:

    First of all, EXCUSE THAT BOY FOR EVER SAYING RIORDAN IS BETTER THAN NARNIA! As someone who has read them both, I can confirm Narnia > Percy Jackson.

    I want to jump on the V. E. Shwab bandwagon, too! I’ve heard such good things about A Darker Shade of Magic, but just haven’t brought myself to actually commit to it yet.

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  6. Taiwo B. says:

    You haven’t read Harry Potter????? No words. Wow! Please do start Rick Riordan’s books. I encourage you to start with Percy’s books and not the Heroes of Olympus books (okay), the Norse gods books (meh…) or Apollo’s books (what was Rick thinking??) The Kane Chronicles are a good start too. As for the Shatter Me series, DON’T START. Lmao. That’s my opinion though. People liked it. I really hated it. A Darker Shade of Magic series is okay. I started the second but I couldn’t continue (probably because I was very confused though😂😂😂).
    I’ve added The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer to my TBR. I hope it doesn’t disappoint!

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    • Reading with Rendz says:

      Hahaha yep….I haven’t. No one in my immediate family has either. I have two cousins back home who have but like they never talk about it with me, Thanks for letting me know about the Riordan books, there are a lot and a clear starting point would be nice, so thanks! Lol don’t worry about having unpopular opinions about books, it makes for some great drama! (I love drama XD)

      Here’s to hoping lots of the books we add to our TBRs don’t disappoint lol!

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  7. Sophie @ Blame Chocolate says:

    Great list, Rendz! I can only speak for Schwab, Riordan, Pearson and Rowling. Still, from personal experience, I think getting into Percy Jackson or Harry Potter as an adult can be a bit disappointing. I loved them when I was younger, but I tried re-reading them recently and realized the spark just wasn’t there anymore. Maybe I just don’t do re-reading, or maybe I just grew out of them. Either way, it was such a heartbreaking moment! I feel grateful to have been able to get the full experience as a kid because otherwise it wouldn’t have worked for me. I hope this doesn’t happen to you, though! Would be very glad to hear it’s just as magical now as it could have been years ago 🙂
    As for the others, I totally want to jump along with you! Mara Dyer I will probably read before Halloween, as I heard it’s perfect for the season hahaha I don’t think I’ll want to read The Name of the Wind until the series is complete, though. I’ve heard the author takes forever to write the books and I don’t want to wait forever between releases…

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    • Reading with Rendz says:

      Thanks for the advice Sophie!! I can totally understand why rereading can be a little scary if you end up finding that you grew out of the story. It doesn’t mean that they weren’t important to you as a kid, so at least there is that! ❤ I totally want to jump into Mara at this time of year but no time *stress* and as for The Name in the Wind I heard about this stalling of the sequel, I think I will do what you do and wait a little before jumping in!

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      • Sophie @ Blame Chocolate says:

        Absolutely, but it still makes me want to cry a little </3
        I've started Mara and OMG I can't stop! It's so addictive and I really hope it stays that way because I'm planning to write a review on it this very week xD We'll see!
        I really hope you jump into it too so we can discuss and fangirl together (if you end up loving it too) 😀
        I think waiting it's the best option… Like I said, I rarely do re-readings and I wouldn't remember half of what I'd read in a few years time. So best to just wait and read it all in one sitting! 😉

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  8. gailthefabulaphile says:

    *gasp* You haven’t read PJO, my favorite series of all time? I always get excited when I find someone who hasn’t read them but wants to, because I love seeing their joy when they finally pick them up!

    Don’t feel bad about not reading HP. I didn’t read them until a few years after having seen all the movies. And yeah, for me they were a bit of a drier read, but that might have been just the intimidating length. Might I suggest listening to the audio books, if you’re into those? I’ve re-read them through those, and it’s easier to fly through them to me that way.

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  9. Satou Johns says:

    You know I have heard as you have so many things about Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss. I do want to read them and I have the first book, but I don’t want to read the book if the third book is not available… I don’t want to wait. I had to wait for I am number 4 and I will not do that again XD

    Maybe that is why I am a bit behind… You know, I had dodged those tomatoes too XD I did find a huge amazing and super cheap deal on a bookstore for the whole saga of Harry Potter and I read them one after the other, and I regret nothing XD I don’t think is overrated, it is not Simon Vs The Homo blabla, but it is all over the place, at the end is Harry Potter. I was hocked and so into the book for all the things that I did not know from the movies, but like those that buy 5 different editions and rereads the books a thousand times per year… nop… that wouldn’t be me XD

    I have reviews of the books and some post about Potter if you want to give it a try! :3

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