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19 series for me to read this winter (part 1: adult)

There’s nothing like sinking into a series in the winter. Outside it’s snowing and cold while I’m nice and cozy inside. I’m definitely a seasonal reader in that, during the summer, I prefer light-hearted quick reads since I’m typically always on the go and out and about. In the winter months, however, I’m a total hermit and take full advantage of it by staying inside and plowing through novels.

Today I have the first part in a two part post dedicated to those series I’d love to read this winter! Some will be re-reads, some are entirely new to me. For this first part I’m keeping to the adult side, while tomorrow’s post will be full of YA goodness!

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Miss Marple by Agatha Christie | 13 books + numerous short stories

It’s no secret that I pretty much worship Agatha Christie. If you’re a long-time reader of this blog, you’ve probably seen your fair share of Hercule Poirot posts here! I have yet to delve into Miss Marple and now seems like the perfect time to start. Like I mentioned above, summers are for fluffy novels, while I enjoy darker stories in the colder months. While Agatha Christie wasn’t overly gory, death is at the forefront of her books and I am definitely an armchair detective in the winter! Luckily for me, there’s also the Miss Marple television series to binge on too!

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Bill Hodges Trilogy by Stephen King | 3 books

Oh, Stephen King. I have a love/hate relationship with his work; it seems like his more classic stuff I really enjoy, while his quieter, under-the-radar novels tend to be misses. That said, I’ve heard incredible things about this trilogy from people I wholeheartedly trust. A Mercedes plows into a group of people and the killer flees. Years later, he’s back and taunting a retired cop – what’s not to love?

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Fairy Tales by Eloisa James | 5 books + side stories

Back in October, I fell in love with historical fiction. I read When Beauty Tamed the Beast, the second book in this series, and I’m still thinking of it months later! Loosely based on Beauty and the Beast, the book completely sucked me in and now I’m itching to read the others! Fairy tale retellings, swoony romances, curled up with slippers and a big blanket…that’s definitely my idea of the perfect winter night!

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Kate Shackleton by Frances Brody | 8 books (ongoing)

In February, I mentioned the first novel, Dying in the Wool in a backlist bump post. I’m a little embarrassed to say I STILL haven’t read it, though I have the entire series (rather, the 6 currently out in the US) on my shelf and waiting for me! Set in an English village in the 1920s, this mystery series features Kate Shackleton, a WWI widow-turned-amateur detective. If there was ever a series written for me, it’s this one and I can’t wait to dive in! The seventh book will be released in the US in February, so this is the perfect time for a binge sesh.

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Blackthorn & Grim by Juliet Marillier | 3 books

A fantasy series set in a magical version of ancient Ireland. Um yes please! Despite being a huge fan of fantasy, I have yet to read one of Marillier’s novels – I know, I know!! I definitely don’t have any excuses – in October I was sent a copy of Den of Wolves (and that’s the reason this series made the list instead of Sevenwaters, though I for sure am planning on reading that one too!)

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Psychic Eye Mystery by Victoria Laurie | 14 books (ongoing)

This is the series that kickstarted my cozy mystery obsession! Years ago I came across the first novel, Abby Cooper, Psychic Eye, and thought it sounded totally bonkers and just HAD to read it. A psychic-turned-amateur detective. BE STILL MY HEART. It’s absolutely fluffy, but oh so fun and I would love to get back into these books (I had read the first 8). It seems like these days Laurie is amping up her YA game, but this cozy series is one of my favorites.

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Thursday Next by Jasper Fforde | 7 books (ongoing)

Okay, so when I first discovered Fforde’s writing, I hated it. Couldn’t stand it one bit and thought he was trying WAY too hard to be zany and wacky and quirky. A few years later I gave him a second try and am so glad I did. This series follows Thursday Next, a literary detective…meaning she can go into stories. In the first book she has to save Jane Eyre after she’s kidnapped, book two features Miss Havisham and Poe. Ridiculous and fun and VERY meta.

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Dubling Murder Squad by Tana French | 6 books (ongoing)

And to end things I have yet another mystery series! This is one I’ve been hearing about FOREVER (starting with my mom, then coworkers and friends, and even bloggers). It seems like I’m the only person who has yet to read these books and I really need to fix that. Ireland, gruesome murders, books that focus on different members of the police squad. Everything about this series screams my name and I’ve been waiting for that massive blizzard to finally settle in with these books.

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