The Correct Order to Read The Shadowhunter Chronicles

For anyone who has been paying any amount of attention to my Twitter or Goodreads, it comes with no surprise when I say that I have spent the last few weeks rereading all of the Shadowhunter books alongside my friend who is reading them all for the first time.

Yes, you read that right… I’m rereading all of them. All 30,000 of them. *mumbles* well except a few short stories that I don’t really care about but just ignore that!

It is because of all of this recent rereading that I feel completely qualified, seriously I’ve dedicated weeks of my life to this, to speak on the correct order to read the many Shadowhunters books in (because yes there is 100% a right way and a wrong way to read them and you can fight me😊)

*Side note, this method applies mostly to The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices because those are the two series that people seem to have more questions about. Obviously, it should go without saying that you should probably read The Dark Artifices after The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices to avoid spoilers because of the timeline of those series.

“Eliseeee,” you say, “there’s so many books and series! What order do I read them in?” Well totally random person that I definitely didn’t just make up! The correct order is the same order I’ve been telling to people to read them in for years now and that is… Release order!

Okay so bear with me for a moment because this order can get kind of complicated so I’m going to lay out the order, then go into my reasoning for why The best order to read The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices is as follows…

-City of Bones

-City of Ashes

-City of Glass

-Clockwork Angel

-City of Fallen Angels

-Clockwork Prince

-City of Lost Souls

-Clockwork Princess

-City of Heavenly Fire

As you can see, this order involves you swapping between the two series of TMI and TID which I think is what throws a lot of people off but hear me out because this order really enhances the experience of reading the books.

First, and my favorite reason, is how you see Cassie slowly expand upon the world with every new book! You notice when she comes up with new ideas or when she sees that an idea needs to be fleshed out a little more so you slowly get more worldbuilding between the two series. The best example of this is with the evolution of Parabatai throughout the series because Alec and Jace aren’t the best example but when you see Will and Jem in TID you really understand what Cassie was going for with the idea which will get expanded upon even further with every book in the series. (Then you get to The Dark Artifices and scream over Jemma because Jemma is the only ship that matters to me right now)

On a similar note, this order allows for characters to be introduces in one series that become important in the next book of the other series. Of course, this isn’t completely necessary, but it’s still just fun to see those connections.

Now onto some more fun reasons, there are certain elements of TMI that hint towards events in TID and vice versa so it’s really fun to use one series to theorize about the other. There’s one specific element/character in TMI that I remember EVERYONE having a theory about before Clockwork Princess was released and their identity was officially revealed. And then, if you know that certain mystery, you can scream and freak out every time said character shows up in TMI, like I did! (Sorry I’m trying to keep this vague but if you were in the fandom a million years ago then you know what I’m talking about)

Speaking of screaming every time things happen… Reading Clockwork Princess and Heavenly Fire back to back is a brutal cry fest but it’s totally worth it! Both of those books are just full of tears but ooo then you can get excited every time a character from Clockwork Princess is mentioned on page in Heavenly Fire. And this isn’t even to mention the fact that certain elements that heavily hint at things in Clockwork Princess won’t come as a surprise to you and thus can’t spoil anything for you.

On the topic of spoilers, release order is the best way to read the books because it’s the order they were intended to be read in and thus you have no worries about spoilers of any kind. So basically a win-win for everyone!

And one final and exciting reason… THE REFERNCES! Every time one series references the other, you’ll notice it a lot more if you’ve just read a bit of that book and you can get all excited whenever it happens. Just ask my friends every time I’ve sent snapchats about “OMG LOOK IT’S A HERONDALE” or something on that topic.

Well that’s it for me this time! Have you read any of the Shadowhunters books? What order did you read them in? Are you excited for The Last Hours coming out this year (because I know I am!)

Welcome to 2020!

Hello, my lovely blogging buddies, guess who isn’t actually dead in a ditch somewhere! Wow I haven’t been on here in forever! I hope I didn’t miss too much 😂 Oh wait, who am I kidding? IT’S 2020! Woooo!

A new year comes with a lot of different things whether it be a look back on the previous year, goals for the upcoming year, or, in this case, a revamped blog! YES! I went through and cleaned up a few things around here and made some big changes including a whole new name and theme! I’m hoping this will give everything a new and fresh feel that will get me a little bit more excited about reading and blogging again. So, take a look around, click on the pretty buttons, and enjoy the new look! And, while you’re doing that, I figured it’d be a good time to sit back and take a look at what 2019 had in store for me.

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Why Debut Authors May Stray Away From Risk Taking

Hello my lovely reading raccoons! Today we’re gonna do a little backtracking to a topic which I wrote down on a sticky note a few months ago, but never got to writing about until now. This isn’t some super important discussion, but just a little thought experiment that popped in my head a little while ago. So, “what is this fun thought experiment?” you ask, well it’s all based around the idea of authors taking risks, and how some more popular authors get away with things in novels they would’ve never gotten away with in their debut novel. This of course leads to the trend of debut novels often being safer and less original than an author’s third, fourth, or fifth novels.

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So You’ve Found You Struggle With Blog Hopping? Here Are Some Tips To Help Fix That

AHHH GUYS I’M SORRY THAT I HAVE ABANDONED YOU FOR… *looks at calendar nervously* THE LAST TWO WEEKS… But I’m back now and I’m ready to get back into the blogging game with a fun post about *pause for dramatic effect* well why I’m such a failure as a blogger.

More specifically, I’m here to talk about why I find it hard to blog hop, and what you, and also myself, can do if you struggle making time to blog hop.

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Six of Crows Review (Summer Retrospective 2015 Edition)

Ahhhh sorry I’m lateeee! Long story short, I was doing so well with keeping up with these reads but I started painting and gosh it got me off track real fast. But now I’m back with another installment of my Summer Retrospective series (full explanation can be found HERE) and I’m ready to scream about my love for Six of Crows because guys this is my second time reading it and it’s still amazing!

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Salt to the Sea Review (Summer Retrospective 2016 Edition)

Welcome back to my second installment of my summer retrospective series! For anyone who doesn’t know, this is a weekly series where I take a look at books from years past and examine them to see if I believe they are worth the hype and praise they received. Basically, just judging how books hold up over time. You can find my full explanation of this series as well as my prospective TBR HERE. This week we will be discussing one of my favorite books from 2016. It’s a historical fiction novel, something I don’t pick up too often, but it really blew me away. And now here we are, I’ve finally reread Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys, and it’s time to answer the question: did the novel live up to my memory of it? *sobbing* yes!

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