Aug 5, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday (94)

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.

This Tuesday's theme is...

Top Ten Books For Readers 
Who Are Hesitant About Series

I've seen enough people mention their tiredness of series and everything being a part of a series to guess that this is becoming A Thing. And I get the complaints: the wait for the next book, forgetting what happened in previous books, dragging the story along, etc. But at the same time, I don't exactly get it because I LOVE series. Sometimes I finish a book and I just really, really don't want it to be over because then that's it. The End. I can't go back into the world that book presented. And while The End is harder with series, they're still great because you get to be immersed in that world for years. You get to love that world and know it and the characters and everything and you just treasure it so. And if you're tired of series or don't care to read them (or if you love them), here are ten series that might make you pro-series. (Not that there's anything wrong with standalone novels.) (And for the sake of the hype and all that, I won't mention The Twilight Saga or The Hunger Games trilogy, which are two of my favorites.)

The Morganville Vampires
I know what you're thinking: "Fifteen books?! Rachel, ARE YOU CRAZY." Only a little bit. But seriously, don't let the number of books scare you. I love this series so, so much and it is one of my absolute favorites. For fifteen books you live in Morganville with these characters and stories and it's like you KNOW THEM. It's like they're REAL. Morganville isn't just a place or a series. (Or upcoming web series.) It's home.

Throne of Glass
I have yet to read The Assassin's Blade, I liked Throne of Glass more over time, Crown of Midnight was just WHAT, and I still don't know what to say about Heir of Fire. But my gosh, THIS SERIES. It's fantasy and fantastic, and if you're not reading it then you are seriously missing out on sticking your nose in a fantasmical world (and there will be MANY BOOKS, so yesss).

Penryn & the End of Days
I don't care if you don't like or are sick of angel books. READ THIS SERIES. (Two books so far, then wait in pain for the third one). The way the story is written is simple, but the story itself is just so good. Banter, action, romance, creepy children--this has it all!

I think there's a bit of spoil in the middle here, but Light (which just happens to be one of the best series enders I've ever read) remind you why you're a fan of this series in the first place. These books are SERIOUSLY MESSED UP. But they are also SERIOUSLY GOOD.

The Mediator
This series is just SUCH FUN (and there's going to be a seventh book, SQUEE). It's about a girl who can see ghosts and helps them move on. But it's really more than that and so good and READ IT.

The Body Finder
This series is so underrated. What makes it so great it that the way it's written takes something morbid--a girl who can, in short, find bodies and their killers--and makes it not feel morbid. Plus, there is an EXCELLENT relationship. This series could really go on for forever. Violet: The Body Finder.

The Wereling
This trilogy is short and simple. But you quickly become enthralled in the story and what's going to happen to the characters. And also: WEREWOLVES.

The Lunar Chronicles
It's Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, and Snow White--with a bunch of twists. I liked the first two books, but Cress blew it out of the park and was just fantastic. If you want a series full of awesomeness and great characters, HERE, HAVE THIS.

The Wolves of Mercy Falls
This isn't exactly about werewolves. It's about people who turn into actual wolves when it's called. And even then, it's not exactly about that. This series has its problems, but when you flip through the pages and just read the writing and everything, you kind of forget about that. Because it really is lovely.

The Luxe
It's been forever since I've read these books, but I remember them being swoony good and set in a grand time: 1900. This series follows the story of several people and their ups and downs. But I must warn you: the way this series ended had me so ticked that I cried.

What series would you recommend?


  1. I loved Maisie Mosco's 5-book historical saga about two families in Manchester, England, starting in 1905 and going to the then-present day (1980s, I believe, maybe early 1990s). The last book wasn't so compelling, but the first three are amazing.

  2. I really need to check out some of these series. They've been on my radar for a while now. I want to start the Throne of Glass series soon.

  3. I'd definitely recommend the Harry Potter series, and Percy Jackson and the Olympians.
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  4. Great list, I even had one of these series on my Top Ten list :) And a lot of the other series you mention are already on my TBR list. Been a little hesitant about picking up the Morganville vampires series because of the amount of books, but maybe I will give it a shot :)

  5. I'm definitely a person who is hesitant about series. I almost never read past the first book!

    Here's my list of nonfiction you can't resist!

  6. I LOVE reading series. There's something very comforting about going back to a world you know and love. I adore The Lunar Chronicles and Penryn and the end of the Days.
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    Janhvi @ The Readdicts

  7. I love series! I would recommend anything by Cinda Williams Chima both her series are plain awesome!

  8. Oh, I really like this topic! Great idea! The only books I've read out of all of these are the first two books in the Lunar Chronicles! So, it looks like I have lots of series to start! :)

  9. The Lunar Chronicles will make everyone love a good series!
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  10. I lovee series, so I'm not really the target of your list, but some of these are series that I do want to try. Happy Tuesday :)
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  11. Oh, I like how you chose series! And most of these are ones that I want to read: Throne of Glass, The Wolves of Mercy Falls, The Luxe, The Body Finder. Love The Lunar Chronicles and Penryn and the End of Days! The wait for book 3 on PatEoD is just way too freaking long. :(



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