Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Top Ten Most Exciting and Completely Absorbing Series

I'm participating in today's Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  This week's prompt is a freebie (pick your own topic) so I decided to go with:

Top Ten Most Exciting and Completely Absorbing Series

When I was pregnant with my daughter I ran into some pretty scary pregnancy complications and ended up on bedrest for three months.  Our story has a happy ending and our daughter was born safely and is now a healthy and happy little one-year-old, but during those three months of doing nothing but lay around I spent a LOT of time reading.  Like, more than usual.  Which, for me, is a LOT.  I really needed some exciting and absorbing series to read, not only because I was bored out of my freaking mind, but because I was constantly and extremely worried about the well-being of my unborn child, and that kind of stress wasn't helping anyone.  I needed the escapism element of absorbing series as much as I needed something to do.  Happily, several of these series kept me going.  I now recommend them to you!  Enjoy:

10. The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
If you're a human being between the ages of 9-99, chances are you've already read these once.  Read them again.  They're just as entertaining the second time as they are the first.  (And the fiftieth...)

9. The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins
Just had to get these first two series out of the way.  They're an obvious choice for this week's prompt, but for good reason!  You'll never be able to put these down, and they'll fully distract you from whatever you need distracting from.

8. The Graceling trilogy by Kristin Cashore
One of the best YA fantasy series out there, IMO.

7. A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin
These books are VERY hefty and VERY dark, so if you want something uplifting go somewhere else.  If you're not so picky, you'll be dumbstruck at Martin's incredible characterization and world-building.

6. The Under the Never Sky trilogy by Veronica Rossi
Fast paced and action packed, this series will definitely keep you entertained.

5. The Divergent series by Veronica Roth
You might hate how it ends like I did, but Roth knows how to spin a good action sequence, I'll give her that.

4. The Grisha series by Leigh Bardugo
Two words: The Darkling.

This isn't exactly a series, but there are SIXTY-SIX of her detective novels available, for goodness sake.  That'll keep you busy FOR A WHILE.

So delightfully entertaining and exciting, you'll wish for another series to be set in this world the second you finish The Bitter Kingdom.

1. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
A cyborg Cinderella?  A vicious Lunar Queen? A roguish street fighter?  CHECK.

What would you add?


  1. I had never heard of The Girl of Fire and Thorns, but it sounds super interesting! I need to get back into reading fantasy texts, as I've been leaning towards contemporary texts for the last couple of years, and this sounds like one I definitely will pick up when I do! Great list! :)

    - Miss Inga Page.

    1. I feel like contemporary books have enjoyed greater popularity over the past couple of years, which is great, but some great fantasy series get overlooked in all the contemporary hype. Girl of Fire and Thorns is definitely one of those series! It's fantastic, with a remarkable heroine, unique world building, and a really engaging and exciting plot. I definitely recommend checking it out, if you're in the mood for a fantasy!!

  2. Great picks! They makes me realize there some really wonderful books out there and I should read more. I'm mostly glad you mentioned Agatha Christie because I rarely hear people give her the recognition she deserves. :)

    1. I'm a huge Agatha Christie geek. I've loved her books since I was a kid. I'll definitely recommend her more on here, because I don't want younger generations to miss out on such a talented author! Long live murder mysteries! :)

  3. Great topic! I am currently reading the Lunar Chronicles and I am loving it. Harry Potter, The Hunger Games and Under the Never Sky are three of my favourite book series. I can't wait to start Shadow and Bone, I've heard so many amazing things about that one. Here's my post, I decided to go with my favourite mind-blowing book endings.

    1. So jealous that you're about to start the Grisha series! Just in time for the last book to be released too. I'm excited to check out your list! Heading there now... :)


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