Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Series I’ve Read This Year

I had to edit the topic a bit because I literally had NOTHING for the original.

Finished series that I want to read and have started but not yet finished? What is that? What does that even mean?!

I'm a binge reader! If I like a series, I'll read a book, sometimes two, a day until I finish it. I just can't help myself. Seriously, I don't understand all you people who can just take a year long break in the middle of a series when I can't even take a nap between books because SLEEP IS FOR THE WEAK and no thanks, I don't need food, really, my stomach can just eat itself.

But also, on a saner note, I like to notice and remember all those little details that make the sequels so good. I'm that person who counts down the days for my preorders to arrive and rereads all the other books again in preparation just so I can get the full effect. And since I'm currently in the middle of seven different incomplete series, I've made a vow not to start any new series until they're done (a vow I've already broken, but nevermind that).

Anyway, that was my long-winded way of saying I've made a list of series I've read this year, some incomplete ones I'm currently in the middle of (mostly because I'd love to find someone who's also reading them and can fangirl with me!) and some I've finished.

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at The Broke and the Bookish. This week my topic is:

Top Ten Series I’ve Read This Year

The Maze Runner by James Dashner | books, reading, book covers
The Bane by Keary Taylor | books, reading, book covers
The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg | books, reading, book covers
The Ghost and the Graveyard by Genevieve Jack | books, reading, book covers
Incubus by Amanda Meuwissen | books, reading, book covers

10. The Maze Runner by James Dashner

This YA dystopian series really took me by surprise! I had low expectations but ended up enjoying the books and getting far more into them than I thought I would. My reviews will be up on Friday since I just read them, so check back šŸ™‚

9. The Eden Trilogy by Keary Taylor

I really liked this YA post-apocalyptic series with a kind of new twist on zombies that made them cyborgs instead of undead. I never like zombie books, but it wasn’t like that at all. These books were about the characters, and they really packed a punch.

8. The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg

This historical urban fantasy didn’t end quite as strongly as it started, but my love for the main character’s love interest, Emery, carried me through and made it worthwhile.

7. Knight Games by Genevieve Jack

This adult paranormal romance/urban fantasy was full of action, mystery, AND a female protagonist I will never stop obsessing over. You can find my reviews for Knight Games here on my blog.

6. The Incubus Saga by Amanda Meuwissen

This paranormal M-M romance/urban fantasy is one of my favorites, so don’t be surprised if it comes up my lists often! You can also find my reviews for The Incubus Saga here on my blog.

Interview With the Vampire by Anne Rice | books, reading, book covers
Steal the Light by Lexi Blake | books, reading, book covers
The Faerie Guardian by Rachel Morgan | books, reading, book covers
Chase the Dark by Annette Marie | books, reading, book covers
Fine Lines by Bella Roccaforte | books, reading, book covers

5. The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice

I didn’t read this this year, but I’m including it anyway because I need to vent my frustration. I read Books 1-12 in high school. That was all that was out. They’re all sitting pretty on my bookshelf in the next room. Then, six years after I finish the series, Anne Rice has to go and write another one! And it’s like, I have to read it because, the whole series, you know?! But I don’t remember anything from the other books. And my tastes have changed, so I just don’t see myself rereading all 12 books. It’s a real problem.

4. Thieves by Lexi Blake

I may or may not be currently reading the spin-off series because I’m completely in love with one of the side characters from the original series who is now the kind-of boyfriend of the new main character, and I can’t stand to miss a single scene that he is in even though he seems to hardly be in the books. The things we do for our favorite characters…

3. Creepy Hollow by Rachel Morgan

Much like the above, the first three books in this YA faerie-filled fantasy focused on one character, so in a way part of the series is complete, but now there’s a new main character. Even though I don’t like her quite as much, I still can’t help but keep reading.

2. Steel & Stone by Annette Marie

I do read YA sometimes, but I rarely love it as much as adult books. This YA urban fantasy series, however, is so ridiculously amazing that it immediately skyrocketed to one of my favorite series ever, and I can’t wait for more books even though I never really want it to end.

1. Ink by Bella Roccaforte

This character-driven paranormal suspense series isn’t very well-known, but it was the series that made me realize how awesome self-published books can be. This is my most anticipated book of the year. I’ve been waiting for the finale since January 4th, JANUARY 4TH, when I read Books 3 and 4 in one day.

Series that didn’t make the list include (in case you’ve read ’em and wanna discuss or share your love/hate):

  • Les Corbeaux: Legend of the French Vampire by Emma V. Leech
  • The Nocte Trilogy by Courtney Cole
  • The Red Sector Chronicles by Krystle Jones
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  • Divergent by Veronica Roth (Reading right now, so no spoilers, please!)
  • The Girl in Between by Laekan Zea Kemp
  • The Seduced Saga by Karpov Kinrade
  • The Noctalis Chronicles by Chelsea M. Cameron

Talk to me!

What series would be on YOUR list of top ten series you read this year? And are you a binge reader like me, or do you collect unfinished series like nobody's business?


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    1. Kristen Burns

      Thanks! They’re interesting books. I did enjoy them, even though, like I said, the last book wasn’t as great.

  1. proxyfish

    I’m really interested in reading The Paper Magician… admittedly because of its pretty cover but still! It looks like something I would enjoy. The Maze Runner is one I’ve been unsure about starting, probably because of the hype and I felt sure I’d be disappointed! Really enjoyed this list! šŸ˜€

    1. Kristen Burns

      I’m pretty sure the cover is the reason I read the first Paper Magician book lol, but then I ended up liking it. I really thought I wouldn’t like The Maze Runner because I don’t often like the really popular series, but they impressed me. I say go for it, you can always stop after the first one if you don’t like it!

    1. Kristen Burns

      I haven’t seen the movie, and I have this thing where I don’t see movies after reading the books they’re based on, but a little part of me is tempted this time because I can picture it making a good movie. Just be ready to hit the ground running when you start the second book! It’s a lot more action-packed.

    1. Kristen Burns

      We binge readers gotta stick together! I actually didn’t love The Hunger Games :-/ But I read all three books and did get more into it as the series went on.

  2. bookstogetlostin

    I don’t like it at all when authors write a new book for a series years after the last one of said series.
    I’ve binge read the hunger games because I bought them all in a little box, but I’m not sure if I’ll reread them.

    1. Kristen Burns

      Right? That annoys me, too, to think I’m done and move on only to find out I’m not, or just have to wait that long in general. I feel like people who buy box sets must be brave lol. I always read the first book in a series before deciding whether to continue.

  3. fiddlerblue

    I think I’d check out the Paper Magician someday soon. I wish my mantra is similar to yours, but I need sleep and I need a lot of it XD I also read the Vampire Chronicles and I was shocked that Prince Lestat came out. I read it and, well, it’s a 50/50 for me. My review is over here if you want to check it out. I honestly think the series ended with Blood Canticle, even if it wasn’t the best of endings.

    1. Kristen Burns

      Yeah, I often end up regretting the whole no-sleep thing when it happens. I will definitely check out your review as soon as I finish this comment. I seriously am torn and need all the help I can get in deciding whether or not to read this book, haha. I think I might just say to hell with all the details I’ve forgotten and go for it. I still remember Lestat. That’s what counts, right? šŸ˜›

  4. Sarah "SacaKat" Fairbairn

    I was a little disappointed in The Hunger Games and Divergent, Which leads me to believe that maybe dystopian isn’t for me – but I still intend to try The Maze Runner as I loved the movie adaptation.

    1. Kristen Burns

      I didn’t like The Hunger Games and am not liking Divergent so far, but I still like the genre, so it could just be that you didn’t like those series. If you’re a character person, check out The Eden Trilogy by Keary Taylor (also on my list). I guess it’s more post-apocalyptic, but I loved it.

    1. Kristen Burns

      Thanks, and yeah, The Scorch Trials was my favorite of the three! Haven’t seen the Maze Runner movie though.