Monday, March 9, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Books For Readers Who Like YA Series Reads

It's going to be a crazy busy week. I've taken three tests today and it's only Monday! So I'm taking a break from melting my brain to participate in this week's Top Ten Tuesday!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly event hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, created due to a fondness for lists. Each week they post a new Top Ten topic. After that, it's bloggers UNITE! Participate with your own Top Ten post, have fun, and get to know your fellow bloggers.

This week's topic is Top Ten Books for Readers Who Like... It's a fill in the blank! I'm cheating a little bit here and recommending series of books rather than individual books. (And...just before I published this I discovered that Jamie and crew over at The Broke & the Bookish did the same type of thing. Oh well...great minds think alike I suppose.) Some of them you may have read, some of them...probably not. But all of them are great. All of these series are YA fiction in either the fantasy or dystopian subgenres. Oh...and you'll notice that there isn't a Twilight to be found. That is not an accident. These all top that one. Deal with it.

Ready? Buckle up.

#10 - Mara Dyer series by Michelle Hodkin &
 Daughter of Smoke & Bone series by Laini Taylor

I had to put these two in as a tie for 10th place simply because I haven't read more than the first books in the series. However, I will say that they will definitely stay in the top ten if the follow up books are as enjoyable as the initial ones.

#9 - Fallen series by Lauren Kate

There are four books in this series thus far, with a fifth expected to be published this year. I rated books #1 and #4 at four stars each and books #2 and #3 at three stars. It has its flaws and requires a little patience, but still a good read.

#8 - Matched series by Ally Condie

This one is a trilogy with the first book earning 4 stars and the follow up novels each receiving 3 stars. I was disappointed to not have the second two novels be as strong as the first, but this is still a good series. It's very easy to read and moves quickly. I likened this one to a cross between The Hunger Games and 1984.

#7 - Delirium series by Lauren Oliver

Another of several trilogies on the list, all three books in this series received four stars. A interesting concept base and well written narratives. This series does not waver and stays interesting until the end. The final book was my favorite of the three, though I did have some reservations about the ending.

#6 - Divergent series by Veronica Roth

Two fives and a four for this trilogy. And, per usual, I have to say that the ending of the third novel is costing this one in the rankings. That one thing has somewhat soured the whole series for me. Still a great read and a very well constructed universe, but I'm just irked by that ending.

#5 - Wrinkle in Time series by Madeleine L'Engle

An oldie but a goodie. I actually don't have rankings for all five of the books in this series because it's been so long since I've read them, but I will tell you that at least two of them for sure have five star rankings. If you haven't read this one before, you need to grab it. Her Austin Family series is also fantastic.

#4 - The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare

This one is a biggie. Six books in this series. I still have to read the final book, but I've been assured that it will rank well. Of the five I've already read, two 5's, two 4's and a 3. This is an amazing series with fantastic characters and unbelievable world construction. There is a lot here to enjoy.

#3 - The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins


If you've seen the movie(s) but not read the books, you're missing out. This series is fantastic. The first two books earned 5 stars with the conclusion earning 4 stars. I read all three of these books back-to-back over the span of about four days. I couldn't put them down.

#2 - The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare

Cassandra Clare gets to be on the list twice! This series is a trilogy. The first book earned 4 stars with the second and final books ramping it up to 5 stars. I loved this series. The first book took me a few pages to get into, but was well worth it. This is a series where you'll want to have all three books available to you before you start reading.

#1 - Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

How could this not be #1? If you've read a Harry Potter novel then you know that it takes a lot to beat them. J.K. Rowling is a master. There are 7 books in this series and they're all fantastic. I rated six out of the seven at 5 stars. Poor book #2 only got 4 stars. The world she creates is just astounding and there is quite a lot of detail there. The books run together nicely, but you're not left hanging too badly at the end of each one. I would recommend these books to just about anyone. Oh...and once again...if you've watched the movies, the books are a million times better.

There we go! Another top ten in the bag. Now it's back to homework for me. Have a great week everyone and I'll see you again in a few days!!


  1. Awesome choices! These are some of my all-time favorites! The only one I haven't read yet is the Mara Dyer series, and I REALLY want to read those. Great list!

    Michelle @ Michelle's Minions

    My TTT

  2. Nice list of books for this week's TTT post!! Here's a link to my TTT post for this week:

  3. Three tests today?! Madwoman! I'm amazed your brain is even still functioning!

    I haven't read any of these besides HP. You've mentioned the ending of Allegiant so many times that I'm tempted to read it just so see what was so irksome. ;)

  4. Great list... with these reads you might also like the uglies series. Happy reading x

  5. I love your choices for the top six and your inclusion of Daughter of Smoke and Bone! Great list!

    Check out my TTT.

  6. #5 is one I remember my daughter enjoying back in grade school. Think it was on all the reading lists for young kids back then. I'm out and about visiting and gearing up today for the a-z challenge, always nice to meet new bloggers.
    Sandy at Bridge and Beyond


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