Almost all of us can admit to watching an entire season of a show on Netflix, or your streaming service of choice. For me it was seasons one and two of A Series of Unfortunate Events, and I’ll likely ring in the new year by doing the same thing with season three.
Most of the time, though, I prefer to get lost in books, as I’m sure you know. I do run a book blog, after all. In my opinion, now is the perfect time to dive into a new series, as it’s the week between Christmas and New Year’s Eve, and most of us are out of school/work.
But where do you start? Today I hope to help with that by recommending eleven series, both finished and ongoing, from duologies to trilogies to six book series!
- Grave Mercy
- Dark Triumph
- Mortal Heart
Of course this is my first recommendation. If you’re surprised, you’re probably new here — hi! I talk about these books A LOT. I’m lowkey obsessed.
Anyway, I picked this trilogy partially because it’s my all time favorite and partially because I’m planning to start my reread as soon as this post goes up. What a great way to end the year! As an added bonus, it means I can start 2019 with a reread of Courting Darkness, the first book in a companion duology. It releases February 5, so make sure you’re prepared!
- Vampire Academy
- Shadow Kiss
- Blood Promise
- Spirit Bound
- Last Sacrifice
Another recommendation that probably surprises no one. Although this series is older and some people might believe that vampires are exhausted and/or cliché, I love it. For years I avoided the first book whenever I was at Barnes and Noble, but I got it on a whim on my fifteenth birthday and look at me now. I’m planning a reread at some point in 2019.
Additionally, if you finish this series and you’re in the mood for more, there’s a six book companion series called Bloodlines! It follows new characters and causes more heartbreak, and there are some Vampire Academy cameos because no one is safe from Richelle Mead.
- Heist Society
- Uncommon Criminals
- Perfect Scoundrels
This is another older series, but each book is short and quick to read. There are definitely flaws in these books, but even at almost seventeen, I found them entertaining. If you liked Six of Crows or like the idea of it but prefer contemporary, this is something you might like, though admittedly the stakes aren’t nearly as high.
- Every Heart a Doorway
- Down Among the Sticks and Bones
- Beneath the Sugar Sky
- In An Absent Dream (out January 8)
- Come Tumbling Down (out 2020)
I picked up the first book in this series for Booktubeathon over the summer and was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. These novellas are super easy to read and although they can discuss complex topics, they also do a wonderful job of combining the magic with the mundane. And since each one is unrelated to its predecessor, you can read them in any order. I’m not sure when I’ll get to In An Absent Dream, but I’m excited for that day to come!
- Firestarter (out January 15)
I was lucky enough to get a digital ARC of Firestarter and I loved it. If you’ve read the first two books, you can reread in anticipation; if not, this is a great time to get caught up. Then when the last book comes out, you’ll probably devour it, love the story and hate the details, just like I did. That sounds bad, but I mean it in the best possible way.
I’ve been talking about this trilogy for a while now, but it deserves every word. It’s set in a steampunk version of Victorian London and there’s clock magic and two very different but sweet boys falling in love. I didn’t expect much going in, but I came out with a new favorite.
- A Whole New World
- Once Upon a Dream
- As Old As Time
- Reflection (by Elizabeth Lim)
- Part of Your World
- Mirror, Mirror (by Jen Calonita, out April 2)
While they do focus on popular Disney movies instead of lesser known fairytales, the Twisted Tales series is so underrated. I’ve only read the first two, but they were five and four star reads, respectively. I got books two, four, and five as an end of the semester gift, and I plan to buy books one and three with holiday gift cards. I’m genuinely excited to read the rest of the series.
I didn’t know about the sixth book until I was doing a bit of research for this post, and finding out about it was the highlight of my morning.
That aside, this series is similar to Wayward Children in that you can read them in any order because each one is a retelling of a different story. The basis of each is a Disney movie, but with one crucial detail changed — e.g. A Whole New World is Aladdin, but Jafar gets to the lamp first.
- Falling Kingdoms
- Rebel Spring
- Gathering Darkness
- Frozen Tides
- Crystal Storm
- Immortal Reign
This is one of the more popular series on this list, but still absolutely worthy of a mention. I’ve seen this pitched as “a YA Game of Thrones” and while I haven’t seen or read GOT, I do know that these books have everything you could want. There’s magic and slow-burn romance and revenge quests and family fallouts and secrets and bloodshed, and Cleo is one of my all time favorite fantasy protagonists. Her development is amazing.
If you want a six book series to commit to and a lot of feelings along the way, I highly recommend Falling Kingdoms.
Returning to underrated titles, I’m going to, once again, recommend Anomaly. It’s a contemporary sci-fi with a relatable, nerdy protagonist and not nearly enough attention. I noticed this at Barnes and Noble back in 2015 because there was a signed copy. I read it, I loved it, and then I met the author. Let me tell you, Tonya is so nice and so conversational, and I couldn’t wait for the sequel Enigma, which came out in July 2017. It was just as good.
If you like Star Wars and Marvel, mental abilities, and interesting, layered female main characters, Anomaly is a book to look for.
- The Seafarer’s Kiss
- The Navigator’s Touch
Another underrated favorite! The Seafarer’s Kiss has gotten some more attention since the companion The Navigator’s Touch came out in September, but I still think that both novels deserve more attention.
The first book is an Ursula origin story, from The Little Mermaid, and the second is a Captain Hook origin story, from Peter Pan. Both feature Norse mythology and queer protagonists, so really, there’s something for everyone. These books are quick reads and a bunch of fun.
Although it’s a stand-alone and not within the parameters of this post, I can’t recommend this without also recommending Unicorn Tracks. It takes place in an African-inspired fantasy world and features a sapphic romance and unicorns. Back to the series.
- The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet
- A Closed and Common Orbit
- Record of a Spaceborn Few
Admittedly, I’ve only read the first book in this trilogy, but I loved it. It was an astonishingly complex sci-fi in terms of both world and characters. There are three inter-species relationships and over the course of the novel, the found family trope as well. If I remember correctly, the remaining two books follow other characters. I hope to read them in 2019!
This is also an adult trilogy, so it would be good to pick up if you’re looking to branch out or want a break from YA.
- The Knife of Never Letting Go
- The Ask and The Answer
- Monsters of Men
To conclude my list, I’ve got a trilogy that I’m happy to say I finally read this year. Overall, the Chaos Walking trilogy got mixed reviews from me, but it was certainly unique and mostly entertaining. Although I will forever be bitter about one specific event at the end of The Knife of Never Letting Go, and I think the end of Monsters of Men definitely could’ve been better. These books are an interesting blend of sci-fi and dystopian, and they take place in a world where everyone can hear each other’s thoughts — even animals. As per usual in dystopian, disaster ensues.
Looking back, I’m realizing that this series is the only one on my list written by a man. This wasn’t done on purpose; I guess I haven’t read any really good books written by men that aren’t Rick Riordan lately. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Have you read any of these series? If so, what did you think, and if not, do you plan to? Are there any you would add to my list? I’d love to know!
Thanks for reading, and I hope you have a fabulous day/night!
Until next time…