Top Ten Tuesday – Ten Book Series I Haven’t Finished Yet

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish


1 – Department 19 by Will Hill

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The first three books in this vampire series are action-packed and entertaining. The last one was a little overlong and disappointing which is why I held of from reading the remaining two books. But one day I’ll get round to finishing this series.

2 – The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

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I’ve only read Magician’s Apprentice and Lion, Witch, Wardrobe. I’m not a big fan of the books, but it’s a classic series that I’ll probably finish one day, either myself or when I have kids of my own to read it to.

3 – The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

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Another classic series that I tried to read but couldn’t get into. The pace was too slow, the writing archaic, but Tolkien’s world building is unrivaled and I will read the rest of the series at some point.

4 – Power of Five by Anthony Horowitz

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Anthony Horowitz knows how to write for kids and teens (and for adults) and this is a fast-paced, action packed series. The first book is at least, and I look forward to seeing how the series develops.

5 – Unwind by Neal Shusterman

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This is one of my favourite YA series. I’ve read the first two books and have the third and fourth to read. Solid writing, great characters, unique premise and gripping plots… this is some of the best YA sci-fi/dystopia in print.

6 – Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan 

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Rick Riordan is one of my favourite writers. I grew up with the Percy Jackson series. The first two books in the Heroes of Olympus were epic. I just haven’t got around to reading the third, fourth or fifth yet. But I’ll probably read the new Norse series first.

7 – The Bartimeaus Sequence by Jonathan Stroud

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I’ve read the first three books in the main Bartimeaus sequence, but not the prequel, The Ring of Solomon. These books are action-packed, funny and well written. Would make great movies too.

8 – Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy

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There are two reasons I don’t want to read the final book in the Skulduggery series: Because then it would be over, and after the eighth book didn’t live up to the rest of the series, I don’t want to be disappointed. Another series that should be a movie.

9 – The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein by Kenneth Oppel

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The first book in this series is an addictive twist on the Frankenstein story. The second book Such Wicked Intent got great reviews too, so I look forward to reading it. The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey is a similar series I haven’t finished yet but which is worth checking out.

10 – Red Rising Trilogy 

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Technically the third and final book hasn’t been released yet, but it will be soon. I wasn’t the biggest fan of the first book– after all the hype it got i expected more–but the writing was solid and there was plenty of action. But I still want to find out what happens in the rest of the series.


Anyone have any of the same books/series on their list, or can recommend I definitely finish one or more of the series above? 

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About Sam Whitehouse

Sam spends most of his time in a different world to other people. If it isn’t one he’s created himself, it’s one he’s reading about. In the rare moments when this isn’t the case, Sam can either be found addicted to a sci-fi or crime show, re-watching Marvel movies, finishing up an assignment for his final year of studying Creative Writing at Sheffield Hallam University, or trying to get the dozens of ideas for stories in his head under some kind of control. Sam has lived in the same small village in Yorkshire, surrounded by countryside on all sides ever since he could remember. His childhood saw him get into plenty of scrapes climbing trees and crossing rivers and generally believing he was Indiana Jones. Sam gives credit to his Grandad for him wanting to be a writer, and his bedtime stories for keeping Sam’s imagination stoked. But credit must also go to Steven Spielberg, J K Rowling and Stephen King, who have provided plenty of inspiration over the years, too. Sam writes what he reads, and that is pretty much anything—save romance. Fantasy, thrillers, or crime: once an idea takes root, he can’t stop until the world, characters, and plot are on paper. A huge Marvel fan, Sam one day hopes to pen a screenplay for one of their movies, or direct one, or do anything at all related to one. Until then, he’ll stick to his own fantasy worlds and wait for Marvel’s phone call.

Posted on 09/08/2015, in books, reading, top ten tuesday and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. oh you MUST finish the Narnia series – it’s so worth the read! My TTT

  2. I never finished the Narnia series either! Definitely read Unsouled and Undivided, the last two books in the Unwind series, they are awesome (I have to admit that Unsouled is probably my least favourite of the series, but that’s really not saying much, I still gave it a 4/5, I just didn’t love it as much as the other books). Heroes of Olympus is worth finishing, House of Hades is definitely the best out of the last three and you have to read the last Skulduggery Pleasant. Wow I love an awful lot of the series on your list!
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2015/09/08/top-ten-tuesday-21/

    • I plan on reading them soon. I hope the movie will be as good as the books.
      I like Heroes of Olympus, I just got a bit tired of the ‘quest’ plot line for every book.
      Great list: I enjoyed the first Darkest Minds books and Skinjacker. I only read half of Inkheart.

  3. Literary Feline

    I have read The Chronicles of Narnia and and The Lord of the Rings, both series I loved quite a bit. My husband found The Lord of the Rings books slow too, while I couldn’t get enough of them. I haven’t read any of the other series you mention, but a couple are ones I would like to read at some point, Red Rising in particular. Great list!

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