Hello! Today I am taking part in another Top 5 Tuesday. Top 5 Tuesday was created by Shanah at Bionic Book Worm, but now it is hosted by Meeghan at Meeghan Reads. Today’s topic is favourite series of all time. I have so many series on my favourites lists, but I’m going to try and go with the first five that come to mind. This is going to be a long post this week, so let’s dive into it.
The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare
If you have followed me for any length of time, you will not be surprised this series is on this list. Adore this series. It definitely has its issues, but I read it at a time where I needed to escape into books and The Mortal Instruments was that escape for me. I first read the series about six or seven months before the release of the final book, and until I got that book, I reread the first five books over and over again. Couldn’t get enough. Whenever I am having a bit of a down moment, I always turn to reread this series. Earlier on in the year, I reread the first four books and recently I have been thinking about continuing with the reread.
I also adore all of the series in the Shadowhunter worlds. I love that I have been about to watch Cassandra Clare grow more as a writer, the series just keep improving. I know a lot of people don’t like it when series expand or authors make spinoffs about other characters, but I really love it. For me it is just another opportunity to return to a world that comforts me, and I enjoy learning more about the system. I think so far out of the spinoff series, my favourite is The Dark Artifices series – that ending of the final book left my jaw on the floor, so I am eagerly anticipating the series that will follow on with that storyline.
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas
Similarly to The Mortal Instruments, Sarah J Maas’ books offer me so much comfort. In December 2020 I reread the series for the first time in a couple of years and could not stop thinking about it, so much so that I reread it in January as well as most of Sarah J Maas’ other books. I fell in love with the characters in this series and I can’t help but be comforted by them every time I open these pages. Sarah J Maas is also really good at keeping the audience guessing, but leaving clues, often skipped over, within the pages. I once heard someone say that Sarah J Maas writes books to be reread, and I definitely agree. Even after the number of times I have reread them, with every reread I still find something that I missed before.
I was so excited when it was announced that this series wouldn’t be a trilogy and there were going to be at least three more books, the first of which came out in February. A Court of Silver Flames is Nesta’s journey, and it was one that meant a lot to me. Sarah J Maas is very good at dealing with mental health issues, especially PTSD and I definitely have been able to relate to the way these are dealt with more than once.
I have read this series multiple times, and I can see myself continuing to reread the series long after it has finished. I cannot contain my excitement for the TV show, whenever that is going to come out. I’m really glad that Sarah J Maas is working on the writing team for that, so I can’t wait to see how it works out.
Heartstopper by Alice Oseman
Heartstopper is a young adult graphic novel series that I never stop talking about! Lately it is because I haven’t read the latest instalment yet, and I cannot contain my excitement for when I finally get to it. I also can’t help but recommend it whenever someone asks me for a heart-warming, easy read. I have heard so many good things about Alice Oseman’s other books, so I do want to branch out at some point and delve into those. Until then though, you will find me rereading this series over and over again. I’m so excited to watch the TV show when that comes out, I know it will do the series justice.
The Brown Sisters by Talia Hibbert
This series is relatively new to me! I read this series in July and absolutely fell in love with everything about it. Talia Hibbert has become an author that I need to keep my eye on, and I want to go back through their past works and read them too! I thought their writing style was hilarious and all of the characters felt real. These novels were also so much more diverse than I was expecting, they had mental health representation, autism representation, chronic illness representation as well as interracial relationship dynamics. I cannot recommend this series enough, so if you haven’t picked it up yet, this is your sign to do so!
Bridgertons by Julia Quinn
This series is another new one for me! As I am writing this – in the middle of August, I am halfway through the series. Just last night actually, I finished Eloise’s story which I suppose actually makes me further than halfway through with the series. I have read five out of the eight books, lets put it that way! This addition to the list is a little different to the others because I don’t actually think there is anything spectacular about this series. The plots and the writing style are lovely, but nothing incredible. What makes this series one of my favourites, is the cast of characters. I love them. They are wonderfully written and feel real at a distance to me – it’s the reason that this series made it onto this list. I can see myself looking back fondly on the series and dipping in and out of it when I need a light-hearted, comforting read. So far, Benedict’s story has been my favourite, so I am really looking forward to seeing that play out in the Netflix TV show!
I wanted to mention a couple of series that don’t quite make this list, but I really want to reread them soon!
- Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
- The Selection Series by Kiera Cass
- The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
I also wanted to mention some more book series that I still hold dear to my heart, but will never reread and I actually got rid of my copies for. I read all of these when I was a teenager and don’t want to ruin the memories and good feelings I have associated with them, because they probably aren’t as good as I remember! If you’re interested, I have an old post where I discuss books that I love but won’t reread.
- Dead Beautiful by Yvonne Woon
- Divergent by Veronica Roth
- Angel by L.A Weatherly
- Morganville Vampires by Rachel Caine
- Witch Finder by Ruth Warburton
There are more but they are escaping me right now!
I know this was a really long post of me gushing about my favourite books, so if you’re still with me – thank-you! Let me know in the comments below what your favourite series are and if you plan to reread any soon.