Top Ten Tuesday: YA Book Series

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. The feature was created because they are particularly fond of lists over at The Broke and the Bookish.

Each week they will post a new top ten list that one of our bloggers at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All they ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don't have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it! It's a great way to get to know your fellow bloggers.

Top Ten YA Book Series

1. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling - Seriously. I don't need to explain this one, do I? But, just because I love you all oh-so-dearly, I will. It doesn't really get much better than Harry Potter. I grew up with this series. And, though it began as a fun, adventurous tale of friends, we got more depth, more darkness and more drama as the series progressed.'s perfection.

2. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead - When I started blogging, I swore up and down that I'd never read this series. I said that I hated vampires, I hated insta-love and there was absolutely no way I would ever like this series. Then, Jenny told me I had to read did everyone I tried it, and I've been hooked since. Love me some Dmitri. 

3. Percy Jackson & the Olympians by Rick Riordan - Okay, technically this is probably leaning more towards MG, but I read YA, and I still loved it. A fellow blogger introduced me to it in my first few months of blogging, and I read every book within a month. They're fast-paced, they're witty, they're funny...and, and, and...I love it.

4. Redwall by Brian Jacques - So, sue me. This is the uber-nerd in me coming out. They're books with lil' cute fuzzy animals as the main characters, but they're every bit as human as you and me. Trust me. I grew up with these books, and I proudly display them on my shelves today! 

5. His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman - This series is surrounded by controversy because if its supposed anti-religious undertones. Guys, I'm pretty dang religious, myself, but if you read a book for the sheer enjoyment of the prose and the story, it's better than analyzing those hidden messages. Plus, the world within these books is pretty freaking phenomenal. 

6. Divergent by Veronica Roth - Usually when a series is this surrounded by hype, I tend to steer clear of it. For some reason though, I really felt the need to read and become invested in this story, and boy did I ever. The author has created one heck of an adventure within these pages, and I'm completely enthralled with every installment.

7. The Last Survivors by Susan Beth Pfeffer - You guys might be surprised to see this one on my list because of how I said the second and third book were definitely not my favourites, while I adored the first book. However, I can't lie...the author has created one seriously bleak world, and it's very real and tangible, despite my feelings. And, let's be honest, I'm invested enough to read the upcoming fourth book despite my feelings toward the third book. That's saying something.

8. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins - I have mixed feelings on this series. On one hand, I just love it. Is it the best written work out there? No. Is it a fantastic, dark, edgy story? Yes. Despite the fact that the series is now this over-hyped craze out there, I really like this series and I'm glad that, despite my initial reservations, I gave it a go. It's worth it. 

9. The Maze Runner by James Dashner - I didn't think I'd like this series when I first started. I didn't think I'd like a book with a male MC because I was pretty positive that I wouldn't be able to access the MCs emotions. I was really, really wrong. I introduced this series to just about anyone who would listen to a single word I had to say, simply because I love it that much.

10. The Jenna Fox Chronicles by Mary E. Pearson - I was late to the game with the first book. In fact, I passed it over many, many times at the bookstore, just because I thought it wouldn't capture me. I was definitely wrong, and I was lucky enough to have read it within about 6 months of the sequel being released, which was equally awesome. Read it and love it. You will.


  1. Fantastic list. I completely agree with you regarding HP, Vampire Academy, Hunger Games and Maze Runner (although I need to get caught up with that series as well as Divergent, and The Last Survivors). I had a group of students that were obsessed with the Redwall series...I should check that one out!

  2. Great list! I love HP, HG, and Divergent. I never got into the Vampire Academy series, but have heard great things. And I still need to catch up on Percy.
    Natflix&Books' TTT

  3. Good list! I'm sorry to say that I actually haven't finished most of those series--including the His Dark Materials trilogy, for shame. I'm with you, that Life As We Knew It is one of my favorite books, but I couldn't finish the second and third.

  4. Great list!! :). Some of these I have yet to read unfortunately.
    My TTT :)

  5. Great list! I am on book 3 of Percy Jackson right now. I recently finished The Hunger Games and I still need to read the 2nd and 3rd book of the Jenna Fox Chronicles. All very enjoyable! Vampire Academy I still need to start and of course Harry Potter is just plain awesome sauce. My TTT.

    Vyki @ On The Shelf

  6. Thanks for stopping by my TTT. Great list of series. I need to get to the last Jenna Fox book.


  7. This is a brilliant series list Melissa! The Harry Potter and Divergent series would definitely make it too my list too! There are so many on your list that I still need to read such as Maze Runner and Vampire Academy, I can't wait to get started on them! :)

  8. I loved Divergent, but Insurgent was sort of... meh, imo.
    The Hunger Games is definitely not the best (not even the best dystopian, that was Battle Royale), but I enjoyed it too :)

    Thanks for stopping by my TTT and following!! I'd follow you back, but I'm already a follower :)

  9. YES, definitely HP, VA, PJ, HDM, THG, and Divergent. I haven't read Maze Runner or Jenna Fox yet, though I fully intend to this summer. Great list, Melissa! :D

  10. Great list, the Percy Jackson series is one of my favorites of all time.

  11. Totally agree with Vampire Academy! I am generally not a vampire fan at all, and those covers were (are!) just SO CHEESY!! But everyone spazzing out about how good the last book was convinced me to pick them up, and then I was glad they were all available for me to read in a row, because I DEVOURED them. Methinks I should do a re-read at some point.


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