Top Ten Tuesday: 10 favorite series starters from over 10 years ago

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, featuring a different top 10 theme each week. This week’s topic is Books I Love That Were Written Over Ten Years Ago.

I know I have a tendency to mention the same favorite books over and over and over again (*cough* Outlander *cough*), so I thought I’d narrow the focus a bit this time around. My list this week highlights books published 10 or more years ago that are the first books in series that I love. Some of these series are still ongoing, some are done — all are amazing!

Note: I’m listing here whether the series are complete, and how many books they include. For some, there are other published works (such as short stories) that fit within the larger stories, but to keep things simple, I’m just listing the number of primary works (novels) per series.

Without further ado, my top ten are:

Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal

Series: The Glamourist Histories
Published: 2010

Completed series – 5 books

Old Man’s War by John Scalzi

Series: Old Man’s War
Published: 2005

Completed series – 6 books

Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey

Series: The Expanse
Published: 2011

Completed series – 9 books

Tempest Rising by Nicole Peeler

Series: Jane True
Published: 2009

Completed series – 6 books

Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire

Series: October Daye
Published: 2009

Ongoing series – 15 currently available; #16 to be released September 2022

A Cold Day for Murder by Dana Stabenow

Series: Kate Shugak
Published: 1992

Ongoing series – 22 currently available; #23 to be released April 2023

Feed by Mira Grant

Series: Newsflesh
Published: 2010

Completed series – 4 books

The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley

Series: Slains / The Scottish Series
Published: 2008

Not exactly a series — 3 interconnected books; all work as stand-alones as well

Kin by Holly Black

Series: The Good Neighbors
Published: 2008

Completed series – 3 graphic novels

The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman

Series: His Dark Materials
Published: 1995

Completed series – 3 books

Do you have any favorite series, either completed or ongoing, that started more than 10 years ago? And back to the official TTT prompt, what are your favorite books from before 2012?

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27 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: 10 favorite series starters from over 10 years ago

  1. So many fun books on your list. I loved Feed and Shades of Milk and Honey; and The Winter Sea is one of my favorite Susanna Kearsley novels. 😀

  2. Great topic idea! Many of my favorite series were started over ten years ago, like Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson series. I love the Expanse series, I’m still working my way through it. The Dresden Files was another good one. I really liked Rosemary and Rue but I didn’t get too far into the series.

    • I absolutely adore Mercy Thompson too!! I just decided to limit my urban fantasy on this list for some reason, although really, that series definitely belongs on my list of favorites. I really enjoy Dresden as well, although I haven’t been as thrilled with the more recent books in the series. Regarding the October Daye books, I think if you can get past the first 3 or 4 books in the series, you’ll be totally swept away — well, at least that’s how it worked for me!

  3. Awesome pivot! 😀 I love that The Golden Compass is on there, one of my favorite series! I read Shadow of Milk and Honey last year and it was really cool. My book club is reading Feed in October. I’m excited!

  4. This is a great idea for this theme. And you’ve reminded me I actually have copies of Old Man’s War, Shades of Milk and Honey and Leviathan Wakes and I haven’t read them yet!😬

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