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
Completed series – 5 books
Old Man’s War by John Scalzi
Series: Old Man’s War
Completed series – 6 books
Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey
Series: The Expanse
Completed series – 9 books
Tempest Rising by Nicole Peeler
Series: Jane True
Completed series – 6 books
Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire
Series: October Daye
Ongoing series – 15 currently available; #16 to be released September 2022
A Cold Day for Murder by Dana Stabenow
Series: Kate Shugak
Ongoing series – 22 currently available; #23 to be released April 2023
Feed by Mira Grant
Completed series – 4 books
The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley
Series: Slains / The Scottish Series
Not exactly a series — 3 interconnected books; all work as stand-alones as well
Kin by Holly Black
Series: The Good Neighbors
Completed series – 3 graphic novels
The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
Series: His Dark Materials
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”
Feed was such a good story!
My post: https://lydiaschoch.com/top-ten-tuesday-books-i-love-that-were-written-over-ten-years-ago/
I’d love to reread it at some point!
You just reminded me I want to reread His Dark Materials!
I’ve reread the books a couple of times — the last time via audio, and it was an amazing experience! I love the series as a whole.
I loved them too; but long since I last read them
Oh man I completely forgot about the Expanse! His Dark Material is another great choice, too!
I’m already so sad that the Expanse is done. I may have to go back for a reread at some point!
I have been wanting to read Feed for ages!
Such an amazing series! It’s really a trilogy, but then there’s a 4th book that retells part of the story from a different perspective. I plan to reread the trilogy at some point!
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. 😀
The Winter Sea was my first Susanna Kearsley novel, I think — and I know I originally picked it up because I feel in love with the cover! Fortunately, the story itself is amazing too. 🙂
Nice way to tweak the topic!
Thank you! I’m trying to get out of the habit of always talking about the same books!
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!
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!
That’s such a fun choice for October! I really loved the whole Glamourist series, and in fact would like to go back and read it all again!
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!😬
All are excellent!! I hope you check them out. 🙂
I’ve not read any of these, but I’m glad you enjoyed all of them!
My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2022/08/16/top-ten-tuesday-381/
I tried to make sure that I didn’t repeat the same books too!
I need to read the Philip Pullman series. I got bought the whole series a few years ago and still need to read them!
Have a great week!
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I love the Dark Materials trilogy! I’ve read them all more than once, and I’m sure I’ll want to revisit them all again at some point in the future too.
I’ve been meaning too for ages. My sister has read some of them. I have just never got round to them.
I’ve been enjoying the October Daye series – at least I’ve got a lot of great books coming my way still. 🙂
That’s awesome! How far have you gotten? I love the characters so much!