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Ten On Tuesday

Reading is something many of us love to do and if you guys are anything like me you are always looking for new and terrific books to read. Sometimes the books we love are part of a series and that is a bonus because — look! there are more books just like this one!!! Today’s Ten on Tuesday topic, as you may have guessed by this introduction, is 10 Favorite Books in Series.

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  1. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. My favorite, hands down. I haven’t read them all yet as I am savoring them rather than tearing through them.
  2. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling. Simply the best for all ages.
  3. The Alphabet Mysteries by Sue Grafton. She’s almost done and, while I will be sad to see these end, I do think it’s time for Kinsey Millhone to try something new.
  4. The Goldy Bear Culinary mystery books by Diane Mott Davidson. I’m a sucker for books that include recipes.
  5. The Hunger Games books by Suzanne Collins. These were very very good and I enjoyed them so much. I tried the Divergent series thinking I would enjoy them as well but —- nope.
  6. The Hannah Swenson mystery books by Joanne Fluke. These include recipes and they are fun to read but certainly not anything close to good literature.
  7. Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder. The first series I ever read, I think, and then I read them over and over again. I wanted to be Laura Ingalls Wilder.
  8. The Kay Scarpetta books by Patricia Cornwell. They get darker and darker and I didn’t even realize until I looked at Good Reads that there are about 8 I haven’t read but if you like suspense then this series is for you.
  9. The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell. I am not a fan of science fiction but this series of 3 books are among the finest I have ever read. The first is the best, I think, but the other 2 are excellent and I can’t recommend this highly enough.
  10. The Thursday Next books by Jasper Fforde. If you’re a fan of Jane Eyre then the 1st in this series is a must. I will admit that I lost interest after the 5th (mainly because I read them one right after the other) but I’m thinking I’d like to get back to them and try again.

I’m looking forward to expanding my to-be-read list today! If you wrote a post to share please click the button below to add your link. If you want to receive the weekly Ten on Tuesday email please click here to sign up.

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  1. We have a few in common – I’ve certainly read at least one (or all the way to T?!) of most of yours. Of course Harry Potter and Little House on the Prairie are my two favorites…soon to be joined, I think, by Outlander.

  2. I may have to reconsider the Outlander series. I read the first one and couldn’t imagine slogging my way through all of them, but with you and Mary both recommending them (and I suspect many more people will join the cheers today) it seems I owe the series another look.

  3. This will be like Christmas! More good books. If you enjoy culinary mysteries I recommend Julie Hyzy’s White House Chef series starting with State of the Onion. Also Jenn McKinlay’s series with librarian Lindsey Norris. Not culinary, but a fun read for library rats.

  4. Yet more proof we do not read or like the same genre or style of book. But, I love seeing your list and even admit to reading a Scarpetta or two.

  5. I WISH there was a third book in The Sparrow series! Unless I missed one I have only read 2 by her in this series.

  6. My mom was required to make me a sun bonnet in the second grade.
    Another series by Suzanne Collins that I really like is Gregor the Overlander. It’s a kids’ series with a twelve year old hero, but very entertaining.

  7. So happy that you mentioned the Little House series–I loved them as a child and reread them every few years as an adult!

  8. As a woman of nordic extraction (not necessary to be one, of course), have you ever read the Kristin Lavransdatter books by Sigrid Undset? I’ve read them several times.

    It’s funny how at first when thinking of series, I think of a sequential story divided into segments. But they can be books with the same characters, too, can’t the? In that vein, I would suggest the Discwold series by Terry Pratchett and the Nero Wolfe mysteries by Rex Stout.

  9. I warmed up to Outlander and enjoyed Hunger Games. I will be starting Mockingjay while on vacation. I didn’t participate this week as I could only think of about 5 book series I really enjoyed, but looking at these lists I might have been able to list a couple more!

  10. 1,2,3,5, and 7. I would add any (what’s his name?)McCall Smith? He of the Number One Ladies Detective Agency and any of his series set in Scotland. Also early Robert Parker. I stay away from Scarpetta and any of those gruesome books. P.S. I confess to reading all the Babysitters Club books when my girls were in middle school.

  11. I’ve read the Dragon Tattoo books and The Hunger Games books. But I really enjoyed the easy reading of a romance novel series by Robyn Carr. My bad? 🙂

  12. I charged through your list looking for something by George Elliott, and was surprised to find it missing. 🙂

  13. Carole, I love these ToT posts about books! They provide me with a lot of leads and food for thought. Thanks for doing these. The only thing I would change would be the frequency!

  14. We have a lot of books in common. When I first read this week’s prompt I thought I didn’t really have any favorite series of books. I only thought of Stephanie Plum and Harry Potter. I was wrong!
    I forgot all about Little House, Goldy Bear and Thursday Next!

    I read Outlander years ago and never moved on with the series. It wasn’t really my thing.

    I’d add the Father Tim series by Jan Karon and the Inspector Gamache series by Louise Penny to the list too.

  15. oh and the Murder at the … series by Margaret Truman was another good mystery series. I haven’t read them in years but really enjoyed them back in my college days. Especially Murder at the National Cathedral and Murder in the Smithsonian.

  16. I have enjoyed a lot of the same books! Have you read the Royal Spyness books by Rhys Bowen? I love them and have read and listened to them all. Something to consider if you’re looking for something light and fun.

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