Monthly Recommendations is a Goodreads group created and hosted by Kayla Rayne @ Kayla Rayne and Trina @ Between Chapters… and, as of recently, also co-hosted by April @ April Sarah and myself! I would love if you joined the Goodreads group and posted your recommendations for the topics every month (or just the months you feel like posting)!
September’s topic is binge-worthy series. Admittedly, I don’t read nearly as many series nowadays as I used to, but I have always loved marathoning series. Not every series is best read all in one go, but I do love a good series binge. Some of my best reading memories involve reading entire series over my holiday breaks in middle and high school. Plus, with fall and nesting season approaching, what could be better than curling up under a blanket with a multi-book series?
Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo // The SoC duology was one of the first series that came to mind when I saw this topic. I read both books over one weekend shortly after Crooked Kingdom released, and it was such a fun experience! This world is incredibly immersive and well-depicted, and the complex characters and twisty plot immediately grabbed my attention and didn’t let go. It’s still one of my all-time favorite series!
The Shadowhunter Chronicles by Cassandra Clare // Okay, so this recommendation is multiple series in one, but I think all of the Shadowhunter Chronicles are PERFECT binge-reading material. This is actually how I got into the series– I started reading them in publication order over Thanksgiving break my sophomore year of high school (at that point only the first three TMI books + the first two TID books were out), and it’s one of my fondest reading memories. And now, I will forever associate these two series with the holidays. I fully recognize that the first few TMI books are hot garbage, but I am also garbage and will forever love these books. The Shadowhunter world is so easy to get lost in, and though some of these books are loooong, they always fly by for me. Plus, now is the perfect time to catch up on these books, with Queen of Air & Darkness coming out in late December!
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before Trilogy by Jenny Han // I didn’t get to marathon this series the first time I read it, because I read each of the books as they were released. However, I reread all three books last month, and they were so compulsively readable and quick! It’s not a series with a high amount of tension (plus, I already knew what happened, having read the trilogy previously), but for some reason, I could not stop listening to the audiobooks. Lara Jean is one of my favorite YA protagonists (despite being nothing like me), and I find her so endearing that I just really wanted to know what happened to her and the people she loves!
Sex Criminals by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky // This is honestly my favorite graphic novel series. It provides me with some much-needed levity amid the current hellscape of a world we’re living in. It’s hilarious, witty, and sharp, and I always fly through each new volume. There are five volumes currently out, so they will keep you busy and entertained for a while! Highly recommend if you need some dumb humor in your life.
Vampire Academy and Bloodlines by Richelle Mead // Another two-series-in-one recommendation! Granted, it’s been, like, five years since I read these books (they were another of my high school holiday break conquests), but I could. not. stop. reading either of these series. I finished each of them in, like, a week. I have no idea if I would enjoy them if I reread them today, but I could not make this post without mentioning them, because that’s another very vivid reading memory for me.
The NOLA Nights series by Thea de Salle // This is one of the few romance series I’ve read, and I love all three books. They’re such quick, fun reads, with lots of wonderful representation. The New Orleans setting makes it all the more charming. Plus, tbh, some of the best sex scenes I’ve ever read. Fair warning, though: I think this series could be classed as erotica because of all the sex scenes, so if that’s not your thing, you probably wouldn’t like this.
Tiny Pretty Things Dulogy by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton // This is another relatively recent binge read of mine! I ADORE this duology and it does not get nearly the amount of hype it deserves. 2/3 of the POV characters are WOC, and it has representation for eating disorders, substance abuse, and other mental illnesses. This duology reminded me of everything I love about YA contemporary. It’s full of twists and turns, centers around ambitious ballerina protagonists attending the country’s most elite ballet school, and it addresses lots of heavy topics in a sensitive way– what’s not to love???
The Diviners series by Libba Bray // I saved my favorite for last, because we all know I can’t go a single recommendations post without mentioning Libba Bray. Now, to be fair, I didn’t binge-read this series, since I’ve read each installment more or less immediately upon its release. But if I had had the option to binge read it, I 100% would have. Like, for someone picking up the first book now, I have no idea how anyone could do anything but immediately read the subsequent books. I could live in this book world forever. All of the characters are endearing yet flawed, which makes them easy to root for, and the plot is getting more and more intriguing with each new installment. If you haven’t read this series yet, what are you waiting for??? (Also, please pick up the audiobooks. 1000000/10; they’re incredible.)
Have you read any of my picks? What is your favorite binge-worthy series?