Alyssa, Amy, and I read THE UNBECOMING OF MARA DYER in January for our On the Same Page read and we all pretty much knew once we started it, we’d end up binge-reading the rest of the series. I had heard so many things about the series and we had been waiting until the full trilogy was out for the express purpose of binge-reading. We finally picked it as our January read and I’m so glad I read straight through the whole trilogy!
There are some series you just don’t want to put down and they’re just so easily bingeable. The Mara Dyer Trilogy inspired me to think of some other series that I’ve binged (or wanted to) and I came up with my recommendations for series that you can start and finish one right after the other!
6 BINGEABLE BOOK SERIES
Being the inspiration for this post, it’s obviously the first on my list. There are so many wacky turns, crazy moments, and questions left for the reader to ponder that I just didn’t want to put this series down. I think it’s always helpful for me to read a series like this back-to-back-to-back so I don’t forget anything from the previous book. When there’s so much going on and so much more to discover, it’s great to be able to pick up the next book right away! Mara Dyer definitely had my mind reeling and I’m so glad I didn’t have to wait to see how this series concluded!
Okay, so these books don’t exactly make for a short binge (each one is at least 500 pages long) but this was one of the first true series binges that I had. I started MISTBORN and couldn’t stop thinking about it so when I started THE WELL OF ASCENSION, I immediately had THE HERO OF AGES on stand-by. The books are so good that I zipped through them and really had a hard time actually stopping. This is still one of my favorite series to date and if you fly through these, there’s a whole second era of books that come after them! (And more to come too!)
I’d also recommend Brandon Sanderson’s YA series The Reckoners as a bingeable option since I inhaled those books (and then had to wait for the final book’s release… but it’s out now)!
While I’m really glad that I’ve been a fan of this series (almost) right from the start, this is definitely the kind of series that you want to binge. These books leave you with so many emotions, questions, and desire for more that it’s hard to stop reading! I first read THE RAVEN BOYS a little after its release date and then I read THE DREAM THIEVES and BLUE LILY, LILY BLUE early as ARCs… The wait for each next book has been excruciating!! I’m both excited and nervous for THE RAVEN KING but the good thing about the wait is that it gave me time to re-read the series… and I binge-read my re-reads haha! If you’re new to the series, it’s one I highly recommend and with THE RAVEN KING coming out in April, you can start reading now just in time for the final book’s release!
These books are filled with so much intrigue and angst (in a good way) that I just didn’t want to step away! There’s this fantastic push and pull between Kestrel and Arin (the two main characters and alternating POVs) that this series was one I just didn’t want to walk away from! Again, this was a series that I read each book as an advanced copy so I made the wait even longer for myself but the conclusion was definitely worth the wait!! With THE WINNER’S KISS coming out, you won’t have to wait like I did!
It took me a while to get from WHITE CAT to RED GLOVE, but that was mostly because I was waiting to see if my library was going to to get the audio for it (they didn’t). These books are fun, easy to read, and really hooked me with a few little twists and surprises. I loved that Cassel is sort of an anti-hero, though maybe not quite all the way to anti-hero status. There’s a lot of gray area with him and the reader is always meant to root for him, even if it means he’s not always doing pleasant things. The sarcasm and deadpan humor was great and I loved the magical ties with mafia spins.
This is a series I wish I could have binged! I started when THE 5TH WAVE came out and there was just so much that went on in both books one and two that I just wish I could have read them all at once! They were SUCH quick reads for me and I totally inhaled them. I’m not even a fan of alien books but these had me hooked!
OTHER BINGEABLE SERIES
I wanted to feature series that I don’t talk about all the time (okay, so I do talk about The Raven Cycle and Mistborn a lot) but obviously you see me raving about series like The Lunar Chronicles and The Grisha Trilogy all the time. Those are definitely on my list of series to binge as well, especially since all of the books are out.
Then there are some heftier series like Harry Potter which I’d also obviously recommend but seven books is a lot and I figure at this point, you’ve either read them, know you want to read them, or know you don’t care so it’s kind of a pointless series to recommend! I binge-read my way through the first three books in the Throne of Glass series and I wish I could just read any of Sarah J. Maas’ series non-stop!
There are also other series that I’d like to binge but only the first books in the series are out, like ILLUMINAE, but I have to be patient and just wait!
If you’re looking for recommendations, you know I’m always up for some! I love a great book and a good series binge so check out any of the lists below for some of my favorites based on some of your favorites!
- If You Liked… The Lunar Chronicles | Harry Potter | Divergent | If I Stay | The Fault In Our Stars | Anna and the French Kiss
Do you binge-read any series? Which ones haven’t you been able to put down? Do you like to start series when they come out or wait so you can read them all at once?
Thanks again for checking out this month’s feature for On the Same Page! We had a blast reading The Mara Dyer trilogy and sharing our thoughts with you! And don’t forget to check out Amy & Alyssa’s posts today too!