Booktopia’s top picks for series’ to binge

by |May 1, 2023

In the mood to binge-read? We’ve got your next series sorted!

Whether you like viral #BookTok novels, crime & thriller, fantasy, young adult, romance, historical or science fiction books, we have rounded up our top picks for series you won’t be able to put down.

Find your next obsession below,

The Best of BookTok:

The Best of Colleen Hoover

Colleen Hoover has rightfully taken over #BookTok thanks to her #1 best selling novel It Ends With Us. But Colleen also has a multitude of other books surrounding topics of love, family and redemption, as well as a thriller guaranteed to keep you up all night, with a twist that will leave you reeling.

Here are our top picks by Colleen Hoover:

The Best of Taylor Jenkins Reid

Taylor Jenkins Reid, the Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller, is quickly becoming the queen of book-to-screen adaptation novels. Taylor is the author of a number of #BookTok famous books.

Here are our top picks by Taylor Jenkins Reid:

The Best of Emily Henry

Emily Henry is the author of butterfly-inducing romantic comedies. All of her novels have unsurprisingly been New York Times bestsellers.

Here are our top picks by Emily Henry:

The Best of Ali Hazelwood

Ali Hazelwood is the author of STEMinist rom-com novels. She is a New York Times bestselling author and #BookTok sensation, and her highly anticipated brand-new novel is being released on 13 June 2023!

Here are our top picks by Ali Hazelwood:

Crime & Thriller:

The Thursday Murder Club
by Richard Osman

Richard Osman is an author, producer and television presenter. His The Thursday Murder Club novels have been multi-million-copy record-breaking bestsellers around the world.

In a peaceful retirement village, four unlikely friends meet up once a week to investigate unsolved murders. Their only problem is that they’re rather good at it. This mystery series is unable to be put down, and will have you on the edge of your seat.

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Aaron Falk Thrillers
by Jane Harper

The trilogy that is at the core of the Jane Harper phenomenon.

Immortalised on screen by Eric Bana. Read and adored by Ann Cleeves, David Baldacci and millions of fans worldwide.

Both a New York Times and Sunday Times bestseller, Jane Harper has developed a reputation as both an acclaimed crime thriller writer and the Queen of Outback Noir. All her novels are set in rural or small-town Australia, where she spent some of her childhood years.

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Jack Reacher Thrillers
by Lee Child and Andrew Child

Jack Reacher jumps off a bus and walks fourteen miles down a country road into Margrave, Georgia. An arbitrary decision he’s about to regret.

One of the most successful American crime series of all time.

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A Court of Thorns & Roses
by Sarah J. Maas

Dragged away from her family for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding even more than his piercing green eyes suggest. Feyre’s presence at his court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for Tamlin turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place.

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Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire
by George R.R. Martin

George R. R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series (AKA Game of Thrones) is a sprawling fantasy epic full of kings and queens, knights and ladies, battles, magic, prophecies, ice zombies and, of course, dragons. Adapted as an award-winning HBO series, the multitude of characters, plot lines, shock twists and gory deaths of this saga have made it a fantasy-lover’s obsession.

Perfect for fans of Robert Jordan, Raymond E. Feist and J.R.R. Tolkien.

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Best of Fantasy Mythology
by Various Authors

New fantasy novels that reimagine worlds of folklore and mythology are having a major moment right now. From the major bestselling works of Madeline Miller – Song of Achilles and Circe to the Women’s Prize shortlisted work of Pat Barker, there’s so much excellent writing to explore.

Here are our top fantasy mythology picks:

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by Julia Quinn

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author Julia Quinn comes the beloved Bridgerton series featuring the charming, powerful Bridgerton family – now a Netflix series helmed by Shonda Rhimes. Set between 1813 and 1827, the Bridgerton Series is a collection of eight novels, each featuring one of the eight children of the late Viscount Bridgerton: Anthony, Benedict, Colin, Daphne, Eloise, Francesca, Gregory, and Hyacinth.

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The Seven Sisters
by Lucinda Riley

Maia D’Apliése and her five sisters gather together at their childhood home, ‘Atlantis’ – a fabulous, secluded castle situated on the shores of Lake Geneva – having been told that their beloved father, the elusive billionaire they call Pa Salt, has died. Maia and her sisters were all adopted by him as babies and, discovering he has already been buried at sea, each of them is handed a tantalising clue to their true heritage – a clue which takes Maia across the world to a crumbling mansion in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. Once there, she begins to put together the pieces of where her story began…

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by Anna Todd

There was the time before Tessa met Hardin, and then there’s everything After… Life will never be the same.

Now newly revised and expanded, Anna Todd’s After fanfiction racked up 1 billion reads online and captivated readers across the globe. Experience the Internet’s most talked-about book for yourself!

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Young Adult:

by Alice Oseman

Boy meets boy. Boys become friends. Boys fall in love. An LGBTQ+ graphic novel series about life, love, and everything that happens in between.

Nick and Charlie are best friends. Nick knows Charlie’s gay, and Charlie is sure that Nick isn’t. But love works in surprising ways, and Nick is discovering all kinds of things about his friends, his family … and himself.

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A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder
by Holly Jackson

The case is closed. Five years ago, schoolgirl Andie Bell was murdered by Sal Singh. The police know he did it. Everyone in town knows he did it. Almost everyone. Having grown up in a small town that was consumed by crime, Pippa Fitz-Adeleke chooses the case as the topic for her final project.

But when Pip starts uncovering secrets that someone in town desperately wants to stay hidden, what starts out as a project begins to become Pip’s dangerous reality . . .

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Throne of Glass
by Sarah J. Maas

Action-packed fantasy romance with a heroine as deadly as she is beautiful, in a world where either fact could make her fortune or seal her fate.

Celaena Sardothien is a daredevil assassin with unrivalled fighting skills. After a year’s hard labour in the salt mines of the kingdom of Endovier, Celaena is offered her freedom on one condition – she must fight as handsome Prince Dorian’s champion in a contest sponsored by the king, facing the deadliest thieves and assassins in the land. But there is more at stake than even her life – for Celaena is destined for a remarkable future.

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by Diana Gabaldon

What if your future was the past?

It’s 1945, and Claire Randall goes to the Scottish Highlands with her husband Frank. It’s a second honeymoon, a chance to learn how war has changed them and to re-establish their loving marriage. But one afternoon, Claire walks through a circle of standing stones and vanishes into 1743, where the first person she meets is a British army officer – her husband’s six-times great-grandfather.

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The Clifton Chronicles
by Jeffrey Archer

The epic tale of Harry Clifton’s life begins in 1919, in the backstreets of Bristol. His father was a war hero, but it will be twenty-one tumultuous years before Harry discovers the truth about how his father really died and if, in fact, he even was his father.

In Jeffrey Archer’s masterful hands, you will be taken on a journey that you won’t want to end, even after you turn the last page of this unforgettable yarn, because you will be faced with a dilemma that neither you, nor Harry Clifton could ever have anticipated.

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The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels
by Philippa Gregory

Philippa Gregory was an established historian and writer when she fell into deep fascination with the Tudor period and wrote the internationally bestselling novel, The Other Boleyn Girl

For anyone who loves the politics and drama of court life, this series is for you! There’s rivalry, scandals and power struggles – at any moment, anyone could fall.

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Science Fiction:

The Dune Chronicles
by Frank Herbert & Kevin J. Anderson

Before The Matrix, before Star Wars, before Ender’s Game and Neuromancer, there was Dune: winner of the prestigious Hugo and Nebula awards, and widely considered one of the greatest science fiction novels ever written.

Melange, or ‘spice’, is the most valuable – and rarest – element in the universe; a drug that does everything from increasing a person’s life-span to making interstellar travel possible. And it can only be found on a single planet: the inhospitable desert world Arrakis…

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The Murderbot Diaries
by Martha Wells

In a corporate-dominated spacefaring future, planetary missions must be approved and supplied by the Company. Exploratory teams are accompanied by Company-supplied security androids, for their own safety.

On a distant planet, a team of scientists are conducting surface tests, shadowed by their Company-supplied ‘droid – a self-aware SecUnit that has hacked its own governor module, and refers to itself (though never out loud) as “Murderbot.” Scornful of humans, all it really wants is to be left alone long enough to figure out who it is.

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Salvation Sequence
by Peter F. Hamilton

An alien shipwreck is discovered on a planet at the very limits of human expansion – so Security Director Feriton Kayne selects a team to investigate. The ship’s sinister cargo not only raises bewildering questions, but could also foreshadow humanity’s extinction. It will be up to the team to bring back answers, and the consequences of this voyage will change everything.

Back on Earth, we can now make deserts bloom and extend lifespans indefinitely, so humanity seems invulnerable. We therefore welcomed the Olyix to Earth when they contacted us. They needed fuel for their pilgrimage across the galaxy – and in exchange they helped us advance our technology. But were the Olyix a blessing or a curse?

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