The 20 Best Book Series of All Time


Sci-fi, kids to teens, historical to contemporary fiction.

1. Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling

  1. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
  2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  3. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  4. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  6. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

2. Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins

  1. The Hunger Games
  2. Catching Fire
  3. Mockingjay

3. The Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer

  1. Twilight
  2. New Moon
  3. Eclipse

4. A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin

  1. A Game of Thrones
  2. A Clash of Kings
  3. A Storm of Swords: Part 1 Steel and Snow
  4. A Storm of Swords: Part 2 Blood and Gold
  5. A Feast for Crows
  6. A Dance with Dragons: Part 1 Dreams and Dust
  7. A Dance with Dragons: Part 2 After the Feast

5. The Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien

  1. The Hobbit
  2. The Fellowship of the Ring
  3. The Two Towers
  4. The Return of the King

6. The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis

  1. The Magician’s Nephew
  2. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
  3. The Horse and His Boy
  4. Prince Caspian
  5. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
  6. The Silver Chair
  7. The Last Battle

7. Millennium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson

  1. The Girl Who Played with Fire
  2. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest
  3. The Girl in the Spider’s Web

8. His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman

  1. Northern Lights
  2. The Subtle Knife
  3. The Amber Spyglass

9. Discworld by Terry Pratchett

  1. The Colour of Magic
  2. The Light Fantastic
  3. Equal Rites
  4. Mort
  5. Sourcery
  6. Wyrd Sisters
  7. Pyramids
  8. Guards! Guards!
  9. Eric
  10. Jingo
  11. The Last Continent
  12. Carpe Jugulum
  13. The Fifth Elephant
  14. The Truth
  15. Thief of Time
  16. The Last Hero
  17. The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents
  18. Night Watch

10. Earth’s Children by Jean M. Auel

  1. The Clan of the Cave Bear
  2. The Valley of Horses
  3. The Mammoth Hunters
  4. The Plains of Passage
  5. The Shelters of Stone

11. Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin

  1. Tales of the City
  2. More Tales of the City
  3. Further Tales of the City
  4. Babycakes
  5. Significant Others
  6. Sure of You
  7. Michael Tolliver Lives
  8. Mary Ann in Autumn
  9. The Days of Anna Madrigal

12. Aubrey/Maturin novels by Patrick O’Brian

  1. Master and Commander
  2. The Reverse of the Medal
  3. Post Captain
  4. H.M.S. Surprise
  5. The Mauritius Command
  6. Desolation Island
  7. The Fortune of War
  8. The Surgeon’s Mate
  9. The Ionian Mission
  10. Treason’s Harbour
  11. The Letter of Marque
  12. The Thirteen-gun Salute
  13. The Nutmeg of Consolation
  14. Clarissa Oakes
  15. The Wine-dark Sea
  16. The Commodore
  17. The Yellow Admiral
  18. The Hundred Days

13. Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy

  1. Skulduggery Pleasant
  2. Playing with Fire
  3. Dark Days
  4. Mortal Coil
  5. Death Bringer
  6. Skulduggery Pleasant: Kingdom of the Wicked
  7. Last Stand of Dead Men
  8. The Dying of the Light

14. Divergent Trilogy by Veronica Roth

  1. Divergent
  2. Insurgent
  3. Allegiant

15. Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan

  1. Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief: Bk. 1
  2. Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters: Bk. 2
  3. Percy Jackson and the Titan’s Curse: Bk. 3
  4. Percy Jackson and the Battle of the Labyrinth: Bk. 4
  5. Percy Jackson and the Last Olympian: Bk. 5

16. The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

  1. The Mortal Instruments 2: City of Ashes
  2. The Mortal Instruments 3: City of Glass
  3. The Mortal Instruments: City of Fallen Angels
  4. The Mortal Instruments 5: City of Lost Souls
  5. The Mortal Instruments 6: City of Heavenly Fire

17. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

  1. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  2. The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
  3. Life, the Universe and Everything
  4. So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish
  5. Mostly Harmless

18. Jack Reacher by Lee Child

  1. Killing Floor
  2. Die Trying
  3. Tripwire
  4. The Visitor
  5. Echo Burning
  6. Without Fail
  7. Persuader
  8. The Enemy
  9. One Shot
  10. More

19. The №1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith

  1. The №1 Ladies’ Detective Agency
  2. Tears of the Giraffe
  3. Morality for Beautiful Girls
  4. The Kalahari Typing School for Men
  5. The Full Cupboard of Life
  6. In the Company of Cheerful Ladies
  7. The Miracle at Speedy Motors
  8. Tea Time for the Traditionally Built
  9. The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party

20. Culture by Iain M Banks

  1. The Player of Games
  2. Use of Weapons
  3. The State of the Art
  4. Excession
  5. Inversions
  6. Look to Windward
  7. Matter
  8. Surface Detail
  9. The Hydrogen Sonata

Bonus: Kurt Wallander by Henning Mankell

  1. Faceless Killers
  2. The Dogs of Riga
  3. The White Lioness
  4. The Man Who Smiled
  5. Sidetracked
  6. The Fifth Woman
  7. One Step Behind
  8. Firewall
  9. The Pyramid


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