I wasn’t originally planning on making this list. However, my honorable mentions list was getting out of hand and I had to do something. And so I decided to create a whole new list celebrating all the great series I read in 2017. Well, not all of them. I’m only including series I read for the first time this year that have more than one installment out. This excludes some great series I read this year, but you’ll see them featured in one manner or another on my best books list so it all evens out. I won’t be making my corresponding worst and most disappointing lists, as I don’t continue series I don’t like. I will take this moment, however, to give a shout out to The Merciless by Danielle Vega. Even though the series was mediocre, it was addicting and I binged the whole series in a couple days. But other than that, I loved all the series I stuck with this year. As always in qualifying, there didn’t need to be a new installment this year; I simply had to have read all or most of the series this year. And so, now that I’ve written a pretty satisfactory introduction, let’s get on with the list:
- The Archived by Victoria Schwab (Began January 22, 2013):
Originally meant to be a trilogy, this series has only two books available to the public (but if you all start reading it, that could change). It follows MacKenzie Bishop, a Keeper. Her job is to stop Histories (the spirits of the dead) from breaking back into the realm of the living. When she moves to a new town, she begins to uncover a big secret that could shake the foundation of the Archive forever. It’s such a unique series, and is easily Victoria’s best young adult project. Please, please read this series.
2. The Wicked + The Divine by Kieron Gillen & Jamie McKelvie (Began November 12, 2014):
This is a graphic novel series I’ve wanted to read for quite some time, and I finally took the plunge in November. I’m so glad I did. It takes place in a world where a pantheon of gods from various religions and mythos are reborn as rock stars (or whatever the equivalent is for the time period) every ninety years. It’s a diverse romp filled with mystery and murder. It also follows one of my new favorite characters, Laura Wilson, as she becomes entwined with the gods. It’s such a unique idea, and I can’t wait for the next volume.
3. The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen (Began April 14, 2015):
Though I haven’t finished this series, I have read the first book and am almost finished with the second so I feel I can include it. It follows Kelsea as she journeys to the Keep (the Raleigh family castle) to take her place as queen. Many people want to stop her from ascending, however, so she must rely on her loyal Queen’s Guards to help her. This series is exactly what I’ve been needing in a high fantasy story. It doesn’t shy away from the ugliness nor does it paint Kelsea as a— well, as a Mary Sue. Even though the series takes a long time to get through, it’s worth it. I’m so excited to find out where all this ends up, especially since things look grim right now.
4. Monstress by Marjorie M. Liu & Sana Takeda (Began July 19, 2016):
This is easily my favorite graphic novel series at the moment. It follows Maika Halfwolf who is possessed by a mysterious monster and on a mission to uncover the secrets of her past. She’s such a dark antihero; I love her so much. On top of that, the artwork is just gorgeous. Be warned, though: this is not for the faint of heart. I can’t say much else without giving things away, but if you’re not already sold, just know there’s talking cats in this world as well. Ms. Liu is a gift to the graphic novel world.
5. Star Wars: Poe Dameron by Charles Soule, Chris Eliopoulos, & Phil Noto (Began December 13, 2016):
I love Poe. After seeing The Last Jedi, I love him more than I already did, but this series really started my appreciation for him. He’s hotheaded and impulsive, always trying to impress his idol Leia. While I didn’t love the first volume, I adored the second. I’m so eager for the next issue to come out because I need more Dameron in my life.
Do you agree with any of my choices? What were some of the best series you read this year? Tell me about them in the comments!