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Aug
04
2014

TL;DR Top Ten List: Top 10 Series to Binge Read!

A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

In our experiences, top ten lists normally have two flaws: they're poorly formatted for quick reading and they are normally wrong. Just check all the comments of any top ten list, and you'll see lots of other folks think the list is wrong, too.

With our TL;DR Top Ten Lists, we're going to fix both problems... with your help. We're just gonna give you a couple of things on our top ten list (to make it faster to read), and you fill out the rest in the comments below (to make sure the list is accurate). Add to the list, argue with us, argue with each other, but most importantly be nice and have fun.

Today's TL;DR Top Ten List topic is:

Top 10 Series to Binge Read!

The Elijah Bailey Series by Isaac Asimov

Binge watching is all the rage now, so we wanted to highlight binge reading! All our choices are series that are complete (so no "Song of Ice and Fire") and might not be exactly what was expected (LOTR, Harry Potter, etc.). However, you can elect any series in your comments below, if you wish. Just make sure to include some reasons for your choice!

  1. The Elijah Baley Series by Isaac Asimov

    This series features a human and a robot: Elijah (sometimes called Lije) Baley (human) and R. Daneel Olivaw (robot). It explores such grand sci-fi topics as friendship, the meaning of "alive," and the conquering of prejudice. And, each novel featured a really keen mystery, too. This can turn into a multi-day binge, if you continue into the Foundation Series (where Lije and R. Daneel show up) and read until your faith in the robot-assured preservation of humanity is cemented.

  2. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Trilogy (in more than three parts) by Douglas Adams

    The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Trilogy (in more than three parts) by Douglas Adams We came for the humor and we stayed for the Pan Galactic Gargle Blasters. And we also stayed for the humor. H2G2 is a Mega-epic adventure which taught the reader (through a pained smile of continued mirth) to look at the world in a different way. Read H2G2 in one sitting and you'll find the wonder in things you see everywhere (like fjords and mattresses) and maybe, just maybe, you'll fall someday and miss the ground.

  3. A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

    Again, as in #1, we get more mystery. And again, we learn all sorts of lessons as we follow the Baudelaire family as they search for the truth. We learn that not all questions have answers and not all mysteries can be solved. And we also learn the value of the people we hold dear - a treasure beyond any that a family wills to you and a distant relative lusts over. Finally, we learned all sorts of words and authors and junk as we researched all the allusions made in the series. This series is one that leads to further binges!

  4. The
  5. The "Swords" series by Fritz Leiber

    With the creation of the characters Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser and the city of Lankhmar, Fritz Leiber added a massive chapter to the history of sword and sorcery tales. The Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser stories were not only full of all the staples of this genre, but also lovingly mocked it. While binging on this series, you'll have fun as characters actually progress (age, mature, settle down, etc.), all the while seeing what made Lankhmar a welcome addition to the AD&D universe.

And now it's your turn. What do you think numbers 5-10 are? Do you agree with our numbers 1-4?

Take to the comments and help us find the Top 10 Series to Binge Read!


Written by Mindel, a certified Master of Disguise (so long as the disguise looks just like him).

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meaningless icon! For a while now I've loved the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. They are quick, fun reads that often have me laughing out loud. They should definitely be on this list.
JuggleMan said this 113 days ago.
meaningless icon! Harry Potter! Come on!
nofate301 said this 113 days ago.
meaningless icon! I really love the Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind. It has a TON of books and story to get through and it really is just one of those series you can really get lost in.
TheGeekyGoddess said this 113 days ago.
meaningless icon! The Miles Vorkosigan series by Lois McMaster Bujold.
mamajoan said this 113 days ago.
meaningless icon! I love the Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind.
TheGeekyGoddess said this 113 days ago.
meaningless icon! Harry Potter, Harry Potter, Harry Potter. Then, Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin.
KTGeek said this 113 days ago.
meaningless icon! The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant by Stephen R. Donaldson The Valdemar series (at least 40 books) by Mercedes Lackey Star Risk, Ltd. series by Chris Bunch
CaptainPalapa said this 113 days ago.
meaningless icon! Pulpy space opera goodness? Look no further than E.E. "Doc" Smith's "Lensman" series.
QuarkSpin said this 113 days ago.
meaningless icon! The Dark Tower, by Stephen King. I consider the 7 main books a giant one. The new The Wind Through the Keyhole was a great additionnal story. And the graphic novels/comics (I never know what they should be called) are great to get a better insight at what Roland's childhood and coming of age was.
EvilDeath said this 113 days ago.
meaningless icon! It's getting a lot of hype from the new show, but Outlander (Diana Gabaldon) has been a fave for years. Also the Asian Saga series by James Clavell, and the Aubrey/Maturin (known to most as Master and Commander series) by Patrick O'Brian are good, as is any of W.E.B Griffin's stuff (well, mostly. anything he writes his son, not so much.)
Skaene said this 113 days ago.
meaningless icon! Dresden Files by Jim Butcher. I got three words for you Noir Detective Wizard.
AudibleTales said this 113 days ago.
meaningless icon! The Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger, and the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. (And, obviously, JK Rowling's Harry Potter.)
js argh said this 113 days ago.
meaningless icon! The Belgariad by David Eddings. Best. series. ever.
Aeta CapElla said this 113 days ago.
meaningless icon! Pendragon or Enders Game series.
saicopathy said this 113 days ago.
meaningless icon! His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman. Fantastic set of three epic fantasy novels. That's all there is to say. If you haven't read them, you should.
Hylian_grouch said this 113 days ago.
meaningless icon! The Laundry Files by Charles Stross (starting with The Atrocity Archives). Modern day computational demonologist tries to save the world from the ancient, many-tentacled horrors.
cjyar said this 113 days ago.
meaningless icon! Robert Rankin's inaccurately named Brentford Trilogy: All kinds of strange shenanigans & bizarre goings-on; & Delightfully silly to boot.
Lidbert said this 113 days ago.
meaningless icon! Definitely the Miles Vorkosigan series by Lois McMaster Bujold. Never gets old no matter how many times I read it. The Honor Harrington series by David Weber is good until about 2005. Has been dropping off since then.... And of course, LOTR has no equal in Over Heaven or Middle Earth
dwelden said this 113 days ago.
meaningless icon! The Hyperion series by Dan Simmons, or The Circle by Ted Dekker. Both are fantastic.
ender1004 said this 113 days ago.
meaningless icon! The Liaden Universe space operas by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller. The Continuing Time by Dan Moran. Valdemar, Aubrey/Maturin and Dresden are also good. Oh and the Leephorn and Chee mysteries by Tony Hillerman.
Offero said this 113 days ago.
meaningless icon! The Otherland series by Tad Williams Amazing stories. Within stories. I think I will go start it again right now.
Sen no Kotoba said this 113 days ago.
meaningless icon! The Chronicles of Amber by Roger Zelazny. Moreso the Corwin books than the Merlin ones, but that's just MHO.
pixelesh said this 113 days ago.
meaningless icon! The Night Angel Trilogy by Brent Weeks, the Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson, and (regardless whether it's complete or not) you have to include the Discworld series by Terry Pratchett. Thumbs up on the Vorkosigan series from Lois McMaster Bujold as well.
The Snarkitect said this 113 days ago.
meaningless icon! Discworld! 40+ books, 30ish of which are awesome. It has multiple sets of intertwining characters, satire and parody, and includes a great 3-part young adult series as part of it's canon.
Crimsonbinomial said this 112 days ago.
meaningless icon! The Fairyland series by Catherynne M. Valente. Fantastic and beautiful.
quirk6 said this 112 days ago.
meaningless icon! Timothy Zahn's Heir to the Empire trilogy, and the Lord of the Rings. I binge-read both at least once a year.
SwordofWit said this 112 days ago.
meaningless icon! I'd also recommend the Dresden Files
ethertect said this 111 days ago.
meaningless icon! 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Mysterious Island, Journey to the Center of the Earth, and Around the World in 80 Days (all by Jules Verne). I have a compilation of all four and have read them at least 10 times
teqqqie said this 111 days ago.
meaningless icon! The Darth Bane Trilogy
teqqqie said this 111 days ago.
meaningless icon! Pixelish! You and I are cut from the same cloth. I suggested Amber when Chris was putting this list together, and then retracted it after I started thinking about the second half. But the first ones are definitely binge-able!
Regan (ThinkGeek Staff) said this 110 days ago.
meaningless icon! Brust's Vlad Taltos books (Jhereg is the first one) And then you can continue with the Khaavren romances.
Philo Pharynx said this 110 days ago.
meaningless icon! DISCWORLD! You can even pick mini-series(es?) within the series. I like the Death and Susan books (Mort, Reaper Man, Soul Music, The Hogfather, Thief of Time), and the Moist von Lipwig books (Going Postal, Making Money, Raising Steam) best. Plus, there are standalones within the series, too, like Small Gods, Feet of Clay, or Pyramids. Also, for younger readers, I 1701% recommend the Tiffany Aching books (The Wee Free Men, A Hat Full of Sky, Wintersmith, I Shall Wear Midnight). So good.
QueenCatriona said this 107 days ago.
meaningless icon! The Wheel of Time series! GAH. Such an epic collection!!
darthsydious said this 86 days ago.

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