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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

2011 Mundie Moms Favorites: Series from Established Authors

It's day 4 of 2011 Mundie Moms Favorites and today we're featuring our favorite books from an established series. This year there were a ton of awesome books in a series. It was a little hard narrowing our list down to only 22. Why 22 and not just 10? As I mentioned in a our Debs/New Series post, normally we do a top 10 list, but having read over 250 books this year, it was too hard for me to list 10 favorites. Instead, Sophie and I created a list of our top 24 favorite books from an established series.

I don't think it will be any surprise at the books that grace our 1st choice:
  1. Clockwork Prince & City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare
  2. The Iron Queen & The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa
  3. Wolfsbane by Andrea Cremer
  4. Red Glove by Holly Black
  5. Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor
  6. Forever by Maggie Stiefvater
  7. Betrayal & Surrender by Lee Nichols
  8. The Dark & Hollow Places by Carrie Ryan
  9. Demonglass by Rachel Hawkins
  10. HEREAFTER by Tara Hudson
  11. Circle of Fire by Michelle Zink
  12. Supernaturally by Kiersten White
  13. Vanish by Sophie Jordan
  14. Illusions by Aprilynne Pike
  15. Tiger's Quest by Colleen Houck
  16. The Eternal Sea by Angie Frazier
  17. Desires of the Dead by Kimberly Derting
  18. The Demon's Surrender by Sarah Rees Brennan
  19. Blood Solstice by Samantha Young
  20. Dark Goddess by Sarwat Chadda
  21. Crossed by Ally Condie
  22. Trial by Fire by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
  23. Shadowspell by Jenna Black
  24. Secrets & Shadows by Shannon Delany

The hard thing about a list is that we always feel we leave books off the list that we enjoyed, but we have to draw the line somewhere or this post wouldn't end. The selected books are ones that we rated 4.5-5 stars, and from that selection we choose books that stood out the most to us. Each link will take you to our review here on the blog.

Along with this list we also wanted to list some of our favorite series that ended this year (sniff, sniff) We felt they needed a proper farewell.... luckily we have these books on our shelves so we can sit and read them over and over again.

* The Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa
* Haunting Emma series by Lee Nichols
* Always a Witch series by Carolyn MacCullough
* The Prophecy of the Sisters series by Michelle Zink
* The Wolves of Mercy Falls by Maggie Stiefvater
* The Forest of Hands & Teeth series by Carrie Ryan
* The Maze Runner series by James Dashner
* Devil's Kiss series by Sarwat Chadda
* The Lunarmorte Series by Samantha Young

Along with this farewell, there were some new series from some of our favorite established authors that started this year. Here's some of our favorite new series released this year:
  1. The Pledge by Kimberly Derting
  2. The Vespertine by Saundra Mitchell
  3. The Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor
  4. Delirium by Lauren Oliver
  5. Sweet Venom by Terra Lynn Childs
  6. Unleashed by Nancy Holder & Debbie Viguie
  7. This Dark Endeavor: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein by Kenneth Oppel
You can read our complete list of 2011 MM Favorites here. What were some of your favorites from this year?


  1. What a fantastic list! I loved so many of these.

  2. Great list. I love that you included Always a Witch on the list. I have to agree with about everything here!

  3. Mundie Moms - just a special "thank you" for the great recommendations. I am new this year to really reading a lot in the YA genre, and I've been looking for a site with good recommendations. I have found yours to be very close to my own tastes, and they point me to reliably good books. Thank you for that! I picked up a bunch of new reads off of these "favorites" posts that you have been doing the last few days. They will keep me busy while I wait for "Angel Fire" by L.A. Weatherly and "Bloodrose" by Andrea Cremer to be released in January! Thanks for easing the pain of my wait! :-) --Jen (a 40-something reader from Virginia)

  4. Awesome list @MundieMoms! Thanks for posting and sharing. ;) DeAnna Schultz

  5. Andrea- You are so welcome!!!

    Heather- Thank you so much!

    Amber- thank you! So glad you enjoyed Always A Witch too!

    Jen- Aw, thank you so much for that huge compliment! I really appreciate it. I'm thrilled you've found books you love from our list. Happy Reading!

    DeAnna- You're so welcome!! :)

  6. Oh man, for a series junkie this list is like crack! So much awesome here and so many great titles I have to look forward too. So sad that some of my favorites ended this year. *cries*

  7. Michelle- LOL I swear any good book list is like crack for me. I'm so sad over these series ending. I don't know what I'm going to do when Cassie's series ends.

  8. I agree with your top two, but Forever is definitely a third with nothing even close to that top three.
    Terry Martin (can't get signed in as other than Anonymous....