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Completed Series Perfect for Your Next Binge Read

Don’t want to wait a year for the next book to come out? Grab one of these completed series to avoid that tragedy.
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Have you ever picked up a book and then realized it’s the first in a series that hasn’t ended yet? Any book nerd knows that waiting for the next one, usually a year or more, can feel like an eternity. I, for one, hate reading a book just for it to end on a cliffhanger and having to wait two years to see what happens to the characters. (I’m looking at you, Rick Riordan.)

Here’s a list of some popular and hidden gem series that you won’t have to wait in agony to finish.

‘The Selection’ Series by Kiera Cass

The Selection Series Covers by Kiera Cass

Five books and one novella

I’ll be honest, this is my guilty pleasure, feel-good series that I reach for every summer. Before I picked it up, I was told it’s Hunger Games meets royalty, which I have to disagree with. Yes, there’s a competition where only one can win and a rebellion, but that’s about it for similarities.

The five-book series was initially a trilogy following America Singer as she participates in the Selection, the competition to find the prince’s wife. The first three books have a slow-burn romance and a love triangle, as well as an amazing friendship between America and Marlee (you’ll love her).

The following two books pick up twenty years later, focusing on America’s daughter, Eadlyn, during her own Selection to find her husband. Some people say these books don’t hold up to the original three, but I enjoyed them.

‘Gone’ Series by Michael Grant

Gone Series Covers by Michael Grant
Katherine Tegen Books | HarperCollins

Nine books

When I was in high school, it seemed like everyone had a copy of one of these books in their backpacks. I didn’t want to read it because of its popularity, but I caved in college. And I loved the series!

The first six books are the original series and take place over the course of about a year. One day, everyone over 15 disappears, and the remaining children and young teens develop powers. Over time, society starts crumbling as everyone keeps disappearing on their 15th birthday.

The seventh book jumps three years, and the eighth and ninth books follow soon after. It’s a strange premise that is a little hard to explain, but it kind of reminds me of Under the Dome but with more superpowers and aliens. You’ll love it too, just trust me.

‘The Lying Game’ Series by Sara Shepard

The Lying Game Series Covers by Sara Shepard

Six books

Unlike Shepard’s other series, Pretty Little Liars and The Amateurs, I was hooked on The Lying Game from the very first page. Typically, I solve mysteries early on, but this series had me second-guessing all of my suspects, even when I had it right.

Just promise me you won’t watch the CW show “based” on the series. I don’t know what series they thought they were adapting, but it wasn’t this one. Fingers crossed, someone else makes a good adaptation one day because it could be even better than Pretty Little Liars.

The six-book series follows Emma as she tries to solve the murder of her long-lost sister, Sutton. Joining her in trying to piece together her memories is Sutton’s ghost. You’ll end every book believing you know who killed Sutton, but the next one will have you rethinking everything.

‘Charlotte Holmes’ Series by Brittany Cavallero

Charlotte Holmes Series Covers by Brittany Cavallero
Katherine Tegen Books

Four books

Now, I could rave about Enola Holmes all day, but I found another Sherlock-inspired series that I love just as much. Charlotte Holmes is a fast-paced series that gives you a modern twist on Arthur Conan Doyle’s characters.

The series follows Jamie Watson, the descendant of John Watson, as he meets and befriends Charlotte Holmes. Charlotte is the great-great-great-granddaughter of Sherlock Holmes, and she is exactly like him. We also meet Moriarty’s descendants throughout the books.

‘Stephanie Plum’ Series by Janet Evanovich

Stephanie Plum Series Covers by Janet Evanovich
Griffin | St. Martin’s Press | Bantam | Putnam Pub Group

Twenty-eight books and four novellas

It’s pretty easy to figure out the order to read these books. Each book has a number in the title: One for the Money, Two for the Dough, Three to Get Deadly, and so on and so forth.

After losing her car, job, and most of her stuff, Stephanie Plum becomes a bounty hunter. She doesn’t care about the job; she just needs money for rent. Her first hunt is a bad cop with whom she has a history. It’ll be rough since she doesn’t have experience, but she’s doing all she can to get him.

Now, pinky-promise me you won’t watch the movie after reading the series!

‘Stalking Jack the Ripper’ Series by Kerri Maniscalco

Stalking Jack the Ripper Series Covers by Kerri Maniscalco
Jimmy Patterson | James Patterson Presents

Four books and one novella

I devoured Stalking Jack the Ripper and its sequels as soon as I got my hands on them. The series follows Audrey Rose Wadsworth and Thomas Cresswell, solving murders on their journey through Europe and America.

The first book, Stalking Jack the Ripper, sees Audrey and Thomas meet when she’s disguised as a boy at school. Together, they find out who Jack the Ripper really is. What they discover destroys Audrey, and she and Thomas go on the run.

Hunting Prince Dracula takes place in Romania, with the two solving another murder mystery. Escaping from Houdini takes place on a ship to America, and Capturing the Devil sees them solve a serial killer mystery in Chicago.

‘Miss Marple’ Series by Agatha Christie

Miss Marple Series Covers by Agatha Christie
Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers | William Morrow Paperbacks | HarperCollins

Twelve books and one short story anthology

I almost went with Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot, but that requires a little more time to explain how to read all 44 books since it’s a bit confusing. So, instead, I settled with Miss Marple.

It’s been a few years since I last picked up these books, so I’m a little fuzzy on the plot details. But I do remember loving The Body in the Library a lot. Like all of Christie’s mysteries, you’ll constantly be second-guessing your evidence while indulging in beautiful settings.

‘Shatter Me’ Series by Tahereh Mafi

Shatter Me Series Covers by Tahereh Mafi
HarperCollins | HarperTeen

Six books and five novellas

I don’t have enough words to describe how much I love this series. And before I even talk about what Shatter Me is about, know this: Juliette, Adam, and Warner may be the main three, but Kenji will steal the show and your heart from the get-go.

The Shatter Me series follows Juliette Ferrars, a teenage girl with a touch that can literally kill. The first book introduces us to her before the rest of the series throws us head-first into a war.

The five novellas are told from the perspective of Warner, Adam, and Kenji in between the main books. I’m still hoping a network or streaming platform will make this into a show to fill the void in my heart left behind after The 100 ended.

‘Otherworld’ Series by Kelley Armstrong

Otherworld Series Covers by Kelley Armstrong
Plume Books | Orbit | Dutton Adult

Thirteen books

I love almost all of Kelley Armstrong’s books, and this series is no exception. If you watched Syfy’s Bitten starring Laura Vandervoort, you’ve already been introduced to some of Armstrong’s Otherworld characters. There’s also a sequel series marketed to teens, but I would skip those books.

The first two books follow the only female werewolf, Elena Michaels, as she’s thrown back into the Otherworld to settle a debt. Most of the books introduce us to other supernatural characters.

The twelfth and thirteenth books see all the characters from the previous books prepare for a war that will determine the fate of both humans and the denizens of the Otherworld.

‘Vampire Academy’ Series by Richelle Mead

Vampire Academy Series Covers by Richelle Mead

Six books, three graphic novels, and a six-book sequel series

This might be controversial, but I think this is one of the best young adult vampire series. The six-book series follows Rose Hathaway and her best friend, Lissa Dragomir. The first book was adapted into a movie in 2014, but it’s getting a second chance as a show created by The Vampire Diaries showrunner.

Vampire Academy shows Rose coming into her own as a guardian to Lissa, a Moroi (good vampire) princess, while she falls in love with her mentor, Dimitri. The fourth and fifth books see her take off on her own to save Dimitri, while the sixth has her trying to clear her name after the vampire queen is killed.

The sequel series, Bloodlines, follows new character Sydney and fan-favorite Adrian Ivashkov protecting a newly found Moroi princess. You’ll fall in love with Adrian even more in these books.

‘The Lorien Legacies’ Series by Pittacus Lore

Lorien Legacies, Reborn, The Lost Files, Legacy Chronicles Series Covers by Pittacus Lore
Penguin | HarperCollins | HarperTeen

Seven books, six novellas, a three-book sequel series, and six-novella spin-off series

When I first discovered this series, only three books had been published. The wait for each sequel was agonizing, but I finally finished all of the books this year. And I have to say, it is one of my favorite fictional universes ever. I’m definitely going to do a complete re-read in 2022 just to relive it all.

The Lorien Legacies follows the Lorien Garde and their Guardians, aliens that look like humans with powers, as they reckon with the Mogadorian alien race that destroyed their home. The first book follows one before the rest of the series introduces the rest of the Garde.

The novellas take place during and before the original series. The sequel trilogy, Lorien Legacies Reborn, follows humans who develop their own Lorien powers after the original series. And the spin-off novella series, The Legacy Chronicles, follow Six and Sam on their own during Reborn.