Top Ten Tuesday #24



This week’s topic is books you should read if you like…..(fill in the gap) popular book/series/author. Originally I thought about choosing books to recommend if you like The Hunger Games, but I figured that one would be pretty popular, so instead I’ve decided to do, books you should read if you like the Percy Jackson and The Olympians series (which I’d imagine will probably be pretty popular too, but hey, I’m not all that creative when it comes to making up my own topics!). These are the books I would recommend:

  1. The Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan-If you liked the first series of Rick Riordan’s books, then you should definitely try this companion series, it’s a combination of Greek and Roman mythology, has a great cast of characters and the same trademark wit from the first series.
  2. The Skulduggery Pleasant series by Derek Landy-In terms of humour, these books are pretty similar to the Percy Jackson series, in that the main character has a very wry sense of humour. They also share the magic aspect, although Landy’s world is based around sorcerers rather than demigods.
  3. The Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer-It has a young male protagonist and the underground society of magical creatures and modern day aspects are kind of similar to the Percy Jackson series.
  4. The Pegasus series by Kate O’Hearn-These books are about Pegasus in a modern day setting, although they are based around Roman mythology rather than Greek mythology like the Percy Jackson series.
  5. The Harry Potter series by JK Rowling-Okay, so I know the chances that any people reading this post haven’t read Harry Potter already is slim, but if you haven’t then you definitely need to. There’s references to mythology in Harry Potter, there’s magical creatures, fantasy, and a great main friendship between the main three characters as there is in Percy Jackson.
  6. The HIVE Series by Mark Walden-This series isn’t so similar to Percy Jackson in terms of content, but they do both have hidden schools, HIVE is hidden inside a volcano and Camp Half-Blood is hidden on Long Island and they both train kids with special skills, Camp Half-Blood trains demigods and HIVE trains criminals. Plus they are both packed with action and adventure.
  7. The Medusa Project series by Sophie McKenzie-This one didn’t immediately come to mind, but there are some similarities between the series, after all both series have teenagers with psychokinetic powers.
  8. The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins-There’s a lot of mythology behind these books, the whole idea of the Hunger Games is based off Roman gladitorial fights and the myth of Theseus and the minotaur where children were sacrificed to the minotaur as a punishment for past crimes by Minos, just like the tributes are put in the Hunger Games as a punishment for the original uprising.
  9. The Roman Mysteries by Caroline Lawrence-They’re for a similar target age range (middle grade, I think?) and the four kids have a lot of adventures together, plus they are based in Ancient Rome. This would probably be a good series for a younger reader to read before reading Percy Jackson.
  10. A Series of Unfortunate Events series by Lemony Snicket-This series has an amusing narrator, and a blend of fantasy and reality, just like Percy Jackson and it’s just a great series that is definitely worth reading.

What author/book/series/genre did you choose this week? Any recommendations for me? Have you read any of the books on my list? What did you think of them? Let me know!

I will be back with another Top Ten Tuesday next week, the topic is top ten bookish things you want to quit or have quit but within those categories, you can choose anything you want, so you’ll have to wait and see what I pick! Tomorrow, I will have another Wishlist Wednesday for you all, so make sure to check that out!


86 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday #24

  1. LHauser27 29/09/2015 / 10:31 pm

    Hi! I’ve always been interested in Lemony Snicket but never read one of the books. They look funny and I love funny books 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

    • iloveheartlandx 29/09/2015 / 10:33 pm

      You should definitely try A Series of Unfortunate Events, they’re great! No problem!

  2. Jess Henry (@BronteDreams) 29/09/2015 / 11:32 pm

    I love your list! I’ve read most of them (at least in part) on your list. My favorite I think would be the Series of Unfortunate Events. 🙂

  3. Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense 30/09/2015 / 12:12 am

    I loved the Lightning Thief, once I finish the series I’ll probably need some more Riordan in my life. I never finished A Series of Unfortunate Events, but I really should. Nice list this week!

    • iloveheartlandx 30/09/2015 / 12:30 am

      Thanks! Hope you enjoy both this series and The Heroes of Olympus, if you decide to read it. Yes you definitely should finish A Series of Unfortunate Events, it’s great.

  4. belleinfini 30/09/2015 / 1:12 am

    Nice list! I suppose I need to check out a few of these now 🙂

  5. Isabel 30/09/2015 / 1:56 am

    I love the Percy Jackson series as well!

  6. Ellie 30/09/2015 / 2:32 am

    I wanted to do this as a topic, but couldn’t really think of anything except HoO and HP, so that didn’t happen…Series of Unfortunate Events never occurred to me, but I love that one! And, of course, The Hunger Games. Will have to check out the rest of these!

    Thanks for stopping by @ Spellbound!

    • iloveheartlandx 30/09/2015 / 1:18 pm

      It was difficult but I managed it! Yeah it didn’t occur to me at first either, but I did some internet research and found it on a similar list of recommendations, and it made sense to me, kind of! Yeah you should, there’s some great books on here. No problem!

  7. Tracy (@Cornerfolds) 30/09/2015 / 4:04 am

    This is a great list! I’ve read a few of these and a few more are on my TBR. Thanks for sharing 😀

    Here are my Top Ten!

    • iloveheartlandx 30/09/2015 / 1:16 pm

      Thanks! Glad you liked it! Hope you enjoy the ones that are on your TBR.

  8. Sam Whitehouse 30/09/2015 / 4:20 am

    I need to read A Series of Unfortunate Events from beginning to end. The TV show sounds like it will be cool.

    • iloveheartlandx 30/09/2015 / 1:14 pm

      Yeah it’s a great series! I can’t wait to see the TV show, hope it will be better than the movie!

  9. Ayunda 30/09/2015 / 7:46 am

    I loooove Artemis Fowl! It’s one of my favourite series ever, and the next one of the list is of course Percy Jackson hahahah 😀

    • iloveheartlandx 30/09/2015 / 11:20 am

      So do I, it’s awesome! Percy Jackson is awesome too! You have good taste 🙂

  10. rachelburden 30/09/2015 / 9:09 am

    I keep meaning to read Percy Jackson, I know its terrible isn’t it! I love that this list includes Artemis Fowl. Such a great series!

    Happy Reading!
    Rachel @

    • iloveheartlandx 30/09/2015 / 11:19 am

      I hope you get around to it soon, it’s brilliant! Yes it is such a great series! Thank you!

  11. Lynn @ Lynn's Film & Book Review 30/09/2015 / 9:57 am

    Great list! I would like to read Percy Jackson and A Series of Unfortunate Events, however, I’m afraid I’m already too old to really enjoy them. Should I still give them a shot?

    • iloveheartlandx 30/09/2015 / 11:18 am

      Thanks! I think if the story is something that interests you, then you can never be too old!

  12. Christina T 30/09/2015 / 10:32 am

    I happen to love the Percy Jackson series and the Heroes of Olympus series too. I’m actually rereading that one by listening to the audio books. I’m getting ready to start the final book soon. I can’t wait for The Sword of Summer which I believe is released next week and features Annabeth’s cousin.

    I haven’t read a lot of the books you mention (though I have of course read Harry Potter and The Hunger Games) so I’ll have to check those out. The pegasus series sounds kind of interesting.

    • iloveheartlandx 30/09/2015 / 11:05 am

      Yeah they’re great aren’t they? Let me know how you like Sword of Summer, I’m trying to decide whether to read it or not. Yes, the Pegasus series is definitely worth a try.

  13. Thea Wilson 30/09/2015 / 10:39 am

    Great list and some brilliant series on there that I still need to read myself too!

    • iloveheartlandx 30/09/2015 / 1:22 pm

      Thanks! Hope you get to read and like the series that you want to read from here!

    • iloveheartlandx 30/09/2015 / 1:59 pm

      Thanks! Hope you enjoy the ones you haven’t read yet when you do read them!

  14. Paula, The Geeky Shopaholic 30/09/2015 / 2:25 pm

    I love the Percy Jackson books! I’m working my way through Heroes of Olympus now. I’m on House of Hades. 🙂 Great suggestions!

    • iloveheartlandx 30/09/2015 / 2:29 pm

      Thanks! Ooh hope you enjoy House of Hades, that one was my favourite of the series!

  15. Hannah Brown // SPW 30/09/2015 / 7:34 pm

    I loved Percy Jackson! I’ve read Heroes of Olympus and really liked it, but I really want to read Skulduggery Pleasant, Artemis Fowl and the Medusa Project. (I’ve, obviously, read HP and THG too 😉 ) I read the first of A Series of Unfortunate Events, but didn’t particularly get hooked. My friend has been badgering me about Skulduggery Pleasant for ages, so perhaps I’ll finally get around to it! Great list. 🙂

    • iloveheartlandx 30/09/2015 / 7:45 pm

      Yeah both Percy Jackson and Heroes of Olympus are great! I liked A Series of Unfortunate Events but I can see why it wouldn’t be for everybody. Skulduggery Pleasant is amazing, you should definitely try it (and The Medusa Project and Artemis Fowl too!). Thanks!

  16. Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog 30/09/2015 / 8:24 pm

    So I have only read The Hunger Games – and Harry Potter is on my to do list but i haven’t really heard of the rest. Will have to check them out! Great list!

    • iloveheartlandx 30/09/2015 / 8:44 pm

      Hope you enjoy Harry Potter when you get the chance to read it! You definitely should check some of these out, they’re great. Thank you!

    • iloveheartlandx 30/09/2015 / 10:36 pm

      Thanks! They’re great books, I hope if you read any of them, you like them!

  17. Sam Frost 30/09/2015 / 11:02 pm

    I love the Artemis Fowl series! And I really need to get onto the Skullduggery Pleasant series, because I’ve heard only good things. Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier.

    • iloveheartlandx 30/09/2015 / 11:04 pm

      It’s great isn’t it? The Skulduggery Pleasant series is amazing, you definitely have to try it! No problem!

  18. Eve 30/09/2015 / 11:03 pm

    Okay so I’m horribly behind. I have all the Percy Jackson books and the Heroes of Olympus books but I still have yet to read them. Bought them last October….have to get on this. Some interesting books in there to check out.

    • iloveheartlandx 30/09/2015 / 11:06 pm

      It’s alright, I understand the feeling. I’ve had the last Divergent book for a year and still haven’t read it yet! Hope you enjoy both series when you finally get around to them. These are all great books, so I hope you like whatever you decide to try.

    • iloveheartlandx 01/10/2015 / 10:24 am

      Yeah I read it in an interview with Suzanne Collins I think. It is really cool isn’t it?

  19. Genni 01/10/2015 / 12:20 am

    Great list! The HIVE series sounds so good!

    • iloveheartlandx 01/10/2015 / 10:22 am

      Thanks! The HIVE series is brilliant, you should definitely give it a try.

  20. Kristen Burns 01/10/2015 / 12:56 am

    I’m considering reading the Percy Jackson series because I see so much about the fandom on Pinterest! It’s definitely piqued my interest.

  21. Jenna @ Reading with Jenna 01/10/2015 / 1:04 am

    I still haven’t read any Rick Riordan but I’m hoping to rectify that soon! I’m mainly stalling because I can’t decide which edition I want to pick up haha #booknerdproblems

  22. Amy 01/10/2015 / 1:13 am

    I love Rick Riordan’s books. I can’t wait for the Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard series to start. I’ve heard good things about The Skulduggery Pleasant series, so I will have to check it out some time. Great list!

    • iloveheartlandx 01/10/2015 / 10:20 am

      Yeah me too! Let me know if you like the first Magnus Chase book, I’m trying to decide if I’ll read it or not. The Skulduggery Pleasant series is amazing, you should definitely try it. Thank you!

  23. Emily Alfano 01/10/2015 / 1:58 am

    this is such a great one for this week’s topic! I love Percy Jackson! i’m on the heroes series right now, but i still need to read the last two books in the series! thanks for checking out my TTT post this week at !

    • iloveheartlandx 01/10/2015 / 10:17 am

      Thanks! So do I! I hope you enjoy the last two books in the Heroes of Olympus series! No problem.

  24. ChrissiReads 01/10/2015 / 4:56 am

    Fantastic list! I haven’t read Percy Jackson, but hopefully I’ll change that soon! 😉

    • iloveheartlandx 01/10/2015 / 10:14 am

      Thanks! It’s a brilliant series, I hope you get around to it soon and love it!

  25. signourney 01/10/2015 / 11:29 am

    I’ve heard a lot of good things about the Skulduggery series. 🙂

  26. Sammee 01/10/2015 / 9:08 pm

    I really need to read the Percy Jackson books! And most of the others! Great list:-)

    • iloveheartlandx 02/10/2015 / 11:59 am

      Thanks! You should try Percy Jackson, it’s a brilliant series!

  27. Veronika 02/10/2015 / 7:27 pm

    I’m an ENORMOUS Percy Jackson fan and I love HP as well! Will definitely check out the rest that I haven’t heard of. 🙂

    • iloveheartlandx 02/10/2015 / 10:06 pm

      Yeah they’re both great aren’t they? You should, they’re all great books!

  28. Jane Whittingham 02/10/2015 / 11:21 pm

    Those are some awesome suggestions! I like that you picked books that match the spirit or tone of Rick Riordin, even if the subject matter is different – a fun way of helping young readers discover new authors.

    • iloveheartlandx 03/10/2015 / 3:00 pm

      Thanks! I haven’t really read too many mythology based books (I don’t know why!) so I thought this was a good way of doing it!

  29. (bargain)bookbliss 03/10/2015 / 12:01 am

    I ALWAYS see the Artemis Foul books at thrift stores but there are just so many of them. Maybe someday!

    • iloveheartlandx 03/10/2015 / 2:59 pm

      Yeah it is a bit of a commitment to read the whole series! Hope you find the time at some point!

    • iloveheartlandx 04/10/2015 / 10:44 am

      You should definitely try it, it’s a great series! Yeah me too!

  30. shannonmiz 05/10/2015 / 4:36 am

    Ohh very fun list! I must admit, I have not red any of these except the Hunger Games (and the first HP!) but they sound great!

    • iloveheartlandx 05/10/2015 / 12:35 pm

      Thanks! They are all great, you should definitely check some of them out!

  31. Charisma 08/10/2015 / 1:15 pm

    The HIVE series and the Medusa Project series sound so interesting! I super want to read those books! 🙂

    • iloveheartlandx 08/10/2015 / 1:55 pm

      They are both great, I hope you enjoy them if you get around to them.

  32. thereviewdiaries 08/10/2015 / 5:52 pm

    There are so many series you’ve listed that are on my to read list that I am desperate to get to. I need to get on with them, I’m even more excited about them now!

  33. BringMyBooks 13/10/2015 / 6:26 pm

    UGH how have I still not read the Heroes of Olympus series?! I really need to get on that, and soon! Great list 🙂

    • iloveheartlandx 13/10/2015 / 8:27 pm

      Thanks! Yes you definitely should start the Heroes of Olympus series soon!

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