Good morning everyone! Hope you’re all doing ok, and I also hope you had a good Easter! It was a little tough to enjoy it this year for my family as it unfortunately fell on the same date as my Grandad’s birthday (he sadly passed away 9 years ago), but we managed to get through it and still enjoy the day anyway, what ultimately made the day better was having a video-chat with my sister Kim and Isaac (my brother in-law Chris was busy outside at the time of the call), it defintiely brightened up our spirits, as our mental health has took a hit quite a bit over the past couple of months, especially where depression is concerned, so seeing their faces and being able to have a laugh at Isaac’s mischievousness really lifted our mood!
Another thing that I find tends to help with getting through my depression is… reading, which anyone that knows me or anyone that has read some of my previous posts will know is a huge passion of mine and one of my favorite hobbies. One of the great joys of reading is the escapism it provides, so it can be lots of fun to mix up your book choices so that you’re transported on a totally new kind of journey every time you start on page one. That said, sometimes it’s equally enjoyable to delve right into a certain story and get to know its characters inside out over multiple books. For that reason, a good book series is a must-have on the shelf of any bookworm. Some of the most beloved literary characters in the world come from popular book series – just think about the likes of Harry Potter, Lyra Belacqua and Arya Stark – and there’s a reason that many of these characters’ stories have been adapted to big budget film and TV productions. They have the luxury of time to reel you in and make you feel like you’re part of the world they’re depicting. The result is that you’re totally invested in the characters and their journeys, and you’re always left wanting to know more. So I thought I would create a list on ten of the best book series that everyone should read…
Best Must-Read Book Series
Harry Potter – J.K. Rowling
Number of books: 7
About: Escape to Hogwarts with the unmissable series that has sparked a lifelong reading journey for children and families all over the world! Harry Potter has never even heard of Hogwarts when letters start dropping on the doormat at number four, Privet Drive. Addressed in green ink on yellowish parchment with a purple seal, they are swiftly confiscated by his grisly aunt and uncle. Then, on Harry’s eleventh birthday, a great beetle-eyed giant of a man called Rubeus Hagrid bursts in with some astonishing news – Harry Potter is a wizard, and he has a place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The magic starts here …
Percy Jackson And The Olympians – Rick Riordan
Number of books: 5
About: Set in the mid-2000s, the series follows the story of Percy Jackson, a boy who discovers he is a demigod son of Poseidon. He was abandoned by his father because of an oath made by the Big Three (Zeus, Poseidon and Hades), the sons of Cronos, to not father any more children after World War II. The oath was sworn since the demigod children of the three gods are too powerful and have potential for great bloodshed (in-universe, World War II had been a fight between children of the Big Three). Percy’s journey turns even more electrifying when he discovers that numerous people and ancient monsters are trying to kill him due to his status as a demigod, latent strength, and growing influence in the Greek world. Percy also finds out that there are even more demigods like him in Camp Half-Blood, a training camp in Long Island. With his friend Annabeth Chase, and his best friend and companion Grover Underwood (a satyr who Percy finds out is actually his protector), his journey across the frightening mystic worlds begins. Percy soon finds himself fulfilling extraordinary quests, prophecies, and fighting battles with and for the gods against the rising threat of the Titans. He also finds himself at a crossroads: either he helps in the destruction of the world, or in preserving it.
The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins
Number of books: 3
About: Set in a dark vision of the near future, a terrifying reality TV show is taking place. Twelve boys and twelve girls are forced to appear in a live event called The Hunger Games. There is only one rule: kill or be killed.
When sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen steps forward to take her younger sister’s place in the games, she sees it as a death sentence. But Katniss has been close to death before. For her, survival is second nature.
Lord Of The Rings – J.R.R. Tolkien
Number of books: 3
About: One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them
In ancient times the Rings of Power were crafted by the Elven-smiths, and Sauron, the Dark Lord, forged the One Ring, filling it with his own power so that he could rule all others. But the One Ring was taken from him, and though he sought it throughout Middle-earth, it remained lost to him. After many ages it fell by chance into the hands of the hobbit Bilbo Baggins. From Sauron’s fastness in the Dark Tower of Mordor, his power spread far and wide. Sauron gathered all the Great Rings to him, but always he searched for the One Ring that would complete his dominion. When Bilbo reached his eleventy-first birthday he disappeared, bequeathing to his young cousin Frodo the Ruling Ring and a perilous quest: to journey across Middle-earth, deep into the shadow of the Dark Lord, and destroy the Ring by casting it into the Cracks of Doom. The Lord of the Rings tells of the great quest undertaken by Frodo and the Fellowship of the Ring: Gandalf the Wizard; the hobbits Merry, Pippin, and Sam; Gimli the Dwarf; Legolas the Elf; Boromir of Gondor; and a tall, mysterious stranger called Strider.
Chronicles Of Narnia – C.S. Lewis
Number of books: 7
About: The series is set in the fictional realm of Narnia, a fantasy world of magic, mythical beasts and talking animals. It narrates the adventures of various children who play central roles in the unfolding history of the Narnian world. Except in The Horse and His Boy, the protagonists are all children from the real world who are magically transported to Narnia, where they are sometimes called upon by the lion Aslan to protect Narnia from evil. The books span the entire history of Narnia, from its creation in The Magician’s Nephew to its eventual destruction in The Last Battle.
Divergent – Veronica Roth
Number of books: 4
About: The main trilogy is set in the future in a dystopian society that is divided into five factions. The trilogy’s society defines its citizens by their social and personality affiliations, with the five different factions removing the threat of anyone exercising independent will and threatening the population’s safety. Beatrice Prior, who later changes her name to Tris, is born into Abnegation but transfers into Dauntless; she must figure out her life as a Divergent, conceal her true nature, and live with the danger of being killed if her true nature is discovered by the Erudite and Dauntless leaders. In addition a related book, Four, presents a series of short stories told from the perspective of one of the trilogy’s characters, the male love interest Tobias.
A Series Of Unfortunate Events – Lemony Snicket
Number of books: 13
About: The books follow the turbulent lives of Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire. After their parents’ death in a fire, the children are placed in the custody of a murderous relative, Count Olaf, who attempts to steal their inheritance and, later, orchestrates numerous disasters with the help of his accomplices as the children attempt to flee. As the plot progresses, the Baudelaires gradually confront further mysteries surrounding their family and deep conspiracies involving a secret society known as V.F.D., with connections to Olaf, their parents, and many other relatives. The series is narrated by Lemony Snicket, who dedicates each of his works to his deceased love interest, Beatrice, and often attempts to dissuade the reader from reading the Baudelaires’ unfortunate story.
A Curse So Dark And Lonely: The Cursebreaker Series – Brigid Kemmerer
Number of books: 3
About: Four royals. Two thrones. One deadly curse.
In the heart of Emberfall, Prince Rhen is trapped by a curse, haunted by the beast inside, while outside his kingdom falls to ruin. Far away, in modern day Washington DC, Harper plays lookout for her brother. When she sees a woman in danger, she rushes to help – only to be sucked into Rhen’s cursed world. What begins as a twist on the well-known fairy tale unfurls into an epic tale of magic, danger, love and betrayal in Brigid Kemmerer’s New York Times bestselling Cursebreaker series.
Shatter Me – Tahereh Mafi
Number of books: 6
About: One touch is all it takes. One touch, and Juliette Ferrars can bring a grown man to his knees, begging for mercy. One touch, and she can kill. No one knows why Juliette has such incredible power. It feels like a curse, like too great a burden for one person alone to bear. But The Reestablishment sees her as an opportunity. As a deadly weapon. And they’ll stop at nothing to shape her into what they want. Juliette has never fought for herself before. But when she’s reunited with the one person who ever cared about her, she finds a strength she never knew she had.
The Lunar Chronicles – Marissa Meyer
Number of books: 5
About: Once upon a time, in the future . . . .
The Lunar Chronicles are futuristic retellings of classic fairy tales. In Cinder, a teenage cyborg (half human, half machine) must deal with a wicked stepmother, start a rebellion against the evil Queen Levana, and decide how she feels about a handsome prince. As the series continues, Cinder forges alliances with Scarlet, a spaceship pilot who is determined to solve the mystery of a missing loved one—with the help of a magnetic street fighter named Wolf; Cress, a computer hacker who is imprisoned by Queen Levana; and Winter, a princess who’s in love with a commoner, and who discovers that Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress may hold the key to saving her kingdom—and the world.
This is only a small list of many wonderful book series that you can read, choosing just ten was hard as there were a lot more choices I wanted to include, but if I did, this post would be never-ending. Thank you for coming to my blog and taking the time to read today’s post, enjoy the rest of your week, and I will see you next week!