Both options are pretty grand but there's something about the instant gratification of a newly found series that gets me every time. Mind that my favorite series listed below were sometimes discovered after the final book was written and sometimes after the first one or two. There's something to be said about the agony of waiting for each installment, talking about it with other friends and book lovers. It's like a secret club.
#BookNerdsUnite continues with my picks for Best Book Series:
Anne of Green Gables- L.M. Montgomery Who doesn't root for the red haired orphan as she wins over the Cuthberts and, even better, Gilbert Blythe? Oh for some raspberry cordial! I loved all the books but the movies are especially sigh-worthy. Did anyone else watch them as much as me?
The Boxcar Children- Gertrude Chandler Warner This series was so special to me growing up. The idea of siblings that were so close, who banded together and did what they could to survive. And then it has a happy ending! Great to read to kids.
The Chronicles of Narnia- C.S. Lewis I just love Aslan. It's hard to pick a favorite from the series, though Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe stands out, as does The Last Battle. Lewis paints such amazing tales. Good to read when I was a child and even better as a grown up.
Christy Miller and Sierra Jensen- Robin Jones Gunn I started reading Christy's books when we were around the same age and then continued on with Sierra's stories. Great teen Christian characters that I could relate to. I read a few of them for kicks a couple of years ago and I still liked them!
Harry Potter- J.K. Rowling I did my best to resist reading these books despite mulitple recommendations- I knew I would get sucked in. And I did. I caught up just as the final book was released. Rowling powerfully wrapped up the series. And yes, it did make me cry.
The Hunger Games trilogy- Suzanne Collins Another series I was sure I wouldn't be interested in. It sounded too sci-fi and gruesome. At a friend's insistence, I borrowed the first book while I was at a conference. I was so captivated by Katniss's plight that I would sneak a few pages at every session break. I was obsessed! Totally Team Peeta, for those that are interested.
Outlander Series- Diana Gabaldon: A friend lent me the first book in this series for my birthday. Definitely a gift that kept giving. The tale of time-traveling World War II era Claire and 1740s Scot Jamie is obsession-worthy. The books are very saucy at times and Gabaldon does not spare her reader from the blood and guts associated with battle wounds and disease. She does an impressive amount of research for each book (generally 600-900 pages long apiece); Gabaldon takes us from the Scottish Uprising of 1745 through Revolutionary War America. After book 3 I started pacing myself because I wasn't ready for the series to be over. Seven books have been released but now Outlander fans must wait another couple of years before Jamie and Claire's story will continue.
Twilight- Stephenie Meyer I read all 4 books in a week and a half. I never thought I'd like a book about vampires but it truly is so much more than that. I could identify with some of Bella's hopes and fears and fell in love with Edward along the way. Let me be clear: my imagination is SO much better than anything those movies have come up with. The Edward in my mind is way hotter too.
Zion Covenant and Zion Chronicles series- Brock and Bodie Thoene Compelling fiction placed during WWII and its aftermath. I love this time period and the Thoenes give expert attention to historical detail.
Stay tuned for more reasons why Leigh Likes Books:
- Favorite Fiction (General Market)
- Favorite Christian Fiction
- Favorite Nonfiction (General Market)
- Favorite Christian Nonfiction
- Going to the Classics
- Best Book Series (today)
- Childhood Faves (5/30)
- Books I Used to Like that Now Make Me Cringe (6/1)
Agree? Disagree? What are your favorite series?
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