Every time I pick up a book that’s part of a series, an internal battle starts. I think I can handle it, I mean, it is just one book, right? Next thing you know, I’m engaged and in a long-term commitment–because sometimes that’s what it turns out to be.
The longest book series I’ve ever been committed to, fully invested in (and I know I’m not the only one), is the Harry Potter series, brought to us by the famous Ms. J. K. Rowling. Seriously though, that was a ten-year commitment.
With all the new book series emerging, I thought back to all the series I’ve read. Here are my Top 10 Favorite Book Series of ALL Time. Please keep in mind that these are series that has reached its end (with the exception of a couple and I’ll explain that when I come across it).
- Harry Potter by JK Rowling ~ I repeat, 10 years!
- Dark Visions, by LJ Smith ~ It’s on my list because of two reasons: 1) It deals with various paranormal powers e.g. telepathy, telekinesis, physic and 2) It pursues another theory on vampirism.
- The Secret Circle, by LJ Smith ~ One word, witches.
- The Blood Moon Series, by Connie Laux ~ I loved this series because it was different from the stories that were out circling the YA genre at the time of this one. This one deals with a magician and a twinge of native indian magic.
- Percy Jackson, by Rick Riordan ~ Greek mythology brought to modern-day realism? Nice. Riordan does it so well too.
- The Heroes of Olympus, by Rick Riordan (ongoing) ~ I can’t WAIT for the next one, The House of Hades. Comes out Oct. 8th!!
- The Princess Diaries (except book 9, call me a wuss but I couldn’t bare to read Michael Moskowitz leaving), by Megan Cabot ~ I enjoyed Cabot’s style of writing and she’s hilarious!
- The Infernal Devices, by Cassandra Clare ~ Jem. Will. Tessa. That is all.
- The All Souls Trilogy, by Deborah Harkness (ongoing) ~ This series still has one more book that is a work in progress with no release date yet. This was the first adult series that really intrigued me. So much so that after reading the first book I immediately flipped back to start at the beginning again. Brilliantly written. Ms. Harkness is a wonderful storyteller and she mixes the fantastical with realism in a way where you just have to question it.
- The Fever Series, by Karen Moning ~ This was the second adult series that sucked me in and boy did I. Get. Sucked. In. This was the first story of its kind that I read. Moning deals with the Fae and their folklore and legends. It’s the first time since I’ve read been reading paranormal fiction that the Fae takes the spotlight. They’re usually in the background or behind the scenes. I’ve never came across a book, let alone a series, where it’s all about them. I loved it!
- Encyclopedia Brown, by Donald J. Sobol (read all the books up until The Case of the Disgusting Sneakers when I lost track of the series) ~ This series is on my list because this is where it all started; my love for reading. Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective was the first book I ever checked out of the library and as you can see, it was a series.
- The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins ~ I admired this story on so many levels. It’s the first I’ve read of its kind; a dystopian society that’s not sci-fi-ish. And the ethics and morals that Collins brings into focus is just amazing.
Okay, so it’s actually a list of twelve series, but that’s because two of them are still in the works and . . . well, I seriously had a hard time choosing. I mean, I can think of at least two more series that should be added to my list of favorites.
You know what? I’m just going to add them.
- Queen of Babble Series, by Meg Cabot ~ This was the first series Cabot did for adult readers and I loved this one too. She sticks to her same style of writing that I love and it’s hilarious. I’m a big fan of Lizzie’s grandma! She rocks!
- The Mortal Instruments, by Cassandra Clare (ongoing) ~ The final book–The City of Heavenly Fire coming out Sept 2014–such a long wait, but I bet it’ll be worth it. Clary and Simon, best friends for life. LOVE IT!
- The Wicked Series , by Janet Evanovich (ongoing) ~ Okay, so I’m pushing it. Sorry! But Evanovich’s Lizzie and Diesel novels have been good so far. I admit, the two books that are out so far are quick reads, but it’s a cute storyline and the fact that it deals with SALIGIA is kinda cool.
I’m sure there are many more series that could be added, but I’ll stop here. If you have any to suggest, please do. I’m always open to reading something new.