I’ve moved around – ALOT – and moving equates to packing & purging. I’m now settled into my house, with no future plans on moving, so I’m always preoccupied with organization and still more purging. Clutter is a constant distraction for me.
I recently had the idea to blog about my favorite book series. I’ve been reading since I could and I love collecting series of books. For instance, my kids have almost all the Little Critter books by Mercer Mayer. The series has always been fun to read and the art is detailed with hilarious pictures. Even as my kids have grown, they still enjoy digging through the books and rereading them. Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney is another favorite series of theirs.
But I digress…back to MY Favorites:
- One of the first series of books I absolutely loved reading in Junior High was the Sweet Valley High series by Francine Pascal. I devoured the drama laden pages of sibling rivalry involving good-twin, Elizabeth, and bad-twin, Jessica. Unfortunately, I don’t have one book on my shelf, a casualty of moving & purging. But I can recall the many books in the series I bought and shared with my friends.
- From SVH I progressed to the Flowers in the Attic series by V.C. Andrews. Instead of the twin rivalry at high school that Elizabeth and Jessica portrayed, I was introduced to children who were hidden in their grandparents attic – for years! Never had I read anything like this before. V.C. Andrews captivated my young mind with her horror, characterization and plot. I was hooked. Flowers in the Attic was the beginning of my love of all V.C. Andrews books.
- As I matured, so did my reading. And I discovered Anne Rice. The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice became a new obsession of mine. The series included, Interview with the Vampire, The Vampire Lestat, The Queen of the Damned, and The Tale of the Body Thief. Lestat and Louis took me on an erotic, captivating, exciting adventure. Not only did I immerse myself in the books but I also visited New Orleans and walked the Garden District, home of Anne Rice and the setting for this imaginative series.
- Not in this exact order, but my love of vampires crossed over to other series such as the Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer. Edward, Bella and Jacob became household names due to the popularity of this series – and the much anticipated book sequels and movies as they were released. I admit to devouring these books but this series wasn’t a true favorite of mine but I’m still including it here because of the phenomenon it created. And I did buy all the books and tore through them while breastfeeding my third son. Those first months of nursing him allowed me the time to read through all four books and each book kept me wanting more. I gave these books away to a close friend who hadn’t read the series yet so I no longer have them on my shelf.
- My interest in vampires continued with the popular “True Blood” (HBO Series) based on the Sookie Stackhouse Series by Charlaine Harris. I was always more captivated by the love story between Sookie and Eric. Never once a fan of Bill. What I absolutely love about this series is the small, home-town feel Charlaine writes so easily. Sookie is the epitome of southern hospitality and I love the food and sweet tea she’s always offering to her guests. The fairies are evil and interesting and overall, this series was such a fun read!
- The mature and sexy series, Immortals After Dark by Kresley Cole once again took my back to New Orleans but this time I was introduced to numerous, strong alpha-females. Kresley’s series took my perception of paranormal to an extreme. She created characters I loved, plots that were thrilling and exciting, and settings I loved immersing myself in. This is a win-win series and will always be considered one of my all-time faves. On a side note, she is working on a young adult series that I am very excited about reading – The Arcana Chronicles. The first book, Poison Princess, is to be released this October 2012.
- Need I say any more other than Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling.
- My love of young adult heightened with the widely successful series The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins. Katniss was strong, loyal, and capable. The first book in the series is my favorite but I loved her world-building and conflict. I haven’t seen the movie but it will be released on DVD this month so I’m looking forward to seeing the movie-version of this favorite book.
- The final series I’m including is The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien. By far, this was the most difficult to read series for me. In college I took a course (which I can’t actually remember the name of) that involved reading many fantasy fiction books. One of the requirements was to read the LOR Series which I dreaded. For the life of me, I couldn’t read these book in college. Too many characters, settings, etc. etc. etc. I struggled with this assignment. And then the movies were released and seeing the books on the screen actually helped me read the books. After each movie I was desperate for more – and so I revisted the books I struggled reading and unbelievably I was able to understand them and finish reading them! My all time favorite character is Aragorn.
Of course many fictional series exist and haven’t been included on my own list. These are the series that have withstood all my moves and series that represent my life growing up and my interests. Do you also love these series? Which would you include on your own almost-top-ten list?