I generally avoid keeping lists of this kind because they make you think, think back to what you liked or didn’t like, what you loved or hated and I just prefer to keep going as I am without having to work that out. Which is why, if you ever ask me what my favorite any thing is, I’ll go completely blank. Apart from Harry Potter, which is the default, I wouldn’t know what specifically my favorites books, characters, settings, etc are because I intentionally don’t keep track of these things.
Well, I decided to change that! The first list I’m going to be making is my “Top Book Series” list. Then there would be standalones, trilogies, favorite characters, hateful characters, underrated books, and so on.
Dear Lord, so much thinking and working out to do.
I’ll be presenting my favorite series in three categories:
ZE TOP 5
These are more or less fixed. I don’t think there will ever be another series I would love more but you never know:
1- Harry Potter:
Surprise, surprise. You don’t need another one of those pseudo-emotional stories about how Harry Potter is LIFE and the world would NOT be the same without it, et cetera. Nope.
2- The Hunger Games:
So it was the summer of 2012, the film was about to be released and Jennifer Lawrence was everywhere. The appstore on my newly installed Windows 8 showed the free Hunger Games Trilogy app and I thought, why not? It was a scorching hot summer time but I sat oblivious in front of the computer screen sweating buckets with my mouth hanging open, so immersed was I. To this day I compare every Dystopian YA novel with the Hunger Games and I always end up being disappointed.
3- Percy Jackson & The Heroes of Olympus:
Two words: Rick Riordan. This man can make something as mundane as a plumbing handbook sound hilarious. I’ve read most of his books but these two series (5 books each) are my favorites. There are a couple of reasons; Percy is in them, he’s an adorable and sarcastic enemy-of-the-maple-syrup dolphin, Uncle Rick’s humor really shines in those books and the cast of characters is amazing.
4- The Lunar Chronicles:
I discovered my love for fairytale retellings with these books. Cinder was a good first book but I wasn’t hooked until Scarlet and boy was I driven crazy. Marissa Meyer is such an incredible storyteller. I didn’t know you could ship FOUR couples AT THE SAME TIME with EQUAL love and intensity.
5- Septimus Heap:
I am willing to bet most people don’t know about this series. About a month ago I didn’t either. But I have just spent the past 30 days reading this 7 book series about a lovable wizard apprentice with green eyes and even though this had a rocky start for me, I’ve grown quite fond of this series. It’s underrated, duh. I chanced upon these books while scouring the internet for “books to read after Harry Potter“. The prose is delightful, the plot is always clever and all the characters are worth rooting for. My love for this series is relatively recent and I’m not sure if it’ll stay at number 5 but it will forevermore stay close to my heart.
ZE ONES THAT I ADORE EQUALLY:
As in, they all tie. I tried putting them in some kind of order but they’re all so different from each other and unique in their own wonderful ways that it is impossible. So, in no particular order:
6- Six of Crows:
Why do good things end so quickly? Because OH EM GEE this duology is complete and utter perfection. It’s PHENOMENAL. The setting is vivid, the characters are incredibly fleshed out and interesting and the writing keeps you on your toes. The protagonist, Kaz Brekker, is someone you regard with sick fascination (because he is a little, um, disturbed) but also admire. He and his team pull off one daring and impossible stunt after another and you just cannot get enough.
7- Falling Kingdoms:
This series didn’t start off well for me, it seemed kinda meh-ish and there were a couple of times I was repulsed by the stuff in it. It’s generally pitched as Game of Thrones for the younger audience. But apart from those few occurrences, I began to find this enjoyable and lemme tell you somethin’, IT. IS. GLORIOUS. The characters and their relationships evolve spectacularly throughout these books and it is what makes them so good.
8- The Illuminae Files:
Pros: The intricately crafted and magnificent format, space and all that jazz, teeth-on-edge action, the fastest of all paces, kickass heroes and heroines and the unlimited thrills. Cons: —-ERROR—
9- The Shades of Magic:
It’s high fantasy at its best. The world-building is awe-inspiring and the plot is impressive. There are a few minor thorns (*cough* Lilah Bard *cough*) in there but even so it is on of the best fantasy series out there.
10- The School for Good and Evil:
This series is the very definition of whimsical. It’s delightful, hilarious and plain silly. You will LOL a lot, I certainly did. So there are two schools opposite each other, one for Good and one for Evil. The former trains its students to become princes and princesses and knights while the latter gives exclusive and extensive training on becoming witches, humpback trolls and all manner of villainous deeds.
11- The Elemental Trilogy:
I read this last summer and I remember being totally and irrevocably falling in love with it. The series has the most intriguing of all beginnings, the prologue is so powerful that you’re immediately pulled in. There’s magic and a chosen one (a pretty confusing debate on that) and an evil dark wizard. The basic ingredients for a hit essentially. The winning aspect is the system of magic which is extremely detailed and at times baffling.
12- Wolf By Wolf:
Imagine if Hitler didn’t die as our history relates he did, imagine he lived long years after and kept his iron hold over the world. And imagine that he initiated a motor-cycle racing contest between the two reigning powers and used the winner as a poster child to control the masses. Throw shape-shifters into the mix. Sold yet?
ZE HONORABLE MENTIONS:
These are the ones that I loved when I read and when I think about them I always remember what a fun time I had. But, I feel as if despite that, they didn’t stick with me as much as they could have or as much as the ones above did.
13- The Land of Ingary:
Ah! It was the film that did it. Studio Ghibli animations are exquisite works of art and they never fail to amaze me. I watched Howl’s Moving Castle on a whim and to this day I love it with all my heart. I gave the book a go a short while after it and found it remarkable. Diana Wynne Jones is a fantastic writer and this trilogy was wonderful. Plus, there’s sassy and arrogant Howl who you drool over instantly.
14- Red Rising:
I was always a reader, since I was 8 years old, to be exact but it was after reading Red Rising that this book-reading craze kick-started. From then on I was on a roll. Much like The Illuminae Files, this series never lets you breathe for even a second. It has violence, gore, language and, um, other stuff. It’s a full package. After a book and a half though, Darrow’s invincibility gets to you. Nevertheless, it’s an ultimate sci-fi extravaganza.
15- The Remnant Chronicles:
I found this series to be a bit lacking in the fantasy department, the world-building was vague and that’s never acceptable to me. The rest was stunning especially the protagonist Lia. Just to put it out there, this story has a love triangle and it’s one that you’ll most definitely enjoy watching unfold.
So there you go! These are the fifteen best book series I’ve ever read. The number is surely going to increase but for now these remain my favorites. Hope you enjoyed reading this and got some good recommendations. Let me know what you think in the comments!