There’s nothing better than discovering a great book and realizing that there is more of that amazingness after you’ve read the first book. It’s the original binging and it’s great. But the search for a said book series is a difficult one. At least, in my experience. That is why I want to sum up my favorites in this post! I do hope a fellow booklover reads this and can give me recommendations as well 😉
The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins
I had to start with this trilogy (I mean, quartet (I had to google that) since this year), since it’s my ‘origin story’. It is the series that made me fall in love with reading. I was twelve when I read it and I remember my mother reading it to make sure it was appropriate for a twelve-year old. I can’t remember if she really approved, but I did read it, and I’m grateful for that. I’m actually planning on re-reading the series, since it has been eight years (wait, what?!) since I was twelve and since I read the books. I might even say that this was the beginning of my obsession with cinema, since the adaptations are also really good.
If you happen to have no idea what I am talking about, The Hunger Games is about Katniss Everdeen, a girl living in a dystopian world which organizes a new Hunger Games every year. The 24 candidates for the Games have to compete to the death in an arena. From each of the twelve districts two candidates are chosen by loting. When Katniss’ younger sister Prim is chosen, Katniss volunteers to go in her place, knowing that the chance she will survive is very small.
The Ruby Red trilogy – Kerstin Gier
I have talked about this book series to everyone I know and I don’t think anyone has taken up my advice, BUT this is a serious recommendation for any reader who loves reading about reality with a touch of magic, and in this case TIME TRAVEL. Kerstin Gier is one of my favourite authors and she is really good at writing characters. I love everything about this book and I hope you’ll love it too.
We follow the life of Gwendolyn Shepherd and the moment she discovers it is not her niece, but she who inherited the time-traveling gene that runs in her family. Her niece Charlotte has been trained and prepared for the jumps to the past, but Gwen hasn’t. Still, she is forced to use her gene to comply to the wishes of a sketchy organization who let her time travel in control by means of the chronograph. In this new life, Gwen gets tangled in a web of time travel, Counts, secrets and love.
Silber – Kerstin Gier
Again, a trilogy from Kerstin Gier. Again, an amazing book series. Again, a serious recommendation. Silber is about dreams and dreamers. Lucid dreaming, to be more exact. It’s adventurous and it’s a little magic in the everyday. It also really makes you want to sleep, but in a good way, I guess.
Silber is about Liv, or Olivia. She, her mom and her sister moved to London, which also means she has to attend a new school. But that is not all that’s changed. Her dreams are different as well and she sees four of her classmates in them. They seem to know things about her in real life. Things they couldn’t possibly know, perhaps only if they really were in her dreams…
The Raven Cycle – Maggie Stiefvater
MAGGIE FRIGGIN STIEFVATER. Yes, she is the author and she is amazing. Well, her books are, I have personally never met her. But wow, if you’re going to fall in love with characters from a book it’s going to be the ones she writes. I am raving about this book (get it, RAVEing) and it is probably a few years too late. But I am a late bloomer when it comes to books.
“The Raven Cycle follows the story of Blue Sargent, Richard Gansey III, Adam Parrish, Ronan Lynch, and Noah as they attempt to find the sleeping Welsh king Glendower. The story begins in The Raven Boys with an introduction to Blue and her psychic family members. Blue accompanies Neeve, her half-aunt, to a ghost watch where Neeve sees the spirits of the people in Henrietta, Virginia who will die in the coming year. Blue sees the spirit of a boy named Gansey and Neeve tells her that she will either be his true love or kill him. Later, Blue meets Gansey, Adam, Ronan, and Noah while she’s working at Nino’s pizzeria. She learns of their quest and, despite a bad introduction, joins them in finding Glendower.”
Percy Jackson – Rick Riordan
Adventure, humor and Greek gods. Need I say more? Percy Jackson had a big fandom, and it deserves a big fandom. The books are amazing. I love the use of mythology and history and the characters are unique and funny. It’s just so fun to read this.
We get to know Percy Jackson when he is at school. He has always felt a bit out of place in the world he lives in, but everything starts to make sense when some crazy events take place… He learns he is a demigod, a child of a Greek god and a human, and is brought to Camp Half-Blood, where his fellow demigods take residence. Then he gets accused of stealing the lightning bolt from Zeus and things get bad. Real bad.
Harry Potter – J. K. Rowling
I couldn’t not include this on my list. After reading the Hunger Games when I was twelve, I started reading Harry Potter. My parents let me watch the movies after I’d read each book, and it was the best time of my life. This series has all the reasons to be so popular, because it is so clever and feels so real even though it is fiction. I definitely want to read them all again.
Harry Potter lives in a cupboard under the stairs and has been mistreated by his aunt and uncle his whole life. He is told his parents died in a car crash when he was just a baby, but the true reason for their deaths is much more complicated. On his 11th birthday he receives a letter to a school named Hogwarts, where witchcraft and wizardry are practiced. His aunt and uncle won’t let him go at first, but when Harry is visited by a friendly half-giant named Hagrid they don’t have a choice but to let him go. Hagrid takes Harry into the world his parents knew all too well: the magical wizarding world. In this series we follow him on his journey and Harry’s challenging years at Hogwarts.
What is your favourite book series?
Love, Eva ♡