This week, I will be explaining all of my favorite book series and why I love them so much. I think this is important because it will give you insight into what caused me to fall in love with reading and, in turn, writing. Also, I just highly recommend these books to everyone.
1. Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling
I know I’ve talked about Harry Potter before and how it’s changed my life, but what is it about the books themselves that makes them so great? For starters, there is magic. I love fantasy and magic, and from a young age those have always drawn me in. What makes Harry Potter stand out, however, is how in-depth it gets. J. K. Rowling did such a fantastic job with her attention to detail. When you read her books, there isn’t much left to the imagination. Her words paint a clear picture. Also, I grew up with the books, and the books grew up with me. JK Rowling matured each book to progress with her readers, and it’s truly remarkable.
2. Percy Jackson & the Olympians by Rick Riordan
If you love Greek mythology, you have to read these books. If you have seen the movies, FORGET ABOUT THEM. Please do not judge the books by those awful two movies. I know readers always complain about how a book is better than its movie, but I promise I am not exaggerating when I tell you that those are the worst movies to ever represent a series.
The Percy Jackson books are amazing, and Riordan wrote a sequel series called The Heroes of Olympus with five more books that are just as amazing, if not more so. I will warn you, the books are a tad bit campy, but I promise you will get past that. The content and story are so good. What I really love about the books is that even though all of the events and Greek gods and monsters are in modern times (not like my modern stories, more linear in time in the fact that all of their stories already happened, and they are just continuing into modern times), it is still really accurate, and you learn a lot along the way. The amount of research and planning that had to go into this mind-boggling.
If you do enjoy Percy Jackson, he has a few spin-off series that are decent. The Kane Chronicles is a similar concept but with ancient Egyptian gods. There is also the Magnus Chase series which, again, is a similar concept but with Norse gods. I only read the first one. It was all right, but I just haven’t had time to continue the series. There is also a series about Apollo that I haven’t read. All of these series take place in the same universe.
3. The Enemy by Charlie Higson
This series is a diamond in the rough. I stumbled across it years ago and fell in love. I am so glad I found it. Nobody knows about this series, at least that I’m aware of, but I recommend it to everyone. It is honestly that amazing.
The Enemy is a post-apocalyptic zombie series. When I first read the description, I wasn’t sure if I’d like it. I wasn’t sure how good a zombie book could be, but I’m glad I took the chance. These books have more blood and gore than most horror films that I’ve watched. I have never felt anticipation and suspense like I have reading this series. It literally keeps me in the edge of my seat. There are also so many characters, and I mean so many, more than 50. They are all important! At first, it can be a bit overwhelming because there isn’t just one character to focus on, and you have to think of everyone in groups. There are a few characters who stand out above the rest, but nobody is safe. The minute you get attached to someone, they could be ripped to shreds.
The detail is also fascinating. The things he describes and how he does so makes the reader feel like they are there. Also, it’s about more than just people killing zombies. First of all, the survivors are children. Everyone 16 and older gets sick and more or less turns into a zombie, although they aren’t undead. The entire series is about them trying to survive, sometimes not just against the zombies, but other kids as well. At the same time, some kids are trying to figure out what caused the disease and how to cure it, though they are just kids and are kind of playing the parts of doctors and scientists, but it’s done in a very realistic way that caters to their limited knowledge and capabilities. Higson also isn’t afraid to describe a 6-year-old getting mauled to pieces by zombies, which is realistic, and I love that. There are seven books in the series. I very much encourage everyone to read it.
Those are my top three series recommendations. Here is a list of some of my other favorite series, but I’m not going to go into detail on them.
- Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins
- Maze Runner – James Dashner
- Witch & Wizard – James Patterson
- Divergent – Veronica Roth
I have a lot more books on my list of things to read, but these books are what inspire me. If you ever get a chance to pick one up, I highly encourage it. Thanks again for reading.
Hasta La Pasta,