I’ve been a writer for a long time now, but before I ever thought about writing, I was a reader. I think every writer starts out as a reader. Today, I’d love to talk about my favorite book series (I just typically love series, not stand alones), and why.
1. Stephanie Plum Novels by Janet Evanovich
From a young age (like ten or eleven), I remember my mom sitting on the couch at home reading these books. There were times she’d laugh, and when I’d ask what was so funny, she’d have to water down the scene so it was child-friendly. I think I was fourteen or fifteen when she finally let me read the first book, One for the Money, after years of nagging.
I believe there were fifteen books out at the same time (the number book in the series and I are the same age, i.e., book 22 actually came out on my 22nd birthday), and I read all fifteen in a week. I read about two a day, because that’s all I did that week (it was summer vacation).
The characters were funny and original. I loved it. I still love it.
2. The Mediator Series by Meg Cabot
Meg Cabot is one of my favorite authors, and I wasn’t sure which book series was my favorite, but I picked this one. I love The Mediator series because of the main character: Suze. If Mia Thermopolis, Cabot’s most famous character, is a bit unsure of herself and awkward (which I relate to so much), Suze is just a badass.
She’s smart and witty, and she’s a woman of action. I never felt like Mia Thermopolis was. And I want to read characters that are a little different from myself.
3. Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead
Now, I know vampires have a silly reputation, but the fact that this is a vampire series feels like a secondary factor. The characters are well developed, the plot is incredibly thought out. Mead obviously took the time to plan her world, and it pays off. It’s been a while since I read the books (perfect time for a re-read, huh?), but I remember so many details because Mead weaves them all so wonderfully.
4. Her Royal Spyness Series by Rhys Bowen
This series combines two of my favorite things: mysteries and British royalty. I found these books in a Garden Ridge store a long time ago, and now I believe there are nine books.
Bowen has a great balance of mystery, humor, and romance in her books. These books are great reads for relaxing.
5. The Tudor Series by Philippa Gregory
My love of British Royalty started with the Tudor dynasty, so it makes sense that this series in on my list. The first book Philippa Gregory wrote in the Tudor era was The Other Boleyn Girl, and while it’s not completely historically accurate, it shifts the focus on a story many people know so well – the story of Anne Boleyn.
Other books in the series feature other wives of Henry VIII. The books are all a little fiction, a little fact, but so good.
I have plenty of other favorite books, but those are my favorite series!
What are some of yours?