Hungry for Another Series?
After reading the Hunger Games series I cast about for something else as a continuous read. Fortunately I found Divergent by Veronica Roth. Although the next book is not due out until May I am set to move on to the further adventures of Tris.
What is it about getting involved in a series? Is the lost-in-a-plot feeling? Is it the invested interest in characters? Perhaps it is the convenience of not having to find and audition yet another book (hmm, shades of dating and staying in a monogamous relationship). Anyway, here are some suggested series, tried, true, and some still new to me:
1. Divergent by Veroncia Roth(next up will be Insurgent in May)
2. Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
3. Enders Game by Scott Orson Card
4. Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
5. The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
6. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
7. The Giver by Lois Lowry
8. The City of Ember by Jeanne Du Prau
9. The Dune Chronicles by Frank Herbert
10. Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
11. Sisterchicks by Robin Jones Gunn
12. Arthurian Saga by Mary Stewart
13. Redwall by Brian Jacques
14. This Present Darkness by Frank Peretti
15. Dragon Riders of Pern series by Anne McCaffery
16. Janie Johnson series by Caroline Cooney
17. The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner
18. The Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander
19. The Zion Chronicles by Bodie Thoene
20. Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
21. The Outsiders, That Was Then This is Now, Rumblefish by S.E. Hinton (shared characters)
22. Ramona by Beverly Cleary
23. The Mrs. Pollifax series by Dorothy Gilman
23. Constable Evans series by Rhys Bowen
24. The Mars Diaries by Sigmound Brouwer
25. Chronicles of Fairacre byMiss Read
26. Amber Chronicles by Roger Zelazny
27. Horatio Hornblower by E.M. Forester
28. Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
29. All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot
30. Encyclopedia Brown series by Donald Sobol
31. Little Britches by Ralph Moody
32. Diary of a Teenage Girl by Melody Carlson
33. Stonewycke Triolgy by Michael Phillips
34. Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachan
35. Paddington Bear by Michael Bond
If these don’t work for you, or if you’ve already devoured them, try the GoodReads link. There are over 1200 entries and over 100 pages to browse through. Book Boosters need their choices, ya know.
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Wow, that’s a lot of series! I’ve only read two and even then, not completely: the Dune Chronicles and Ender’s Game. Have you read all of the ones you mentioned (as in the whole series)?
These aren’t recent reads by any means–some go back to my elementary school days. I didn’t read some, like all the Boxcar books (there’s a zillion of them), same for the Redwall books. The only series I haven’t yet is the Alexander one–it’s been on my get to list for awhile. How about you–any series read or maybe I’ve missed?
As a kid I was infatuated with Dungeons & Dragons so I read the Dragonlance Chronicles and all the other books that followed by Weis & Hickman. I also really liked the Death Gate Cycle (7 books) by the same authors. The other series that come to mind are Cleric’s Quintet by R. A. Salvatore and all the Drizzit novels as well.
The thing is, these are not particularly well written books and sifting through them a few years back I was amazed at the amount of typos, plot glitches, cliches etc. As a kid of course, they were a great adventure.
One series that I do love and is well-written is Pullman’s ‘Dark Materials Trilogy’, another is the humoristic/sci-fi-ish ‘K-Pax’ by Gene Brewer (highly recommended).
I am not familiar with the series but I do remember the Dungeons and Dragons phase. It’s amazing to go back and reread those books of our youth and sometimes discover they weren’t quite what we thought they were.
I get really engrossed in series too…I think it has to do something with the characters, kind of like feeling you’re part of it or something. I always find myself just waiting to devour the next book, just thinking “oh my god what is next”. I got really into this one fantasy series that was really great, The Wayfarer Redemption Series by Sara Douglass. I highly reccomend it. I’ve read a few of the series you listed but I will definitely take note of the ones I haven’t, I’m always looking for a good one. Right now I just started Stephen King’s Dark Tower series.
Many of my students enjoy this series. I often see copies of it with their notebooks. Thanks for stopping by!
What a great list! I can’t believe you mentioned The Chronicles of Prydain! I remember that this was the first fantasy series I read as a young reader, and I loved it. It is what drew me to fantasy in the first place. I almost forgot about them. I’ve heard many recommendations for Redwall, but I just haven’t picked it up. There’s so many things to read!
I have yet to get to the Prydain Chronicles–I think it’s the only series I haven’t made at least one attempt to start. Some are from many years ago and are more juvie based, but look at what a hit Hunger Games was this year–a YA. I think a good read is a good read no matter what it’s intended reading audience is all about.
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I have read many of those series – and I had even forgotten I had read some of them! Thanks for the listing!
I am making it a goal to go back and make sure I finished any series I started. I don’t know about the Boxcar Children….
I recently read Divergent and look forward to reading Insurgent. I also read two books from the Fakken series by Lauren Kate. I have to get the third. Nice post. Thanks for stopping by my blog
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