Pam Webb

a writer's journey as a reader

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.

I’m interested in your thoughts.  Try out my first Polldaddy attempt:

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12 thoughts on “Hungry for Another Series?

  1. Samir on said:

    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?

      • Samir on said:

        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.

  2. msnoseinabook on said:

    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.

  3. 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.
      thanks for stopping by,

  4. I have read many of those series – and I had even forgotten I had read some of them! Thanks for the listing!

  5. Maribeth on said:

    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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