Starting a new book series is like falling in love, you know, like slowly but then gradually you get the hang of it, and then there is a point you can’t just get it out of your head. But then it’s also like a relationship. You have to keep the commitment to it, but you know it when you find the best book series.
12 Best Book Series Of All Time
Finding a good book series can be a task. Figuring out the series of books that is both intriguing yet fun from the first to the last seems to be a little tiring, especially to a person who is not a fan of books. So, if you want some books to read without giving much thought, then here are the twelve best book series of all time.
The one and only, I mean the name in itself, is more than enough. People say that Harry Potter is overrated, but I think it deserves the hype. It is the most popular book series. The author J.K. Rowling has created a masterpiece with this series. Every part of this book series keeps you on edge and not once gets boring. People who have a thing for fantasy fiction, this is the one you should try.
The book consists of 7 parts, each containing the lives and adventures of Harry Potter and his friends. The book chronicles a young wizard Harry Potter and his best friends Ronald Weasley and Hermione Granger, who all are students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Each part has its plots and twists and secrets that will reveal one by one as you progress on the books. At last, this book series is one hell of a roller coaster ride, so fasten your seatbelts and enjoy.
The All Souls Trilogy
The All Souls Trilogy is a book series that consists of three books by the author Deborah Harkness. The book plunges into the story of a historian studying alchemy at Oxford named Diana Bishop with a witchy past, who refuses her magic, and a 1500-year-old vampire, Mathew de Clermont. The story revolves around these two and their lives and how destiny brings them together in the books.
The adventures and dangers they face together to get a bewitched alchemical manuscript that Diana mistakenly calls out at the Oxford’s Bodleian Library for her research paper, which has been missing since 1697, alerting all the other supernatural creatures around her. After returning the book, all these creatures are after her to call it again to understand it and use it as per their advantage. Matthew de Clermont helps her against the other creatures while falling in love with her. The book keeps its readers bound to its pages, keeps them on edge with the excellent storyline. The first and last part of the book series is incredible. Also, it is a treat for people who enjoy fantasy fiction, i.e., books about vampires and witches.
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To All The Boys I Have Loved Before
Well, this one is for all the romance and young adult lovers. The book series consists of three parts, each focusing on the life of Lara Jean Covey and her boyfriend, Peter Kavinsky. The book is extremely romantic, and the author Jenny Han ensures to catch all the essence of a teenage high school romance, leaving no stones unturned. The story revolves around a teenage girl, Lara Jean, who is a hopeless romantic. Lara Jean has a secret. Whenever she has a crush on someone, she writes a letter to them but never sends them. She writes them to voice out her feelings and move on from those crushes.
The story begins when her little sister Kitty sends all those letters, tired of seeing her sibling all cooped up in her house, with no social life whatsoever. Her life takes a complete U-turn when the letters are out, and all her crushes start showing up in her life. Peter Kavinsky being one of her crushes, which also receives a letter, convinces her to fake a relationship with him to make her ex-girlfriend Genevieve jealous so that she gets back to him. Now, during all this façade, love seems to find a place in their lives. In all three parts, the readers will unravel different parts of the protagonist’s lives and their ways of dealing with their problems. The book has its highs and lows and moments where you want to cry. So, for the people who are in love with love, this is the best book series for you.
Percy Jackson And The Olympians
People who love reading about Greek Gods and other mythical creatures will know of this. Written by the one and only Rick Riordan, this book series is a whole package of adventure and Roman Gods and their stories. The story revolves around a dyslexic teenage kid Percy Jackson, whose complicated life gets all the more complicated when he discovers that he is the son of Poseidon(God of Water) and a demigod himself.
So, when he finds himself with the accusation of of stealing Zeus’s lightning bolt, he sets on a quest to find the bolt and stop the war between Gods. He is also accompanied by his friends Annabeth, daughter of Athena and Grover, a satyr. The book series consists of 5 books, each showcasing different adventures faced by Percy and his friends. Altogether this is the best book series of all time for beginners.
This book series will mostly be enjoyed by people who are in awe of historical fiction. This literary book series written by Julia Quinn is a collection of eight novels, each focusing on the lives of the eight children of the late Viscount Bridgerton.
The book series is set in the competitive world of Regency London high society’s town. To find themselves a perfect husband, debutantes present themselves at court in this season. The author has quite accurately captured the essence of the historical times and laid it on the pages. This book series will surely take you to Regency London for a visit.
A Song of Ice and Fire
George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire comprises seven novels. Till now, five among seven prospective books have been released. It is an epic fantasy that occurs on Westeros and Essos, two mythical continents. The series is a blend of three central plotlines:
- The internal war for supremacy of Westeros among a myriad of families.
- The increasing menace of mystical others who reside far off behind a massive ice wall acting as Westeros’ northern border.
- Aspiration of dethroned king’s banished daughter, Daenerys Targaryen, to proclaim the Iron Throne.
The Wars of the Roses have greatly instigated the work. This is one of the top book series. It cites mystical things but still has a touch of realism which makes it very engaging. Novels that have been published till now are A Game of Thrones published in 1996, A Clash of Kings issued in 1998, A Storm of Swords published in 2000, A Feast for Crows released in 2005, A Dance with Dragons published in 2011. The upcoming volumes are The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring.
The Lord of the Rings
The Lord of the Rings is an epic high fantasy novel full of adventure penned by J. R. R. Tolkien. The chronicle is set about as a sequence to The Hobbit, which augments into an ampler piece. The primary storyline pivots around the Dark Lord Sauron, on whom the title of the series is based. He is the principal antagonist of the series. He is an antecedent era designed the One Ring to dominate the other Rings of Power to capture and reign all Middle Earth, which is the mystical world where the pursuit occurs.
This is one of the highest-rated and best book series of all time. It is a trilogy with each part composed in two books. The first volume, which was published in July 1954, The Fellowship of the Ring, the second volume is The Two Towers, issued in November 1954, and the third volume, named The Return of the King published in October 1955.
The Hunger Games
Suzanne Collins scripts the Hunger Games. The series happens in the mythical world of the Hunger Games Universe. A trilogy and a Prequel comprise the series. The trilogy is entitled The Hunger Games, published in 2008. Catching Fire, issued in 2009, and Mockingjay, which was released in 2010. The trilogy encircles Katniss Everdeen, the teenage lead.
In the Hunger Games Universe’s fiction world, a fictional society having its location in Panem, a North American country chooses children through a lottery to partake in a battle death match called The Hunger Games. In May 2020, a prequel of the series entitled The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes came out, unfolding the Hunger Games’ ancient days with young Coriolanus Snow as the principal character. This is the best book series to read if you loved the series A Song of Ice and Fire.
The Chronicles of Narnia
The Chronicles of Narnia is a series comprising seven novels penned by British author C. S. Lewis. It is a children’s literature and fantasy series taking place in the mystical world of Narnia, which is full of sorcery, mythical creatures, and other fictional characters. The storyline of the series tells of the escapade of several children, the main characters of the series, while the history of Narnia reveals itself.
The volumes of the series are :
- The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, 1950.
- Prince Caspian, 1951.
- The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, 1952
- The Silver Chair, 1953,
- The Horse and His Boy, 1954,
- The Magician’s Nephew, 1955 and
- The Last Battle, 1956.
The children in the series are from the real world who mystically are transferred to Narnia. Another main character of the series is Aslan, a lion who calls them and saves Narnia from the dark.
Outlander is a series of historical fantasy novels by author Diana Gabaldon. She has published eight out of a planned ten volumes. She is currently writing the ninth novel, ‘Go tell the Bees That I am Gone.’
Quick catalog of the series:
- Outlander (1991)
- Dragonfly in Amber (1992)
- Voyager (1994)
- Drums of Autumn (1997)
- The Fiery Cross (2001)
- A breath of Snow and Ashes (2005)
- An Echo in the Bone (2009)
- Written in my own heart’s blood (2014)
- Go Tell the Bees I am Gone (forthcoming)
This is one of the best time travel books and this series focuses on the 20the Century British nurse Claire Randall, who travels back in time to 18th Century Scotland and finds adventure and romance with the dashing Highland warrior Jamie Fraser. The book series has sold over 25 million copies worldwide as of August 2014.
Cormoran Strike is a series of crime fiction novels written by British author J. K. Rowling, published under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. Five novels in the series have been so far published. The books instantly became best-sellers, and after the third book, Rowling herself stated that she has plans for at least another ten.
Catalog of the Cormoran Strike series:
- The Cuckoo’s calling
- The Silkworm
- Career of Evil
- Lethal White
- Troubled Blood
The story chronicles the cases of private detective Cormoran Strike and his partner Robin Elliot.
Sherlock Holmes is a fictional private detective by British author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. First appearing in print in 1887’s A Study in Starlet, the character’s popularity became widespread, which eventually formed into short stories totaling four novels and 56 stories.
Sherlock Holmes is arguably the best-known detective. By the 90s, there were already 25000 stage adaptations, films, TV productions featuring the detective. Guinness World Records lists him as the most portrayed literary human character in film and TV history.
In ‘The Final Problem,’ Conan Doyle killed Holmes in a final battle with criminal mastermind Moriarity. However, the public reaction surprised Doyle very much. It is said that people protested, and after resisting public pressure for eight years, Sir Doyle brought back the character of Sherlock Holmes in ‘The Adventure of the Empty House’ in 1894.
Even after 100 years, the Sherlock Holmes series remains one of the best-selling book series in Europe and worldwide.
The End Note
The list of best book series end here. I am sure you liked some series and you’d try them soon. Let me know how you liked them in the comments section. See you until next time!
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