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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Five Fall Favorites Day Three - Series

Welcome to Day 3 of the Five Fall Favorites Party, hosted by Read Another Page! Fall is the time of year when you’re cuddled up somewhere comfy reading a book and suddenly realize that a blanket would make it that much more pleasant. Chances are you have a favorite, one that’s the perfect size and softness. Maybe it’s wrapped you over years and years of cool nights and kept you comfortable while you read your favorite series of books.
 




Ah, series. Continuing stories. Simply by their number, they usually make a bigger impression on us and endear their characters and settings to us more than standalone books. I’ve read many series over the years that I’ve enjoyed, but it wasn’t that difficult for me to select my top five favorites:




Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery

Montgomery wrote a series of eight books featuring a plucky, imaginative redhead on beautiful Prince Edward Island in northeastern Canada. I love the interesting, quirky characters, luscious description, and heartwarming episodes. Find on Goodreads.




The Zion Chronicles by Bodie and Brock Thoene

This thrilling, suspenseful series details Israel’s heroic struggle to become an independent nation in 1948. Against overwhelming odds, courageous characters step forward to fight for a Jewish homeland. Find on Goodreads.




Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Like Anne of Green Gables, this series is a staple of many girls’ childhoods. Also like Anne of Green Gables, my mom and I read these books aloud to each other when I was younger. Full of fascinating detail and loving family moments, they established my love of pioneer literature. Find on Goodreads.




The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis

How do I sum up The Chronicles of Narnia? This charming fantasy series, about a world that certain children can access from our world, captured my heart with the subtle way it depicts spiritual truths, the creativity and richness Lewis put into each book, and of course Lewis’s friendly writing style. Find on Goodreads.




The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien

So technically this isn’t a series, but one long novel in three volumes, so long that it feels like a series. So I just had to include it. It’s an epic high fantasy within a world that’s so well developed it feels like a real place. The heroes go through many hardships to save that world. Even though at many moments hope seems lost, there is a constant, slender thread that the characters hang on to, to help them persevere. This trilogy reminds us that good shall prevail. Find on Goodreads.



What are some of your favorite series?



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36 comments:

  1. Oh, "Anne of Green Gables" and "Little House"! :) Such delightful stories. I haven't read "The Zion Chronicles" but my mom has. I might have to look into them this winter.
    Unlike you, I had a very hard time deciding what 5 series I was going to share. :)

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    1. Yes! They're not something we outgrow. Of course, I highly recommended "The Zion Chronicles." :)
      I can't wait to go check out what series you chose!

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  2. I've read the Little House series numerous times! So good!

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  3. I've read three of the five series here! I want to read the Zion Chronicles, though I don't think I would enjoy Lord of the Rings.

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    1. Cool! I think you would like the Zion Chronicles. The Thoenes are such good writers, and they really bring history alive.

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  4. Hey! I've read all of those! And I especially liked the Zion Chronicles!

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    1. Wow! That's cool. I think you may be the first person I've talked to who has read all five of these series!

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  5. I've heard of most of these, but I haven't actually read them.. except I did read The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe.
    I tried reading Lord of the Rings earlier this year and I just couldn't.... I'm starting the Hobbit now though so maybe I'll get hyped for LOTR.
    Again, I must add more awesome books to my tbr pile!

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    1. That's great, Crystal! The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe is one of my favorite Narnia books. The Lord of the Rings is daunting...I had to read The Fellowship of the Ring twice before I really felt I knew what was going on. The Hobbit is a great book to start with to get you on track with LOTR (though it is certainly different!).

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  6. I love how you drew attention to "Lewis's friendly writing style". I think his tone of portraying things was what drew me most to his stories as a young child. ;)

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    1. Yes! I knew I liked his writing style, and I was trying to think of a word to sum it up, so thank you for saying so. :)

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  7. Anne of Green Gables, Little House and Narnia, all so good classics to read! Great list!

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    1. Thank you! I truly treasure those books.

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  8. Ooh, Anne of Green Gables, Little House, and The Chronicles of Narnia are all amazing! :D

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    1. Yay! I'm so glad you agree. They are the kind of books you want to read over and over again.

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  9. Oh! Finally a post where I've read many of the books mentioned. I enjoyed the first Anne of Green Gables a lot, but I haven't gotten to read the Zion Chronicles yet. I'll have to borrow it from my church library. The Little House books I read were fun, and I've read and reread Narnia. It's so amazing. I only read part of the first LoTR though.

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    1. That's great, Bethany! I was surprised at how many book series that have been mentioned on other blogs that I haven't read yet, or even heard of. So many good books!

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  10. I love the cover of The Gates of Zion! It looks like it would be a good book, especially about Israeli history! And I STILL haven't read the Anne of Green Gables books!! That is a series that has been on my list for a little while now. Have you ever read the Knights of Arrethtrae? I really liked that series, though I haven't read it in awhile :)

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    1. Ooh yes, isn't the cover amazing? I love books about Israeli history. I hope you get to read them and Anne of Green Gables sometime soon! I haven't read the Knights of Arrethrae series, but it sounds intriguing. Thanks for sharing!

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  11. I really like The Little House on The Prairie, Narnia,and Anne of green gables

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    1. That's great, Megan! Such timeless books.

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  12. Anne of Green Gables series. . . love love love!! Am currently listening to a good reading on Librivox. ;)

    -Katja L.

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    1. Ooh, Librivox is great. Is it a dramatized version?

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  13. I REALLY need to read the Little House books and discover what all the hype is about! *bumps books up list* Haven't heard of The Gates of Zion, but they sounds great! The rest I've read (or in the case of Anne, am in the middle if reading) and love. <3 The only series I'd add is The Tales of Goldstone Wood series by Anne Elisabeth Stengl because I adore them to pieces. Have you read those, Kelsey?

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    1. Yes! Little House is worth reading if you like classic historical fiction and American literature. So glad to hear what you think of the others. I haven't read Tales of Goldstone Wood except for the first book. It sounds like an interesting series. Thanks for the recommendation!

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  14. Oooh! Littke House on The Prairie and Anne of Green Gabels series were my favorite books when I was growing up!

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    1. Such fun and sweet reads! They really shaped my idea of great comfort books.

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  15. I haven't read all of the Little House books, but I really want to! :D

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    1. They all certainly have something special about them. :)

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  16. The Zion books are amazing! I remeber reading them when I was younger and being a bit uncomfortable with all the detail but I still loved them! I need to re-read them some time again. :)

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    1. Yes! They are better for older readers; I too need to re-read them sometime soon.

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  17. Looks like you've got some classics here! :) And... I've only read the Little House books. :) As I said earlier, I haven't read Thoene. I would like to try though!

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    1. Yep! Gotta love those classics. I'll be interested to hear what you think of Thoene's books.

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  18. AHH!!! ALL OF THESE!! ARE SO GOOD. *collapses* I haven't read any books by the Thoene family but I am looking forward too, from what I've glimpsed, they're good!
    And Narnia. Anne. Yess. :P

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    1. YES!! I'm so glad you agree. I could read these books over and over again. The Thoenes' books are totally worth trying.

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