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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