book recommendations: series I love.

I thought that this would be an interesting one to do, because it isn’t restricted by genre, in fact I have fallen in love with series right across the board, and really want to pass them on to you guys.

A disclaimer on this post, I may not have finished a series but unless it gets really horrific in a short amount of time, it belongs here.

And on that note, lets get into it.

1. Harry Potter

This should come as no surprise, I adore these books, and believe it or not, they helped me become the person I am today. For those who have been living under a rock, the series follows an 11 year old boy as he finds out he’s a wizard and through all the danger that seems to come with this. What makes these books so wondrous is the world that they are set in, it is so well done, and as a writer it sets the bar high for me.

2. Percy Jackson and the Olympians

This is another fantasy book, but is a little more sarcastic and witty than Harry Potter. It is a series based on Greek mythology and the children of the Gods living in the modern world, it centres on a young boy who is whisked of to a camp for his own safety and away from the monsters that threaten his life. Quests and prophecies ensue from then on. I love this series because of how well the modern and ancient are mixed, there is never a doubt that these worlds shouldn’t be together.

3. The Heroes of Olympus

If you haven’t guessed by the covers, this series is a follow on from Percy Jackson. It sees the introduction to new characters, and above all an incident has left Camp Half-Blood in chaos and a new prophecy threatens them further. I love the fact that I got to see more of my favourite characters and the way that the series progressed with the danger and the events, it was well done, and kept me hooked right to the very end.

4. The Bone Season

I love this book, I’ve just finished re-reading it in time to read the sequel, and I loved it even more on the second reading. This book tells the story of Paige who is clairvoyant, which in her alternate London is illegal, joining the crime syndicate, she thinks that’s the most danger her life will have to handle. However as she soon discovers there is something deeper going on behind the mask of the government. I adore the characters in this book, and the way they are represented, I love the world and the classification of clairvoyants, it has been well done.

5. Dorothy Must Die 

I love the concept of this book, I was a big fan of the film when I was a kid (I haven’t got around to reading the books yet). It follows a young girl living in a modern day trailer park, who when a tornado hits is transported to Oz where, everything has been turned upside down. This reversed idea in this book leads to the reader not knowing who to trust and having to guess at times.

There are so many more that I might have to do a part two, but that’s it for now.


Winger… such a good surprise!!

Ryan Dean West is a fourteen-year-old junior at a boarding school for rich kids. He’s living in Opportunity Hall, the dorm for troublemakers, and rooming with the biggest bully on the rugby team. And he’s madly in love with his best friend Annie, who thinks of him as a little boy.

What I liked about it; I liked the normality of the setting, and I felt like this added so much to the story. I also liked the isolation that the character felt because he was placed in O Hall and the way the teachers were represented. There were definitely characters in here that will remain on my brain for a long while.

What I loved about it; I loved the way that Winger’s voice was told, and I loved the comics and the drawings that went along with this story, it made him feel as though he was an actual real person. The ending shocked me and it made me feel horrible but I completely understood why it needed to happen, and in a way it was the perfect ending to the story.

What I disliked about it; I don’t think that I disliked anything, maybe the hmm and harring over the love relationships and Winger’s naivety towards women.

What I hated about it; Nothing, I really enjoyed this book.

What did I read next?; Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone by J K Rowling, there will be a whole blog post explaining this.

Why I read…

something so small, changed me.

One series of books was all it took me, and I was hooked. I couldn’t think of leaving the reading behind. I had always read a lot but it was never quite as serious as it is now. I am addicted to the worlds and the characters and couldn’t think of leaving a series halfway, what gave me such dedication to reading? Harry Potter. His whole world showed me how rewarding reading can be, and I will never forget the feeling of waiting for another book to come out and for me to devour it without a second thought.

I had always read series, I loved Enid Blyton growing up, but Harry was the first character that I cared about what was going to happen, I fell deeply in love with all the characters and the world that they were in. I had invested so much of my time in their development that it really mattered to me whether there was going to be love or whether there was going to be hatred. I could feel my emotions rise and fall as I grew up with them, going through similar problems bar the MAD man trying to kill me or the magic, but the friendship and the bullies at school I could totally get that!

I have so much to thank J K Rowling for. She introduced me to the world of reading and all the things that can be accomplished by doing so.