Saturday, November 2, 2013

My Four Favorite Book Series (completed)

The other day I was looking for something to read that was familiar and yet still captured my attention.  I picked a mystery/romance series that I have read several times.  It was like visiting with an old friend and it made me start thinking about my favorite book series.  I really enjoy reading series.  I like revisiting characters and watching them move forward with their lives. 

So I decided this post would be about my favorite book series.  I know that many people will think that my choices show a certain lack of sophistication but I read mostly for enjoyment and these are the ones I truly enjoyed. 

I didn’t think it was fair to include ones that are still being written with ones that are already completed so I picked my four favorite series that I considered finished.  Here they are (in no particular order):

Vicky Bliss by Elizabeth Peters
I wrote about this series when Elizabeth Peters passed away a few months ago but I had to list it because it is one of my favorites.  These books are mysteries with a touch of romance.  Vicky Bliss is an art historian who works at the National Museum in Munich.  Her love interest in most of the books is John Smythe who is a thief.  The relationship between these two characters is what I like best about the series.  They are both sarcastic but charming.  The mysteries are interesting and stories are well-written.  The books are:
Borrower of the Night
Street of the Five Moons
Silhouette in Scarlet
Trojan Gold
Night Train to Memphis
The Laughter of Dead Kings

The Belgariad by David Eddings
This was the first science fiction/fantasy series I ever read.  I remember it clearly.  I was working in a mall at a gift store back in the mid 80’s and had a second job at another store nearby.  I had time to kill before starting my shift at the second store so I went to the bookstore and found Pawn of Prophecy.  I wasn’t sure about it but it sounded interesting so I took a chance and was hooked.  I quickly devoured the others in the series.  These books are not exceptionally original but they are very enjoyable.  They are fun to read.  The books are:
Pawn of Prophecy
Queen of Sorcery
Magician’s Gambit
Castle of Wizardry
Enchanter’s End Game

Jason Bourne by Robert Ludlum
Some may think I am cheating on this one as Jason Bourne novels keep coming out but as far as I am concerned, this series consists of only three novels.  I first read the Bourne Identity in high school and was blown away by the novel.  I had never read anything like it.  I know that there are a lot of books out there that are considered better examples of espionage novels but this was my first exposure to the genre.  Because of these novels, I read many other books in this field.  The books are:
The Bourne Identity
The Bourne Supremacy
The Bourne Ultimatum

The Ozark Trilogy by Suzette Haden Elgin
I first read these books in the late 80’s.  I had only been reading science fiction/fantasy for a couple of years and I was intrigued by the folklore that runs through these stories.  They were released in 1981 but I think they still hold up today.  The novels are set on a planet ruled by magic users and inhabited by people originally from the Ozark region of earth.  It is a fun series.  The books are:
Twelve Fair Kingdoms
The Grand Jubilee
And Then There’ll Be Fireworks

Anyone have a favorite series that you have to read over and over again?