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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

My Favorite Book Series

And my series obsession continues!!

If you can't tell from my other posts, I love to make lists. So I figured, what better kind of list to make than that of my favorite series of books! So here they are: (Can you tell I like children's books!)

  1. The Twilight Saga - by Stephenie Meyer
  • Twilight published October 2005
  • New Moon published August 2006
  • Eclipse published August 2007 (My favorite of the series so far)
  • Breaking Dawn published August 2008
I have mentioned plenty about these books, so I will spare ya!

2. The Harry Potter Series - by J.K. Rowling **Dates are of the first American Edition published**

  • The Sorcerer's Stone published October 1998
  • The Chamber of Secrets published June 1999
  • The Prisoner of Azkaban published September 1999
  • The Goblet of Fire published July 2000
  • The Order of the Phoenix published June 2003
  • The Half-Blood Prince published July 2005
  • The Deathly Hallows published July 2007

I love these books because I love that it is about a seemingly ordinary boy that no one appreciates until he gets involved with the people who are willing to nurture him. But just because he has finally found a place that he fits in, doesn't mean that everything is perfect. In fact it is the opposite. He has many people who are not only against him, but completely hate him just because of something that happened to him when he was a baby that he can't even remember. We get to see Harry start out as a small boy and watch him grow and learn about how life isn't fair but at the same time, he still turns into a strong young man. By the time I finished the last book, I was in tears for a good week!!

Death is the central theme for each of the books. It's a huge part of the series. So if you haven't read them, just have a box of Kleenex at the ready.

Also, for anyone out there that likes audio books, this is a must own. Jim Dale, who reads the books, (unabridged) in my opinion, makes these the best audio books I have ever listened to. He has such a great voice and tone. And he can do so many characters. I wish he could read them all!

3. The Chronicles of Narnia - by C.S. Lewis

      • The Magician's Nephew (prequel) published 1955
      • The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe published 1950
      • Prince Caspian published 1951
      • The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader published 1952
      • The Silver Chair published 1953
      • The Horse And His Boy published 1954
      • The Last Battle published 1956

      Although I am not a terribly religious person, I love these books. I think they should be required reading for everyone. The symbolism alone is incredible. It's a great way to get a glimpse into Christianity, if you are not familiar with it. And even to get a refresher if you are.

      There has been a lot of controversy centering the release of the movie The Golden Compass that came out last Christmas. The author of the series, His Dark Materials, is said to be "anti C. S. Lewis". But I find that a bit ironic considering the fact that C. S. Lewis was a good friend of J. R. R. Tolkien, who as you know, was the author of the Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings Series. (I have read The Hobbit, but not Lord Of The Rings. I hope to get around to it someday. I did love The Hobbit though.) Tolkien though was a proclaimed atheist, as you may be able to tell from his stories. I'd like to think that if Lewis was around to hear all of the people who protested The Golden Compass, as well hear about Phillip Pullman's atheist point of view, that he would just laugh it off, or maybe even befriend Phillip Pullman. (His Dark Materials series is on my to read list as well.)

      Even if you don't read this for the symbolism, it's still an incredible series. It's full of action, suspense, and tear jerking moments. It really is a great series!

      4. The Sookie Stackhouse (A Southern Vampire) Series - by Charlaine Harris

      • Dead Until Dark published 2001
      • Living Dead In Dallas published March 2002
      • Club Dead published May 2003
      • Dead To The World published May 2004
      • Dead As A Doornail published May 2005
      • Definitely Dead published May 2006
      • All Together Dead published May 2007
      • From Dead To Worse published May 2008

      See my post about this series that I published just today. (There are some short stories that have the character Sookie in them. Also there are a few stories that are included in the group that don't have Sookie in them at all. It may be a while before I get to read them. But it seems that they are "in between" filler books. )

      So these are my favorite series as of right now. I am sure my list will grow or even change. But each one comes highly recommended!

      Happy Stampin' and Happy Reading!