One of my favourite things to do is get lost in a book series. It's fantastic when you find a book that keeps you turning the pages all night long until you realise it's 3am. It's even better still when you know that there are several more books in the series to keep you busy for weeks to come!
My tastes in reading are pretty varied, but when it comes to book series, I tend to lean towards historical, fantasy and supernatural themes. So here is a list of my favourites - I hope you find some recommendations among the list!
The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare
Man, I loved this series. Set in Victorian England, this is Cassandra Clare's second series and is set in the same Shadowhunter world as the popular Mortal Instruments series (that I also love but probably not as much as this one.) Be warned - you will become very emotionally invested in the characters! There are 3 books in this series - Clockwork Angel, Clockwork Prince and Clockwork Princess.
Divine Secrets of The Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells
I know many of you will know this story, but did you know there are two prequels as well? I loved these books! I've read Divine Secrets so many times, and was crushed many years ago to lend my copy to someone who never returned it. I have searched thrift and second hand stores high and low for copies of Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood but I've only ever managed to find copies with the film tie in cover (I will NEVER buy books with a film tie in cover). One day I will find it or give in and buy a new copy. Until then, I still read Little Altars Everywhere every few years. There is also Ya Yas in Bloom.
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
Ok, I know everyone has an opinion on this series. I'm a big fan. I was enormously pregnant during a very hot summer, and the trials and tribulations of Edward, Bella & co got me through my 38th & 39th weeks! The movies have been a bit of a disappointment though, but then again, they are NEVER as good as the books. (My only exception to this rule is High Fidelity by Nick Hornby. Book and film starring John Cusack were both excellent.) I'm a person who sees reading as a form of entertainment, and these books are great in that regard. I'm sure I'll re-read them lots of times in years to come. The books in the series are Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse and Breaking Dawn. Even though it's completely different, I also really enjoyed Stephenie Meyer's other book, The Host.
Divergent by Veronica Roth
Another young adult series (I read a lot of YA literature) set in a future version of Chicago. The main character, Tris, is a pretty hardcore chick - I like books with strong female characters - I was glued to Divergent and it's sequel, Insurgent. The third book in the series is yet to be released but I can't wait. If you enjoyed the Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins, you will definitely enjoy these.
The Earth's Children by Jean Auel
This series has been around a long time and tells the story of Ayla, a young girl orphaned and adopted into a Neanderthal clan. I am still reading this series - the books are LONG so I usually borrow one from the library every year and see what adventures Ayla is up to next. Jean Auel is obviously a very passionate historian and fills her books with a lot of detail of this prehistoric era. The first book is Clan of the Cave Bear.
The Ancient Future by Traci Harding
Time travel, martial arts, Celtic history, a passionate love story. This book has IT ALL. My sister and I both devoured this book in less than a day. The subsequent books in the series get a bit weird and futuristic for me, but certainly books one and two will have you up until the wee hours of the morning following the story of Tori and Maelgwyn. The first book is The Ancient Future. It seems to be quite hard to buy - perhaps it's out of print? I've linked to the Kindle version. If you see it in a second hand book shop, grab it, you won't be disappointed.
Cross Stitch by Diana Gabaldon
This series has a lot of similarities to the Ancient Future series mentioned above (although this one was published first). Time travel, Celtic history and myths, a love story. It is set in the Scottish Highlands, and in places I've visited in real life which makes it really interesting for me. I haven't quite finished reading this book yet but I know this series has been a huge favourite for many people I know, and the past few nights as soon as the kids are in bed, I jump in bed too and read until very late! I'm addicted so far so I can't wait to keep reading all the books in this series! I'm quite happy to add it to my favourites list already. The first book is Cross Stitch. (Edit: Lots of you may be familiar with this book being titled "Outlander" - it was only published as Cross Stitch in the UK and Australia)
I could go on, but I think that's enough for today! What series do you love? Is there a particular book or series that you just keep going back to? I'm always on the look out for great series, please give me your recommendations!