Favorite Book Series (Wednesday Challenge)

Happy Wednesday! It’s time for the Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge, courtesy of Long and Short Reviews. These guys put together a weekly challenge for book nerds, so here I am, reporting for duty!


This Week’s Challenge: Favorite Book Series & Why

This is a loaded question. There are so many book series that I adore. How am I supposed to choose?

I had to go with the series that’s been on my favorite list the longest, even though there are quite a few that I love equally. I did add a runner up. Does that mean I’m a cheater?

*Shrugs*

All-Time Favorite Book Series: Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

It’s cliche and probably chosen often as a favorite series, but it’s my favorite series of all time.

Harry Potter didn’t hook me on reading, but it hooked me on books. I hated reading as a kid because I was horrible at it. My comprehension was (and still is, honestly) horrible. However, I loved Harry Potter because my dad read it to me. I didn’t have to read it on my own.

Emotional Attachment

As a child, my father used to read the Harry Potter series to my brother and I before bed. One chapter each night. I was hooked (my brother didn’t really get into it).

Even as a teen, my dad would read the chapters to me. We would go to the release parties at B&N and participate in nerdy trivia nights. I was always dressed as Hermione.

When I hit adulthood, I thought it was crazy that I’d seen the movies a thousand times, and that I technically read the books, but I hadn’t read them with my own two eyes.

So, I read them as an adult. This is why I consider it my favorite series. It’s just as good as I remember it being as a kid. Some of my favorite books as a kid fall flat when I read them as an adult. Not these.

I refused to read the final book until last year. I have a weird thing about reading the last book in a series. When you finish a book or a series, the characters die. There’s no new content. Everything dies.

So, I refused to finish the series. It can’t die if it’s not done. My boyfriend thought that was crazy and wanted me to try to get through it. I finally finished the series with him and I cried a lot.

The Writing

Ultimately, it’s J.K. Rowling’s writing that hooked me. I loved the plot and the characters, but I loved her world. She created this magical world that I desperately want to be a part of.

She’s an amazing writer. The way that she can connect events and plot points from previous books is amazing and inspiring as a writer. I don’t typically like re-reading books, but I will re-read Harry Potter many times throughout my life.

Runner Up

Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick is absolutely amazing. I’m going to be re-reading it this year and possibly finish the series. I haven’t read the last book yet… for reasons mentioned before.

I loved Twilight when I was younger (8th grade, specifically), and I craved a book series similar to it when I got older. I re-read Twilight as an adult and I was so upset that I once enjoyed Meyer’s writing. I needed to find something better with a similar idea.

Hush, Hush is like Twilight, but better! It has a similar feel, but has more developed characters, a stronger plot, and better writing.


A SACRED OATH
A FALLEN ANGEL
A FORBIDDEN LOVE

Romance was not part of Nora Grey’s plan. She’s never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how hard her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her. Not until Patch comes along. With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Patch draws Nora to him against her better judgment.

But after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora’s not sure whom to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is and seems to know more about her than her closest friends. She can’t decide whether she should fall into his arms or run and hide. And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself near a truth that is way more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel.

For she is right in the middle of an ancient battle between the immortal and those that have fallen – and, when it comes to choosing sides, the wrong choice will cost Nora her life.” – Goodreads

If you haven’t read or seen Harry Potter, I highly recommend it. Most people know what Harry Potter is, so I don’t bash people who don’t like it. However, if you haven’t heard of Hush, Hush, please check it out! It’s an incredible series.

See you next Wednesday for the next challenge!

Sarah

Hi, everyone! I have worked in the field of education since I was nineteen and have a passion for literature. I have five years of experience as a library media specialist (paraprofessional), 2 years as a substitute teacher, and I am currently a general education paraprofessional. I have a Bachelor's in Library Media and Science, which I intend to use to eventually become a youth services librarian. I'm a proud book nerd, writer, gamer, hiker, and baker.

6 thoughts on “Favorite Book Series (Wednesday Challenge)

  1. Husband and I read aloud to our 4 kids every night for many years. He read them the entire LOTR series–twice. Also the Redwall series, all 20+ books. I read them the Harry Potter books, usually around the campfire during our vacations, so they wouldn’t fight over who got to read them first. Even better was the Artemis Fowl books by Eoin Colfer, who actually lives in Ireland, and looks like a leprechaun! The Enchanted Forest Chronicles were great, with dragons as main characters, and sly humor that adults will really enjoy. The Crestomanci Chronicles were filled with magic–I can’t remember the author’s name off the top of my head, since it’s been years since I read them to the now-adult kids. But the one who has kids has been reading to them since before they were born. His 2 boys prefer books to anything else. I gave them a fridge magnet: Great readers become great thinkers.

    BTW, I’m an English teacher who subs in high schools. Daughter teaches middle school English, but prefers to teach math. We’re all at home now. I’m doing a lot of writing.

    1. Aw! I love that! I grew up in a house full of educators, so I get that. My mom’s a high school English teacher.

      I’m a paraprofessional right now and I usually work in small groups with kids. Our school is going digital, so I have a lot of time on my hands, too. I’m doing a ton of writing as well. 🙂

  2. My son was in the air force stationed about six hundred miles away. It was also in the middle of where my parents were living and in-laws. My daughter was in middle school at the time and we’d rent the audio Harry Potter books and listen to them on the trips. It really helped pass the time while driving. I read the LOTR books to both kids right before son went to basic training. http://pmprescott.blogspot.com/2020/03/wednesday-challenge-040120.html

    1. I’m so glad that you had some comfort with the series! I love how Harry Potter pulls people together and that so many of us have stories related to Harry Potter! I’ll check out your post for the challenge! 🙂

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