To kickstart the books section of my site, I thought I’d quickly share my five favourite book series as a little introduction. These range from a number of different genres and cover books that I’ve read throughout my life, whether that be in childhood or now as an adult.
There’s a lot you can tell about a person from the books they tend to read, so this may give you a little insight to who I am and what I enjoy. Let’s go!
5. Percy Jackson and the Olympians
Kicking off my top five is a series I read when I was about 10 years old, but one that left a lasting impact on me. Now, admittedly, I haven’t read any of the Percy Jackson books past the very first time. They may have aged fairly poorly and I plan on rereading them fairly soon to see how they now stand, but I’m willing to give the series the benefit of the doubt for the time being.
The series opened my eyes and really introduced me to the world of the Greek gods. Legends like Zeus and Poseidon were shown in a light I’d previously never seen them in.
Riordan did something that 10 year old Cal thought was impossible at the time, he made history and learning about ancient Greece and its gods fun. I applaud him for that. He went on to write a number of sequel series set in the same world, but I’m yet to check them out. Hey, if I still enjoy the series when I reread it, I may give them a look!
4. The Hunger Games
In my early teens, I fell out of love with reading for a while. More interested in spending my evenings out with my friends, I very rarely picked up a book in my spare time, but that changed once I gave The Hunger Games a read.
This was just before the first film was released so I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I was instantly immersed in what was one hell of a story. Suzanne Collins did an absolutely tremendous job creating a whole cast of characters I found easy to route for and relate to, despite their world unrecognizable to our own.
The action was perfectly written and the twists felt organic and never forced. I enjoyed the second and third books just as much as the first and the series really invigorated my love for reading once again and for that I’m incredibly grateful.
3. The Power of Five
Another series from my childhood, The Power of Five really opened my eyes to what sort of stories could be told in the modern world. There’s no secret worlds or schools for the heroes to disappear to, but it all takes place in a habitat we’re all familiar with.
Anthony Horowitz, famous for his Alex Rider series, does an excellent job keeping the series grounded and fairly down to earth, despite it’s fantastical and magical elements. There’s a number of incredibly twists throughout the entire series and it manages to find the perfect blend of thrills, scares and laughs.
The main characters all feel larger than life, but Horowitz never lets us forget their how young they are, which just amplifies the sense of achievement in their adventures.
2. David Raker
The most recent series I read. The David Raker series, written by the excellent Tim Weaver took me out of my comfort zone. Previously, I’d only ever really read science fiction, fantasy and horror, so the David Raker series wasn’t what I was used to, but boy did it open my eyes to an entire new genre.
The series follows a missing persons investigator, David Raker, with each book focusing on one of the cases he’s taken on. While the books are strong from their premise alone, it’s the twists and turns that Weaver weaves (pun intended) into his tales that make them so special. I live for the surprise revelations that are spread throughout all of his books and couldn’t recommend them enough to anyone.
With currently 10 books out in the series right now, I’ve read more David Raker books than I have of any other series ever, so that’s a testament to just how fantastic it is. Do yourself a favour and check this one out!
1. Harry Potter
This may seem a little cliche, but the Harry Potter series is still my favourite series I’ve ever read. The Harry Potter books were my introduction to reading. It was the Harry Potter books that got me hooked on reading at such a young age and has wholeheartedly played a part in sculpting me into the man I am today.
From about eight years old until my late teens, I read these books religiously. I’ve actually lost count of the amount of times I’d finish the Deathly Hallows and immediately head straight back into the Philosopher’s Stone and embark on the journey all over again.
Admittedly, I haven’t read it in a number of years now, the longest I’ve probably ever gone without rereading the series in truth, but it will always hold a special place in my heart for introducing me to this unbelievable world of literature and magic.