Have you ever read a book and right after you finished it, you wish that there is more? Like, you get attached to the characters and you’re just not ready to part with them? That’s the good thing about sequels and book series. You get to enjoy the awesomeness of a character way longer.
We always hear about people binge-watching but we seldom come across someone who likes to binge-read. I really like to read books, but, I don’t consider myself a fast reader or an ardent reader. I always make it a point to read at least two or three books a month, if the schedule permits. Sometimes, I am a several-pages-a-day kind of guy or an-hour-a-day kind of reader. That is why, “binge-reading,” is on my to do list. So, if ever there is an ample of time to binge-read, the following book series should be on your top priority. Books series that everybody loved and has been part of everybody’s life and somehow have influenced us.
- Lord of the Rings Trilogy and the Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
Books: 4(The Hobbit, The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King)
The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings novels have brought its reader to a fictional world, the Middle-Earth, where the battle between good and evil is looming and the destruction of one ring can solve everything. The Hobbit is actually a children’s book, but it transcends to all ages of different generations and has since then become one of most widely-read children’s book of all time. Tolkien is widely considered to be the father of all fantasy novel writers. You will come across interviews of some famous fantasy authors of today and you’ll hear them say that their novels are somewhat influenced by Tolkien’s magnum opus one way or another. Its characters such as Bilbo and Frodo Baggins, Gandalf, Aragorn, Legolas, to name a few, have become some of the most known, most-beloved, and most popular fictional characters of all time.
- A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin
Books: 5, so far, 2 forthcoming(A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, A Feast for Crows, A Dance with Dragons)
A perfect example of a novel that was greatly influenced by Tolkien’s is George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire. Politics, Religion, Love, Lust, Greed, Power, and Dragons have been the center and the roots of conflicts revolving around the people and situations in Westeros. The way Martin presented its characters and their development was impeccable that you wouldn’t help, but, take sides. Some characters are well-loved while some are greatly despised. The series is not finished yet and we are still painfully waiting for the last two books on the series to have the conclusion we need and to finally have peace of mind. The novel has reached the zenith of its popularity when it was adapted into a TV Series (Game of Thrones) on HBO.
- Harry Potter Series by J. K. Rowling
Books: 7(The Sorcerer’s Stone, The Chamber of Secrets, The Prisoner of Azkaban, The Goblet of Fire, The Order of the Phoenix, The Half-Blood Prince, and The Deathly Hollows)
Middle-Earth and Westeros aren’t just the two of the most popular fictional places of all time and if there is another world that is worthy to be placed on the same breath as these two, there is no denying that it is Hogwarts. The biggest selling book series of all time and some of the biggest selling books individually deserved every attention the books are getting. Many young kids have developed their interest in reading because of the magical adventures of Harry Potter, Ron, and Hermione against the Dark Lord, Voldemort. The books have left a lasting impression that people around the world continued to re-read the books because they couldn’t let it go. Who among you are still waiting for their letters from Hogwarts? Well, I am.
Update: The long wait is over for Harry Potter is finally back with Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. It might be the last according to Rowling, sad but I know we did have a great ride/childhood/adulthood with Harry Potter books.
- Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Novels: 4(A Study in Scarlet, The Sign of the Four, The Hound of the Baskervilles, and The Valley of Fear); 56 Short Stories in 5 Books: (The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, The Return of Sherlock Holmes, His Last Bow, and The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes)
Sherlock Holmes is the epitome of an astute, invincible, and shrewd detective. We have followed Mr. Holmes on his quest on solving crimes or as some will say, his adventures, alongside his sidekick, Dr. John H. Watson Sherlock Holmes has been adapted on TV and Movies countless times and have been depicted on some of it to be serious and the rest to be a funny detective. The first book on the series was first published last 1887, and since then, the charisma of the characters has never faltered and people are continuously discovering this treasure in literature.
- The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis
Books: 7(The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Prince Caspian, The Voyage of the Dawn Trader, The Silver Chair, The Horse and His Boy, The Magician’s Nephew, and The Last Battle)
The Chronicles of Narnia is C. S. Lewis greatest work and is now considered a classic children’s book. The series is comprising of seven novels where the protagonists are children, four siblings named Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy, (Ann, Martin, Rose, and Peter) transported into a magical world of Narnia and in there they’ve met Aslan, the great Aslan, a lion. Susan, Edmund, Lucy, and Peter are well-loved that newly-born babies were named after them.