So earlier this week I shared one of my favorite young adult book series that I am somewhat embarrassed that I love. Since then I have had conversations with several of you about favorite book series. Now that my most embarrassing favorite is already out in the open for all to see, I thought I might as well share some of my other favorites I’ve read recently.
I should begin by telling you that after making this list I realized that while I do read some normal grown up stuff, I apparently really love young adult fiction. Haha! And nearly all of it is dystopian. Which I guess is mostly because that’s what is popular right now so that’s what people are writing. This post will be forever long if I tell you the story line for each series so instead I am going to link to the first book of each series on GoodReads so you can check out the summary and reviews! Anyway, without further ado…
I might as well start with Vampire Academy again. Like I mentioned earlier this week, the first book was okay, but the rest of them just really pulled me into the story. I actually listened to these books (audiobook rental from our library) while I worked at my old job and they made the time FLY by. I got so wrapped up in this story and was so sad when I finished the last book and the series ended. But, since Richelle Mead (the author) is amazing, she actually wrote another series using some of the secondary characters from VA. Um, yes, sign me up!
Bloodlines is the follow up series to Vampire Academy and I love it just as much! Well, it’s actually still being written so hopefully I will continue to love it, haha! But considering how much I like the characters and Mead’s writing, I’m pretty sure I will continue to love it. 🙂
The Selection trilogy is actually still being written, but I got so wrapped up in the first two books (and loved them!) that I am super excited to read the third as well!
I really enjoyed the Trylle trilogy! I haven’t heard many other people talk about this series which makes me wonder if the reason I liked it so much was because I read them while I was laying out on the beach. 😉 It was a light read and perfect for the beach.
The Birth Marked series is another one I enjoyed. A lot of people compared this series to the Hunger Games (and either hated it or loved it because of that comparison), but I wouldn’t go that far. The societal splits are similar, but the story is its own. Definitely worth reading.
Ah, the Divergent trilogy… I loved this series. I had such a hard time putting down the books. I didn’t like how the third book ended, but I hate to give spoilers so I’ll just leave it at that. These books are still worth reading, though!
Okay, so I haven’t read the Hunger Games trilogy recently, but I can’t make a list like this without mentioning the very first trilogy that introduced me to dystopian YA fiction. I couldn’t put these books down. Parts of it made me slightly squeamish so I just skimmed those parts, haha! But other than that – I loved these books!
Oooookay, so pretty much every time I admit this, I take some hate for it, but here’s the truth: I really liked the Twilight books. This was my very first introduction to the whole vampire/werewolf stuff and while those parts were weird for me at first, I was so drawn into the story. I hated the beginning of the second book (literally threw it across the room) when Edward was all “I am breaking up with you because it’s what is best for you…” blah blah blah. Drives me crazy every time I see this in literature or the media. When people don’t communicate and try to make decisions for other people because they are “protecting them”… ugh. Drives me crazy. But, I did eventually finish the second book and I’m glad I did because I loved the rest of the series. 🙂
And best of all! I LOVE Harry Potter! I don’t own many books because I don’t often re-read books (however, the librarians know me by name because they see me so often, haha), but I do own this series. I have always loved to read, but the Harry Potter series is one of the few series that I loved reading as a teenager and also as an adult.
So like I said earlier, I know that I didn’t explain what these series are about, but I knew this post would be super long already so here’s my theory: If you enjoy YA fiction and/or have read any of these series and liked them, then check out the others! GoodReads.com is my favorite source for reading reviews on books so I definitely recommend checking that out! And if you have a GoodReads account and want to be my “friend” there let me know and I can add you! 🙂