Books have always been a treasured and much-coveted part of most of us. These bundles of joy are not just a collection of pages but gateways to pure enrichment and pleasure. People love books for their characters, their plots, and the weaves of imagination round them. When readers start loving a particular character built up by an author, they crave to know more about it. That is when the book writers are compelled to come up with book series with multiple books under the same character, to keep the continuity of their story going. Readers love to read all the books in a series, and fondly add them to their book collection.
Below we explore the top ten best book series that have captivated the hearts of adults and children alike and continue to do so.
Best Book Series
1. Harry Potter
British author J.K Rowling has woven her fantasy magic in a series of whopping eight mind-blowing books, published between 1997 and 2016. The novels revolve around Harry Potter, a young wizard scholar at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and his friends Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley, Together, the three kids share a series of jaw-dropping adventures in and out of Hogwarts.
These gems include the following- the Philosopher’s Stone, the Chamber of Secrets, the Prisoner of Azkaban, the Goblet of Fire, the Order of the Phoenix, the Half-Blood Prince, the Deathly Hallows, and the most recent one, the Cursed Child. All the books are targeted at middle school children, but they have taken even adults in their ecstasy.
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2. The Chronicles of Narnia
The Chronicles of Narnia is another popular series of seven fantasy novels by British author C. S. Lewis, published in London between 1950 and 1956. It has been adapted for multiple channels, like radio, television, the stage, and film. All the novels are set in Narnia’s fantasy realm, which is a fantasy world of magic, mythical beasts, and talking animals. The books have a record of selling over 100 million copies worldwide.
The stories narrate the adventures of various children who are magically transported to Narnia. The magical lion Aslan often calls upon them to protect Narnia from evil, right from its creation to its final destruction.
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3.Percy Jackson &the Olympians (PJO)
American author Rick Riordon has woven his magical charm in a series of five fantasy and adventure novels between 2005 and 2009. The novels centre on a young kid, Percy Jackson, and his demigod friends. These heroes march forward in a series of valiant adventures and fights against mythological monsters and the forces of the titan lord Kronos. The series begins with The Lightening Thief and includes The Sea of Monsters, the Titan’s Curse, the Battle of the Labyrinth, and The Last Olympians. The PJO series became so popular that there was even a second series called The Heroes of Olympus.
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4. A Song of Ice and Fire
George R.R. Martin will always be remembered for his series of epic fantasy novels, A Game of Thrones, in 1991, and it was published in 1996. American novelist Martin has published five out of a planned seven volumes. The series is a collection of stories based on games of power, ambition, threats, loyalty, and pride. The most recent fifth volume of the series, A Dance with Dragons, came out in 2011. Westeros and Essos are the fictional continents where the story of A Song of Ice and Fire takes is set. The background is based on a dynastic war among several families who intend to rule Westeros. This series has sold 90 million copies worldwide.
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5. The Hunger Games
This is a series of young adult novels by Suzanne Collins. There are three novels in the series –The Hunger Games (2008), Catching Fire (2009), and MockingJay(2010). All of these novels have been developed into films since 2012. The story revolves around Katniss Everdeen and her power to overcome tyranny. Collins has tried to portray war or the hunger for power in The Hunger Games in relation to political, social, and racial agendas. She also emphasizes current problems laming our society like gender, cultural, and environmental issues. The author has more than 50 million copies of the trilogy sold.
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The Twilight Saga is a series of four vampire-themed fantasy romance novels by American author Stephenie Meyer. These four-book Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, Breaking Dawn, and The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner have been released annually from 2005 through 2008. The series has met with immense popularity and has sold over 100 million copies globally in over 50 countries, with translations in 37 languages. The four books revolve around teenager Isabella Swan, a girl who falls in love with a 104-year-old charming vampire named Edward Cullen. The books were also developed into a series of motion pictures by Summit Entertainment The Twilight Saga from 2008 to 2012.
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7. Lord of the Rings
The Lord of the Rings is an epic high-fantasy book by the English author and scholar J. R. R. Tolkien; The three volumes include The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and The Return of the King. Tolkien’s first children’s fantasy novel The Hobbit (1937) became extremely popular. It later developed into a much larger work that formed the basis for the extended Middle-Earth Universe. It was written during 1937-49 and is the third best-selling novel ever written, with over 150 million copies sold. The stories are centered on a struggle between good and evil in the Middle-earth, the Great War of the Ring. The books follow Frodo the hobbit and his hobbits, elves, dwarfs, and men companions on a quest to fight evil and save the earth.
8. Vampire Chronicles
The Vampire Chronicles is a series of 14 novels and a media franchise created by American writer Anne Rice. The central idea revolves around the fictional character Lestat de Lioncourt; an 18th century Frenchman turned into a vampire. There are 14 books in the series, which are- Interview with the Vampire, The Vampire Lestat, The Queen of the Damned, The Tale of the Body Thief, Memnoch the Devil, The Vampire Armand, Merrick-the Vampire, Blood and Gold, Blackwood Farm, Blood Canticle, Prince Lestat, Prince Lestats and the Realm of the Atlantic, and the Blood Communion. The whole series has further series for the New Tales of the Vampires, Lives of the Mayfair Witches, and Future.
These are stories of danger and flight, based on love and loss, packed with suspense and thrill.
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9. Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes is a fictional private detective created by British author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Holmes is known for his proficiency in observation, forensic science, logical reasoning, and fantastic investigation strategies. He is called to investigate the cases for a wide variety of clients, including Scotland Yard.
There have been a total of 4 novels and 56 short stories from 1880 to 1914-1887- A Study in Scarlet, The Sign of the Four, The Hound of the Baskervilles, and The Valley of Fear. This series has been a very successful one. The Guinness World Records have listed Sherlock Holmes as the most famous literary human character in film and television history.
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Discworld is a comic fantasy book series of 41 novels written by the English author Terry Pratchett. The books talk about Discworld, a flat planet balanced on the backs of four elephants, which stands on the back of a giant turtle. These books are published between 1998 and 2015, with Colour of Magic being the first book in the series, and Shepherd’s Crown is the last one, post which Pratchett died. Newly released Discworld books have regularly topped The Sunday Times best-sellers list, and have made Pratchett the UK’s best-selling author in the 1990s.
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