If you're anything like me the only thing better than my favourite book would be the author bringing out a sequel. We're all guilty of sitting through an entire Netflix series as soon as we find something good, and equally a book series that remains just as good the whole way through is a good find. I'm going to talk you through five of my favourite book series
The first series I loved that I read this past year is 'A Good Girls Guide to Murder' by Holly Jackson. This teen crime series is an amazing more lighthearted alternative to the usual thriller/crime genre. I loved these books and found each book focused on a slightly different plot but ultimately relating back to the first story. I found these books very easy to read and read one after the other. The third book in the trilogy includes some big plot twists that made it a very enjoyable read. I'm not the biggest fan of teen crime books usually as I find them very predictable and a bit boring, but these books were far from it and I will definitely be reading some more of Holly Jackson's novels in the future.
The second book series that is up there with some of my all-time favourites is the 'Legend' trilogy by Marie Lu. This is a dystopian series and follows the two main characters Day and June through some different storylines. The first book follows them discovering and trying to rectify a pandemic that has emerged in their Republic. Reading this during the first COVID lockdown in 2020 probably wasn't one of my smartest ideas, but I found this book really enjoyable and read it in a few days. As soon as I found out there were sequels I bought them straight away as I was desperate to follow June and Day further, and see where their stories took them. These books were really easy to get into, and having not read many dystopian books at all, these ones definitely made me want to branch out and read a lot more.
The next book duo that I will always recommend to people is 'It Ends With Us' by Colleen Hoover. I read the first book in 2021, and after finishing it in a day (and shedding a few tears at the end) I was so kee
n to find out what happens next in the character's story. Colleen Hoover is one of my favourite authors and her writing makes me fall in love with the characters. This book was no exception and as soon as she announced there would be a sequel in 2022 I was so excited. The second book picks up where the first left off and continues to follow the characters throughout the aftermath of the ending of the first book. Before you pick up these books, bear in mind there are scenarios of domestic abuse throughout the story, however, there is also a beautiful romantic element that the characters experience, and who doesn't love a romance? This love story with complications is one of my favourites that I have re-read a few times, and I love that it doesn't necessarily end in the way that a lot of similar stories do.
A book series that is not going to be a surprise to any book lovers is the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. If you're looking for a long series to get into, that also doesn't necessarily require a lot of mind power, this series is amazing. It's also great if you're looking for an alternative to binge-watching the films (which I am also a fan of.) The fantasy fiction stories provide a lovely escape from reality, and a lighthearted series to get into if like me you use reading as an escape from everyday life. I also find myself reaching for these books when I need to get out of a reading slump.
The final book series that I recommend is 'The Tattooist of Auschwitz' by Heather Morris. Obviously, these books are not a lighthearted read, and the true, devastating stories that these books contain are emotional and heart-wrenching. But these peoples' stories are told in such a beautiful way, and as a reader, I really sympathised with the characters and the trauma they went through in the holocaust. I have read many books surrounding the holocaust and particularly the concentration camp Auschwitz, and these books are by far my favourite. The author tells these stories in a heart-breaking way but highlights so many of the important issues that happened during this time.
Well, that's a wrap on my favourite book series that are definitely binge-worthy in my opinion. Let me know you're favourites, or if you decide to read any of these, what you think!