Some characters and storylines are so good they can’t fit into one book. It’s not just the readers who fall in love, but the authors themselves who can’t imagine not revisiting those stories one more time. Sometimes book series are intentional and other times they’re born out of necessity. Either way, if you love a great series and don’t want to give up on beloved characters after a single installment, here are the best book series out there today.
What Did These Book Series Do To Qualify For This List
Any time you are ranking the best of something the results are usually somewhat subjective but we have did our best to come up with a list the readers of the book series genre will truly like. To come up with this list we took into account:
- quantity and quality of user reviews
- sales data
- public perception
- opinions of readers of this genres
- commercial success
- and of course personal opinion
Take a look at the best Book Series you can read right now:
Best Book Series
Here are the best book series by the experts:
1)Harry Potter, by J.K. Rowling
- Book Summary:Harry Potter has no idea how famous he is. That’s because he’s being raised by his miserable aunt and uncle who are terrified Harry will learn that he’s really a wizard, just as his parents were. But everything changes when Harry is summoned to attend an infamous school for wizards, and he begins to discover some clues about his illustrious birthright. From the surprising way he is greeted by a lovable giant, to the unique curriculum and colorful faculty at his unusual school, Harry finds himself drawn deep inside a mystical world he never knew existed and closer to his own noble destiny.
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2) Hunger Games
- Book Summary:Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don’t live to see the morning?In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before – and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.New York Times bestselling author Suzanne Collins delivers equal parts suspense and philosophy, adventure and romance, in this searing novel set in a future with unsettling parallels to our present.
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3)A Song of Ice and Fire
- Book Summary:Winter is coming. Such is the stern motto of House Stark, the northernmost of the fiefdoms that owe allegiance to King Robert Baratheon in far-off King’s Landing. There Eddard Stark of Winterfell rules in Robert’s name. There his family dwells in peace and comfort: his proud wife, Catelyn; his sons Robb, Brandon, and Rickon; his daughters Sansa and Arya; and his bastard son, Jon Snow. Far to the north, behind the towering Wall, lie savage Wildings and worse—unnatural things relegated to myth during the centuries-long summer, but proving all too real and all too deadly in the turning of the season.Yet a more immediate threat lurks to the south, where Jon Arryn, the Hand of the King, has died under mysterious circumstances. Now Robert is riding north to Winterfell, bringing his queen, the lovely but cold Cersei, his son, the cruel, vainglorious Prince Joffrey, and the queen’s brothers Jaime and Tyrion of the powerful and wealthy House Lannister—the first a swordsman without equal, the second a dwarf whose stunted stature belies a brilliant mind. All are heading for Winterfell and a fateful encounter that will change the course of kingdoms.Meanwhile, across the Narrow Sea, Prince Viserys, heir of the fallen House Targaryen, which once ruled all of Westeros, schemes to reclaim the throne with an army of barbarian Dothraki—whose loyalty he will purchase in the only coin left to him: his beautiful yet innocent sister, Daenerys.
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4)The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings
- Book Summary:One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind themIn ancient times the Rings of Power were crafted by the Elven-smiths, and Sauron, the Dark Lord, forged the One Ring, filling it with his own power so that he could rule all others. But the One Ring was taken from him, and though he sought it throughout Middle-earth, it remained lost to him. After many ages it fell by chance into the hands of the hobbit Bilbo Baggins.From Sauron’s fastness in the Dark Tower of Mordor, his power spread far and wide. Sauron gathered all the Great Rings, but always he searched for the One Ring that would complete his dominion.When Bilbo reached his eleventy-first birthday he disappeared, bequeathing to his young cousin Frodo the Ruling Ring and a perilous quest: to journey across Middle-earth, deep into the shadow of the Dark Lord, and destroy the Ring by casting it into the Cracks of Doom.The Lord of the Rings tells of the great quest undertaken by Frodo and the Fellowship of the Ring: Gandalf the Wizard; the hobbits Merry, Pippin, and Sam; Gimli the Dwarf; Legolas the Elf; Boromir of Gondor; and a tall, mysterious stranger called Strider.
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5)The Chronicles of Narnia
- Book Summary:Experience all seven tales of C. S. Lewis’s classic fantasy series, The Chronicles of Narnia, in one impressive paperback volume!Epic battles between good and evil, fantastic creatures, betrayals, heroic deeds, and friendships won and lost all come together in this unforgettable world, which has been enchanting readers of all ages for over sixty years.
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- Book Summary:Harriet Vanger, a scion of one of Sweden’s wealthiest families disappeared over forty years ago. All these years later, her aged uncle continues to seek the truth. He hires Mikael Blomkvist, a crusading journalist recently trapped by a libel conviction, to investigate. He is aided by the pierced and tattooed punk prodigy Lisbeth Salander. Together they tap into a vein of unfathomable iniquity and astonishing corruption.
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- Book Summary:In the beginning there was…a turtle.Somewhere on the frontier between thought and reality exists the Discworld, a parallel time and place which might sound and smell very much like our own, but which looks completely different.Particularly as it’s carried though space on the back of a giant turtle (sex unknown). It plays by different rules.But then, some things are the same everywhere. The Disc’s very existence is about to be threatened by a strange new blight: the world’s first tourist, upon whose survival rests the peace and prosperity of the land.Unfortunately, the person charged with maintaining that survival in the face of robbers, mercenaries and, well, Death, is a spectacularly inept wizard…
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- Book Summary:Through Jean M. Auel’s magnificent storytelling we are taken back to the dawn of modern humans, and with a girl named Ayla we are swept up in the harsh and beautiful Ice Age world they shared with the ones who called themselves the Clan of the Cave Bear.A natural disaster leaves the young girl wandering alone in an unfamiliar and dangerous land until she is found by a woman of the Clan, people very different from her own kind. To them, blond, blue-eyed Ayla looks peculiar and ugly—she is one of the Others, those who have moved into their ancient homeland; but Iza cannot leave the girl to die and takes her with them. Iza and Creb, the old Mog-ur, grow to love her, and as Ayla learns the ways of the Clan and Iza’s way of healing, most come to accept her. But the brutal and proud youth who is destined to become their next leader sees her differences as a threat to his authority. He develops a deep and abiding hatred for the strange girl of the Others who lives in their midst, and is determined to get his revenge.
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- Book Summary:In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she’s chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she’s kept hidden from everyone because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.Debut author Veronica Roth bursts onto the YA scene with the first book in the Divergent series—dystopian thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences, and unexpected romance.
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10)The Mortal Instruments
- Book Summary:When Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder—much less a murder committed by three people covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. And she’s more than a little startled when the body disappears into thin air. Soon Clary is introduced to the world of the Shadowhunters, a secret cadre of warriors dedicated to driving demons out of our world and back to their own. And Clary is introduced with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is almost killed by a grotesque monster. How could a mere human survive such an attack and kill a demon? The Shadowhunters would like to know…
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Best Movie Series
If you enjoyed the best book series, why stop there? Take a look at our list of best movie series and witness these marvelous films from the big screen.
Movie Summary:Join the Jedi Knights on an epic journey to defeat the evil Empire. The saga begins with Anakin Skywalker’s descent to the dark side as he transforms into Darth Vader.
I know I am in the minority here, but I love these movies, I think they are great and absolutely add to overall Star Wars story. The Anakin-Amidala love story is moving and believable and can show you how and why a moody, powerful young man was able to give in to temptation to the Dark Side.Amazon Reviewer
Its Star Wars…………..what’s not to love!Amazon Reviewer
Movie Summary:Based on the wildly popular J.K. Rowling’s book about a young boy who on his eleventh birthday discovers, he is the orphaned boy of two powerful wizards and has unique magical powers.
Based on the wildly popular J.K. Rowling’s book about a young boy who on his eleventh birthday discovers, he is the orphaned boy of two powerful wizards and has unique magical powers.Amazon Reviewer
I was a fan of Harry Potter before the movies even came out. The books are masterful works of art that literally take to to another dimension. They are so well written that you can literally immerse yourself into the wizarding world. When you watch this first movie you are not let down! It is crazy how ever thing I imagined comes to life in this film. I am pretty sure they had the book as the script for this movie because it so closely re-enacts the very sense from the book that I had visualized for so long.
If you are looking to take a step into the movie side of the wizarding world the this film. will no disappoint!Amazon Reviewer
3)Pirates of the Caribbean
Movie Summary:Join the adventures of Jack Sparrow and his nemesis Captain Barbossa.
A thrilling swashbuckling adventure in the tradition of Burt Lancaster’s Crimson Pirate, with Johnny Depp turning in another oddball performance that just continues to showcase his amazing talent.Amazon Reviewer
Movie Summary:Two mutants come to a private academy for mutants whose resident superhero team must oppose a powerful mutant terrorist organization.
I loved this movie. The story was kept very simple and did not try to over explain itself or over work itself.Amazon Reviewer
Starring: Keanu Reeves , Carrie-Anne Moss , Laurence Fishburne , et al.
Directed by: Andy Wachowski and Larry Wachowski
Movie Summary:Keanu Reeves stars in an explosive sci-fi adventure about a man who comes to believe that his everyday world is the product of a computer-driven digital matrix that feeds on humans.
I can literally watch this movie over and over and over and over and over again. The subliminal messaging in it speaks so much truth about the world we live in. “It is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to Blind you from the truth that you are a slave, you live in a prison that you cannot see smell taste or touch.” Truer words have never been spoken.Amazon Reviewer
Best Audio Book Series
Now that you’ve seen our list of the best book series, I’m sure you’ll be interested in trying out more of the best book series in audio!
1)Storm Front, by Jim Butcher
Book Summary:My name is Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden. Conjure by it at your own risk. I’m a wizard. I work out of an office in midtown Chicago. As far as I know, I’m the only openly practicing professional wizard in the country. You can find me in the yellow pages, under Wizards. Believe it or not, I’m the only one there.
With rent past due and a decent meal becoming an issue of some importance, Harry needs work, and soon. A call from a distraught wife, and another from Lt. Murphy of the Chicago PD Special Investigation Unit makes Harry believe things are looking up, but they are about to get worse, much worse. Someone is harnessing immense supernatural forces to commit a series of grisly murders. Someone has violated the first law of magic: Thou Shalt Not Kill. Tracking that someone takes Harry into the dangerous underbelly of Chicago, from mobsters to vampires, while he himself is under suspicion of the crimes.
2)The Giver by Lois Lowry
Book Summary:The Giver, the 1994 Newbery Medal winner, has become one of the most influential novels of our time. The haunting story centers on twelve-year-old Jonas, who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment. Not until he is given his life assignment as the Receiver of Memory does he begin to understand the dark, complex secrets behind his fragile community. Lois Lowry has written three companion novels to The Giver, including Gathering Blue, Messenger, and Son.
This is my favorite book; I read it for the first time when I was in elementary school and have continued to regularly re-read it ever since. The story has grown for me each time as I continue to see new things or interpret story elements in various ways. I believe that this book is more sophisticated than it’s marketing as a children’s book. A must-read for everyone.Amazon Reviewer
The Giver is a distinguished book that gives an insight of the development of Jonas who is a young man in a utopia world where people don’t embrace individuality and live without emotion.Amazon Reviewer
3)Hounded (Iron Druid Chronicles) by Kevin Hearne
Book Summary:Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old—when in actuality, he’s twenty-one centuries old. Not to mention: He draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer.
Unfortunately, a very angry Celtic god wants that sword, and he’s hounded Atticus for centuries. Now the determined deity has tracked him down, and Atticus will need all his power—plus the help of a seductive goddess of death, his vampire and werewolf team of attorneys, a bartender possessed by a Hindu witch, and some good old-fashioned luck of the Irish—to kick some Celtic arse and deliver himself from evil.
I really enjoyed this book, and went on to buy the second. It was recommended to me by a follower on Twitter. There were really only two things I found less than par, and both are very subjective, so they don’t affect my rating. First, I found the comedic relief between the MC and his dog to be pretty cheesy and leaned on too hard. I found the vampire funnier, and I didn’t get the impression the vampire was supposed to be all that funny. I suppose the dog conversations fall pretty far into typical ‘guy humor,’ which isn’t my taste, but obviously plenty of people love it or it wouldn’t be so popular. Second nitpick, all the names and different mythological characters were really hard for me to keep track of. I will freely admit that most of my familiarity with mythology if from Greek and Roman mythology, so if you are more familiar with Irish and other mythologies, that probably won’t be too big a deal for you. The main characters were well fleshed out and entertaining, the flirting and sexual tension was perfect, the plot was engaging, the world building was well developed (a MAJOR pet peeve of mine), and the writing was pretty good. Definitely recommended!Amazon Reviewer
I recommend this 100% Definitely a top 3 in my favorite books!Amazon Reviewer
4)Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood) by J.R. Ward
Book Summary:The only purebred vampire left on the planet and the leader of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, Wrath has a score to settle with the slayers who killed his parents centuries ago. But when his most trusted fighter is killed—orphaning a half-breed daughter unaware of her heritage or her fate—Wrath must put down his dagger and usher the beautiful female into another world.
Racked by a restlessness in her body that wasn’t there before, Beth Randall is helpless against the dangerously sexy man who comes to her at night with shadows in his eyes. His tales of the Brotherhood and blood frighten her. Yet his touch ignites a dawning new hunger—one that threatens to consume them both…
I bought this book on the recommendation of a cashier when she saw me buying the Twilight Saga. Beyond knowing it was about vampires, I didn’t really know what to expect. For the record, it’s really nothing like the sparkly guys, so don’t let that sway you in any way. My first impression was that it was a little hardcore, but as I kept reading, I fell in love with the brotherhood and the vampire race.Amazon Reviewer
Funny and sexy and raw! Loved it. Very unique. If you haven’t yet read ‘Dark Lover’, by all means do so! It was very entertaining! Can’t wait to read the other books!Amazon Reviewer
5)The Maze of Bones (39 Clues, No. 1) by Rick Riordan
Great series. I’ve always screened the books my kids read and I really suggest these to everyone. Late in the third set of the series it loses its way. Till then it’s great.Amazon Reviewer
I chose 5 stars because this book was awesome! It had all the adventure a book could need. I highly recommend this book for young readers who enjoy a story that takes place all around the world, competitiveness and a fight.Amazon Reviewer
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