There is something magical about starting a new book series. Unlike a one-night-stand that is a single novel, a series is a long relationship.
You get to know a new world, meet countless characters, and get completely lost over and over again. While there are new series options hitting the shelves every year, there are only a few that will stand the test of time.
Here are the top book series that will never go out of style:
The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
C.S. Lewis is known as one of the greatest thinkers and writers of our age. The Chronicles of Narnia series has provided families entertaining stories for ages.
This book series starts with four siblings who step through a wardrobe and into the snow-covered kingdom of Narnia. They have to make sacrifices and work together to break the spell of eternal winter. The series continues in a non-chronological order to fully reveal the world of Narnia up until the final battle.
Several of the books were made into movies and animated features as an additional way to enjoy these classics. If you like stories filled with fantasy and incredible world-building, start the Chronicles of Narnia series right away.
The Giver by Louis Lowry
The Giver is one of the most thought-provoking books series around today. It started with just a trilogy of books but added a fourth novel some years after the other three ended.
This dystopian novel follows a variety of teenage characters in different circumstances. While each book has the potential to be its own world, they combine together to create a universe full of interesting situations.
The overarching theme of these books dives into social questions about authority, development, and more. If you like plots that pull at your heartstrings are full of suspense, start with The Giver and go from there.
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
While the Hunger Games series is only made up of three books, it’s one of the most timeless stories of this age. It’s not only books series but it was also turned into a popular film franchise as well.
The story follows Katniss Everdeen in a dystopian future where resources are limited. She is chosen to fight in a deadly competition called The Hunger Games. She has to fight to not only stay alive but to earn food for her entire district while the entire nation watches on TV.
If you enjoy dystopian novels full of action, star-crossed lovers, and an underdog, make sure to explore this light read.
Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan
Percy Jackson is the son of the Greek God Poseidon. Of course, he doesn’t know this until he finds himself mixed up in a thick plot. These books bring Greek and Roman myths to life in the modern world.
What makes this series so much fun is that it’s action-packed but appropriate for all ages. The plot is so engaging that it’s almost impossible to put the books down. Each story is full of humor, friendship, and heroic quests.
If you like the Percy Jackson series, including the Broadway musical and various movie adaptations, make sure to check out the Heroes of Olympus series that takes place in the same world by the same author.
Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter makes up one of the largest franchises on the planet. From a series of books/movies to entire theme parks devoted to this series, the Harry Potter universe is one that will never disappear.
These books follow a young wizard who only learns of his magical roots until he is eleven years old. He has to navigate building friends, mastering the world of magi, and learning about the death of his parents. While each book has its own plot, the overall story connects across the series as Harry grows into an adult.
If you like fantasy, stories of friendship and love, a strong cast of characters, and plenty of plot twists, the world of Harry Potter is for you.