Since I have way more than five favorite books, and since I think favorite books is a cheesy way to use Tuesday Favorites, this week I'm going with my Five Favorite Series. I've been in a bit of a reading binge and I can't think of anything else but books, so I'll share with you some of what I've been reading. I'm going to try to steer clear (ever wondered why those words aren't spelled the same? It's driving me nuts just looking at them.) of ones I think you would obviously know and try to get you to branch out in your reading. Seriously, you're hitting a rut here.
One of my favorite past times of old (re: before kids) was going to the library and just browsing for hours. Hours. And people who say you can't judge a book by it's cover are wrong. Wrong. Because I can tell you right now that if you are looking for a light chicky beach read then you should walk away from the book with robots and spell scrolls on the cover. I'm just saying, is all. Anways, here are some series I could read over and over again. And have. Many times.
5. Lori Wick. The lady writes so many series that I can't really just pick one out. If you are a girl (I swear to you, no guy would willingly read these), and you are looking for a good Christian series where all the books are mostly the same and all the characters are intrinsically good and they all end up happily every after no matter the tiny emotional problem they had to face, well, then Lori Wick is for you. She is easily one of the most prolific Christian fiction writers out there, and you'll never be lacking in reading material. Now, I like a good thought provoking book as much as the next gal, but sometimes you just want to lay back and enjoy a good period piece with no worries about the end.
4. Harry Potter - J.K. Rowling. Ugh, I know. Everyone knows Harry Potter and the awesomeness, but seriously, if you've been under a rock or didn't want to bend to peer pressure (possibly the worst reason to not read a book), then get thee to a library and check one out. Any of them. It's probably best to go in order, but if the sheer size of the series boggles your mind then jump right in. I won't tell.
3. Gods & Generals, The Killer Angels, The Last Full Measure - Jeff & Michael Shaara. I just put the titles of the books because they aren't technically a trilogy. Michael Shaara wrote The Killer Angels, and his son, Jeff, wrote the prequel and sequel. These books center around the generals and colonels of the Civil War, taking you into their perspective and motivations. They are, without exception, some of the most well crafted novels I have ever read and the best historical fiction out there. If you ever thought history was boring (Shame on you.) you won't after reading these.
2. Stephanie Plum Mysteries - Janet Evanovich. I'm telling you these are some hilarious books. I don't think I have laughed so hard, ever, and that I've probably read the whole series five times. Each time a new book comes out, I feel the need to start at book one all over again just to revisit my old friends before I hear what new things they are up to. And really, you have nothing to lose. After all, how can you go wrong with Rex the Hamster, Cluck-in-a-Bucket, and Lula the zaftig former prostitute turned sidekick bounty hunter in spandex? Hilarity ensues.
1. The Mark of the Lion Trilogy - Francine Rivers. Now, in Christian Fiction Francine Rivers is hardly an unknown. She's pretty much a heavyweight in the genre and almost everything she writes is gold (with the notable exception of Leota's Garden and Redeeming Love, both of which I detest. Sorry, guys, I know one of you out there thinks Redeeming Love is beautiful, but I am totally squicked out by it. Also, I know I have now said squick twice). One of the best things she has ever written is the Mark of the Lion Trilogy. The first two books are my favorite books of all time (tied with Pride & Prejudice, of course). They are more powerfully convicting than any sermon I have ever heard and again, it's easy to believe that you are reading about real people. The series is set only a few years after Christ died and follows a Jewish girl as she becomes a slave in a Roman household and struggles to share Christ with them. Seriously, if you read one thing this year, this should be the book. Oh, also, the first one hundred pages are depressing as all get out and a bear to get though, but I swear it gets better :)