My Favorite Book Series

 Reading has always been a huge part of my life.  My mother, an aspiring children's book author, taught me early to love the written word.  She would read me stories when I was little but as soon as I was able, I wanted the book in my hands.  While other kids were watching tv or playing sports I most likely had my nose stuck in a book.  I remember the summer after fourth grade, I bet my mom I could read 100 books over break.  I won. I read everything I could get my hands on.  I read Jane Eyre and Little Women for the first time that summer. Along with a host of Judy Bloom and Beverly Cleary books.  But I really enjoyed reading series.  I loved being able to follow the characters from book to book, watching them progress.  I read the Little House on the Prairie series, Encyclopedia Brown books, Hardy Boys, The Baby-Sitter's Club and Louis L'amour novels.  With that in mind, I decided  to write a hub about my favorite series of all time. I hope you enjoy it.

Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery

 Anne of Green Gables has been a favorite series of mine since I was ten years old.  The main character, Anne Shirley, is just so lovable.   Written by Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables was meant for readers of all ages but is mainly considered a children's book now.  When we first meet Anne, she's on her way to Green Gables where she believes she's going to live with Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert, middle-aged siblings who never married.  The Cuthberts believe they are getting a boy orphan to help Matthew on the farm.  At first, Marilla is determined to send Anne back but Matthew falls in love with the little girl and puts his foot down. You can't help but love this character; she's smart, wistful, wonderfully imaginative,  eager to please yet she has a terrible temper.  You laugh and cry with her as she laments her red hair and freckles and the effort she puts into being  good for Marilla and Matthew is really very sweet.

 There are eight books in the series and they follow Anne through her life as she grows and matures and has a family of her own.  I think every little girl should read at least the first book in this great series!

Exerpt from Anne of Green Gables movie

Nancy Drew Mysteries by Carolyn Keene

 The first Nancy Drew book, The Secret of the Old Clock, was published in 1930.  They created the series in response to the female reaction to the Hardy Boys stories thinking that young girls would respond favorably to a female version.  Carolyn Keene is actually a pseudonym.  There have been many, many ghostwriters who worked on this series, starting with Mildred Wirt Benson.  These books were among my favorite growing up; I actually owned the entire, early hardcover versions.  Unfortunately, in one of my family's many moves, they were lost somehow.  I think back and want to cry.  Nancy Drew was a 16 year old girl detective who would solve mysteries with the help of her two best friends, Bess and George.  She lived with her father and their housekeeper; her mother having died years before. I  think Nancy Drew was my first female hero.  I started reading these books when I was 8 or 9 and I would re-read them over and over.  I loved that she always got to the bottom of things, no matter what she had to do.  I never read the 80's revamp of Nancy-The Nancy Drew Files.  I guess I've always believed if it's not broke, don't fix it.

Nancy Drew Movie Trailer

Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone was published in the US in 1997. J.K. Rowling was a struggling single mom then. Now, she's one of the richest women in the world. I was late to catch on to the Harry Potter craze. However, once I started reading the books, I was completely hooked. It's the story of an 11 year old orphaned boy who finds out he's actually a wizard. Not only is he a wizard, he's a famous wizard with a deadly enemy. You follow Harry as he enters the world he really belongs in, makes some wonderful friends and faces his destiny. Each book is better than the one before it with just one exception, in my opinion, (Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows). I have read these books so many times now that I can tell the story without consulting the books at all. And I still enjoy reading them. I get completely caught up in the story. Who doesn't want to believe there's magic in the world? It's always fun to escape into another reality with a great story like this one.

This series really helped make reading fun again for kids and adults. If you haven't read these books, do yourself a favor and go out and pick them up. I guarantee you'll enjoy them.

For more on my take on Harry Potter see my hub, Harry Potter books vs movies.

http://hubpages.com/hub/harry-potter-books-vs-movies

Trailer for Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince

Twilight Saga by Stephanie Meyer

The Twilight Saga all started with a dream about an attractive male vampire, Edward Cullen, and a shy teenage girl, Bella Swan, discussing their blossoming relationship. The rest, as they say, is history.  In 2005, when Twilight was published, I listened to everyone rave about what a fanastic book it was. I didn't read it until about three months ago, though. I'd run into one of my cousins and she was giving the books a rave review. She was the last in a long line of people who'd said the same thing, I had to read these books. So I decided to pick up Twilight and see what all the fuss was about. Once I started reading, I couldn't put this book down. I loved the story, the humor and most of all, the characters. Bella, especially just really struck a chord with me. So, I went and picked up the last three books in the series and read them in less than three days. I've re-read them at least five times since then. My husband claims I'm obsessed but I don't care. I tell everyone, if you like a good love story and you're interested in vampires, you must read these books! I know Stephanie's vampires go against the grain, but honestly, that made me like them more.

For more on Twilight see my other hubs:

http://hubpages.com/hub/Why-Breaking-Dawn-should-be-rated-R-and-made-in-2-parts

http://hubpages.com/hub/Whos-Your-Favorite-Twilight-Saga-Character

New Moon Trailer

Women's Murder Club by James Patterson

 I've been a fan of James Patterson's books for a long time.  I've read all the Alex Cross books, another great series, by the way, and I just love the way he writes.  1st to Die was published in 2001, the first of the Women's Murder Club books.  There have been seven more books to date, Patterson writing with a variety of partners.  These books revolve around four women who are all at the top of  their game in their respective fields. In 1st to Die, we meet Inspector Lindsay Boxer, Assistant DA, Jill Bernhardt, Chief Medical Examiner, Claire Washburn and aspiring crime reporter, Cindy Thomas.  The girls form the Women's Murder Club to help solve the Bride and Groom murders without all the bureaucratic bs that can go along with criminal investigations. After reading this book, I was completely hooked. I absolutely love the characters, especially Lindsay Boxer.  The best thing about the characters is how human they are; how you watch them grow from book to book, as individuals and friends.  These books just keep getting better and I would recommend them to anyone who likes strong women and suspense.   

Clip from the Women's Murder Club TV Series

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Jess Killmenow 6 years ago from Nowheresville, Eastern United States

Great choices, Lissa! "Anne of Green Gables" is required reading in many schools and Nancy Drew is, of course, classic. My 14-year-old daughter says that the writing, actually, in "Twilight", is not so great, but that the plot is so strong that the book just pulls you straight through.

Personally I like Philip Pullman's trilogy, "His Dark Materials," including "The Golden Compass," "The Subtle Knife," and "The Amber Spyglass."


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Lissa Lynn 6 years ago from upstate NY Author

Thanks Jess! Your daughter is completely right! I couldn't put it down, I just had to know what was going to happen next! I will definitely have to check out your picks, as I have not read any of them yet. :) Thanks for the comment!


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MissE 6 years ago from Texas

I LOVE all these series except the last one. I haven't read them. I'll have to check them out! It would be nice to give my friend a good series of books she hasn't read instead of her giving them to me!!! Thanks for the info! I think she would love them!


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Lissa Lynn 6 years ago from upstate NY Author

James Patterson is good, they do get a little gritty at times, with the violence, but they're a good read. :)


Keira7 6 years ago

Great hub, unfortunately growing up in France we read other books. Just as good but if translated into another language would probably loose something in translation. My husband knows but admits to prefering the Hardy Boys.Thanks and God Bless.


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Lissa Lynn 6 years ago from upstate NY Author

Thanks for reading Keira :) I liked the Hardy Boys, too :)


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TamCor 6 years ago from Ohio

It's odd, but I've never read the Anne of Green Gables series, or the Nancy Drew mysteries, but I have read most of the others you've mentioned here!

I still have the Little House collection of books, and read them from time to time, and also the Harry Potter series.

I had to be coerced into starting the Harry Potter books, lol--my then 14 year old son bugged and bugged me to read them, since he had the first four already. It wasn't until I walked into our bedroom one night and found the first book on my pillow that I finally gave in--I read it all that night, and raided his room for the rest of them, lol..

Have you ever read Dianne Mott Davidson? She's another favorite of mine, with a continuing series about a caterer who helps solve murders. It sounds like someone you might really enjoy reading!

Anyway--thanks again for a fascinating hub--I'm really enjoying your writing! :)


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Lissa Lynn 6 years ago from upstate NY Author

Tam- thank you so much for the compliment :) I'm glad you enjoyed reading this. I haven't ever read Dianne Mott Davidson, but I'm writing her name on my list of authors to look for :) I also, was coerced into reading the Harry Potter books, but I was hooked once I started. :) Anne of Green Gables and Nancy Drew are probably the first two series I ever read and kept reading. Anne, especially just makes you wish you could meet her. You just know, with a friend like her, you'd never be bored. :) Thanks for reading my hub and for your very nice comment :) You should check out my hubs on Jennifer Weiner and John Connolly if you like to read :) Thanks again! :)

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