You already know I’m not good at talking about my favorite reads. I get way too much into my head and I tend to not be able to summarise the love I feel for certain books: not enough for my review it not to turn into a sales pitch.
And as you might or might not know there is nothing that I love more than a long – and damn good- book series. Why? I simply don’t see the point in having to say goodbye to something: a world, a plot, someone that I got to know and to love after single book! Especially when the author still has things to say, stories to tell!
That being said, I feel like I should address one of my big pet peeves, which is when the author does not, in fact, have more to say, but just bastardize and drags the inevitable closure for money, pressure or simple nostalgy for their own work. ( Or when duologies are forced on becomes trilogy having a massive middle book in which the two get dramatically separated and it’s all emo up until the reunifying end. Just because it worked for twilight it does not mean it’s a good idea, really. )
That said, I think we can get to the matter at hand. Let me introduce you to my favorite worlds, my favourite lives and my favorite people! Welcome to my favourite series so far:
How can I not start this post if not with The Rivers Of London series? It’s no secret that I’m obsessed with. If Zapata is my queen Aaronovitch is my god, I love every single word he puts in his books, I love every single character he comes out with, It’s one of the few authors that makes me laugh out loud and the only one that brought me to book a day off work to go to a q&a and signing and I’m super excited and terrified for the tv show to come out.
Honestly, this series has everything. I used to say that this series is the bookish representation of my Instagram and I stand by it! It’s set in London, has the best and most compelling architectural description, an incredible amount of sass and humor, and its a no-bullshit cut-through and unapologetic narration. It’s gold. It doesn’t harm all the representations that these books have! It’s honestly an absolute Jem of a series and I can’t wait for everyone else to recognize it’s true value and read it too!
What next? Well, Harry Potter! I actually have never read a full book of this series in English but I bought the last book in English when it came out and I ended up reading half of it! That was my first ever time reading a book in English for pleasure and I honestly think I fell in love with reading all over again. To this day that moment is one of my fondest memories and It’s the reason a lot of my choices were made, later on, my living in the UK included.
The Naturals, this is one of my two young adult favorite series and it’s by my favorite ya author of all time. Jennifer Lynn Barnes has the most amazing mind and a knack for young adults that baffles me, she’s always appropriate for the age and her books read like a dream! Have you ever seen “Lie to me”? Well, this series is about an FBI program that is targeted towards young individuals that have developed – because of reasons- uncanny abilities that would otherwise need someone a lifetime of experience to learn. We have a human-computer, a lie detector, an emotion reader and two profilers and it’s the best book for a very mildly spooky, young adult murder thriller with a slight hint of romance and all the drama and teen angst that makes young adult so compelling.
Keeping in the young adult courti we can find the All For The Game. This is the most amazing queer mafia x sports book I’ve ever seen. All this should so not be possible but not only the author makes it so, but she also makes you dive so into these books to completely lose yourself! I’m not even a sports person but I know everything about this imaginary sport the author came out with! And, boy, I’m a fan! Quidditch who? Move aside, we are playing exy here!
Walking out of young adults and into new adults we can find ACOTAR books. Now, this is a whole can of worms. Some people hate them, some people hate them, some people love to hate them, some people hate to love them. I, personally, love to love them. I don’t care much about the “ most popular” item on bookstagram, never did. Popular books give me anxiety, but I find the Acotar series so poignant for one and only one reason. It’s like the author decided to show you book one and then be like “ did you love that? Well, let me show you how your mind is conditioned to recognize abuse as love and then show you what a healthy relationship looks like. In a world where rape is fangirled over and 50SOG seems to be The New romance, this is such an healthy view for everyone. It doesn’t harm that everyone is also hot as hell and all-around fairly amazing! Also in this series you can see the biggest character growth arch I’ve ever seen and I stan. So don’t @me bishes.
Six of Crows. Nina. That’s it, the only reason you need to read this book, you are welcome.
Ok, also the end of book 2, ok everything is amazing are you happy? Also if you like a heist-like book with super complex amazing characters… you might love these books! But… Nina. The best, plus size, unapologetic, loud, amazing, and voluptuous character you will ever find and the love of my life. Thank you for coming to my ted talk.
In Death. Ok, this series is… long. 49 books kind of long. But I’m a masochist and I have started it anyway! And I’m loving it! I’m… 15 books in and I couldn’t love it more. JD ROBB( aka Nora Roberts) does the most amazing job in suspense and police thriller. There have been four of five books that felt like the mystery might have been copied and pasted but that soon ended and honestly it gets so good! I love the fact that the author has stated that, altho the protagonist gets married pretty soon she will not get pregnant or have a baby at least up until the last book of her series that will be… hopefully never! I could honestly keep going forever reading about Roarke and his amazing Irish Accent, Eve I-have-the-emotional-range-of-a-stone-Dallas and all the ensemble of amazing characters that the author have tailored around them. Honestly, these books are a rare gem and I love to be able to go back to them every time I’m on a slump or I need to go back to something familiar that I know won’t disappoint me. I am in no hurry of getting through all of them, I just want to enjoy the journey! Also, did I mention they are set in the “ future”?
Last but not least. Any Zapata book. What? That’s not a series? No, but listen to me… a lot of her books are somewhat connected! You just need to think of them… a common AU! So… technically a series!? Well, anyway, Read Zapata Bishes!
And with this, I’m out! I can’t wait for the new Rivers of London book to come out soon but now I’m curious about your favorite series! So… why don’t you drop them here in the comments? I would always love more!