Although there are many a series that would be wonderful to read, there are a few that I would pick out as particularly important. These books can grow character, open your mind, and encourage you to view life from new perspectives.
I’d be lying if I didn’t say Harry Potter is my favorite book series I’ve ever read through. I know it’s almost considered cliche to say that; however, J.K. Rowling brings this world of characters to life that one can’t help but love. Harry, Ron, and Hermione, although wonderful main characters, don’t even begin to sum up the beauty of the serious.
There is adventure, romance, mystery, trials, friendship, but mostly MAGIC.
I may have dressed up as Luna Lovegood to attend a midnight screening, I also may have created my own personal radish earrings to keep tucked in my nerd of a closet. I’ve stayed up nights reading the series and pushed off bedtime to read them over again.
Definitely a must!
I recently started rereading the first of this series. Kendra and Seth Sorenson are faced with a world of mystery when they first go to visit their grandparents. At first it seems like there are just many frustrating rules, but as time goes on the children recognize that there are secrets glaring right in front of them.
They’re sent on an adventure in a magical realm complete with naiads, fairies, witches, golems, dragons, and more. Brandon Mull brings fantasy to life.
I remember reading the fourth book of this series, sitting on my bed, and reading to no avail. This, next to the Harry Potter series, is the only series that has actually left me in tears. I remember closing the book calmly, only halfway through a chapter, wiping a tear from my face and walking to my kitchen where I let out my frustration to my mother and brother who already understood the anger I was feeling.
Any book that can force a realistic perspective on such a fake, silly, fantasy world is worth a read, and this is one of those books.
THE HUNGER GAMES
Although I never cried reading this book I left it unbelievably impressed that the world wasn’t flowers, rainbows, and butterflies. Yes, there are good things in the world, and evil will not prevail; however, that does not mean life will end up perfect. In fact, sometimes the reasons we start our journeys are the same reasons our journeys end.
I do get tired of frilly books that are afraid to give the readers a dose of reality. In books with a poor plotline all the characters survive, the trials subside, and everything works out perfectly, but heaven knows that is NOT the point of life.
THE LORD OF THE RINGS
Golem, Nazguls, and Orcs: oh my! The in-depth depiction of war, heroism, friendship, and adventure that Tolkien can paint is impressive. The character development the reader experiences cannot be compared to. You also meet a character otherwise unheard of in the movies, Tom Bombadil, who just so happens to be a character of comic relief. I have to admit that in the moment I was reading these stories I found them rather dry because I was reading for the sake of an English class. I rather enjoyed the stories, but I also rather despise reading for “comprehension’s” sake.
Tolkien started by creating an elven language and from there wrote a story. Lord of the Rings is just the tip of the iceberg, and there are more moral lessons and deep implications to be understood through his storytelling abilities.
THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA
C.S. Lewis was actually a friend of Tolkien, and without their relationship and shared love for fairytales and Christianity, we may never have received either of the two stories. Middle Earth and Narnia would be nonexistent. Although both stories can be thoroughly enjoyed at face value they have an immense number of religious implications that are interesting and thought provoking.
Although I love Lewis’s Prince Caspian for the sake of good looks and being a Prince, the most interesting of the stories I found was the first. No, not The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. The first of the books, often skipped over and ignored, is The Magician’s Nephew, where you will find the creation story and learn where the wardrobe came from. Thought provoking indeed!
We all struggle and we all have things to learn. Why would a character in a book experience anything different?
Have you read any of these series? Which is your favorite? Comment below!
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