As long as I can remember, reading has been one of my biggest passions. There is something so relaxing about curling out with a good book. I like to read year round: with a blanket and a nice cup of tea in fall and winter, and with my shades and a cool drink in spring and summer. I read a variety of genres to ensure that I don’t get bored with what I read but I tend to gravitate towards book series and young adult books. Most adult stay away from young adult because they think that those books are too immature. I feel that ya books are perfect reads: they are often easier to comprehend, have interesting subject matters and generally just fun. So without further ado here are my top 5 book series that I recommend you try out this summer!
Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins
No top 5 is complete without at least mentioning the Hunger Games. The Hunger Games was one of the very first series I read when I started getting into Young Adult. This series is a Dystopian series which means that something terrible has happened (such as a war, environmental disaster or foreign/alien invasion) and the books chronicles what happens after the disaster. In the Hunger Games the USA no longer exist and instead the country has been divided in twelve districts each responsible for another commodity. The government under the leadership of President Snow is seated in The Capital of Panem, the new name of the country. Each year two tributes, a boy and a girl, are send to the Hunger Games to get punished for the rebellion of the now decimated District 13. The tributes are forced to fight each other to the death until one victor remains. This series is great if you like science fiction books or books with a strong female lead. There is also lots of action! Another bonus: after you have read the books you can watch the movies. They are not as good as the books in my opinion but they are still fun!
The series consists of three books: The Hunger Games, Catching Fire & Mockingjay.
Apparently there are still people out there who haven’t read Harry Potter. If you haven’t for some reason I have only one thing to say: read it! I had the luck to grow up with Harry Potter. The magical (pun intended) moment to wake up with a new and shiny hardcover book on my nightstand is really one of my favorite reading sparkles. If had and have until date never read anything like it, it is really just a genre on its own. The detail in the world building, the character development, the adventures: everything is just perfect. What I really like most about this book series is how you really evolve alongside Harry Potter. With each book Harry grows older and more mature, therefore each book dealt with more complex themes. I think this is a great book series for every age but I think that the books will especially make an impact for readers that grow up alongside Harry. Reading one book each year between age 11 and 17 is like going to school with Harry and his friends. You’ll really be a part of his adventures! I think that are few people that don’t know what Harry Potter is about so I’ll only do a short intro: After his parents died in an accident Harry Potter has been living with his aunt, uncle and nephew since he was just a baby. After eleven dreadful years Harry is visited by Hagrid, supervisor at Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry, who tells him that Harry is a wizard. Next school year Harry will be travelling to Hogwarts where he will find friends and many adventures.
Under the Never Sky – Veronica Rossi
Before I read Under the Never Sky I had already heard many good things about this trilogy. I started reading with quite high expectations. Luckily these expectations were satisfied. For some reason I cannot really explain what particular thing I liked most about the books: the overall plot was just really well thought out. The characters were well developed and did logical things: their actions were driven by their emotions rather than arbitrary events. Similarly to the Hunger Games, the Under the Never Sky trilogy is also a Dystopian book. Aria has been living inside the pods for her whole life until one fatal day her mom goes missing while on a research trip in another pod. In search of her mom she gets stranded outside the pods where there is no protection from the fierce electric storms. Aria wanders around lost and helpless until she meets outsider Perry, who shows her that there is more beyond the pods that she ever could have imagined.
Veronica Rossi really tried to create a diverse cast of characters, all with their own personalities. The series does not have one specific main character: it features multiple point of views. For the reader this means that there is a lot of information and there is more storylines to focus on. Therefore the books are never dull and really diverse. While both the Hunger Games and Under the Never Sky are dystopian, both trilogies are really different and both worth a read.
If I Stay – Gayle Forman
Entirely different from the previous three but certainly something I really recommend reading is the If I Stay duology by Gayle Forman. Two contemporary books about a girl facing a tremendous tragedy and a choice she has to make. The books are about 17 year old Mia who is just a normal American teenager about to start the rest of her life. College is around the corner and she starts questioning the priorities in her life. Then a drive with her family changes everything. This book is really better if you go in without too much information. You will really be amazed, I promise!
Stephanie Plum series – Janet Evanovitch
Despite having only read 3 books out of the 21 that have been published this far, this is a favorite. This series is about Stephanie Plum, who by accident becomes a bounty hunter for her cousin. She has to solve many mysteries and gets into the most hilarious situations. The books take place in Jersey including the stereotypical Jersey images. This books is more adult that the four other series as it has some more mature content but above all they are just funny. I really like how the secondary characters have so much personality, some are almost over the top! The best sidekick Stephanie had was her grandma: a woman in her eighties but still very sharp. Each book can be read as a standalone but there are some characters that are recurring in later books.
I hope I have inspired you to read something new!