Long Series I Love

There are times I wonder why the vast majority of series tend to be either mythology, fantasy, or science fiction. When I think of series, I usually think of trilogies; not long ones. So, today I decided to bring up the long series I love- as in those that consist of 7+.

Harry Potter- 7

This was one of the earliest series I learned to love. Full of strong friendships, lots of magic and creatures, and battles and trials. In my opinion, the strongest friendship in Harry Potter is the Golden Trio- they go through so much together. Some of the beasts are amazing- like Phoenix, and Hippogriff. However, some are creepy- would rather not bring them up.

Chronicles of Narnia- 7

When I think of Narnia, only 3 came to mind. That is because only the first 3 made it the movies- as in publication order. However, when I finally reread the series this year, I learned to love Narnia any more. True, I love the four siblings, Aslan, Reepicheep, etc…. But I do some of the other characters that were introduced in the other four characters- Puddlegum for instance.

Avalon: Web of Magic- 12

Yes, that does feel like a LOT of books, but I still love the series. I love the friendship between Emily, Adrienne, and Kara. Even their close relationships to the animals (each of them is pretty close to one animal in particular). Emily, for instance, is pretty close to Ozzie. The pebbles are what create the magic. True, 12 does feel a lot of books, but it still was a series I fell in love with. While it is hard to love Kara at first, you slowly learn to love her.

Sister’s Grimm- 9

A lot us have heard about the Brother’s Grimm. This series is the complete opposite- meaning Daphne and Sabrina are related to them in some way. You do see some similar fairy tale characters come to life in this series.

Classic Mystery Prompt #15

Classic Remarks gave me a fun question to answer today. The classics are some of the best books to read, but tend to be ignored at times. What are some classics on your TBR list? Why?

Pickwick Papers

Well, I have enjoyed ALL Dickens’ novels so far. This is one of his novels, which led to me to wanting to read it.

Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre

I have not yet read any novels by the Bronte sisters. So, I think it is time to give them a try.

Gulliver’s Travels

This is one of the novels I loved in high school. Obviously, it wasn’t the entire work, but I now own the entire novel. So, as long as I have the entire work, I want to have fun reading it.

Tess D’urbervilles

I have already learned to love one Thomas Hardy book (Mayor of Casterbridge), so I want to read another book of his

Kidnapped

A classic novel I own, but I hadn’t thought about why I want to read it. I just know I want to read it.

Crime and Punishment

I recently got interested in this classic. I was reminded of Les Misérables when I was reading the blurb due to recognizing characters. That did grab my interest in this particular novel.

Sea of Monsters Review

Percy Jackson’s seventh-grade year has been surprisingly quiet. Not a single monster has set foot on his New York prep-school campus. But when an innocent game of dodgeball among Percy and his classmates turns into a death match against an ugly gang of cannibal giants, things get……well, ugly. And the unexpected arrival of his friend Annabeth brings more bad news: the magical borders that protect Camp Half-Blood have been poisoned by a mysterious enemy, and unless a cure is found, the only safe haven for demigods will be destroyed.

Percy and his friends must journey into the Sea of Monsters to save their camp. But first, Percy will discover a stunning new secret about his family- one that will make him question whether being claimed as Poseidon’s son is an honor or simply a cruel joke

This is book two in Percy Jackson and the Olympians. It actually makes the series a lot more exciting. The battles are more dangerous and relationships develop further. Percy, Annabeth, and Grover are incredible characters- they are allies in the series. You are introduced to Tyson in this book, and I love him- yes, a Cyclops, but he still is incredible (he is different from the terrible Polyphemus). Things will get more extreme as the series continues.

Book Recommendations

When it comes to books, many people know I am a fantasy and classic fan. I decided to write a list of recommendations today. There will be both fantasy and classics on here- specifically YA and children.

Spinning Silver- Naomi Novik

Well, this is a Rumplstilskin retelling. Yes, I usually don’t read retellings, but this was an exception. That was a result of already falling in love with Naomi Novik. I previously learned to love Uprooted (another book I would recommend), and that would lead to me giving SS a chance. SS feels very original- from the protagonist to the world, etc……

Shades of Magic- V.E. Schwab

This was my favorite series of 2020. I was recommended the first book by Park Road Books. The moment I read the first paragraph, I fell in love with it. If you love character-driven, lots of suspense, different kinds of magic, the city of London, and a fast-paced story, you will love the series.

Land of Stories- Chris Colfer (Kurt from Glee)

That’s right, the author of this series is the actor, who played Kurt from Glee. Now, I am recommending a middle grade series. Well, the series does combine well-known fairy tale characters with brand new characters. That is one of the fun parts of this series.

The Movie Musical

Time for a nonfiction recommendation. As a musical theatre nut, I loved reading this book.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians- Rick Riordan

Yes, I read the series in middle school, but am rereading it now. I still haven’t read Heroes of Olympus; so I am reading Percy Jackson to prepare me for the sequel. It is a fun series to read over the summer.

Secret Garden

This is a book that truly feels like a Fairy Tale. The wonders that a garden can do.

Chronicles of Narnia- C.S. Lewis

This is another classic that will fun to read over the summer. I would recommend reading by publication. Gives more magic and wonder that way.

Musicals That Came out Before I Was Born

Well, it is obvious I love a lot of musicals. I believe MOST of the musicals I fell in love with came out before I was born. I decided to write a list of those musicals today. The ones with the * mean that they were musicals from my childhood.

The Shows

  1. Les Mis
  2. Phantom of the Opera
  3. Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
  4. Pippin
  5. Godspell
  6. Sound of Music *
  7. Cinderella
  8. Oklahoma
  9. South Pacific
  10. Annie *
  11. Music Man
  12. White Christmas
  13. Fiddler on the Roof
  14. Man of La Mancha
  15. Oliver
  16. Singin’ in the Rain
  17. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory *
  18. Wizard of OZ *