What are your favourite book SERIES…..

OHN welcomes Tracy Trips as a new contributor  who shall cover all things literary as she is a big book nerd.

 

I got issues.  YEAH I KNOW we all knew that.  One of my favorite issues is my addiction to books.   To be more specific, book series.  I cannot tell you the geek orgasms that fill my body when someone tells me that they read a book or started a series I suggested and LOVED it.  My soul twinkles.  My heel fissures sparkle.   I can talk all day long about a series that I love.  I will come to your house from across the country to beat you senseless if you try to tell me you don’t love Eve Dallas and Peabody from J.D. Robb’s ‘In Death’ series.

 

I used to read only murder/espionage books with some smut thrown in every once in a while.  Then I found The Hunger Games.  I fell in love with dystopian worlds.  I discovered Orson Scott Card and Ender’s Game which opened me up to science fiction.  I would pass all OVER anything that said ZOMBIE in the title until I started ‘The Strain’.  I’d mention Girl with a Dragon Tattoo but I don’t wanna talk about Lizbeth and get Slaus all worked up. ( Slaus edit – runs in and starts humping on Tracy for mentioning my woman)   Like Lawyers?  Check out David Rosenfelt’s ‘Andy Carpenter’ series.  Wanna ride along with some covert agents saving the world from evildoers and terrorists?  Vince Flynn’s ‘Mitch Rapp’ series is awesome.

What about you?  What’s your favorite series?  Which ones will you pick up without even reading the back? Which ones make you all excited to talk about with other people? Which ones are you holding off on reading?  Which ones do your kids like?   Which ones did you assume that other readers were smoking crack because the books were absolutely ridiculous?  ::cough::Twilight::cough::  Or hell…just talk about some books!  Let’s all find some new ones to read….or give me a geekasm and tell me how brilliant my suggestion was.

 

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  • http://www.foolishnessandfuckery.com foolishnessandfuckery

    Kimberly Roby Lawson…Her Curtis Black series…lawdamercy!!!!!

    • http://ohellnawlblog.com/newohnblog/ Beth Lanai

      that ish got boring after about book 3 I think

      I started it and was like this fool here…but then after a while I was bored

      • http://www.foolishnessandfuckery.com foolishnessandfuckery

        I cant get into all that fantasy/sci-fi mess….But my all time favorite authors are Langston Hughes & Zora Neal Hurston…..

  • BarefootandPreggoCee

    I loove Twilight (JUUUUDGE ME!!!) Harry Potter of Course, Hunger Games Trilogy, Sleeping Beauty Chronicles…these are the first ones that I can remember. When I was younger and very Wiccan, the Secret Circle (before it became that wack a$$ CW show) was my life. I haven't had much time to read like I used to so I'm open to suggestion…I'm a horror buff more than anything.

    • DeeBeeR

      "Sleeping Beauty Chronicles.:

      ::side eye::

      • ThatdamnPaul

        Hey, don't hate on Ann Rice letting her freak flag fly. It was better than that 50 shades BS.

        • DeeBeeR

          TRUTH!!!!

        • OHNCantTakeIt

          T.H.I.S.

      • BarefootandPreggoCee

        Found it when I was in high school…life and that particular fairy tale haven't been the same since. I actually just rebought the series from Walmart of all places lol.

  • ThatdamnPaul

    I'm on a Fantasy kick right now. So here goes:

    Kushiel Series from Jacqueline Carey – Sex, intrigue and violence. The trifecta for me.

    A Song of Ice and Fire – George RR Martin – Basis for Game of thrones Series on HBO. Massive world building and characterization. NO one is safe from death.

    The Sword of Truth – Terry Goodkind – A decent mix of swords and sorcery. Got a little wierd near the end, but I enjoyed it.

    Gotta add the GodSpeaker Trilogy from Karen Miller. Basically the story of 2 women from different backgrounds their rise to power and their inevitable clash.

    • http://www.ohellnawl.com Slausito Ramirez.

      I need to read this series. I read book one cuz Z told me about it and it was great.

    • http://www.dndeuce.tumblr.com BoutNothin

      GRRM kills everyone I love. But i keep reading.

    • steelergirl

      LOVE the Kushiel series XD , Anita Blake, rachel morgan, the dark hunter series and the Terry Brooks series on Shannara

      • http://tracytrips.com TracyTrips

        I adore Rachel Morgan and Tink

    • OHNCantTakeIt

      Okay, the way that Carey created that entire world? EPIC.

    • OHNCantTakeIt

      I just finished the first in the GodSpeaker trilogy. I'm trying to get through the second because I loved Zandakar and Rhiann looks like she'll be awesome but I really want to murder the fvck out of Hekat. Her fanatic azz pissed me OFF at the end of Empress…LOL

      • ThatdamnPaul

        If you think it's bad now, wait until 3. Shit gets CRAAAAAZZYYY!

    • http://tracytrips.com TracyTrips

      They kill EVERYONE in the Game of Thrones series!

  • http://ohellnawlblog.com/newohnblog/ Beth Lanai

    Alex Cross series….been reading it for years

  • http://hexacorde.blogspot.com Hex

    I don't usually read series novels that tell one long story like the ones you're describing, but I do really enjoy authors who revisit characters a lot.

    Walter Mosely is a writer who comes off a lot like a modern day Raymond Chandler, and he did a number of detective novels featuring the same protagonist — Easy Rawlins. They even made a movie out of one of them.

    [youtube jVpZD8m2BTc http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jVpZD8m2BTc youtube]

    • melette

      That book was good and so was the movie. Don Cheadle killed the character Mouse.

      • http://ohellnawlblog.com/newohnblog/ Beth Lanai

        THIS!!!

    • AKA_Lefty

      Loved those books, very well written detective series that explored life in 50-60's LA.

  • ThatdamnPaul

    Another series that I enjoyed was the Jack Ryan stories from Tom Clancy. It was an interesting look in to the world of government and intelligence agencies that seemed a little more realistic than James Bond.

    The Bourne series was pretty good also, not much in common with the books other than the main character's name and amnesia. Things really diverged in the second and third films.

    • http://hexacorde.blogspot.com Hex

      Clancy has lost a bit of his step (imho) since he first hit the scene, but those first few books were awesome — tense writing, detail oriented, I couldn't wait to get the new ones when they came out.

      But that's probably because I read ALL the James Bond novels when I was a kid (and have re-read several times since). The books were in many cases way different than the movies — I was all about spy fiction back in the day.

      btw, I always liked Robert Ludlum's stuff that wasn't about Bourne better, but that first movie made me re-visit the original book. He's another guy who ran out of topics when the cold war ended, and has been scrabbling around ever since trying to get back up to speed.

      • ThatdamnPaul

        Yeah, his latest Ryan stuff has seemed way off. I think once you get past Executive Orders it pretty much goes down hill.

        And spot on regarding the post cold war scramble. I think thats an issue that's impacted a lot of writers in the spy genre. Diplomacy killed the super spy.

        • http://hexacorde.blogspot.com Hex

          The post cold-war James Bond books (that are also coincidentally the ones written after the original author died) just never knew where to go with themselves.

          The new Daniel Craig movies are better, at least — but they've been reaching for villains for years, trying to invent someone that actually seems the least bit scary or threatening.

    • http://tracytrips.com TracyTrips

      Loooooove Jack Ryan!

    • http://tracytrips.com TracyTrips

      I loved the first 3 Bourne books…then shyt just got too stupid. I think I made it through half of the last one before this newest one came out and I haven't even gotten that yet. Rare for me in a series.

  • http://www.ohellnawl.com Slausito Ramirez.

    My favourite series? The millenium series – Girl with the Dragon tattoo, girl who played with fire, girl who kicked the hornets nest. – omg…. if you can stomach through the first 85 pages of pure boring boolshyt in the first novel, that shyt is the best trilogy I have ever read… period. not to mention i wanna fugg Lisbeth. The book series is so amazing… i have no desire to see the american movie version.

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    also Love… ANY of the forgotten realm series written by RA Salvatore and any of the ones in the Dark Elf world. Maaaaaan… Drizzt is that dude. The Dark Elf trilogy was amazing…and War Of the Spider Queen was 6 books of wow.

    ok Judge me – The Gideon series by Eric jerome Dickey?? Maaaaan … shyt is like a Black Bourne Identity… with fuggin.

    • DeeBeeR

      The American version really wasn't half bad (I read the series before I saw the movie)… cinematography was BEAUTIFUL, tho Lisbeth wasn't as stoic as she SHOULD have been..

    • steelergirl

      I am trying to get the twins' books from dragonlance with Raistlin, Caramon & Crysania

    • BSS

      I don't read EJD in public. I thought the Gideon series was gonna be crap. I didn't think he be able to do something different. He surprised me. Its not bad at all.

    • bigginsrus

      Slaus we agree on something! go figure. That trilogy was the bomb.com. And the first 85 pages… Man on the 2nd and 3rd book it was like 1/2 the damn book! Neccessary but still! Lisbeth is a mufugga for real! I wanna be like her and fugg some people up!

    • Wildwhuck

      I believe EYE told you the Gideon series was good.

  • http://www.dndeuce.tumblr.com BoutNothin

    So I start reading a series when I'm young, and I have to keep reading the further adventures, so I still read the Artemis Fowl kids' books.
    Also:

    Song of Ice and Fire
    Any of Walter Mosley's Easy Rawlins, Socrates Fortlow, or Fearless Jones books (he has another one, I cant remember the protagonist's name, but the book is "The Long Fall")
    The Sookie Stackhouse books (although they have gone down in quality and interestingness)
    Mortal Instruments Series (Another kids'/young adult series).

    • http://tracytrips.com TracyTrips

      I love Artemis!

    • LynnInArizona

      " (he has another one, I cant remember the protagonist's name, but the book is "The Long Fall") "

      That's the first book in his Leonid McGill series.

    • OHNCantTakeIt

      I was a children's library assistant for more than a dozen years. I have NO shame in picking up kids books!

  • LynnInArizona

    Walter Mosely- Easy Rawlins (love me some Mouse) series as well as his Leonid McGill series.
    Kevin Hearne- The Iron Druid series
    James Lee Burke- Dave Robicheaux series as well as his Billy Bob Holland and Hackberry Holland series.
    Kathy Reichs- Temperance Brennan series (not at all fond of the tv show)
    Dennis Lehane- Patrick Kenzie series
    James Patterson- Alex Cross series as wellas the Michael Bennet series and the Women's Murder Club series.
    Janet Evanovich- Stephanie Plum series as well as the new Wicked series.
    Sherrilynn Kenyon-The League series as well as The Chronicles of Nick series.

    • http://hexacorde.blogspot.com Hex

      Mouse, ftw.

      • LynnInArizona

        Mouse is by far my favorite character in the series and although I didn't care for the movie version of Devil In A Blue Dress, casting Don Cheadle as Mouse was brilliant.

    • http://tracytrips.com TracyTrips

      LOOOVE the Michel Bennett series

      • LynnInArizona

        I just started I, Michael Bennett.

  • DeeBeeR

    Lawd….. series FIEND here (damn writers; entrapping me like that)

    Anywhoo; when I was a kid, I was all about some Encyclopedia Brown; Nancy Drew (judge, judge)..

    Ones I'm into nowadays (read and in process of):
    Dragon Tattoo… the first was a slow start but the last was a rollercoaster!
    Dune (up to Emperor)…
    The Dark Tower/Stephen King… waited YEARS for him to finish (he stopped at 3) and FINALLY finished 7
    Neal Stephenson (Neromancer series)… but couldn't get past Cryptonomicon (too much MATH!)
    Piers Anthony Incarnations of Immortality

    ..ich.. I could be at this all day!

    • BarefootandPreggoCee

      Oh man the Dark Tower series…Don't know how I forgot about that one…I sorta fell into it but LOVE!! Plus I like how it ties into so many other of Stephen King's stories (I'm a Stephen King Stan).

    • http://www.ohellnawl.com Slausito Ramirez.

      The Dark Tower/Stephen King – O have obviously got to give this series another chance with an open mind. I think my utter disdain for stehen king's method of writing is holding me back from appreciating it.

  • http://janeteckford.blogspot.com/ jeckford13

    These are on my automatic buy list.
    Jim Butcher: Harry Dresden Series
    Kim Harrison: Rachel Morgan Series
    Ann Aguire: Sirantha Jax Series
    Ilona Andrews: Kate Daniels Series
    Shelly Laurenston: Pride or Pack Series (I need some silly in my life)

    My non series reading includes romance, some YA and my hugest obsession, micro history books…LOVE THEM.

    • Madfall

      The Harry Dresden books are the tits. A Wizard chasing bad things around Chicago and blowing shyt up all the time? Sign me up.

      • Madfall

        I haven't read the latest one yet and can't wait. It sounds like Harry is going to go apeshit on some people.

        • Madfall

          I've read the intro, and I love it when Harry really throws down. Looking forward to it hugely.

        • http://janeteckford.blogspot.com/ jeckford13

          Oh my, the last one was sooooo good. I think Jim Butcher did a good job of encapsulating all of the shiz that has happened to Harry and who he is over the series and pushing the character to a new level. Also, what the people in his life mean to him. Plus the story arch was just…lawd, it just was. The newest one is coming out in November and I CAN'T WAIT!

      • http://janeteckford.blogspot.com/ jeckford13

        I can't even begin to talk about how much I love the Harry Dresden books…sigh. The last book had me sobbing and trying to figure out how I could be written in as a character to help make Harry's life a little easier;)

    • Wildwhuck

      Flove the Kate Danels series!!

      • http://janeteckford.blogspot.com/ jeckford13

        Right?!? They are so talented the husband and wife that write it.

  • http://rawki3@blogspot.com Twink

    Actually…one of my favorite authors is our very own Truth. I've had the pleasure of reading a few of her stories and…man. It's coming out on ebook soon…GET YOUR FIX, YO!!! LOL

  • melette

    I love the In Death Series by J. D. Robb.

    • http://tracytrips.com TracyTrips

      Just started the new one and it is AWESOME

      • OHNCantTakeIt

        Another one? After Celebrity? WHICH IS IT I NEED IT NOW TELL ME THE NAME OF IT.

        • melette

          It's call Delusion in Death, OHN. It just came out yesterday.

          • OHNCantTakeIt

            Lawd, let me put it on reserve raht now……thanks!

            • melette

              No problem. It's a good read. I'm already looking forward to the next one.

              • OHNCantTakeIt

                I'll still re-read my favorite ones. Especially when I can get a hit of Morris….

                • http://tracytrips.com TracyTrips

                  GURL this one is GOOD! people up in there stabbing each other with forks and shyt!!!

  • siennasista

    I know, I know….I'm 35 y/o black women but I have to say that the Harry Potter series is probably my favorite series. Now stand alone favorite book, The Color Purple. Favorite Author, Toni Morrison. I had to put that out there to prove my grown woman-ness LOL! Harry Potter was a wonderful escape from reality and every child has wished they had magical powers at some point and Harry Potter was a great way to explore that fantasy.

    • http://tracytrips.com TracyTrips

      I read the first Harry Potter when I was late 20's I believe. I loooooooved the first one. Second one was pretty good…but none ever captured the magic of the first one. They just kept getting darker and darker. I realize there were some serious subjects but DANG….I just wanted a little more light heartedness.

  • Southerngirl79

    So what yall are saying is that nobody read V.C Andrews books when they were younger?! C'mon son! The movie Flowers in the Attic changed my life! There are about 500,000 series. Granted they are all about poor people falling in love with rich people who end up being their long lost siblings. But for the most part, they still stay together, eventhough they are kin folk. LMAO!

    • marsramares

      Forgot all about Heaven Leigh and her siblings. I loved that series. I read other series that VC started before her death but then quit reading when the estate took over and continued writing under her name.

    • http://tracytrips.com TracyTrips

      V.C. Andrews wrote the WEIRDEST SHYT. I mean…I read em and whatnot…but DANG. Homegirl had some twisted shyt up in her head.

    • LibraBaby

      I loved VC Andrews books, but I pretty much lost interest after she died and someone started ghost-writing for her

  • http://www.ohellnawl.com Slausito Ramirez.

    Everyone told me to read the Dark Tower series by STephen King because everyone knows how much of a ridiculous HACK i find King to be.

    That was a very short novel.

    And still couldn't stomach it. I literally got towards the end and was so irritated that I erased it off my Nook and started reading something else. World War Z i think it was. BUT…. i WILL try and read it again because everyone speaks so damn highly of it. FOlks whom I have a whole lot of respect for love the series so…. i need to understand why.

    I still stand by my stance that stephen king can't write an ending for shyt. His whack-ass endings erase ALL the amazing twists and turns he takes you on through the beginning of the book. Which is sad. Because he is a MASTER of setting a scene and a mood. then throws all that shyt away by the end of the book. Endings that come out of nowhere… feels like a bytch just got bored and decided to just toss shyt in for the sake of.

    • Lately25

      Stephen King… A hack??? You sir should be horse drawn and horse whipped for those words!!! I say Good Day, I SAID GOOD DAY!!!

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      • http://www.ohellnawl.com Slausito Ramirez.

        when STephen King writes an ending worth 4 farts, i'll change my opinion. till then… hack

        • http://tracytrips.com TracyTrips

          Tellin you…read Under the Dome. I'm on your team when it comes to him taking a left turn to batshyt crazyville….but Under the Dome was really good.

          Thought he f*cked up the whole last quarter of his last book, too,…11-somethin-somethin.

          • Lately25

            Since when did batshyt crazyville become a bad place??? Are you talking about my home town Tracy??? LOL

        • Lately25

          I'm not buying it…. You know Stephen is the bomb diggity, you're just still mad about IT!

          *We all float down here!*…

          I also started to post a nice picture of him, but decided I don't need you trying to fight me all in my face behind it….

          Awww what the heck, YOLO

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          • http://www.ohellnawl.com Slausito Ramirez.

            Stephen king books are like buying the hottest car on the lot… doing all the work… getting the keys… then finding out that bytch has no engine.

            Stephen King books are like a chick tlaking to you for hours upon hours about how she is going to suck the life out of your penis and then when she takes it out and puts it to her mouth, that bytch burps on it.

            STephen King books are like that dude whispering in your ear about how he is going to wear you out, takes you home to his crib, makes you dinner, serves you drinks, rubs your feet, gets a silk pillow case for your hair, puts on soft music, oils up his body for you, gets in bed, and then wants to spend an hour putting boogers in your vagina.

            that is stephen king……

    • LynnInArizona

      "Everyone told me to read the Dark Tower series by STephen King "

      My mom keeps trying to get me to read this series but after reading The Dome (all fifty-leven pages of it) I'm through with Mr. King for a while.

  • http://www.ohellnawl.com Slausito Ramirez.

    after i finish this last hunger games book, i'm gonna pick up some alaex cross novels. i'm hella curious.

    • http://ohellnawlblog.com/newohnblog/ Beth Lanai

      Alex Cross series…very special to me…my mother used to buy me the newest one every year for Christmas (they come out in November)

      even if I wanted to stop reading the series I can't because its so special to me because of my mom I use to call her and tell her all about the villians…she got the biggest kick out of her baby girl reading so much…I'm the only one of her 4 kids that picked that up…she was an avid reader!

      you need to read them in order though cause some of the characters come back….

      And fugg the movies they are worthless!

      • http://tracytrips.com TracyTrips

        See I LOVED Kiss the Girls!

        • http://ohellnawlblog.com/newohnblog/ Beth Lanai

          that watered down mess!

          • http://tracytrips.com TracyTrips

            Girl I love Hanson….

    • Wildwhuck

      Imma need you to publish your book order!! got me recommending books you aint' gonna read til a year later!

    • naturallyangelic

      Man……..FUGG that last Hunger Games book. That heifer had to be smoking some good ish with all those twists, turns and bad surprises in that. I finished the book and literally threw it in the closet never to be heard from again.

  • Bunny

    OOOOOo I love my books!!
    I am a connoisseur of the erotica romance/romantica/smut/erotic paranormal suspense erotica.

    While I can appreciate the amateur effort of so called mommy porn 50 shades…I prefer the real deal ….soo Anne Rice Sleeping beauty series, Joey Hill Vampire queen series and anything else she writes JR Ward Black Dagger Brotherhood, Nalini Singh Archangel and Psy/Changeling series, Shayla Black wicked Lovers and Doomsday, Lora Leigh Breeds and bound hearts, Kresley Cole Immortals after Dark, Gena Showalter, Sylvia Day, Emma Holly…well I could go on but..lemme stop.

    • http://tracytrips.com TracyTrips

      I keep looking for that Sleeping Beauty series to come to my audio library. Heard it was good sex. Can't find the first JR Ward book on audio either…Heard that one was…um…good.

    • sweetpeaches

      That Black Dagger Brotherhood stuff is the truth!!! I stumbled on it at the library one day and have been hooked ever since

  • Lately25

    OH MY!!! This Just came RIGHT on time, I feel like someone was text tapping my convo last night! I JUST finished the Hunger games at 2am this morning, and have no idea what to start on now… I need something goood, something that makes me forget that The Hunger Games has ended and I don't know what to do with myself. Help, Help HELP

    Where is Levar at when I need him!

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    • http://tracytrips.com TracyTrips

      If you are looking for Dystopian…. Divergent, Delerium and Maze Runner are all great.

    • http://tracytrips.com TracyTrips

      Delirium… Oops

  • SwanLyriks

    I have a not so secret obsession with romance ESPECIALLY futuristic and sci fi romance. Judge me, I dont even care.

    But Ive read EVERYTHING by Jane Ann Krentz and alter ego Jayne Castle
    Christine Feehan Dark Hunters/Carpathian series. (mmmm REAL vampire love stories)
    Sherrilyn Kenyon books
    and Johanna Kindsay books. Thats my b-word right there

  • http://tracytrips.com TracyTrips

    Can someone tell me why I am now addicted to YA books?

    • OHNCantTakeIt

      If they're great, they're great! Have you done Trudi Canavan's first trilogy?

    • http://ohellnawlblog.com/newohnblog/ Beth Lanai

      because a lot of them are not YA to be honest

      my niece teaches that age group so she reads a lot of YA books…sometimes she calls me like Aunt Beth this ish is not YA!!!

      She's the one that made me read boring ass Hunger Games … there is another one she wants me to read can't remember it right now though…

      • OHNCantTakeIt

        I don't think it's so much that they're not YA but more that young adults are SO much more aware and adult than we'd like them to be – and the books have to keep up with their interests so authors don't have much choice but to make them racier than they used to be.

        • http://tracytrips.com TracyTrips

          yeah but dammit if I don't love me some Meg Cabot tweeny books too. I'm so ashamed for typing that.

    • Wildwhuck

      Because they are more about plot than sex?

  • Zuly

    Everyone knows I'm a book snob. I don't hesitate to state my open and honest opinion about a series or book, and I'm extremely hard to please.

    I find that MOST series tend to get watered down and sh*tty over time, and I really believe it's because the author stops being concerned with writing a good story and becomes solely obsessed with another paycheck. I would much rather you just let a series go than continue forever and ever knowing what you're writing is sh*t.

    Excellent example of this: the Anita Blake series. Started out amazing, but the last book I read in its entirety didn't even have a plot. I literally got to the end of the book and asked what the plot was, BECAUSE IT WASN'T THERE. Hamilton has become so obsessed with writing about sex that she forgot that her books used to have regular old storylines as well. As far as I know, she's still writing the series and it really should have died long ago.

    Series I loved:

    The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice – although the end of it was suffering a bit from weird series death throes syndrome.

    The Mayfair Witches Chronicles by Anne Rice

    The Sword of Truth Series by Terry Goodkind – Wizard's First Rule is still by far the best fantasy novel I've ever read. The SHEER LITERARY MASTERY in that book awes me to this day. I've read it several times. I haven't finished the series yet though, but I do see a slight decline in story quality.

    Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris – Certainly no literary masterpieces but they're fun to read. I am also behind on these, though.

    The Marcus Didius Falco Series by Lindsey Davis – I've only read the first few books but I love love love historical fiction.

    The Taita Series by Wilbur Smith – These are not a real series per se as they can be read individually, but they follow the main character Taita and are about Ancient Egypt. I highly recommend. There are only a few books.

    Dexter Series by Jeff Lindsay – Not amazing in a literary sense but I love Dexter and I don't care what anyone says.

    The Strain series by Chuck Hogan and Guillermo del Toro – I haven't finished the last book but this is a SOLID horror series. Well written, well thought out, and no unnecessary cuteness.

    The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins – Solid, SOLID series. I would never have guessed that it was written for a teenaged audience. Highly recommend.

    Honorable Mention:

    Eragon series by Christopher Paolini – Although I felt that the first book especially left a lot to be desired, I liked the series as a whole. I have yet to read the last book as it wasn't published when I started the series, but perhaps I'll get around to it.

    Don't get me started talking about books…I'll never stop.

    • ThatdamnPaul

      I think the problem with the Ann Rice series towards the end was that she tried to make them a cohesive universe after the fact. Having characters from both series start crossing over seemed forced to me. I would have been happier if they were two separate divergent paths.

      Like I said up top, the SoT series was amazing, up until the last few books when the quality of story took a real nosedive.

      I haven't read the Anita Blake books, but your review is spot on to what my wife (who's read them all) said. It seems like she started getting some decent dick in her life and forgot what plot, characterization and storytelling were about.

      • Zuly

        I think Goodkin got a bit big-headed at the end and made the plot tooooooo complicated. I still have a few books left though so maybe I'll have a different opinion later.

  • Kat_Coll

    Fluff series: Richard Castle's Nikki Heat books. Yes I watch the show too.
    Right now, I'm going through the Longmire series. It's been a blast to read the books and see where they borrowed from them for the first season of the show.
    I've read most of Patterson's Women's Murder Club series, but I'm not sure if I've read all of them.
    I loved Rick Riordan's Tres Navarre series (mysteries) but alas, he's moved on from them.
    One series I want to get back to is the Wallander series by Henning Mankell.

    Given Slaus' comment I will go back and try Girl with the Dragon Tattoo again. I hadn't gotten through the first 85 pages before I put it down.

    • http://tracytrips.com TracyTrips

      I've read the Wallander series and it's pretty good.

  • Madfall

    This is so very white of me, but I love the Patrick O'Brian Aubrey/Maturin series of books that got turned into the Master and Commander movie with Russell Crowe.

    • http://hexacorde.blogspot.com Hex

      Those were great though.

      • Madfall

        He was a wonderful, wonderful writer.

  • bigginsrus

    The best series I've read and would love to see become movies is Eric Jerome Dickey's Gideon series
    Sleeping with strangers, waking with enemies, dying for revenge and resurrecting midnight.
    Although dickey's style has changed a bit, he's supposed to come out w/a fifth one! bring it!

    • http://www.ohellnawl.com Slausito Ramirez.

      The Gideon series is so gatdamn awesome.. shyt is s thrill ride.. keep trying to tell people to not get caught up in the fact Dickey wrote it. It is NOT nigglature at all. it really is like reading an action packed movies… that happens to also have dacks in mouths

      • http://tracytrips.com TracyTrips

        Ok I have never read Eric Jerome Dickey. Why not…I don't think I've seen a book? It's got action and penii?

        ::goes to investigate::

        • http://www.ohellnawl.com Slausito Ramirez.

          Erick dickey write 'Urban'/black/negro/coloured fiction about sex, relationship and such. Lots of Black intellectuals hate his work because they assume it's just stereotypical ish akin to like the written version of tyler perry. But I actually enjoy some of his early ish. But His GIdeon Series is what stands out. it's got action, thrills, suspense, chase scenes through London, 3somes, gun fights, blowjobs, martial arts, hitting it from the back…. Really… the gideon series is the black Bourne Identity…… with folks getting penetrated.
          http://www.amazon.com/Sleeping-Strangers-Gideon-T

      • Bunny

        dammit I may go on and give this a try. I loved his early stuff but iCANT with tha nigglature (so stealing that term)

        • http://www.ohellnawl.com Slausito Ramirez.

          Give is a try, hun and let me know what you think. everything isn't for everyone… but when I finally read the first in the series, i ended up reading all 3 in a week and a half.

          Though i will warn you, in the beginning of book one, he writes a line that is so gatdamn coonish, I literally tossed the book into the trash, where it would have stayed if my wife didn't have this thing about disrespecting books. 8 months later i picked the book back off the shelf and gave it a chance and after that stupid-ass line….it redeemed itself.

          " she licked me off her fingers like a bucket of kfc "

          I was so mad lmao

          • bigginsrus

            Sorry I vanished. Ladies boy I tell you what!!! I'm excited that slaus is as amped as I. These books… Y'all better go get it! Oh and it's not a series but it's Drives me crazy was the truth too!!!!!

  • OHNCantTakeIt

    Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
    LOTR by J.R.R. Tolkien
    Black Magician trilogy by Trudi Canavan
    Kushiel series by Jacqueline Carey
    Valedemar series by Mercedes Lackey
    Lord Peter Wimsey series by Dorothy Sayers
    In Death by J.D. Robb
    Nora is just an entire series by herself(though that new Innsboro trilogy is so cookie cutter that I want to go to Maryland and slap her…she needs to stick to murder now)
    Kane Chronicles Rick Riordan
    Neil Paget series by Frank Smith
    Narnia by C.S. Lewis
    Vampire Chronicles(the first four) by Anne Rice
    Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander
    Arcane Society series by Jayne Ann Krentz/Amanda Quick(I canNOT read the rest in the series under Jayne Castle because I hate every damn title she's written under that name)
    Merry Gentry series(well, the first three) by Laurell Hamilton

    There are SO many more, but I don't have the time or the finger strength!

  • http://www.ohellnawl.com Slausito Ramirez.

    we are a bunch of nerds.

    • OHNCantTakeIt

      I'M saying. But for real, you need to read the Kushiel quartet. Get on that.

    • http://tracytrips.com TracyTrips

      ::sigh:: I'm in heaven. Just pissed off my computer is broke and I missed out on posting earlier.

  • marsramares

    JD Robb- In Death series
    Stephen King- Dark Tower series
    Nora Roberts (who is also JD Robb)- Three Sisters trilogy, BoonsBoro Inn trilogy, Once Upon series, In the Garden trilogy & the Born in trilogy
    S. M. Stirling- The Change series
    Walter Mosley- Easy Rawlins series, Fearless Jones series, and the Leonid Mc Gill series
    James Patterson- Alex Cross series
    Sue Grafton- her alphabet series
    Harlan Coben- Myron Bolitar series
    Anne Rice- The Vampire series, The Witches of Mayfair series
    Nicole Rhodes- The Tamar Black series
    Sunshine Taylor Reddick- The Elyrian Brides series (although there are only two books in this series at this time I am hoping I will still be reading new books in the retirement home my ungrateful azzed children are going to dump me in.)
    I am sure there are others that I am not remembering right now.

    I knew I had forgotten some .
    Micheal Connelly- the Harry Bosch series
    J K Rowling- Harry Potter series
    Frank L. Baum- the Oz series
    The entire collections of Donald Goines and Iceberg Slim. I know those aren't technically series but so what.

    • OHNCantTakeIt

      Now see, the BoonsBoro Inn trilogy is driving me nuts. Her regular romance trilogies have gotten so predictable.. The Born In and Quinn Brothers trilogies are my favorite from the older ones.

      • marsramares

        I like the Boonsboro Inn for the background story on Liz the Ghost. I am waiting on them to solve that mystery. The rest is just filler. I only started reading Nora to fill the void between the JD books.

        • OHNCantTakeIt

          Then you have to read the Quinn trilogy, Ardmore trilogy, Three Sisters trilogy…….and don't get me started on her stand alone murders! Nora will thrill, excite and educate you all in one book.

      • http://tracytrips.com TracyTrips

        I love Nora Roberts but I almost can't read her anymore. Everything is almost the same except for the names and geneology.

  • hautie

    Well I can already see by this post I have a lot of shame in my reading habits… I read really light weight girl stuff.

    Love those Stephanie Plum books by Janet Evanovich.

    The Callahan Garrity books by Kathy Hogan Trocheck….

    And the Sue Grafton books with her girl Kinsey Millhone.

    Ohhh and those James Patterson, Women's Murder Club, book series.

    And I love Fannie Flagg books. Though not a series of books based on the same characters.

    Her best known book is Fried Green Tomatoes. But her best book for me, is Daisy May and the Miracle Man. All Flaggs books are all written with deeply southern themes. Normally set in the 1920-1940's. And they always make me laugh.

    And to my great shame…. my 13 year old niece got me to reading… Gossip Girl.

    Oh, if you only knew my shame is saying that one out loud. And the shame in knowing that I actually like those stupid books. But she is thrilled she got me to read them… so she can talk to me about them.

    So to try to cover up my shame, with the Gossip Girl confession…

    I did read, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, this Spring.

    Which I agree was a hard book to get into. But there was so much story to tell in it.

    And I did see the movie. Which was a let down from the book.

    Even if I had not read the book. The movie just left a lot to be desired in its own story telling of a deeply complex story. But it manage to disturb me just as much as the book did.

    • Wildwhuck

      I read about half of the GG books.

  • Damelo Suave

    *takes notes*

    What is Ender's Game? And I need something else to read after going through The Strain, Hunger Games, Abe Lincoln:VH, and the Joe Ledger series. I'll admit HG & JL got a little dry towards the last books, but I still liked them. Now I wanna read Battle Royale.

    So which should I try 1st? Walter Mosely, Girl w/the Dragon Tattoo or Eric Dickey?

    • http://www.facebook.com/tracytrips TracyTrips

      Ender's Game was actually written in like 1985 by Orson Scott Card. It's science fiction-y about a boy that is good at video games so basically the government invites him to a school to prepare for world war. Lots of twists and turns and whatnot. There's a huge number of spinoffs and books afterwards but nothing is like that first book. LOVED IT.

      Girl with a Dragon Tattoo is good. I keep trying to get Alpha to watch the movie and assure him it's not a chick flick but he refuses. Idiot.

      If you liked The Strain and the Joe Ledger series check out Zombie Fallout. that's one of my new favorite series.

      • ThatdamnPaul

        Ender's Game is probably one of my absolute favorite books ever. The series is somewhat hp and down as far as quality. I think a lot of that is because as the first book became more and more popular, Card and his publishers tried to cash in. The 2 paths that the story takes are the Ender series which follows the main character and what happens to him after Game is over and the Shadow series, which follows the other members of Enders team post Game. IMHO, Shadow is the better story. My recommendation is to read Game, then the Shadow stories, then the rest of Ender's story.

    • LibraBaby

      RL's Dream by Walter Mosley was pretty good

  • http://tracytrips.com TracyTrips

    Hal and Leonard series by Joe Lansdale…. Crazy ass good ol' boy and his gay black Vietnam vet buddy that end up in insane situations…. LOVE

    Jack Reacher series by Lee Child.

    Myron Bolitar series by Harlen Coben.

    Mickey Haller (Lincoln Lawyer) series by Michael Connelly

    Alex Hawke series by Ted Bell. EXCELLENT series one of my favorites.

    • hautie

      "Mickey Haller (Lincoln Lawyer) series by Michael Connelly"

      Ohhh I love those books. I have not read one since last Fall though and had forgot about them!

    • LynnInArizona

      "Myron Bolitar series by Harlen Coben."

      Yep! Yep! Yep! Can't believe i left him off my list. I even liked his new YA book featuring his nephew Mickey.

      • http://tracytrips.com TracyTrips

        I love the nephew Mickey's series!

        and I really, really, really want to climb on Wynn's face.

  • Wildwhuck

    I've been super into YA fiction:

    The Vampire Academy series
    Hunger Games Trilogy
    Divergent trilogy (only 2 are out)
    Chaos Walking trilogy

    Adult:
    Stephanie Plum (light and fun)
    Gideon Series (proved that EJD can still write, now if he will quit making smut)
    Kate Daniels series
    Mercy Thompson series
    Kelley Armstrong's Women of the Otherworld series
    Karen Chance Dorina Basarab series

    I have more but too tired to think of them

    • http://tracytrips.com TracyTrips

      There's a REALLY good book I read that I forgot the name to. It's set in the future where abortion is illegal. When She Woke or something? Have you heard of that book?

      • Wildwhuck

        I've heard of that; think this is it. http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11045709-when-

        • http://www.facebook.com/tracytrips TracyTrips

          OOOOO yes! It was a REALLY good book. It really applies right now with what the right wing is trying to do to take abortion rights away. Very scary glimpse at a possible future, but there's so much more to the book than just that particular subject.

  • http://tracytrips.com TracyTrips

    Just got James Patterson's ZOO off reserve…it looks really good!

    I'm nerded out that I'm so excited because I am reading a good book, have a good book on reserve…and a great book that just got off reserve…

    don't care.

  • FubsyNumbles

    Michela Wrongs' series of reportage on African nations and how they got to the situation they're currently in: I Didn't Do It For You, and In the Footsteps of Mr Kurtz. I haven't yet read It's Our Turn To Eat.

    Apart from journalistic stuff, I rarely read series, as I like trying out different authors too much. So that's kind've about it……

  • Bunny

    this whole thread is giving me life and giving me hope in humanity!

  • naturallyangelic

    ALL of this right here is making my geek flag fly with pride. If you could see my overflowing bookshelf, you would KNOW this thread will be bookmarked for future inspiration.

  • LibraBaby

    I love Toni Morrison, Sidney Sheldon, Stephen King, Mary Morrison, Alice Walker, James Baldwin, Richard Wright, Jean Auel (Clan of the Cave Bear, if anyone remembers that movie), Ann Rule, Iyanla Vanzant, Delorys Welch-Tyson and urban lit authors like Ashley & Jaquavis, Miasha, Tiphani Montgomery, K'Wan,Nikki Turner and Noire.

  • DaGroovy1

    I love,love love the late E. Lynn Harris. I have everything he wrote.

  • blujewel

    I read all the Lee Child books…Love that Jack Reacher character…Too bad they're going to fugg it all up by letting Tom Cruise play a character that he's actually not even a match for.

  • papillion_noire

    I have been reading alot of non fiction (mainly history) after I read the Help, the Coldest Winter Ever, and Push. I would recommend the Peoples History of the United States by Howard Zinn and Medical Apartheid by Harriet Washington
    Here are a few of my favorite series
    African Immortal Series (My Soul to Keep, The Living Blood, Blood Colony) Tananarive Due
    Mayfair Witches and Vampire Chronicles Anne Rice (I hate how all her black characters are portrayed as some type of servant)
    Harry Potter Series J K Rowling
    Hunger Games Suzanne Collins
    The Inheritance Cycle Christopher Paolini

    Series I have yet to finish
    LOTR
    Millennium Trilogy
    A Song of Fire and Ice
    Maximum Ride

    *submerges back into the murky depths of lurkdom*

  • mysstea

    My favorite series:

    The Dark Tower series (full of awesome that also pops up in other King novels and makes me giddy like a school girl)
    JD Robb (Nora Roberts' pseudonym)
    Jeaniene Frost's Night Huntress series and
    Jeaniene Frost's Night Huntress World series and
    Jeaniene Frost's Night Prince series (there is only one so far)
    JR Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood series and to a lesser extent
    JR Ward's Fallen Angels series
    Nora Robert's trilogies (any and ALL of them)

  • queensgirl1960

    Any and everything written by J. California Cooper.. You guys have me making a list of so many authors I am going to check out.

  • ThatdamnPaul

    Don't know if this one was mentioned or not, but the Hitchiker's Guide series from Douglass Adams is a great, fun read also.

  • SnekyFukinRushn

    E.R.Burroughs "John Carter's Chronicles of Mars"

    D.Adams "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy"

    I L.O.V.Ed Harry Harrison's series "The Stainless steel rat"
    I loved those stories so much I wanted to name my son James after the main character Jim DiGriz!!!!
    You see that was back in the day when I was still living in Russia and haven't even dreamed yet about leaving the country…so yeah…the boy might have had some problems with his name…Who cares?!!!! Mama loved her some of that fictional character!!!
    Oh and "The Elfquest" I know it's just a comic book, but it got to me so much I was considering how much will ear reshaping surgery cost and which fingers to chop off so my hands will look more elvish….
    I know, right? coo-coo

  • http://ohellnawlblog.com/newohnblog/ LatinaSoul777

    Yall read too much, took me forever to scroll to the bottom of the page! LOL

    Lincoln & Child- Agent Pendergast series
    Steve Berry-Cotton Malone series
    Lara Adrian-Midnight Breed series

  • http://uepa.wordpress.com/ uepa

    My all-time fave is the Xenogenesis series by Octavia E. Butler. Then her Patternist series.
    All the dragon books by Anne McCaffrey (nooo not any her son wrote – I tried a few ugghh newp!)

    Sword of Truth series already mentioned
    Anne Rice's Mayfair Witches and the Vampire Chronicles (tho I do agree those got a bit weird towards the end)

    Ender's Game and all those that came after it following his life as well as the "Shadow Series" that follow his battle school jeesh

    Stephen King's gunslinger series tho yeah the ending pissed me off so I had to read them all over again year or so later and then I understood WHY

    Orson Scott Card's Homecoming Harmony series
    More Anne McCaffrey and her Talent series beginning with the Pegasus books and moving on with The Rowan et al

    notta christian but absolutely fascinated by the Left Behind series for some reason
    Tolkein (of course!) The Hobbit and LOTR series. Just bought beautiful new ones and reread them all
    C. S. Lewis – Narnia books

    So many more I'm forgetting right now. But if you must read one series ever: Go Octavia E. Butler. she is pure genius and I miss her more than words can say.

  • guitargrrrl76

    Discworld Series by Terry Pratchett. And Harry Potter.

I dunno what i'm putting here yet. It'll be something ignorant though.
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