Life in Mascara: Top 5 Book Series

Friday, July 17, 2015

Top 5 Book Series

1. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling- I am not entirely sure I am over the emotional turbulence I went through reading this series. It was the first book I ever cried at (when Dumbledore dies) and it will forever remind me of my years in college. I started reading it my first semester in college and after reading the first book I went with my mom to get them all in the Spanish version for her. As school got more difficult, it became harder for me to read them AND do all my school work. Plus at the time, Rowling was still writing them so there was always about a years wait for the next one. Seven years it took me to get through them and when I finished them it left a void inside me so deep that it was well over a year before I could pick up another book. I am not being dramatic and I know there are others out there who are nodding their heads and clutching their chests murmuring "yyeeessss" at the memory.

2. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins- I read all 3 books in a week. I just couldn't put them down. My favorite genre is Dystopian and this is as Dystopian as it can possible get. So morbid and intense I often thought 'how is this a teen novel?' but I guess we as a society are pretty desensitized to a lot of things that for me growing up would never have crossed my mind.

3. Pretty Little Liars series by Sara Separd- I always wanted to read this series when I was younger and finally I picked them up. The last 5 books hadn't been written when I first started so I read them basically in real time. They got darker and darker as they kept going and while yes in some parts unrealistic, in others just down right cruel. Yes I watch the show but seriously read the books. They are so much better and sad to say some of the actual intense bullying really does exist. 

4. Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin- Written in 1978 and taking place at the highlight of the gay movement in San Francisco, I fell in love with this series and its many characters. There are so many of them but they are all interwoven in each others lives that it is not hard to keep track of them. Over and over I fell more and more in love with story and what was happening that I began to feel them alive and a part of me. Something I hadn't experienced since Harry Potter. There are 9 books in total with the last one being published in 2014. I am glad I discovered this series when I did because I would have been in pain waiting for the next book to be published. 

5. Stephanie Plum Series by Janet Evanovich- These are just simple and fun books to read. A new one comes out every November and I read them in about a day or two. They focus around a female bounty hunter and her shenanigans as she goes about her day with her parter, ex hooker, Lula. I really look forward to them because they provide a nice little break from the otherwise dark literature I tend to gravitate towards.

If you are following along, I am doing Pop Sugar's Reading Challenge and I am trying my best to complete it before the years end. Take a look at what books I have already read here, here, here, and here


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