Sometimes you just need to escape real life and lose yourself in a world far from what you know. I’ve only included series where I’ve read every single book, because that way I am not lying when I say I was addicted while reading them. These are series I’ve read back to back because they are simply impossible to put down.
Sookie Stackhouse by Charlaine Harris
This series is close to my heart because I started reading it right after watching the first season of True Blood in 2008. As you might know or have guessed, True Blood is based on the Sookie Stackhouse series. It’s about vampires, romance and big personalities in rural Louisiana. It’s deliciously addicting.
Penryn and The End of Days by Susan Ee
It’s fast paced, fun and romantic. It was supposed to be a six book series and I’m a little bitter that it ended as a trilogy. Angels have invaded Earth and are now in control. Penryn is a smart girl, her mother is mentally ill and her wheelchair bound little sister gets kidnapped by Angels. The series follows Penryn’s fight to save her sister and humanity from the end of days. I love the characters and the story is so fast paced that you just have to keep going.
Percy Jackson and The Olympians by Rick Riordan
Unlike many in the online book community, I never read any of the Percy Jackson books as a kid. I wasn’t even aware of their existence before those unfortunate movies came out a few years ago. Then last year I decided to pick up the first book and I was hooked right away. All the demigods have ADHD and dyslexia because their brains are wired differently. The ADHD is there because they need to be hyperaware of their surroundings in case of danger and because they need stamina to be great fighters. The reason why they’re dyslexic is because their brains are wired for reading ancient greek.
I was recently diagnosed with ADHD, which makes total sense. I wish I had been diagnosed when I was a kid, maybe that would have helped me focus more on school and actually listen to what the teachers were trying to teach me. The fact that ADHD and dyslexia is turned into something awesome is so important. I know I wouldn’t want to get rid of my ADHD even if I could, because it’s a big part of who I am. So teaching kids that they’re badass and special in the best way possible makes my heart all warm and fuzzy. Thank you Rick Riordan for making us ADHD’ers feel special. As soon as I finished the fifth book, I went straight into the continuation series, The Heroes of Olympus.
Midnight, Texas By Charlaine Harris
Midnight, Texas is not your average run of the mill small town. There is something strange going on under the surface and the residents are not as normal as they appear to be. It’s not quite as good as the Sookie Stackhouse series, but it has it’s own charm that make it such an entertaining and addictive read. I’m not the only one who thinks it’s worthwhile. The TV show based on the books airs July 24th on NBC. I’m so excited I can’t wait to see these characters again. Charlaine Harris is the queen of southern small town paranormal drama. I’ll read anything that woman writes. I still need to read the last four books in the Aurora Teagarden series and also the Lily Bard mysteries. I’m saving them for a rainy day.
The Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan
This continuation of the Percy Jackson series introduces some extraordinary new characters and features the whole new world of the Roman pantheon. Basically all of Rick Riordan’s books are fantastic. I’ve yet to read The Kane Chronicles and the second book in The Trials of Apollo. If I ever have kids, I’ll make sure they grow up reading about all of these amazing adventures and they will love them just as much as I do.