Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Why I Love Wednesdays... Favorite Series (And I'm Losing My Mind!)

Reflections of a Bookaholic

I am returning with my new feature... Why I love which takes place on Wednesdays. Today's proclamation of love concerns our Favorite Series

It's OFFICIAL!  I've completely lost my mind.  I just realized today was Wednesday.  One doesn't keep track on days when they only serve as a ticking time bomb slowly (but surely) bringing you closer to your impending DOOM!  

Yes.  The Bar Examination (<-- notice the caps) is in less than a week.  Who has a test that spans for 3 days?!  Who does that?!  

In other news... There is a book world out there (that thinks I'm crazy) and I'm totally excluded and really sad about it.  But in this world, book lovers talk about books and reading and real life.  So let's do that about now.

Remember that for the month of June and July, my blogging friends will pop in to share their book loves! &nbsp;I know you get tired of hearing me gush on and on so let's hear from my fellow gushers :

Why I Love... Favorite Series by Peep & Julie

I had to think long and hard about which series to choose as my favorite. The truth is, I am not really a fan of series. I don’t enjoy it when I have to wait a few books until I can find out what will happen. I would prefer to read a really long book over a series any day. The only time I don’t mind a series is when the books all focus on different characters. In the end, if I had to pick a series I would choose The Lumatere Chronicles by Melina Marchetta. I don’t usually like fantasy either but I believe that’s why Melina is so awesome - she made me love a genre that I usually don’t care for. There are only two books out now, Finnikin of the Rock and Froi of the Exiles. Quintana of Charyn (the final book) will be out in September.
Name of blog: Attack of the Book
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Primary genre focus: Young Adult, though I read other genres as well
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Gosh, it's hard to pick just one favorite book series! Can I choose three? Harry Potter, The Hunger Games and The Forest of Hands and Teeth.

My all-time fave series is Harry Potter. I love the magic and mystery in all the books. It's probably the only series I could read over and over. My favorite character is Harry, but I love Hermione. She's a smart cookie and a terrific heroine! I'm sad Harry's series came to an end. Yet, I’m looking forward to Rowling's new adult book!

As for The Hunger Games, it's the first book I'd ever read set in a dystopian world. The bleak, dangerous and futuristic world was new to me. THG is intense, edgy, romantic and breathtaking. The Hunger Games is a must read. If you haven't read it...what are you waiting for!

Another favorite book series is The Forest of Hands and Teeth. If you haven't read this prepared. It's frightening, surreal, violent and very sad. The ending...all I can say is: "Holy Toledo!" It left me in a zombie-like stupor. I started thinking about what I would do if there was a zombie apocalypse. All three books in the series have stayed with me long after I turned the last page. I went to a book signing with Carrie Ryan. She's super funny and I got all three of my books signed!

All of these book series feature characters and worlds that range from the magical to the disturbing. They are filled with solid characterization and plotting with twists and turns that led me into believing everything would be alright -- then BAM the unexpected happened! I love books like that!

So, these are my fave book series! What's your favorite?

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Since May of 2010, I've been reviewing books on "That's Swell!" I also review books and interview authors on my Huffington Post blog and for Common Sense Media. Aside from my blog, I am a freelance journalist, aspiring screenwriter and novelist.

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  1. Great series picks!
    I so loved Lumatere Chronicles too and I'm so not a fantasy girl but I was pulled into the world and felt so much for the characters... it was wonderful.

  2. Great picks!!! And keep plugging along, Alexis! You can do it!!!

  3. It spans over 3 days?! How is that even possible

  4. Julie/Swell, I keep thinking I should try that The Forest of Hands and Teeth. I'm anti zombie but it sounds soooo good.

    Alexis: Good luck sweetie! 3 days? Insane!

  5. YAY I picked Harry and THG too! Those other series I hadn't heard of so will have to check them out.

    And Alexis...GOOD LUCK! I'm sure you'll do just great on your test, and at least you're almost done. Hang in there!

  6. Good Luck on your exam! I know you'll do great

    -Amanda P
    Paranormal Romance

  7. Good luck on your exam! :D

    How to choose, there are so many great series out there... so I narrowed it down to three! ;)

  8. Oh yeeeesh... 3 day exam. I went through that too with my pharmacy license (16 hours in total!). My advice is to sleep between the days and don't try to study. You need your instincts intact. GOOD LUCK!


    (nice blog!)

  9. Good luck with the exam. Thanks too for stopping by and weighing in on my blog. Donna


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