Tracy Frank, Published August 19 2012
Tracy Frank shares her favorite book series
FARGO – There are a few key elements in each of my favorite book series.
They all have action, adventure and romance, with some magic thrown in for good measure.
I’ve been reading a lot of series lately. I’m on a young-adult-novel kick and it seems almost all of them are part of a series, which is nice if I can get the books all at once, but frustrating if something major happens to the main character and I have to wait months for the conclusion.
My favorites are books I can and have read over and over again.
“Amelia Peabody” series by Elizabeth Peters
What makes Elizabeth Peters’ “Amelia Peabody” series so great are her characters. I love their quirks, their aptitudes and their flaws.
It’s what’s kept me a fan through all 18 of the books about the mysteries surrounding Egyptologist and amateur sleuth Amelia Peabody and her eccentric family set in the late 1800s and early 1900s.
I started reading the series in high school and have ready many of the books more than once.
Peters’ prowess with the pen is part of the reason for that. She’s not only great at crafting interesting stories, but her prose is also excellent.
“Harry Potter” series by J.K. Rowling
I read the entire seven-book Harry Potter series in less than three weeks last summer and recently started reading it all over again.
Rowling created a fantasy world filled with intriguing details and memorable characters in captivating situations. Aside from the pure entertainment value, she crafted a series of stories with a message about love and sacrifice and the timeless battle between good and evil.
I love that these books are stimulating enough to hold my interest, yet tame enough to share with my kids.
“Tiger’s Curse” series by Colleen Houck
I’m a bit hesitant to put this series on my favorites list because it’s not finished. Only three of the five books in the series are published and the ending can really make or break a series.
The reason “The Hunger Games” series by Suzanne Collins isn’t on here, even though I read the series in a matter of days, is because I hated the way the final book ended and will likely never reread the books because of it.
But I love, love, love the first three “Tiger’s Curse” books about a teenager named Kelsey Hayes who tries to break a 300-year-old curse with a mysterious white tiger.
They’re filled with magic, adventure and romance, reminiscent of “Indiana Jones” or “The Princess Bride.” I’ve started reading the series again in preparation for the Sept. 4 release of the fourth book, “Tiger’s Destiny.” So, I really hope the series ends well.
“Twilight” series by Stephenie Meyer
I know these books have gotten a lot of grief for being anti-feminist, but when I read them (three times now) all I got out of them was a classic love story with a supernatural twist.
I am not talking about the movies, here. Honestly, had I watched the movies first, I probably never would have read the books.
But Meyer has a talent for delving into the emotional depths of her characters and bringing her readers along for the ride.
Yes, the books are basically about vampires with super powers masquerading as people and the shy, strong girl who falls in love with one of them. But it’s also a fun, fascinating love story filled with action, adventure, and magic that I can read over and over again.