You know that bittersweet feeling of finishing a great novel but not being mentally prepared to shelf it and say goodbye? That’s the best thing about a series – once you’ve finished one story, you know there’s a little silver lining in the way of a sequel to remedy your book-ache; another paperback to fill that wizard-shaped hole in your life for a while.
From YA vampire romances to high fantasy trilogies, these are the binge-worthy page-turners to add to your reading list or pick up again in 2020.
“After all this time? Always.” sniff Seriously, what did we do to deserve books? We couldn’t do a book series feature and not include HP, could we? That would be a cardinal sin. We laughed and cried with the characters, patiently awaited our very own Hogwarts acceptance letter and got into heated debates about the correct pronunciation of Hermione. For years, J.K. Rowling let us get lost in a world steeped in imagination and feast on magic and for that reason, we will always be Potterheads.
His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
Featuring three books – Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass – this captivating trilogy follows Lyra Belacqua, her shapeshifting daemon and Will Parry as they journey through a series of parallel universes, meeting armoured bears and soul-eating spectres along the way. Philip Pullman just might be the best storyteller of our time – add it to your reading stack immediately!
The Hunger Games
If you like strong female protagonists that don’t go down without a fight, dystopian universes, televised blood sport and sacrifice, then you’ll love this series. The Hunger Games is the ultimate tale of survival and there’s only one rule: kill or be killed.
There’s no saga like a Twilight saga. Ever since the first book in the four-volume series was released in 2005, millions have been captivated by this unconventional vampire romance. If you like a love story with a bite and missed the hype first time round, now’s your time to sink your teeth into a bit of YA nostalgia.
The Lord of the Rings
J.R.R. Tolkien’s legendary trilogy puts fantasy fiction on the map. One powerful ring, the ultimate good vs evil quest to destroy it, and the most relatable protagonist, like EVER – it’s a perennial favourite for good reason.