I love/hate book series. When a series is good, don't we all want more? When a series is so-so, don't we wish they would just end it early? There are some book series people loved but when I read it, I hated it, so it really is not only whether the story is good but also personal preference. Here is my very short list of favorite book series:
|hardcovers of The Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia C. Wrede|
This is a four-book series that is told in four perspectives and the last one took place years later which surprised me a little. I have wished the author had stayed with Princess Cimorene because her character is my favorite but it does make sense for the other character's perspective plus the last book did have to set years later and Cimorene's perspective would not really work there.
This series is easy to get into and on starting the first book, I immediately wanted to know more about Princess Cimorene. Cimorene isn't like other princesses - she have black hair instead of gold, she prefers fencing and magic instead of embroidery and etiquette. What I really like about her is that, she isn't waiting for some prince to sweep her off her feet. She simply took up to working for a dragon with very little fear. Plus she is intelligent and has a no nonsense attitude. When Cimorene meets the Enchanted Forest's king, Mendanbar, it did not deter her nor is she impressed with his magic, although a man who can fix a drain using a magic sword is a little impressive.
Favorite Quote: "Mendanbar stared at her in utter bafflement. If this was a princess, she was like no princess he had ever seen, and he had seen dozens. True, she had a small gold crown pinned into her hair, and she was very pretty - beauitful, in fact - but she was wearing a blue-and-white checked apron with large pockets. Mendanbar had never seen a princess in an apron before. The dress under the apron was rust-colored and practical-looking, and she had the sleeves rolled up above her elbows. He had never seen a princess with her sleeves rolled up, either. Her jet black hair hung in plain braids almost to her knees, instead of making a cloud of curls around her face. Her eyes were black, too, and she was as tall as Mendanbar."
― from Searching for Dragons
|paperbacks of Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling|
I read this series in one week and of course, I immediately adore it. Luna Lovegood is my favorite character after Harry. Luna is a bit odd but she understood things and she's honest. I still do not like that Harry does not end up with Luna. Ginny is great and all but I just think she is too much like Harry. I'm not really into the romances. I like the friendships more and also the magic.
The Prisoner of Azkaban is my favorite of the series. I like that Sirius Black is a little unhinged and he just seems like a fun person to hang out with. But that could be because of the movie actor. I did see the movies first before reading the books but I don't favor the movie more though. And I still think Quidditch is too cruel a sport for kids but that's just me.
Favorite Quote: “I solemnly swear that I am up to no good.”
― from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
|hardcovers of Ivy Pocket by Caleb Krisp and Illustrator Barbara Cantini|
Ivy Pocket is quite charming in her own, vain way. I like her strong belief in herself and her confidence that whatever she does, is right. It is as if she purposely pretended not to understand certain things. Even when people try to kill her, she somehow escapes it and seemingly not know what actually happened. She's not all carefree and careless because she does care what happens to the people around her. The third book is not yet released but so far, it has been fun reading about Ivy Pocket.
Maybe it's not fair to judge the series since it's incomplete but I like the author's writing and humor. You should read his afterwards. They're quite hilarious plus who doesn't like an author with this bio: "Caleb Krisp's childhood was cut tragically short after he sold his great-aunt Mabel for a handful of perfectly ordinary pumpkin seeds." Or his dedication: For my housekeeper Mrs. Cuttlefish, who I buried in my garden.
Favorite Quote: "I am remarkably good in a crisis - for I have all the natural instincts of a five-star general - so in no time at all, I had formed a plan. I picked up my carpetbag and headed down to the lobby, replacing my anxiety with the flickering flame of hope. The streets of Paris were sure to lead to adventure and opportunity. No doubt I would stumble upon something utterly thrilling. Or I might end up a beggar, friendless and starving. Which would be terribly inconvenient. But on the bright side - how wonderfully tragic!"
– from Anyone But Ivy Pocket