Happy Tuesday again everyone! I hope you are all doing well despite these challenging and uncertain times. I hope and pray that you are all health, in body, mind, and spirit. As it is Tuesday, it is also time for a Top 5 Tuesday update. Top 5 Tuesdays was originally created by Shanah @ the Bionic Bookworm but is now currently being hosted by Meeghan @ Meeghan Reads.

This week’s topic: Top 5 Series of All Time

Admittedly, I am more of a standalone book type of reader. Majority of the books I have read are standalones. I guess my impatience often come in the way when reading a series, especially those that take a very long time to develop. Nevertheless, I have had my fair share of book series, most of which are trilogies. I have also listed several series that I want to start in this separate Top 5 Tuesday post. Without more ado, here is the list of my top 5 favorite series of all time.

Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

Without being too obvious, perhaps my favorite series is this magical one born out of J.K. Rowling’s high imaginative and creative mind. I have watched the first few film adaptations first before I read the entire series and the movies were a great factor in why I read the text version. There was just too many things to love about the book – the magic, the world-building, Hogwarts, the eccentric characters, the tenterhook – but what I loved the most was the friendship between Harry, Hermione, and Ron. It is safe to say that I grew up with them, albeit in the movie adaptations first.

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

And here is another favorite children’s series. Just like the Harry Potter Series, I first came across C.S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia through its movie adaptation. Needless to say, I was riveted by the magical world that C.S. Lewis created. I also loved the Pevensies and their different personalities. Honestly, I thought the series was comprised of only two books (an influence of the film) but I guess I was wrong. The copy I bought was an omnibus so I was able to zoom through the narrative.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan

Prior to the release of the first movie of the series, I recall reading an article about Rick Riordan where he mentioned that one of his inspirations for writing the series was his son who, like the main character of the series, was dyslexic. This made me curious about the series although it did take years before I finally got to read the five books. Another reason why I wanted to read the series was because it involved Greek mythology; I love mythology. I ended up loving the adventures of Percy Jackson and his friends, and how their stories overlap with the Olympians.

The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins

As I have mentioned above, I have read a couple of trilogies, mostly belonging to the genre of dystopian young adult fiction. Of all the trilogies I have read, I still defer to The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins because it was one of my first of the dystopian genre. I really loved the first book, despite its dark implications. The second book was also fine but the last book I found tedious. Despite this mixed experience, I can vividly recall reading the trilogy about a decade ago and how each word made me excited turning each leaf.

Chaos Walking Trilogy by Patrick Ness

Closing this Top 5 Tuesday update with another dystopian young adult trilogy. I can’t recall why I picked up Patrick Ness’ The Knife of Never Letting Go. I think I was drawn by the concise synopsis but I nevertheless picked it up, giddy for a new adventure. A new adventure it sure was. I felt like I was walking with Todd Hewitt, Viola and Manchee as they tried to escape from the tentacles of Mayor Prentiss. The landscape and atmosphere were both vividly captured by Ness. Again, I had trouble with the third book. I guess this is a common issue I have with trilogies as I had the same issues with Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials Trilogy, and Veronica Roth’s Divergent Trilogy.