The other night a reader asked us for book recommendations that would be worthy of re-reading. She told us she wanted to limit her budget, so she wanted books that wouldn’t just collect dust. It was all too easy for us to churn out series (and specific novel) suggestions for her. We opened it up to our Twitter followers, too, and many went with the same addictive series we did.
Of course the first words out of our mouth were suggestions to pick up our latest obsession the Downside Ghosts series by Stacia Kane (review of Unholy Ghosts) and singing praises for our other favorite author Richelle Mead and her Vampire Academy series.
Between our choices and some reader suggestions, the top series/books for reading two, three, four, five times over are:
Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy series, with especially adoration of the fourth novel, Blood Promise. No matter the book, this young adult urban fantasy series has precise writing, a strong heroine who makes mistakes, a love story that you want to fight for and plenty of action. (Read our review of Spirit Bound.)
Kim Harrison’s Rachel Morgan/The Hollows series. Hero Rachel Morgan is a witch and bounty hunter who lives with a vampire? How can we not be into that? Clever, engaging urban fantasy. (Ed. note: We’ll be posting a review of Dead Witch Walking, the first book in this series, soon, if you need additional coaxing into this series.)
Stacia Kane’s new Downside Ghosts series. These books get better and better in succession and that’s saying something. This dark, gritty urban fantasy series has an unexpected heroine, perfect pacing and a vivid world. We have no problem revisiting the characters in Downside repeatedly.
Maggie Stiefvater’s Wolves of Mercy Falls series. The second novel, Linger, isn’t out yet, but if Shiver is any indication, everyone will be digging further into this YA paranormal romance series. We know you want more of Grace and her wolf.
Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress series. Trust us, you’ll want to re-read any book featuring Frost’s characters Cat and Bones.
Charlaine Harris’ Southern Vampire Mysteries/Sookie Stackhouse series. Really, just the earlier novels prove to be re-read worthy, but we could read Dead to the World, book 4, where we finally see another side to Eric – among other things – monthly.
Kelley Armstrong’s Women of the Otherworld series. This one comes from our Twitter followers, with several shout-outs for Bitten, the first book in the series. We haven’t started this one yet, but if you guys say it’s worth moving up the to-be-read list, we’ll do some rearranging.
OK, now it’s your turn. Tell us which series or books you could read over and over by either voting in our poll or commenting below. If we haven’t read the books you suggestion, we’ll add them to the to-read list.
Just a quick note: We want to remind you public libraries are your friends. They are the great equalizer and have librarians will fantastic knowledge. That said, I like to buy books, swap them, etc., but it the cash flow is hurting, hit up your local library.