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There’s no denying we all have a bit of extra free time right now and it’s looking likely that’ll be the case for a little while longer. Now seems like the perfect time to dive into a classic book series you were always to intimidated to start reading.

Put down the TV remote, pause your current Netflix binge and delve deep into the land of fiction with these 11 book series to tackle.

Harry Potter – J.K. Rowling

We’re starting off incredibly basic here but it’s because everyone has to read J.K. Rowling’s wizarding series, Harry Potter. It’s a rite of passage and there’s no escaping the theatrics behind every page. 

If you don’t already know the premise of the seven part series, where have you been for the past 22 years? J.K. Rowling’s novel franchise follows Harry Potter, a young boy who at the age of 11 discovers he is part of a world he could never have dreamed of – the wizarding world. Having learnt he is the orphaned son of two wizards who were struck to death by a man ‘who shall not be named’, the novels tell the tale of his student life at Hogwarts, a boarding school for wizards. 

Whether you read through these religiously as a child or you’re starting out fresh, start from the beginning, reading between every line before making your way through the eight films starring none other than Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy – Douglas Adams

A novel series adapted from a radio series isn’t something that you’d usually expect but boy, did it work for Douglas Adam’s comic science fiction series, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. If you haven’t had the pleasure of listening to the original radio show or watching the BBC television adaptation, you’re in for a real treat with this six part novel series. Expect it to be filled with incredibly weird happenings including intergalactic travels and adventures of Arthur Dent, an ordinary human being from Earth and his friend, Ford Prefect, a not-so-ordinary alien…

To All Of The Boys I Loved Before – Jenny Han

To All Of The Boys I Loved Before is another novel series that’s fallen under the Netflix spell and has been transformed into one of their cheesy, feel-good films, without you even realising it’s a novel series in the first place! 

The trilogy series follows teenager Lara Jean who wrote love letters to all of the boys she’s ever loved in her life. Of course, she had no intention of ever actually sending these letters to the guys, but her little sister had other thoughts. Fall in love with Lara Jean and her humorous, high school antics that you won’t be able to help but laugh (and cringe) at.

Sherlock Holmes Collection – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

If there’s one mystery Sherlock Holmes can’t solve it’s why on earth you haven’t dipped your nose into Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s original series until now. 

Of course Sherlock Holmes is a name we’ve all grown up hearing but have you ever delved into the whopping 18-book collection and read your way through the detective stories? If the answer’s no, then you need to hop over to Amazon now and order your collection immediately. Work your way through the classics and see Holmes in all of his glory, solving mysteries and catching criminals. And then once you’re finished, dip into the BBC adaptation and see dreamy Benedict Cumberbatch get his detective hat on as Holmes himself. 

A Song Of Ice And Fire – George R. R. Martin

You’ve embarked on the eight epic seasons of Game of Thrones but are you ready to launch yourself into the book series that inspired the global franchise? 

The fantasy series takes place in the fictional land of Westeros and Essos, and in an essence it centres around a series of noble families all fighting for the Iron Throne. Expect a medieval rollercoaster of sex, swords and secrets.

The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins 

You might know The Hunger Games as the film series that shone Jennifer Lawrence into stardom but the hardcore fans will remember Suzanne Collins’ trilogy for its stark presentation of hierarchical class systems and materialism. 

Every year, the 12 districts of Panem must pay tribute to the terrible Capitol regime and every year sees the fight of two young children from each district fight against one another in The Hunger Games competition. The trilogy is centred around protagonist Katniss Everdeen and her fight against the Capitol regime and dystopian world she lives in. Expect twists and turns as you follow Katniss and her district fight for their rights against the Capitol.

James Bond (Original Series) – Ian Fleming

You can’t say you’re a hardcore fan of Mr 007 until you’ve read and then reread Ian Fleming’s original series from start to finish. 

Delve deep into Ian Fleming’s collection of Bond and see where it all began – before the likes of Brosnan, Connery, Moore & Craig took on the titular role on the silver screen. Considering that the latest film, No Time To Die, has been postponed I’m sure you are missing your dose of Bond so this is the perfect time to go back to where it all began.

Me Before You Trilogy – Jojo Moyes

If you’re a sucker for an ever-binding love story, Jojo Moyes’ Me Before You trilogy will leave you itching for more.

Having captured young and old lovers’ hearts across the globe, discover the story for yourself before you settle in to watch the first book, Me Before You, in the 2016 adaptation, starring Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin. The trilogy follows a small-town girl and boy who start out with a rocky relationship and it flourishes into a beauty of its own.

Outlander – Diana Gabaldon

Diana Gabaldon has managed to perfect just the right balance of gushy love scenes with epic time travel in her Outlander series. 

The series follows Claire Randall, a 20th-century nurse, who time travels back to life during 18th-century Scotland and falls in love with the adventure and Highland warrior Jamie Fraser. 

If you liked The Time Traveler’s Wife, you’ll love Outlander.

Lord of the Rings – J. R. R. Tolkien

You’ve probably all seen meme after meme of Gollum and his ‘precious’ ring, but have you set out on a journey of Tolkien’s three part Lord of the Rings series, from start to finish? 

Now’s your chance to follow a young hobbit, Frodo Baggins as he inherits a ring, one that’s been lost for centuries over, and must protect it at all costs. One theme that’s ever present throughout is the struggle between good and evil.  

This set even has Tolkien’s other great novel, The Hobbit, in the collection too, winner!

Millennium – Stieg Larsson

If you’re a sucker for all things crime, you’ll want to get your teeth stuck into Stieg Larsson’s Millennium series, known for its extreme violence and physiological traits. 

Having shone to fame further following the 2011 David Finch film adaptation of the first in the series, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, starring Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara and Christopher Plummer, the book series will have you just as gripped to its gritty violence and outright horrifying depictions of the human race. 

If you’ve become obsessed with Nordic noir, you’ll find Larsson’s series gritty, gripping and reeking with moral issues… But you won’t be able to put it down. 


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