If you’re anything like us, your New Year Resolutions list includes becoming a workout junkie (who’s naturally become passionate about green smoothies, too). By this time in January, if you’re (still) like us, you’ve realized that taking up exercising is less of a solid goal for next week and more of a distant dream for 2018. Worry not, though, Savvy Reader!
Luckily for you, we happen to have just the plan for long-distance running… of the book variety, that is. Nonetheless, it’s time to sprint! Read on for our Top 10 Book Series to Marathon, because so long as your heart’s racing, you can still feel good about getting your cardio in.
The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S Lewis
For the first leg of our marathon, it’s a no-brainer to start ourselves off easy with a timeless read. Plus, when Hollywood can’t seem to stay away, you know you’ve stumbled upon something worth delving into. Journeys into magical realms, battles between good and evil, talking creatures and more await readers of all ages in The Chronicles of Narnia.
The Sigma Force Series by James Rollins
Time to pick up the pace, now! You won’t be able to wait to get your hands on the newest book in the series by #1 New York Times Bestselling mastermind, James Rollins. His newest novel, The Seventh Plague, seems to be here to stay on all of the Bestsellers lists, so check out this intense mystery to keep your heart pumping long after you read!
A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
What’s a good run without encountering the intrigue of a dark, winding path? When Dr. Seuss asked, “do you dare to stay out? Do you dare to go in?” we’re willing to bet that he was staring down a copy of A Series of Unfortunate Events. If an author with the quirky moniker of Lemony Snicket isn’t enough to endear you, we’d venture a guess that Neil Patrick Harris—starring in A Series of Unfortunate Events Netflix Original Series—ought to be reason enough.
Divergent Series by Veronica Roth
If we do say so ourselves, the mental effort of (at least) intending to keep one’s New Year resolutions is no easy feat, Savvy Reader. So, for a tough cookie, we’ve got a tough bookie! (Our New Year resolution is to keep calm and rhyme on). The Divergent series explores all of the different ways one can be strong. And really, no one writes empowering dystopian fiction quite like Veronica Roth. So, in preparation for the adrenaline-fest that is Carve the Mark (in stores now!), Divergent is its perfect high-stakes, boot-camp-worthy warm-up.
Maisie Dobbs Series by Jacqueline Winspear
Reverse, reverse! We think a #throwback to eras passed sounds like a legitimately challenging workout move, but we know that it’s worth being up to the task when it comes to the Maisie Dobbs series. With a new book out soon, you’ll want to get your time-traveling trip started ASAP as you follow a private investigator who starts her story in the infinitely compelling age of WWI.
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
We’re sure you’ve heard of this one—and that’s because it’s just so dang charming. There’s a wistful disappointment that inevitably arrives at the end of a new favourite read, especially when the book is standalone, or—worse yet—you have to wait for the release of the next in the series. Luckily, however, you don’t have to miss a beat before you head straight into the second installment in the classic screwball romance, The Rosie Project series! (And psst.. Graeme Simsion has a new book coming soon, so you won’t have to wait long to snuggle up with more of his subtle charm).
The Libby Lomax Series by Lucy Holliday
At the end of a long day in the real world, there’s nothing to take the edge off quite like a good daydream. If you find living vicariously through your favourite public figures to be a nice retreat, we’ve got an especially classy trio in mind for your next escape. The Libby Lomax Series invites us to spend a night in(dulgently) with Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe and Grace Kelly as we catch a glimpse into the lives of the rich, famous and ever-elegant (all the while adhering to our favourite dress code: pajamas).
The Queen of the Tearling Series by Erika Johansen
Long live the reign of bada$$ princesses! If you’re in search of an immersive fantasy series with both a strong and relatable lead, The Queen of the Tearling series is the adventure-in-a-book that you need. Despite the action, however, the heroine of this series is, above all else, a girl who loves books and learning. And since we know how fulfilling it is to read books where we can imagine ourselves as the main character, we’re confident that you will meet your literary match in Erika Johnson’s The Queen of the Tearling.
I Heart Series by Lindsey Kelk
If money weren’t an object and it were up to us, fellow readers, we’d have traveled across the world and back by now (favourite books-in-tow, of course). But though life on a budget may not be glamourous, with the right story, it can certainly be fun! With an accompanying book for each of our top #vacationgoals, Lindsey Kelk’s I Heart Series will fulfill your wanderlust while ensuring that you’ll never have to choose between being sufficiently well-read and well-travelled again.
The Last Kingdom Series by Bernard Cornwell
We haven’t been led astray so far when it’s come to having really, really good books make really, really good TV. We’re partial to books, though, so no matter how wonderfully The Last Kingdom translates to TV, we wouldn’t trade for anything the original world that’s created in our minds when the power of the imagination meets the splendor of storytelling.
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