It’s vacation season and the perfect time to dive deep into some long running series and lose yourself in worlds and character you love. If you are looking for something to lose yourself in now that you have a bit of time, well, we have you covered.
Check out all these awesome reads to fill up those hot summer days:
Harry Bosch Series by Michael Connelly
At 20 books long, Harry Bosch is well established and still going strong, with the 21st book coming out this year. Even after retirement from the LAPD, Bosch hasn’t lost his stride as he shifts to work as a private investigator who lends his expertise to his old place of work when needed. Pick up any book in the series and work your way through all of them.
If you liked this series you can also try: The Prey series by John Sandford (28 books) and The Dismas Hardy series by John Lescroart (17 books).
Kinsey Milhone Series by Sue Grafton
Work your way through the alphabet with Sue Grafton, but be warned, the series ends with Y and it has been announced that there will be no Z. Even without Z, there is a lot to keep you entertained in this stellar 25 book mystery series.
If you liked this series you can also try: The Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich (24 books) and The Women’s Murder Club series by James Patterson (17 books).
Inspector Gamache Series by Louise Penny
A much beloved Canadian mystery series is next on our list. Set in a small village in Quebec with a classic detective fiction feel, readers might have an easier time working through the 14 titles that comprise this series to date; and with just as many fascinating twists and turns to keep you engaged.
If you liked this series you can also try: Elizabeth George’s novels
In Death Series by J.D. Robb
Let’s wind out the mystery series with the longest collection we are listing, and one that adds a bit of romance and a touch of sci-fi. This police procedural series is set in the future and features Murder Detective Eve Dallas as she hunts down the worst the future has to offer. She also reluctantly collects an amazing and eclectic group of friends to help her deal with things in her downtime and keeps the series fresh even after 46 books.
If you liked this series you can also try: The Fox and O’Hare series by Janet Evanovich and Nora Roberts’ Suspense novels.
Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon
Gabaldon noted that The Lord John Gray novels intersect with the world of Outlander, largely with the novel voyager, so if you really want a challenge you can read both series together in the order Gabaldon recommends. Or, if you prefer, just lose yourself in Jamie and Claire’s epic time travel romance, spanning 8 books so far.
If you liked this series you can also try: The Lord John Gray series by Diana Gabaldon and Susanna Kearsley’s novels.
Dark Hunter Series by Sherrilyn Kenyon
No list is complete without a few vampires. The Dark-Hunter series features a group of immortal warriors who have taken on the task of protecting humanity from the blood suckers who go bump in the night in exchange for a single act of vengeance when they die. Only souls who cry out for vengeance when they die are indoctrinated, so heroes are invariably tortured and broody. If this is your catnip dive in and see if you can make your way through the whole 27 book series.
If you liked this series you can also try: The Argeneau series by Linsey Sands (for a more comedic Canadian vampire twist) or the Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.R. Ward.
Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan
Robert Jordan is iconic high fantasy, chronicling the battle between servants of the Dark One and the Dragon Reborn, who fights on the side of the light. The series was originally intended to be 6 books but now spans 14 titles and two authors. If you want to lose yourself in the quests and trials of high fantasy, this is a good choice for you.
If you liked this series you can also try: The Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind and A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin.
Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold
An amazing tale of science fiction. It focuses primarily on the adventures of Miles Vorkosigan as he gets himself into one unbelievable fix after another, and back out again. One of his first adventures involves the accidental creation of an entire fleet of space mercenaries at age seventeen. I flew all sixteen of these books and plan to read them again.
The Dark Tower Series by Stephen King
“The Dark Tower series tells the story of Roland Deschain, Mid-World’s last gunslinger, who is traveling southeast across Mid-World’s post-apocalyptic landscape, searching for the powerful but elusive magical edifice known as The Dark Tower. Located in the fey region of End-World, amid a sea of singing red roses, the Dark Tower is the nexus point of the time-space continuum. It is the heart of all worlds, but it is also under threat. Someone, or something, is using the evil technology of the Great Old Ones to destroy it.
Inspired in equal parts by Robert Browning’s poem, “Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came,” J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, and Sergio Leone’s spaghetti Western classics, The Dark Tower series is an epic of Arthurian proportions.” – StephenKing.com
If you liked this series you can also try: Neil Gaiman’s novels.
The Liberty Bell Series by Gilbert Morris
Set in England and America around the time of the American Revolution, The Liberty Bell series follows the lives and loves of a family divided by war. The linchpins of the series are Daniel Bradford and Lyna Lee Bradford, whose lives take them to opposite sides of the Revolutionary War without dimming their love for one another. The series follows the pair and their children from the years leading up to the war right trough until Independence is won. It deftly weaves family, faith and history into a 7 book series you won’t be able to put down.
If you liked this series you can also try: T. Davis Bunn or Brodie Theone’s novels
Long Running Series for Teens
Lorien Legacies Series by Pittacus Lore
“The series follow the story of nine human-looking aliens brought to Earth when they were six years old. Their purpose is to grow into their powers and return to their planet, Lorien, and get it back from the evil Mogadorians. The teenagers have been protected by a charm, which only allows them to be killed in a set order, and by non-gifted guardians called Cêpan.
Up to the beginning of the first book, six have survived and reached 15 years. As their powers, their Legacies, start to develop they can’t stay hidden anymore.” – Goodreads
Zom-B Series by Darren Shan
A 12 book series told in the first person by B Smith, a teenage survivor in a world inhabited with zombies. Outbreaks begin in Ireland but spread and eventually infect individuals in B’s school are infected he must team up with whoever he can to survive. Through the series B must struggle to find a place in a world of racism, zombies and darkness. Lose yourself in the apocalypse this summer.
Long Running Series for Junior Readers
The Camp Half-Blood Chronicles by Rick Riordan
The Camp Half Blood Chronicles encompass three very popular series by Rick Riordan and should keep kids devouring books all summer. The collection starts off with Percy Jackson and the Olympians, in which Percy and his demigod friends fight mythological monsters and the forces of the titan lord Kronos. Then a new generation of demigods emerge and enter camp half-blood in the Heroes of Olympus. Finally the chronicles brings us from demigods to gods themselves when Apollo is sentenced by Zeus to live on earth as a mortal.
Unwanteds Series by Lisa McMann
Creativity is under attack in the dystopian Unwanteds series. Children in the world of the series are sorted into groups at age thirteen. Intelligent children are labelled wanted, artistic children are labelled Unwanted and sent away to die and others are Necessary, and do the work needed to support the society. But what if the Unwanteds didn’t die when they were sent away, what if they instead found themselves in a world of magic. Find out what happens in this seven book saga that deals with the tension between magic, non-magic and twins divided.
The Warriors Universe by Erin Hunter
It can be hard to keep track of all the books in the Warrior’s Universe but there is no shortage of kids doing so. The series follows the adventures of four Clans of wild cats—ThunderClan, ShadowClan, WindClan,and RiverClan —in their forest and lake homes, who look up to StarClan, the spirits of their warriors ancestors, who guide the four clans. There are currently six sub-series, each containing six books, giving you 36 books to enjoy before you spread out to her stories about other animals.
The Bailey School Kids Series by Debbie Dadey
The adults in Bailey City sure are strange! Explore the 50+ series starting with whatever adventure you want, be it vampire teachers or gargoyle bus drivers. This series is for younger readers and is worth getting lost in this summer. The Bailey School Kids books are lovely because each one stands alone so you can pop in and out as you please.
Redwall Series by Brian Jacques
Redwall, like The Warriors, bring us into the world of animal adventures, but in this world they are knights, warriors and medieval heroes. The animals of Redwall Abbey are peaceful by nature—yet when they encounter evil, the kind-hearted mice, hares, and otters are brave in the face of battle. In this epic 22 book series, adventure abounds, legends are made, and friendships are formed.