It has been a while since I've done a Favorite Things post that hasn't been connected to some poll going on somewhere on the Internet. In thinking what I wanted to do next I realized that I have never done a post on my favorite Fantasy Series. Since these are the books I reread the most often that seemed remiss.
So here they are in the order I read and fell in love them:
The Chronicles of Prydain: I read The Black Cauldron and The Castle of Llyr when I was 8. Somehow I missed the existence of the other three books until later. Still, this counts as my first true fantasy obsession as I read the two I knew about several times and spent a great deal of time running around my neighborhood pretending to be Princess Eilonwy. It has been a joy these past couple of months to watch Bit read and fall in love with these books too.
A Wrinkle in Time and companions: I discovered A Wrinkle in Time when I was in the 5th grade and pretty much went on a Madeleine L'Engle binge, reading everything in my school library with her name on it. A Wrinkle in Time is the book I have reread the most, but I adored the whole series and everything about the Murry family.
The Chronicles of Narnia: I didn't read these until I was in middle school. I read The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe in sixth grade and the others sporadically through the years after that. My favorite is The Horse and His Boy, which I know is controversial. Don't care. I love Shasta and Aravis and everything about their journey. This is followed closely by The Voyage of the Dawn Treader as my second favorite.
Harry Potter: Yes, I adore Harry Potter. Despite seeing the flaws in the later books I love love love them. Strangely enough it isn't because of Harry himself, I actually always had very little interest in him. These books were all about Ron and Hermione for me. Individually, not just as a couple. (Confession: I think Harry would be kind of a boring person to hang out with actually.)
The Queen's Thief: Do you notice how I always manage to include these books in some way on almost every Favorite Things list I do? (See here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here.) Am I obsessed? Yep. A little bit. That's because they are the best books I have ever read. Ever. The love I have for them knows no bounds and will never diminish. I have them all downloaded as e-books (as well as owning actual copies of course) so that they are always with me on my iPod wherever I go. I have my favorite parts book marked and read them whenever I have to wait anywhere. I read the entire series at least once a year, sometimes twice.
The Oxford Time Travelers: There is so much to love about these. Oxford. Time Travel. Great Literary References. Awesome Characters. Swoon Worthy Romance. Yes they are filled with it all. What is amazing is how they balance humor and tragedy and show the human condition at its best and worst. They are just all kinds of awesome.
Chrestomanci Chronicles: Of all the series Diana Wynne Jones wrote this is my favorite. And that's saying something as I adore all of her books. There is something about Christopher Chant that has embedded him in my heart like no other character of hers though. I think it might be his flirtation with the dark side and his obvious love, though absent minded, of his wife and family. All of the characters in this series favorites of mine though and the books are full of great adventure and magic.
You can find more fantasy series (and trilogies) I adore here. There are several other first in a series or trilogy books I've read recently that may be added soon. I'm waiting to see if their sequels live up to the beginnings. (If N.D. Wilson's Ashtown Burials continue to go the way of the first two books. It will definitely become an all time favorite.)
Feel free to share your favorites too.