19 January 2011

Thank Heaven There's More Challenge

The Big Sister's all-time
favorite series, well, at
the moment.
There are some books like Wings by E.D. Baker that I wish could be the first in a series. (Just in case E.D. Baker is a fan of BFWP and reads my post today, "will you please write a sequel to Wings?") But we aren't going to talk about wishes, we are going to talk about sequels, trilogies, and series.

I (The Big Sister) invite you to participate in the Thank Heaven There's More Challenge by telling us about good books that part of a series, a trilogy or have a sequel. Don't be afraid to write a VERY long list (like me) and I will definitely come back to add more to my list of favorites!

We are in the middle of updating Covering the Globe and there are still a LOT of places that BFWP has not been, so please, share us with your friends. Happy Reading!

Please use the following format for your comment:
Title of the Series/Book, Author, and your thoughts on the Challenge.

The Big Sister reading a favorite in the
Enola Holmes Series!

Magic Tree House and
Geronimo Stilton
Gotta Love Mr. Putter
and Mercy Watson!
The Birchbark House
and The Rose Series

The Chronicles of Narnia!
(We all love these!)


  1. First, I have to start by Congratulating the Big Sister -she did a fine job on this Challenge (She typed most of it and only had a little help from me with the photos!)

    I have too many favorites so I will begin with one:
    Thanks to my brother who introduced me to Paul Auster, The New York Trilogy is one of my favorites (I own it and have re-read it and enjoy it differently with each new reading.)

    I promise to post more... a LIST!!

    Thanks Big Sister!

  2. The Tales of the Frog Princess
    by E.D.Baker

    As in the photo above, this is my favorite series currently. I like it because it has twists, like the princess always saves the prince and as the title of the first book: it's the Frog Princess, NOT the Frog Prince!

    I will definitely post a list of my favorites soon!

  3. Harry Potter
    by J.K. Rowling

    I'm sure this is a no brainer for quite alot of people across the world. I find that alot of books try to recreate the magic of this series and they always fall flat. The thing is its not always the book you enjoyed thoroughly thats the one you just want to pick up and read whenever you need a good book. JK Rowling created a whole world basically where you could just wander forever. There is always something i didn't notice the time i read them before, and i'm positive that once you've read a book more than 8 times thats rather hard :)

    Percy Jackson and the Olympians
    by Rick Riordan

    These are some of the most amazing and creative books that I've ever read and i actually got interested in greek Mythology from reading the first one. And I find every time he comes out with a new series like The Red Pyramid that I fratically prepare for them by reading as many Myths as possible! :)

    The Lioness Quartet
    by Tamora Pierce

    I dont always enjoy books that are magical and have knights and emperors and kings and queens. I find that they usually feel like repeats of classics. I absolutely love it when i can find a series that has a fresh fell or no matter what the story line is that you want to keep reading. All of Tamora Pierce's books i thoroughly enjoyed. Up to a certain point when I feel after several series i felt she had exhausted her imagination. I really like them not because of the magic but how it really seemed real even though it was a completely different world then the present it was almost like a magical version of our world.

    The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flammel
    by Micheal Scott

    These are amazing new inspiring and plain out AWESOME there is nothing more to say than that :)

    Thank you so much for the challenge I'de love to see some of the other series you love! :) I have so much fun doing these!

  4. Well, I already told you about this series in the blizzard challenge, but I've decided to mention it again because I love it so much. . . The Isabel Dolhousie series by Alexander McCall Smith. I finished the last one in December and I'm sad to have to wait until next fall to get the eighth book!

    Alexander McCall Smith also has a series of children's books about a young hero named Akimbo. Our library has them on CD too! My five-year-old daughter loves them.

    Does anyone out there know of other books that star an intelligent, witty editor as the main character? Maybe that seems like an unusual question. . . but if anyone can help me, I bet it is You Four at Books for Walls! Thanks!

  5. oh! so many great series listed!

    i GASPED for joy in the library yesterday when i saw that there was a new amelia peabody mystery (egypt, archaeology). i also love alexander mccall smith's series, i just read the latest in the isabel dalhousie series, too! :)

    i remember a futuristic series that starred an awesome disabled man as the hero - mikes vorkosigan. i don't usually like futuristic books, but this one, oh yes. it is by lois mcmaster bujold.

    of course, lord of the rings, hobbit.

    i also love the new series by gail carriger, soulless is the first. LOVE it!

    let me think. i love books - great challenge, big sis! :)

  6. This is awesome! Good job "Big Sister!"

    I am a HUGE fan of the L.M. Montgomery "Anne" Series. There are 8 lovely books.... along these same lines there are the "Emily" books: Emily Of New Moon, Emily Climbs, and Emily's Quest.
    Lovely stuff!

    I also cannot get enough of "Eight Cousins" and "Rose in Bloom" by Louisa May Alcott.

    This is all really cool :) Great job you guys (gals)

  7. The Anne of Green Gabels collection is one of my favorites! Anne of Green Gables, Anne of the Island, Anne of Avonlea, Anne of Windy Poplars, Anne's House of Dreams, Anne of Ingleside, Rainbow Valley, and Rilla of Ingleside, all written by L.M. Montgomery.
    I have always been smitten of Anne!! She has such spirit and determination. I love her sense of humor and her loyalty to her friends. She is innocent and dramatic, all at once.

  8. Anonymous8:47 PM

    Great job niece...errr...big sister! I just love this one. There are so many series I remember loving as a young girl. The numero UNO is The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis. As an adult, I've read other works of his, he's the kind of author that challenges your imagination for a lifetime. : )

    I also enjoyed Roald Dahl, anything that combines a love of chocolate with imagination is OK with me. ; ) Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator.

    There's always Beverly Cleary's The Mouse and the Motorcycle and Runaway Ralph. Oh how I could not put those books down!

    As an adult, I don't read as many series or sequels anymore. I guess I need someone to suggest something really good like Paul Auster (like Uncle Chris has recommended) I just jump from book to book to book! The closest thing to a series that I read now is sitting down with a National Geographic magazine and soaking in more about the great wide world and all of the amazing people out there. And then, I grab other good, but very different books. And I enjoy being immersed in things like chocolate, great lions, and really big and sometimes small adventures.

    Thanks Big Sister/Niece. This was a great challenge indeed! I love you.

  9. We are sad. The Mom just finished reading an amazing trilogy to The Sisters.

    Isabel Allende, known for her magical realism, began with City of Beasts, set in the Amazon. Then took us to the Himalayas in The Kingdom of the Golden Dragon. Finally we were warmed by the heat of equatorial Africa as she completed the adventurer's journey in Forest of the Pygmies.

    The Little Sister says, "my favorite characters are Baroba, the monkey and Nadia also known as Eagle. I wish they would go on an adventure in Michigan."

    The Big Sister says, "I think Nadia is my favorite character because we have a lot in common (hee hee.)I also thoroughly enjoy Alex and Boroba. I really like the series because it show that young people can save the world in lots of different ways if we let them."

    The Mom says, "these books really are wonderful, BUT I read them aloud and had to edit some scenes to make them reasonable for The Sisters. The trilogy brilliantly weaves religion, spirituality, cultures and adventures into stories that we all will read again and again."

    Now we have to pick what to read next... we think we have it figured out!

    Thanks for all of the enthusiasm. And Zane we'll work on the request, perhaps we'll have to enlist the aid of our favorite librarians!

  10. I'll begin my contribution with 2 "Chronicles" that came to mind immediately, both sci-fi/fantasy, one for youngers (8-12), one for olders (c. 18 +). For the younger ones (and that could be any of us): The Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander, beginning with book 1, The Book of Three. For the olders: The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, the Unbeliever, by Stephen Donaldson, beginning with book 1, Lord Foul's Bane. When this book appeared in the late 70's it was one of those things that had those of us who got involved (including some of the better readers among my high school students) waiting impatiently for the next volume, then the next... Donaldson is an amazing writer and I admit to having to read him with a really good dictionary close by.
    I lost track of his work after the first book of the second chronicles, but I just checked, and a "final" book was just published in 2010. I might see if I'm up to revisiting "The Land."

  11. Sometimes when I get started it's hard to stop. Anela gave me a push with her comment about Greek Mythology and I rolled right into Mary Renault. These are classics: The 2 Theseus novels: The King Must Die and The Bull from the Sea; ancient Greek culture and philosophy in The Last of the Wine, The Mask of Apollo, The Praise Singer; then there's Alexander: Fire from Heaven, The Persian Boy, The Nature of Alexander. All fiction except for the biography of Alexander.

    Next stop, Arthurian Legends.

  12. Still my refuge when I'm feeling down: things Arthurian. I listed these in an earlier challenge, long since lost to mind, I suspect, so here we go again.

    Marion Zimmer Bradley: The Mists of Avalon and The Forest House.

    Mary Stewart: The Crystal Cave, The Hollow Hills, The Last Enchantment

    Stephen R. Lawhead: Taliesin, Merlin, Arthur

    Gillian Bradshaw: Hawk of May, Kingdom of Summer, In Winter's Shadow.

    And that's enough for a while

  13. So many good books! The Sisters are amazed at all the opportunity for winter reading and beyond...

    Thanks everyone,
    this is really inspiring!

  14. I love mystery series, and my new favorite is the Maisie Dobbs series by Jacqueline Winspear.

    Also have read all these:

    The Sunday Philosophy Club, by Alexander McCall Smith
    The inspector Lynley mysteries by Elizabeth George

  15. Harry Potter and Percy Jackson, obviously. Beyond that I just found a series of little books (both short in length and small in size) at the TC library called the Eddie Dickens trilogy. They are british humor and word play balled up into tragic orphan adventures that are hilarious in the quirkiest ways. They sort of feel like the Series of Unfortunate events only with more word play and a faster pace, add in mad tangents.

  16. This is my list of some of my favorite book series!
    The Enola Holmes series by Nancy Springer,
    The Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander, little house, The Rocky Ridge Years by Roger Lea MacBride, the Anne of Green Gables novels by L.M. Montgomery, the Sisters Grimm series by Michael Buckley, The Chronicles of Narnia C.S.Lewis

    And these is just some!!

  17. I'm glad to see Lloyd Alexander is still being read-he was one of my "gateway" authors when I was younger.

    I'm a Stephen King fan and I highly recommend his Dark Tower series, beginning with "The Gunslinger".

    Anything from Terry Pratchett's Discworld series is phenominally funny and mysterious, being set in a fictional medieval world where witches bargain, wizards teach classes at the university between long naps and long meals, an orangutan runs the library, and vampires have sworn off blood (well, most of them). I would begin with "Night Watch" if you like whodonits or, really recommended for the Sisters: "A Hat Full of Sky", about a young, down to earth witch-in-training called Tiffany Aching. It also has one of the best characters in fiction: Granny Weatherwax (what an awesome name!)

  18. Arwen in Pointe Shoes3:03 PM

    My all time favorite trilogy is The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien. I am TOTALLY obsessed with them! (I can even speak the Elvish language!) My second favorite is The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart (recommended for The Sisters!). And third favorite is The Chronicles of Narnia.
    4- the Gail Carson Levine books! Fairest, Ella Enchanted and The Two Princesses of Bamarre
    5- well, I have a LOT of books tied for this place: The Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell; The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo; the Laura Ingalls Wilder books and the Rose series (which happens to be my name too!)

    And of course, the book that I'm writing goes on my list! In fact, I'm writing 6 at the moment!

  19. Love all these Arwen (Rose;)) --6 books, how wonderful-- with a selection of books like these, we bet we'll love your books someday too! We certainly have similar taste in books.

    Did you hear? Gail Carson Levine has a new book? http://www.gailcarsonlevine.com/tcas.html A Tale of Two Castles --we haven't heard the reviews yet, but it's a mystery!

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  21. The Penderwicks, The Penderwicks on Gardam Street, and The Penderwicks at Point Mouette by Jeanne Birdsall

    These are tied with the Frog Princess Series (E.D. Baker) as my favorite series. I read all three in about two weeks which I have never done in my whole life (my ten, well, almost 11 years!)

    They take hard things like a mother dying a week after the youngest sister Batty's born, and never knowing who your father is, and make them seem not as horrible or as bad as they seem. And they also take small things, like your dog hiding a two day old hard boiled egg under your bed, trying to look dignified in a bathrobe with crutches early in the morning and talking in your sleep, Jeanne makes them hysterical!

    Jeanne takes the whole boyfriend/girlfriend thing and makes me feel reassured --even though Rosalind and Tommy are 12 they plan to wait until they are 13 to start dating-- its much better than the references in other books.

    Even though sometimes the sisters don't get along they stick up for each other and it makes me feel all warm and happy inside!

    I feel like I am friend with the characters and know them well --these are definitely laugh out loud books!