I love to read. To know me is to know that reading is a big part of my life and daily routine; I spend at least 30 minutes every day reading. I usually carry a book with me everywhere I go. So I thought I would share my top 5 favorite book series of all time. Not all of these are super popular, but the writing and characters are so good! I hope these books bring light to your day and provide a screen-free way to escape the world.
“Redemption” series by Karen Kingsbury
I am a huge fan of Karen Kingsbury. Every time a new book comes out, I grab it on release day, along with my favorite venti drink from Starbucks. I just love how she writes authentically about relationships and issues. The Redemption series is the first set of books in the Baxter Family series. In this first series of five books, you will meet each of the Baxter children as they walk through redemption. It is a beautiful series, and by the end, you will want to move on to the next group of books with the Baxter kids.
“Mya Davis” series by Erynn Mangum
Erynn writes beautiful female characters. They all love a good cup of coffee, which makes me love her series even more. Mya Davis is my favorite because Erynn has been writing about her for the longest. There are currently five books in the series, and they are each a gem. Mya grows in her faith and relationships while being one of the best coffee baristas. Once you enter this coffee show, you will not be able to go back, and you will probably find yourself grabbing some cinnamon rolls on your next grocery run.
Jenny has a knack for writing the most hilarious elderly people on the planet. From nosy grandmas to crazy aunts, these characters are secondary to the main story of each series. Still, these women are why I keep coming back time after time. Enchanted Events Mystery series is the latest series from Jenny. If you love a good mystery with some good old-fashioned Southern sass with a dash of swoon-worthy love story, you will love this series.
“To All The Boys I Loved Before” by Jenny Han
Before the movies on Netflix, there was a series of books. I highly recommend To All The Boys I Loved Before. Jenny writes seamlessly about sisterhood, family, and the ups and downs of first love so well. It is a relatable series for anyone who has felt fear around love and has found themselves stuck between a rock and a hard place in the process. So good; and if you aren’t a reader and are still reading this list, you can always catch the first two books on Netflix (and read our article about that here).
“A Hannah Swensen Mystery” by Joanne Fluke
This 26-book series has been made into Hallmark Mystery movies and are great to get into if you have more time on your hands than usual. This is a cozy mystery series, and while there are no graphic images of murder, you’ll stumble upon a good old-fashioned who-done-it, with a side of meddling mothers and a love triangle. Plus, there are recipes in every book that you can try with your family and give to your neighbors.
Happy reading, dear friends! I hope these series meet you where you are, and you enjoy the journey.
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