Book series that get better with every installment are the best type of series. Listed below are some series that improved with each book for this Top Five Wednesday.
The Shades of Magic trilogy by V.E. Schwab– One of my reading goals for this summer was to read the entire Shades of Magic trilogy, which includes A Darker Shade of Magic, A Gathering of Shadows, and A Conjuring of Light. This series is among the most loved books in the book blogging community, so I knew it was time for me to pick it up. While the Shades of Magic trilogy wasn’t my favorite, I did enjoy reading these books, and I was impressed by how the cast of characters grew with each installment (Hastra, Alucard, and Rhy are my faves).
The To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before series by Jenny Han– When I read To All the Boys Before back in May 2015, I thought it was another cute and heart-warming read and was pretty excited to pick up the next book, P.S. I Still Love You. I ended up loving this second book about Lara Jean and the Song sisters even more, and my heart squealed when Jenny Han announced in 2016 that this once-duology would be turned into a trilogy, finishing with Always and Forever, Lara Jean. Always and Forever, Lara Jean was everything I could have hoped for in this series conclusion, and I love how much Lara Jean and her story grows throughout the series.
The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins– I’m one of the very few people who consider Mockingjay their favorite book in The Hunger Games trilogy. I KNOW IT’S VERY DEPRESSING, BUT IT WAS JUST SO GOOD! I obviously love the first two books as well, with The Hunger Games having so much action and setting the scene and more plot movement in Catching Fire, but I just remember being obsessed with Mockingjay and the way this series finished.
The A Court of Thorns and Roses trilogy by Sarah J. Maas– The A Court of Thorns and Roses trilogy is one of my all-time favorite series, and I really enjoyed seeing the ACOTAR world and cast of characters grow and improve with each installment (not to mention how much more gorgeous fan art came out with each book). I have reviews for A Court of Thorns and Roses, A Court of Mist and Fury, and A Court of Wings and Ruin on the blog.
Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling– It’s no surprise that I think each Harry Potter book is amazing in its own way, but I must admit that I love the final three books in the series a bit more than the first four. I enjoy seeing Harry Potter and friends a bit more mature and older, even as their story grows darker. When asked which is my favorite book in the series, I always struggle to choose between Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (ranting sidenote: I really don’t like seeing people put down Order of the Phoenix because of ‘angsty’ Harry, he was facing a really dark and depressing time in his life) and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.
Top 5 Wednesday is a collaborative group of book bloggers from various platforms who love sharing lists on Wednesdays. The T5W group can be found here on Goodreads.