in which i discuss the book series that changed my life

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Hello, fellow bloggers!

I’ve had this blog for a little over a month now, and I realized that I hadn’t talked – enough – about my favorite series here. And more than gushy posts, my favorite ones to read is when people talk about how stories were able to change their lives and deeply mean something to them.

I think it’s so interesting how we have different relationships with books. A story that I may have just casually brushed upon can be someone else’s favorite book of life. And that’s because we are different people, after all, and books can move us for very different reasons.

So, because I haven’t endlessly talked about my top three favorite series of all times, there it goes:

1. PERCY JACKSON & THE OLYMPIANS

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Of course. Percy is my favorite character of all times, so of course my favorite series had to be his. Obviously there are a lot of other reasons as to why I love this series. Let me list them:

  1. It was the first fantasy series I truly commited to and therefore made me want to read more. Before Percy Jackson, I read nothing but girly children books – I was still 10, so that’s okay? – and after it, I started picking up more and more fantasy/dystopian series. I don’t think I’d have ever gravitated towards fantasy if it wasn’t for Percy Jackson. Even though it’s not my prefered genre nowadays, I’m still thankful for all the amazing series I picked up after PJO.
  2. It introduced me to the bookish fandom. My entire life has been dedicated to fandom, and I don’t recall a time in which I wasn’t obsessing over something. Whether that was Taylor Swift or Teen Wolf, fandom culture has always been a part of me. However, I only got to know the bookish fandom after reading Percy Jackson and starting my own Tumblr blog. I can’t say I made a lot of friends through it, because apparently being an awkward bean on social media has been my brand ever since I was 12, but I still have a lot of amazing memories. (And it taught me how to use Photoshop! So, there’s that!)
  3. It taught me a lot about Greek mythology. Thing is: we don’t learn about Greek myths in school in my country as you do in others. I had never even listened to Greek’s Gods names before this series. Obviously, Percy Jackson is just a re-imagining of most myths, but it opened me to a new world, one that I definitely became interested to know more about.

Percy Jackson was also the first book series by Rick Riordan I’ve ever read. All of his books mean a lot to me; they’ve introduced me to phenomenal characters, from all backgrounds, with very different stories, and I fell in love with every single one of them. To have a book series that makes you feel all things so deeply is definitely remarkable to me.

2. DIVERGENT

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In the midst of all the bookish fandom craziness, it’s not a surprise that I fell upon book series like Divergent. And though this one may be everyone’s least-favorites now, I still love it with all my heart.

Firstly, there’s Tris. I’ve always been more invested in male characters; is just how my world works. But things changed when I met Tris. To find a female character, whom I not only cared deeply about, but also identified with, was such a powerful moment for me. Tris is smart, brave and selfless. Her development throughout the series is one of my favorite things in the world: how she grows into a confident woman, but that is still so attached to her family and friends, doing anything to protect them.

On top of that, Four x Tris are my #1 favorite book couple. And I understand if some of you are rolling your eyes at that, because with the amount of new ships from the past years, how come I’m still this attached to them? That’s because they worked like a real couple should. Back in the day, I thought that if I was ever to be in a relationship (a choice that I no longer agree with, by the way), I’d want to be in a relationship like theirs. In which they respect and understand each other. In which they actually communicate their thoughts and feelings, and not only get carried away in misunderstandings. In which they fight, and argue, but fall back together, because they choose to do so.

3. THE MAZE RUNNER

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And, lastly, we have my broken babies, with The Maze Runner series. I feel like this was a trilogy that came to me in the moment that I needed it the most. Right before the first movie was released, I picked up The Maze Runner and I fell in love with it, badly. I remember it was my favorite book of the year 2013 (it’s been so long already? what?).

2013 was also one of the worst years of my life, as I had just moved schools, and was pretty much friendless. But these books offered me comfort and a friend group that was so much better than anything I could’ve ever wanted. When I was reading it, I didn’t care about other’s mean comments; I just focused on getting out of this maze, along with the characters.

(Also, I vividly remember reading this book during Math class and having my teacher yell at me. And though mortified, as soon as he handed me back the book, I continued to read, because the cliffhanger was too much, lol.)

I also watched as each movie adaptation was released, which was so important as well. Last year, I went to the theatres by myself to watch the last addition to the series – Death Cure – and though I was disappointed at how different the movie turned out to be from the original work, I was still sheding silent tears. It’s crazy to think there’s nothing else to anticipate, as I feel like the wait for Death Cure’s movie was endless. Ultimately, I’m so thankful for the amount of effort put in concluding this trilogy, and I couldn’t have requested for a better cast.

Let me know in the comments your favorite series & how they’ve impacted your life. I love sharing these stories with others! These are just my top 3 faves; obviously, I have a lot of other favorite series, but these are the ones that changed me the most. Which characters have been your best friends? And your first bookish fandom? Let me know!

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18 comentários sobre “in which i discuss the book series that changed my life

  1. meandinkblog 9 de fevereiro de 2019 / 13:35

    I love book series that have had a lasting impact on you. The only books I have read on your list is the maze runner and I really enjoyed it. Books can always offer you comfort when you need it, it’s why I love books so much!! And they did have a really good cast– they all seem like close friends!!
    I’ve heard really good things about Percy Jackson series but I have never picked it up.
    Beautiful creatures was one of the first series I truly loved and the throne of glass series introduced me to bookish online community— which I am so glad about!! So both of these are important to me.
    Great post!! Loved finding out more about important book series in your life. 💛💛

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    • thebookishskies 9 de fevereiro de 2019 / 18:41

      That’s right! I love the fact books can offer such comfort to us. I mentioned The Maze Runner, but there are many others which were there for me. It’s fun thinking about how much a simple story can be so meaningful.
      I remember watching the Beautiful Creatures movie and being one of the few people that actually really enjoyed it, hahah. It was cliché, but I loved the small town aesthetic? Hahah. I’ve never read Throne of Glass, but I’m glad it’s played an important role in your bookish online life.
      Thank you so much for the lovely comment! 💛

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      • meandinkblog 10 de fevereiro de 2019 / 08:48

        Yes books are always there for us!!
        Yeah I liked the movie too. It was cliché and the book is as well. But I read it when I was young so I would be interested to see what I thought if I were to read it again. It definitely has a small town aesthetic and the books does too.
        You’re welcome 💕

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  2. Aimal @ Bookshelves & Paperbacks 9 de fevereiro de 2019 / 18:21

    It’s always nice to reflect back and think on the books that really shaped your reading career! Percy Jackson was one of these for me, too, because it was the first fantasy I read after Harry Potter that caught my eye and told me that this was my favorite genre. For me, The Perks of Being a Wallflower was formative too, because I realized I enjoyed hard-hitting contemporary books that focus on complicated issues!

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    • thebookishskies 9 de fevereiro de 2019 / 18:44

      It is! I feel like Harry Potter was a starting point for a lot of people. I only read the series recently and I have yet to finish it, but I can see why so many people love it & have such a deep connection with it. I’ve never read Perks of Being a Wallflower and I’m certainly the opposite – I’d much rather read fluffy contemporaries than hard-hitting ones – but I’m glad this book made you find a new genre you love!
      Thanks for the comment!❣️

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  3. Aline @ Fully Booked 9 de fevereiro de 2019 / 22:12

    Aaah yes Percy Jackson is so important to me as well! it definitely got me into reading (along with Harry Potter), and reading fantasy specifically ahh. I love this post!

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    • thebookishskies 10 de fevereiro de 2019 / 17:30

      Thank you sooooo much, Aline! Percy Jackson and Harry Potter were a lot of people’s first series and I’m glad we can share the love & nostalgia for both of the series
      Thank you so much for the lovely comment! 💛

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  4. Emily 9 de fevereiro de 2019 / 23:23

    I totally agree with you on the Percy Jackson series. Anything having to do with that world I will read. I just love what Rick Riordan has done for representation and for educating kids on mythology! It’s such a feel good series.

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    • thebookishskies 10 de fevereiro de 2019 / 17:31

      Totally! I think he really grew as an author, and the fact he’s able to add so much representation into his series as well as supporting more own-voices authors really shows his effort into making the book world more diverse. I really appreciate his work as well!
      Thanks for your comment, Emily! 😊

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  5. Dezzy @ The Thoughtful Voice 10 de fevereiro de 2019 / 19:42

    Wonderful post, Lais! The Percy Jackson series (as well as The Heroes of Olympus) means a lot to me as well. It was also the first book series that I truly fell in love with, and the characters (especially Percy, Annabeth, and Nico) will always be close to my heart. 💙 I love how The Heroes of Olympus has so much diversity – this series first introduced to me the power and importance of representation. (And Nico was the first gay character I’ve ever read about.) Aahhh I truly adore the PJO/HOO series, and I can’t wait to reread it again!

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    • thebookishskies 11 de fevereiro de 2019 / 19:13

      Thank you so much, Dezzy!
      The Percy Jackson series really is glorious. And I’m so surprised Nico was the first gay character you’ve ever read about! That is sooooo awesome! Honestly, it just proves that representation is incredibly important. It warms my heart knowing that more kids are able to see themselves in a book from an early age, thanks to HOO. I certainly didn’t have a book I could 100% relate with growing up, so I’m happy that other kids out there will have a much better experience than I did.
      Thank you so much for the lovely comment! 💛

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  6. Uma @Books.Bags.Burgers. 11 de fevereiro de 2019 / 00:18

    The top three series that changed my life were Harry Potter, Percy Jackson and The Grishaverse books! Harry Potter taught me way too much…so many life lessons. Percy Jackson OMG I just love how amazing the characters are and I relate to them so much. And both in PJO and Grisha trilogy, the diversity is amazing and both series deal with real world problems in a fantasy setting and just..i Love them!!

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    • thebookishskies 11 de fevereiro de 2019 / 19:15

      Ahhh, The Grishaverse! That’s so nice! I haven’t read the trilogy yet, but I’m happy it has made such a positive impact in your life. That’s true: diverse books are very, very important and can be truly life-changing, especially when you can see yourself in them.
      Thank you so much for your comment, Uma! ❣️

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  7. Marie 11 de fevereiro de 2019 / 10:33

    This is such a great idea for a post – it’s so great to look back at these series that made us love reading or just, had such an impact on us, isn’t it :) I read The Maze Runner and Divergent a while ago and, if they didn’t quite hit me as hard as they did for you, they still were important books in my reader’s life for sure and I really enjoyed them :)
    Wonderful post! <3

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    • thebookishskies 11 de fevereiro de 2019 / 19:19

      Thanks, Marie!
      I totally understand that – it’s probably how I feel with The Hunger Games, for example. Even though the books didn’t hit me deeply and my opinion on them has changed a lot over the years, it’s still an important series for my reader’s life overall.
      Thank you so much for your comment! ❣️

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  8. Julianna @ Paper Blots 11 de fevereiro de 2019 / 21:07

    I love this post so much!! 💖💛💗 It was so interesting to read about these books, and it’s so cool that you still like Divergent (I used to be OBSESSED but I’m not anymore, lol) although it was STRANGE when Four put his hand across Tris’ stomach?? WHAT WAS THAT

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    • thebookishskies 12 de fevereiro de 2019 / 18:05

      Thank you so muchhhh! Honestly, my twelve year old self FREAKING FLIPPED at that scene, not gonna lie. But now I guess it’s probably weird indeed, lol. I still love them, though!
      Thank you so much for the lovely comment! ❣️

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