1. Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan: I see so many kids reading this series at the school where I’m a teacher. They ALWAYS say that the books are really good. I even had one student tell me that I HAD to read it. What better reason is there?
2. The Grisha series by Leigh Bardugo: Ever since Shadow and Bone came out in 2012, I’ve heard nothing but good things about this series. I read mostly good reviews on various websites and blogs, so this is on my TBR list. –Diana
3. Seraphina by Rachel Hartman: This is another book that is highly recommended. It doesn’t hurt that it also won the William C. Morris Debut award. If I hurry and read it now, I’ll be ready for the sequel “Shadow Scale” due out on March 10. –Diana
4. The Lumatere Chronicles by Melina Marchetta: So this choice comes from my sister Sandie’s absolute love of Marchetta’s books. While I did read “Jellicoe Road”, I haven’t read this series. If “Jellicoe Road” is any indication, I know that these books are going to be fantastic. (Not to mention how much Sandie loves them). -Diana
5. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis: I read “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” “Prince Caspian,” and “The Voyage of the Dawn Treader,” but I never read ALL of the books in the series. I’d like to read them all and finally learn the fate of Narnia. -Diana
Sandie’s Picks: Two are sequels to series I started but didn’t finish (even though they’re now complete), and three are highly recommended series openers I’ve yet to delve into, despite owning them.