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Top 5 Favourite Book series + Aubible Audio Books | Life Of Dahlia

Hey, there all my lovely readers, as much as I’m loving doing all these beauty posts I have been wanting to branch out and write about some different subjects, today I’m sharing with you some of my favourite book series as well as some of my favourite Audible audiobooks.

I love reading, whether its reading traditional books, e-books or listening to audiobooks, I love them all. Like most people I love the feel of having a book in my hands, it’s like I’m diving into this secret world just for me. This is my favourite way to read a book but I love having my Kindle or E-reader for reading on the go or if I’m travelling.

Lately, due to some health conditions I’ve found it hard to sit down an read, I’m so tired that It can be a struggle, so I’ve been really enjoying buying audiobooks off of Audible, I purchased one of their subscriptions last year an I’ve got a lot of use out of it. I will listen to an audiobook along with reading my book it helps take some strain of off my brain or I just love listening to them alone while I’m doing other things or just having some relaxation time, it still lets me escape from the world for a bit just like reading does.

Here are some my favourite book series, some of these are newer to me and some I’ve had for a while:


Harry Potter by J.K Rowling

This one will always have a special place in my heart, I grew up reading this series, when my sister and I were growing up our Mum would read this to us before we went to bed. When we got older and started reading it ourselves and we could be taken back to Hogwarts and continue following Harry’s journey all over again. This is a series that I think is great for a wide audience whether you are a tween or young adult or well into your Adult years, it’s such a timeless story and I feel like it will be a staple in many readers collections for years to come.


The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

I love this series and it was really the only series that I had dived into after Harry Potter that made me want to read the story all over again. This really started my love for dystopia type stories, since reading The Hunger Games I’ve really been drawn in by these kinds of stories I’m not sure why but they just make for interesting reads.

This series doesn’t have magic like in Harry Potter but it does follow Katniss, who lives in one of the poorer districts, and after her sister is picked as a tribute for The Hunger Games volunteers in her place. This whole series is centred around her journey through The Hunger Games and the society she lives in. It was a wonderful read and one I would love to read many times over.


Divergent by Veronica Roth

Divergent is another favourite and I dived straight into this series after reading The Hunger Games. I felt like this story had some interesting twists and turns.

This story follows Tris through her journey in a post-apocalyptic dystopian Chicago, where she weaves her way through fractions and what it means to be divergent. If you liked The Hunger Games you’ll probably like this series.

I loved the movies for both the Harry Potter and Hunger Games series, But I’m super disappointed with the fact that they have left us hanging with not completing this story.


Partials Series by Dan Wells

This series is probably one that not a lot of people have heard of, its called Partials and it’s by Author Dan Wells, its similar to Divergent in that its set in a post-apocalyptic world where humans have all but mostly been wiped out. It’s interesting the fact that its based around genetics and trying to continue the existence of humans on earth.

The humans left have to share with a humanoid species called Partials which they created to use as soldiers but there was a war and the Partials were blamed for wiping out the humans. I don’t want to go into to much detail because I don’t want to ruin it for anyone, I recommend this one if you liked Divergent. Check it out via the link there should be a better summary of the story.


The 100 by Kass Morgan

This is a recent addition to my collection, I wanted to read this series because I love the TV series. What I didn’t expect is that the story is very different from the TV series, I guess the writers took a lot of artistic licenses. I still thoroughly enjoyed the books though and I’m kind of disappointed there aren’t more of them.

I feel like these are really easy to read and I was able to get through them in a week as the stories are actually quite short. There are still some similar main characters like Clarke & Bellamy, Wells also has a huge part of the story in the books, if you have seen the TV series you will know that he got killed off in series one. They also have a better relationship with the grounders/earthborns than in the TV series which kind of happens later on but there is always a bit of tension there.

The story is similar but things happen in the books that don’t in the series and vice versa. So if you have seen the series and are interested in reading the books be prepared that it’s a similar story but not exactly the same.

Favourite Audible Audio Books

The 100 series by Kass Morgan read by Phoebe Strole & Justin Torres

I loved pairing this with my books from the series but also it was just great to listen, what I really loved was that it was consistent throughout the series, that It had the same narrators for all four books. They were quite short though only about 6-7 hrs long in comparison to some of the other ones I have which are about 16-20 hrs.

The Mortal Instruments – Books 1 – 3 by Cassandra Claire read by Natalie Moore

I’m currently up to book 4 in this series but I really enjoyed the first three audio books for this more than the current one, I just prefer the narration by Natalie Moore, I felt she was great at telling the story through the different characters. I realise this is a long series but I was kind of disappointed getting to book four and it was a different narrator, It won’t stop me continuing to listen and I haven’t got far enough into number four to give a definitive review, I really just enjoyed listening to her narration.

The Maze Runner by James Dashner read by Mark Deakins

I’m only on book one of this series, due to some health problems I mainly listened to this one with the occasional reading of the book. I really enjoyed the narration of this and found it enjoyable to listen to, I did one long stint where I listened to it for a couple of hours when I was feeling quite exhausted and couldn’t do much else. I really enjoyed both the story and Mark Deakins narration of the story and I can’t wait to continue the rest of the series.

I’ve included links to the books or audiobook in case your interested but they aren’t affiliated or sponsored or anything like that.

One of my goals this year is to do more reading, It doesn’t matter to me if I’m actually reading or If I’m listening to the audiobook, I just want to read more, I have a semi-large collection and I am always finding more series that I’m interested in so I just want to enjoy it more. I feel like this will help with my health issues to just being able to escape and relax more.

What are your favourite book series that you have read? Have you read any of the ones mentioned? let me know in the comments, I would love some recommendations.


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erin applebee

Erin Applebee is an Artist, Photographer, Graphic Designer, and Beauty Blogger from Adelaide, South Australia. Currently only posting to my beauty blog regularly Life of dahlia.

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