Today is World Book Day, an annual event focused on promoting the joy books can bring to young children.
We spoke previously about some of the amazing book and audiobook apps available to download, and in this special blog we’re discussing the greatest book series to grace our shelves.
It’s hard to talk about children’s books (and books in general!) without bringing up J.K. Rowling’s record-breaking series about a boy wizard and his quest to defeat the Dark Lord Voldemort.
The series contains seven books that span Harry’s first year at wizarding school Hogwarts right up until his successful final battle against Voldemort in his final year of study.
More than 500 million books from the series have been sold across the world and the books inspired the beloved film series starring Daniel Radcliffe as ‘The Boy Who Lived’, plus the spin-off series Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
The Lord of the Rings
One of the most popular book series of all time, J.R.R. Tolkien’s high fantasy tale tells the story of hobbit Frodo Baggins and his journey from the relative safety of his home in the Shire across Middle-earth to destroy the ‘One Ring to rule them all’, an incredibly powerful magical artefact that gives the wearer immense power.
Epic in every sense of the word, The Lord of the Rings series contains The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and The Return of the King and the series is highly recommend for fans of swords and sorcery.
A must-read series for any true science fiction fan, the Culture series from Scottish author Iain M. Banks focuses on an interstellar society of humanoids, aliens and advanced AI living in harmony (for a time anyway!) in habitats throughout the Milky Way galaxy.
The Culture series is renowned for its political discourse and examination of how various species might one day co-exist within the same galaxy.
Recognised today as one of the greatest science fiction series ever written, the Culture series continues to inspire wonder in readers across the world.