Tuesday, September 29, 2015

15+ Fantasy Series to Read | Life after Harry Potter

Life After Harry Potter

I love this list of 10 new fantasy series to read after you finish Harry Potter.  I have a few more to add to the list that we loved -

The Chronicles of Narnia

We bought the audio book set on CD for Christmas one year, since we both loved reading them growing up.  We must have listened to the books at least half a dozen times.  We spend a lot of time in the car (even more before we moved), so they really helped fill the time.  It was a wonderful introduction to the worlds of magic and whimsy.  The racism is pretty blatant though, especially in the last book so we skipped that one pretty often.  I tried explaining that being dark doesn't make a person inherently evil but it was definitely confusing for them.

Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit. 

We listened to these with our kids too.  It really made me realize how the movies are much more violent than the books. It was a fun world to get immersed in.

The Princess Bride 

Not a series, but it was so fun to listen to this book.  I grew up with the movie and the book is just as entertaining if not more.  We watched the movie together after listening to this and the kids were transfixed.  They assigned all of their friends characters and staged plays for days.

Lemony Snickets and a Series of Unfortunate Events

Ryan is reading this with Avinash and Nandini in the evening.  They really laugh about it and have quite a few inside jokes from it.  Avinash is constantly looking for hidden meanings in the books but has yet to really find any, heehee.

The Giver

We loved the first book (a lot better than the movie, if you saw that).  The next book was terrible, as were most of the remaining two but we listened to all of them to find out what happened. She shifted worlds from the first book and then tried to integrate different stories and was not very successful.   The beginning of the third was back in the original world and that part I really enjoyed.

The Magicians

A group of college kids learning magic (as opposed to middle schoolers).  It is much darker and not for kids, but is an interesting read for adults.  Especially if you liked the Chronicles of Narnia.  We have listened to and read that series many times so we look it with a more critical eye.  It was interesting to hear this more adult take on it.

Any other good series to read on your list?

(Affiliate links included.  I also highly recommend checking these books out from the library.  Amazon is good too if you want to keep them in your collection.)


  1. My son is reading Five Kingdoms. For adults - I'm loving the Iron Druid Chronicles.

  2. Oh my goodness. I don't know why I didn't think of getting audio books for the kiddos. We've tried reading a few of these and apparently my reading ability isn't nearly thrilling enough to capture their attention.

  3. Nice list of books. Thanks for sharing with #What to Read Wednesday. Hope you will link-up again next week.

  4. We're making our way through Harry Potter right now, so I'm gonna save this post. Thanks!!

  5. "I tried explaining that being dark doesn't make a person inherently evil but it was definitely confusing for them." Yeah, classic fantasy has SO many problems like this... and modern fantasy isn't much better, sadly. Come on, authors and editors, get it together!


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