I was thinking about book trilogies lately and realized that I have only read five trilogies (that I can remember). Most of the books I read are either stand alone, or in longer series (4+ books).
5. The Larklight Trilogy by Philip Reeve.
The lovely Miss Jack introduced me to these books and Philip Reeve, their lovely author. I did a review on this trilogy sometime last year. You can find the link on the "books" tab.
I really enjoyed this trilogy. The characters were great and the writing was very unique. I am amazed at how creative Philip Reeve is! There are some things to watch out for (some bad words and something in the third book... see my review) but otherwise, these are great books!
4. The Leviathan Trilogy by Scott Westerfeld.
I did a review of these as well.
Ohhh my goodness. These are amazing books. They are set in an alternate version of World War One where machines are up against fabricated beasties.
Scott Westerfeld manages to keep things historically accurate, yet puts his own spin on things. He mixes real people with his own characters (which are amazing). Also, the books are illustrated by the very talented Keith Thompson - whose drawings are in black and white and are VERY detailed. That's one of my favorite parts of the books.
3. The Doll People by Ann. M. Martin (and some other people).
The Doll People, The Meanest Doll in the World, and The Runaway Dolls.
I don't remember the first time I read/listened to/was read these books... but they have remained some of my favorite children's books since I was a very young girl. I've always been a fan of dolls and what's not to like about dolls coming to life? These are great books, especially for younger children. I recently re-read them... They went by a lot quicker than I remembered! And the writing style is kind of simple - something a little girl wouldn't notice.
2. The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall.
Oh my goodness... I LOVE these books so much. They are about four sisters and their Hound. They get into so many adventures and are portrayed so realistically... These are great books for all ages. When she wrote these books, Jeanne Birdsall wanted to capture the books she grew up reading: E. Nesbit, Eva Ibbotson, and those types of authors (who write clean, appropriate stories about siblings just being siblings). I've said it before that I love books about siblings and The Penderwicks are tied with The Enchanted Castle for having the best sibling-adventure stories.
Next year, this won't be able to fit into the trilogy category, because that's when the fourth book comes out. And a fifth is planned to come out in the future as well.
1. Lord of the Rings!
Of course! Tolkien is my favorite author and, despite the fact that I have been reading The Two Towers for almost a year now, The Lord of the Rings are some of my most favorite books ever.
And now a few honorable mentions.... The Crater series by Homer Hickam. It is supposed to be a trilogy, but only the first two books are out so far. And I haven't even read the first one yet... But I thought I'd mention it.
Also, the No Place Like Holmes series is going to be a trilogy, I believe.
And lastly... Inkheart by Cornelia Funke. I love Inkheart... But when I tried to read the rest of the trilogy... eh.... I didn't like it very much. It got a lot darker, which I didn't like. And also, she killed off my favorite character! I've noticed that when I my favorite character dies/when I know they are going to die, I tend to stop reading series. It happened with Inkheart, The Hunger Games, and Fever Crumb. Let that be a warning to you authors out there - kill my favorite character and you lose me as a reader! I'm just kidding.
How about you all? Do you read many trilogies? What are some of your favorites?
Live long and prosper!