RST: My Favourite Series

This is just a short and quick post about my favourite series. I don’t have too many so I’ll only mention my ultimate favourites.

I haven’t completed a lot of series in my years of reading but the ones that I have completed are very near and dear to my heart.

The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

I swear one day I’ll probably get sick of talking about how this series is my favourite but it is not this day. My love for this series is spread far and wide across the universe and
these are not books I ever want to forget.

I’m currently in the process of rereading this series and at the time of writing this post, I’ve just finished City of Ashes. My love for this series and Cassie Clare’s writing grows with every new stitch of information that’s released. I don’t just love TMI, but all of Shadowhunter Chronicles. I don’t have time to reread a series I’ve already read, but I made time to squeeze this in.

I feel so happy when I’m in this world. There are things that annoy me and characters I absolutely cannot stand, but my love is unwavering.

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

Here’s a secret: I’ve only read the Harry Potter series once. I am a big fan of the series but every time I decide to do a marathon I get distracted and I turn to something else. Now the movies, those I can watch till my eyes burn. I have read The Deathly Hallows thrice and I read The Cursed Child twice (the second time for unbiased review purposes). My thing with marathoning all the Harry Potter books is that I’m too busy…and I’d prefer to read that series with no distractions which is not a small thing to ask for these days.

The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

I explained in a recent post how I was introduced to LoTR. I can’t count how many times I’ve re-watched both The Hobbit and the LoTR trilogies. I’m sure by the time this post goes up, I would’ve made some time for another marathon. I don’t think I’ve done it with the entire franchise for the extended versions. Soon!

I have yet to read The Return of the King…still! But I have read The Hobbit three or four times so that makes up for it right? No, no it doesn’t. Gotta get on that ASAP! I did a Let’s Talk post about J.R.R. Tolkien last year and I found out so many awesome things about him. The main thing: he was born in Bloemfontein, South Africa. I lost my mind at this because yes! Also, I found the whole thing about his death being in 1973 and that opening pages, you know how it goes:

Three Rings for the Elven-kings under the sky,
Seven for the Dwarf-lords in their halls of stone,
Nine for the Mortal Men doomed to die,
One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne

We’ll stop there. But I found that awesome! Not the death part but the fact that that’s the year of his death back to front. Out of all the books though,  I have to say that The Hobbit is my favourite. I feel like I connect more with the characters. Also, that book has a dragon.

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

I wanted the first book because I’d read anything that SJM writes (even though now I’m not as big a fan of ToG as I used to be). I actually read ACOTAR because it’s a Beauty and the Beast retelling but I stayed with the series because I love it that much. I’ve read a lot of great books but for the life of me I can’t remember one that trumps ACOMAF. Maybe The Deathly Hallows because that book struck all the chords for me.

I don’t know what it was about ACOMAF that made me fall in love with it but I know that I didn’t want to put it down. People told me that ACOTAR didn’t come near to ACOMAF’s level and I thought they were exaggerating…no, but there’s no such thing. ACOTAR is a really good book but it’s just the beginning, you know. Now at this moment, I’m reading ACOWAR and I’m taking my time with it but I’m quickly realising that I can’t read these books slowly. I literally had to read other books so I could take a break. I think I’m doing this because it’s the end of Feyre’s story and I’m not yet ready for that.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

I watched Catching Fire in the cinema and promptly fell in love with this series. A friend got me the first book as a birthday gift and the way I feel about this series as a whole…lawd Jesus have mercy. I’ve read Mockingjay thrice so far and I’m definitely going to read a few more times in this lifetime.

Do I want a Hunger Games redo? Nope, not at all. No continuation either. One does not simply mess with perfection.

Honourable mentions:

  • The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare
  • A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin
  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan
  • The Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan
  • The Enemy by Charlie Higson
  • Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi


Thanks for stopping by,
Caron xx

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Movie/TV Show vs. Book (#30): The Fellowship of the Ring

The Book

The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings, #1)

The Fellowship of the Ring
is the first of three volumes of the epic[2] novel The Lord of the Rings by the English author J. R. R. Tolkien. It is followed by The Two Towers and The Return of the King. It takes place in the fictional universe of Middle-earth. It was originally published on 29 July 1954 in the United Kingdom.

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I read the book soon after finishing The Hobbit (twice) and this world that J.R.R. Tolkien created…wow. I remember thinking as I read the book that this man created a whole other world, threw in these various creatures and created a language that many people can actually speak today! That’s just something else man. I’ve only ever read the book once because hot d*mn, it’s huge! Very intimidating. The LoTR was one of the first fandoms I joined and it’ll always hold a special place in my heart. I actually feel like reading the series all over again because this post, it brings back great memories.

The Movie

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The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring is a 2001 epic high fantasy adventure film directed by Peter Jackson based on the first volume of J. R. R. Tolkien‘s The Lord of the Rings (1954–1955).[4][5][6] It is the first instalment in The Lord of the Rings series, and was followed by The Two Towers (2002) and The Return of the King (2003), based on the second and third volumes of The Lord of the Rings.

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I grew up watching The Lord of the Rings even though I didn’t know it at the time. I remember vaguely how I’d beg my mom to let me stay up Sunday evenings because this awesome movie about a man whose ring makes him invisible was coming on…again. I didn’t know at the time that it was the LoTR, but I think it’s safe to say that even though I’d forgotten, my love for it was set at an early age. My sister is a major fan so she told me to watch the trilogy and when I did…all the memories came back. I’ve watched the unextended version once, and all times after that…well, it’s not like those 208 minutes of my life were ever wasted. I get this feeling of happiness when I hear and see that opening scene. It sends shivers down my spine. If it were not because of the fact that I’m a wimp and chose to hide under the Fidelius Charm in the Harry Potter world, LoTR would’ve definitely been on the top of that list.

The Decision

I think it’s rather obvious what my decision is going to be. The movie, duh! Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying it’s better than the book or that the book was not amazing, I just connected with the movie more and as mentioned above, I grew up with it. I’m a bit of a sentimentalist and my granny, my sis and I would come together and watch this. The book can’t beat the time I spend with my granny. It is what it is.

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Let’s Talk…J.R.R. Tolkien


John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was a writer, poet, WWI veteran, a university professor and of course we all know him as the author of the world famous Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit.

J.R.R. Tolkien passed away 2 September 1973.

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Christopher Tolkien edited and published a series (some incomplete) of his father’s works and this together with the LOTR Trilogy and The Hobbit form a connection of stories of various times within the Middle-Earth Universe.

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At this time, I have read the first two of the LOTR Trilogy and I’ve read The Hobbit multiple times. Clearly, I have a favourite of the series. Funny story, I had read the Hobbit and was discussing the ending with a friend when he said that Thorin didn’t die at the end and I argued saying that I had just finished the book and I knew for a fact that I was right. Instead of going back to the page, I read the entire book from the beginning. All this just to prove a point. I read The Hobbit before the other books but I’ve been watching the movies since I was a kid (Sundays were LOTR days with my granny).

J.R.R. Tolkien shares a birthday with a friend of mine and naturally I freaked out when I found out he was born in South Africa, me being a South African myself. This man created a world that so many of us look forward to when we open his books. He created an entire language that many have studied over the years and actually speak (I haven’t gone that far yet). I always choose the Hogwarts door when I’m asked, but I say that the only reason I don’t go through that Middle-Earth door is because I don’t fancy being chased down and killed by dragons.

I wasn’t really keen on reading any of Tolkien’s works when I was younger but to think that one book changed it all for me and made me want to live in that world was great for me. The way Tolkien’s writing affects us is phenomenal. He’s changed so many people’s lives and I can think of the times I smiled while walking through the crowd at comic con over these past few years and hearing peoples’ different takes on how the story went down.

Tolkien’s works bring people together and I don’t think it gets any better than that. I am thankful that he shared his works with the world and allowed us to find yet another land in which we wish to escape to. Thank you, Tolkien!


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