Have you been looking for a new series lately? I don’t know about you, but I’ve always enjoyed reading a good trilogy. There’s something so appealing about finishing a book you really enjoyed and knowing that you still get to spend more time with the characters in subsequent adventures but also knowing that you’re not indefinitely tied to reading an unknown number of books because there is a definitive end in sight.
To that end, below is a listing of trilogies, both old and new, that you might enjoy reading. Don’t forget you can always learn more about any of the books mentioned on our online library catalog!
If you want to read a romance:
Nick Bantock’s Griffin and Sabine trilogy (1991-1993)
This charming illustrated, epistolary romance series follows the long-distance love affair of Griffin and Sabine. He is a lonely Londoner who designs postcards. She claims to be a lonely stamp illustrator living in the South Pacific. Their correspondence, complete with the vivid postcards the two exchange, is the focus of the book. Even though they have never met, they feel an instant connection, though Griffin isn’t sure if she exists or is just a figment of his imagination. Intrigued?
Recommended for those who enjoy Patricia Marx and Shaun Tan.
If you prefer thrillers:
Carlos Ruiz Zafón’s Cemetery of Forgotten Books series (2004-2012)*
This literary-themed thriller series, by Spanish author Ruiz Zafón, is set in 1950s Barcelona and follows the interconnected stories of several disparate characters. The first book starts with ten-year-old Daniel. He lives in the city with his father, a bookseller, and after encountering a mysterious book, the young boy decides that he would like to read more works by its author. However, he soon realizes that someone is finding and destroying every book the author has written. But who is behind it? And why?
*Second book in the series also available as ebook and audiobook on Libby.
Recommended for those who enjoy Matthew Pearl’s The Last Bookaneer, Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus, Robin Sloan’s Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, and Lev Grossman’s Codex.
If you like YA fiction:
If you enjoy YA speculative fiction trilogies and haven’t read any of Marie Lu’s work, you’re in luck because she was not one but two trilogies you might really enjoy.
Legends Trilogy (2011-2013)**
This dystopian sci fi trilogy starts with a premise not unique among other books in this genre–set in a distant future America, focused on a teen-aged protagonist who starts to learn the truth about his/her country. Nevertheless, Lu received a lot of praise for the emotional depth of her work, as well as the breakneck pacing, as she tells the story of June–who is determined to avenge her brother’s death–and Dev–who is the accused murderer–and the secrets they uncover in a futuristic Los Angeles that is rife with plague.
**Series also available as ebooks on Libby.
Recommended for those who enjoy Veronica Roth, James Dashner, and Suzanne Collins.
Young Elites trilogy (2014-2016)***
Had your fill of dystopian trilogies? In that case, consider giving Lu’s The Young Elites fantasy trilogy a try. Unlike the Legends series, the final book in this trilogy has not been released yet, but it will be out in October. This series features a disease storyline, like Legends, but in this case, the destructive “blood fever” has long since passed, leaving protagonist Adelina disfigured and rejected by her family. However, not everyone in the kingdom share her family’s prejudices against blood fever survivors. Some believe they have special powers. As you can imagine, complications ensue.
***Series also available as ebooks on Libby.
Recommended for those who enjoy Veronica Roth, Kristin Cashore, and Victoria Aveyard.
If you love historical fiction:
John Galsworthy’s Forsyte Saga trilogy (1906-1921)****
If you’re less interested in the future and more eager to revisit the past, consider Galsworthy’s trilogy about the Victorian Forsyte family. Follow the triumphs, tragedies, romances, and family drama of the Forsytes but especially that of Soames Forsyte–a talented man of business who can possess every status symbol he’s ever wanted except for one, the affection of his wife Irene. After you’ve finished the series, if you’re still wanting more Forsytes, you can always rveisit their story by checking out the excellent ITV miniseries adaptation, starring Damian Lewis.
****Series also available as ebooks on Libby.
Recomended for those who enjoy Penny Vincenzi and Anthony Trollope.
Ken Follett’s Century trilogy (2010-2014)*****
If you prefer historical fiction on an even grander-scale or want something a little less Victorian, consider Ken Follett’s Century trilogy. In it, he follows five very different but eventually interconnected families from America, Russia, Germany, England, and Wales. The trilogy spans from World War I to the Cold War.
*****Series also available as ebooks on Libby. Part of series also available there as audiobooks.
Recommended for those who enjoy Pat Barker, John Jakes’ North and South series, and Alex Haley’s Roots.
What’s your favorite trilogy? Have you read any of these trilogies? Tell us in the comments!