Aside from the Sweet Valley Twins series (consists of Sweet Valley Twins series, Sweet Valley High series and Sweet Valley University series, which I did not read much since they have become too liberated and Elizabeth and Todd broke up and my heart cannot handle it anymore! *sobs*), these are some of the book series which I devoured during the peak of my book nerdy phase:
- The Hardy Boys Mystery Series
- The Hardy Boys Casefiles
- The Nancy Drew Mystery Stories
- The Nancy Drew Files
- Sweet Dreams Novels
I found a book listing of all the Sweet Valley books published on Wikipedia and I highlighted those books that I have read, and my gawd, I think I highlighted almost everything! If you care enough to know, click here.
I seriously envy the person who owns these original Hardy Boys hardbounds.
…and I have my share of “smart women’s porn” books too, OMG! Hahaha! If you ever happened to read these books, you will know why. 😉 Gawd, I was not even legal to read these then. I wonder why these were not banned in our school before.
- Jude Deveraux’s The Montgomery/Taggert Family series
- Nora Roberts – She has this book that I like a lot but I did not know the title because it was just borrowed from a classmate and the front cover was torn. All I have are the characters’ names: Kane and Diana. So if any of you knows what book it is, please do tell. Up to this day, it still bothers me.
- Mills and Boon romance novels
- Harlequin romance
Gawd, why do I feel embarrassed posting those porn novels? Hahahaha!
College days I started reading fantasy/epic books. The first book was TheEye of The World of Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time series. It was a different alternate universe for me, and I was soooo engrossed into it I read 800+ pages of it in just two days! That’s equivalent to 9 Hardy Boys paperbacks, 16.66 pages/hour. Well, that is not bad. But the names of the people and the places sound foreign and exotic, and they have superpowers and waaaaah! They are fantastic. Until Rand the main character acted like a spoiled and I began to dislike him, so I just threw the book against the wall and stopped reading. Wow, after the eighth book, I stopped reading.
Some of the epic/fantasy books I read:
- The Wheel of Time series (up to the eighth book only)
- The Sword of Truth series (11 books)
- The Hobbit + The Lord of The Rings trilogy
- The Chronicles of Narnia (7 books)
- The Harry Potter series (7 books)
Surprisingly, I had a good social life back then – up to now! I am not that nerdy after all, woohoo!
To make up for the embarrassment of reading smart women’s porn, I also now read science fiction, legal thrillers, drama thrillers, and some Christian fiction.
- Michael Crichton – The Andromeda Strain, The Terminal Man, Congo, Sphere, Jurassic Park, Rising Sun, Disclosure, The Lost World.
- John Grisham – The Firm, A Time To Kill, The Pelican Brief, The Client, The Chamber, The Rainmaker, The Runaway Jury, The Partner, The Street Lawyer, The Brethren, The Summons.
- Jeffrey Archer – Kane and Abel; Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less; A Matter of Honour
- James Patterson – Double Cross, Cross Country, Cross Fire. I seriously need to get more of his books.
- Jeffery Deaver – Roadside Crosses
- Dean Koontz – Velocity. I have another book of his at home, but I haven’t read it yet.
- David Baldacci – The Simple Truth, Last Man Standing, First Family
- Dan Brown – Angels and Demons, The Da Vinci Code
- Frank Perreti – This Present Darkness, Piercing The Darkness, The Oath. Highly recommended.
One series that I cannot bring myself to read: The Twillight series. I repelled it. No matter how hard I tried to like it and read it, I just can’t. It is depressing, it bores me, I hate the characters.