Want to get started with a new book while you’re stuck at home but not sure where to start? Try one of these series with (currently) no wait time.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
Mr. and Mrs. Dursley of Number 4 Privet Drive refuse to hold with any sort of mystical or magical nonsense, thank you very much. Sadly for them, their ward – Petunia’s sister’s orphaned son – will persist in having odd things happen around him. Finally, one day, young Harry Potter receives a letter on parchment with green ink from a place called “Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry” which his aunt and uncle promptly confiscate. The letters arrive with increasing frequency until a giant man named Rubeus Hagrid bursts through the door to explain the truth: “Harry, yer a wizard.”
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The Last Kingdom by Bernard Cornwell
The epic saga of England’s founding and rise from a backwater island begins with a kidnapped and dispossessed child of the nobility, Uhtred, who is raised among the Danes for most of his young life. When the Northmen return for a final assault on King Alfred’s Wessex (the last English territory), they suffer a surprising defeat and Uhtred must decide if he stands with England or the Danes.
A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
Go back to the very beginning of the acclaimed series, before it was on HBO, before the idea of a “Red Wedding” entered our cultural lexicon. Here is the start. King Robert Baratheon, Queen Cersei, the queen’s brothers, Jaime and Tyrion all converge on the home of Ned Stark in Winterfell. Across the ocean, the heir to the fallen house Targaryen schemes to retake the Iron Throne with the help of the Dothraki. These two fateful meetings will change the course of Westeros’ history.