My top 5 book series in no particular order.
Jack Ryan - Tom Clancy
Dragonriders of Pern - Anne McCaffery
Anita Blake - Laurell K Hamilton
Wheel of Time - Robert Jordan
The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
(Lord of the Rings) I was sucked into fantasy in High School. I had to read a book by an British author. I went to the library and Mom Littleton recommended "The Hobbit" by Tolkien. I thought she was a bit nuts and she said read the first 50 pages and if I hated it bring it back and she would think of something else. I was hooked.
(Anita Blake) I hang out in a Chat room that belongs to a website I have been a member of since 1998. (www.netlandtowers.com) and one day I asked them what books they would recommend since I was looking for new reading material. Someone (I wish I could remember who) said to read these books by Laurell K Hamilton. So I started with the first one and the rest is history.
(Wheel of Time) I jkept seeing the first book "The Eye of the World" in paperback at the grocery store near where I lived in Lex, KY. Finally one day I bought it. Read that one and looked for more. The second book in the series was still in Hardcover. Been a huge fan ever since. Because of WoT I found my current girlfriend and a host of other wonderful friends that I love a lot. I found them all at Netland Towers and I wouldn't trade them for anything. We all found each other because of a love of books and reading.
(Dragonriders of Pern) This series was a book store find. Just browsing titles. Awesome series.
(Jack Ryan) I saw (and still LOVE) the movie "The Hunt for Red October" and decided to find the book and read it. Since the books are generally better then the movie. I loved it so I sought out more Jack Ryan books since I liked the character really well.
Anyways, I love all these books and I recommend all of them if you love to read. Also if you know of a really good book series then feel free to recommend something I should read. I'm always looking for new reading material.