My favourite series are
1. The Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon - this was a hard choice between no 1 and no 2, but eventually Jamie Fraser won over Lan from the next series. I read the first on a recommendation from a friend about 8 years ago and absolutely fell in love with the hero. He is really the perfect men and sadly, most men I have met have paled in comparison, lol. He is just the right measure of strong, stern, loving, funny etc. I love the early books most but have enjoyed every single one in the series, and have favourite scenes from all of them. I have also read a couple of the spin off Lord John Grey books and thoroughly enjoyed those too.
2. Robert Jordans Wheel of time series. I first saw this series in my uncle's library. He used to have bookshelves built into the wall throughout his house. Going down the stairs he had these books on the shelf and of course I saw them regularly when I stayed there. I eventually bought the first book and have been hooked ever since. I absolutely love the world and the series that he created. I have since read the series at least 3 times and am currently reading the latest book in the series which I won from a bookclub hosted by TJ at Dreams and speculations. My favourite character has to be Lan, who is the strong, silent type, the heir to a lost throne. Very similar to Strider from The Lord of the Rings
3. Lord of the Rings by J.R.R Tolkien. I absolutely love his descriptions of the world which he has created which is close enough to our world for me to relate to it, but different enough to make it interesting. I am currently re-reading this series as part of a read-a-long here
4. The Duncton Series by William Horwood. I was given one of these books by my sister and thought she had gone mad. I mean, who writes a book about moles of all things? I started reading it because
5. The earth child series by Jean M.Auel - I first read The clan of the cave bear when I was at school, and have read all the books. Funny story is that the latest one is called The painted caves or something like that. My work internet would not allow me to search it since it said it was pornography!
There were a couple of other series that I considered including the one on Henry III and Eleanor of Aquataine by Sharon Penman, but these I think are my top-five.