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3/30 Day Book Meme: Series

The beauty of 30 Day Book Meme is that you can always find a niche among popular choices across the board.

Day 3: Your Favorite Series

I’m not a series fanatic. Series makes up a substantial portion of mystery, true crime, and YA books—these are not books on my radar. I do recognize the appeal of series, that satisfactory expectation, because the stories revolve around a key personality, usually a detective, who will reappear in subsequent cases, like Poirot in Agatha Christie’s mysteries. That said, I do love a good series, most commendably the recent Stieg Larsson series, which sent me to the edge of the seat. A very rare series that reads like literature (is this what literary thrillers mean?) is the Michael Cox duo The Meaning of Night and The Glass of Time, which have to read in order because the second book is a sequel. Like almost any series, there’s the problem of spoilers. The Glass of Time would reinforce happenings and secrets from The Meaning of Night. As for the Stieg Larsson trilogy, it’s almost impossible to put a book’s content into context without reading the series in order. All three books from the Millennium series sent me off the edge of the seat. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest brought the scintillating series to an end almost too soon.

9 Responses

  1. Hands down, my favorite series are the six Barsetshire novels and the six Palliser novels by Anthony Trollope. Great, great, great.

  2. Ah yes, I loved the Millenium Series as well. I’m not, as a general rule, a big series fan but if something catches my attention, I’ll read through the whole lot.

  3. True, lots of books especially in the YA genre are part of some series. It’s hard to keep track of them all which is why I prefer stand-alone books now.

    I hear the Millennium series is good. Lots of hype around it too! It’s on my list of books to buy/get.

  4. Like me I am also not a fan of series but for a different reason: ‘start and you might not get the sequel required to complete it.’ However, I have read the first five books of the Harry Potter series. I have the complete set of Lord of the Rings but have read only the book one. And have also read the Book II of the Gormeghast Trilogy. My favourite is Harry Potter. At least I’ve watched all the movies in the series.

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  6. My most favorite series is The Brother Cadfael series by Ellis Peters. It was hard to hit the latest volume. I love mysteries set in the Middle ages, and all of these were very good, I thought.
    Emma @ Words And Peace

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