For the month of April we will be discussing series books. From James Patterson’s Alex Cross series, to Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series, or Debbie Macomber’s Blossom Street Series, there is a series novel in every genre and for every reader. A well written series has the power to draw the reader in while they anxiously await the next installment. You get to know each character on an almost personal level and become a passive observer as each story unfolds and develops.
For some, the series format is responsible for the lifelong love of reading. Some of my favorite novels as a child included the series, Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery and Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder. I can still remember the enjoyment and concern I felt while Laura and her family struggled through hard times, as well as laughing at Anne’s misadventures and the sadness I experienced as she faced disappointments.
While my reading interests are still quite diverse, as an adult I have grown an appreciation for Science Fiction and very much enjoy the recent series novels written by Stephen Baxter, Arthur C. Clarke, and J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series.
This month’s discussion is open to all who would like to comment on what their favorite series is and why they enjoy it. Is it the writing, the storyline, the character development, or something else that compels you to read each installment as it comes out?
Please share with us what series you are currently reading or anything you have read in the past that left a lasting impression on you or just truly enjoyed reading.