I started reading The Right Attitude to Rain last night, the 3rd in the Isabel Dalhousie series by Alexander McCall Smith, and started thinking about series reading and how I always seem to be dipping in and out of one.
Are you the kind of reader that needs to read an entire series one after another? There are definitely some series that demand to be read that way: The Hunger Games, Divergent, Twilight, and Fifty Shades of Grey come to mind.
If I had all the time in the universe I would re-read Harry Potter in order one after another but the universe conspires against me.
I’ve come to the sudden realization that I’m in the middle of a lot of series right now.
I’m three books into the Outlander series because those books are so long that after I finish one I want to read anything else to change up my reading material. But I know when I start the fourth one (waiting to borrow it, Audrey), it will be like drinking a glass of cold water on a hot day: incredibly refreshing.
I haven’t finished the Game of Thrones books because George hasn’t written the next instalment. But let’s not go down that road…
Jo Nesbo has written a ridiculous number of books and I’ve read 5 or 6 of them. I love them – they are dark and creepy and smart and well-paced but if I only read those I suspect my worldview would begin to change. And again, variety is the spice of life.
I’ve read everything available in English that Camilla Lackberg has written and constantly check the bookstore to see if anything new has come out. My Swedish friend would just tell me to learn Swedish and she might be onto something. (Update: walked into the bookstore on Valentine’s Day and what should be sitting on the shelf? The Ice Child, the 9th in the “Patrik Hedstrom” series [in quotations because they are just as much about his wife, Erica Falck as they are about Patrik!])
Alexander McCall Smith is the master of the series. I haven’t started on the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency books yet but I’m in the middle of The 44 Scotland Street series (love) and as previously mentioned, the Isabel Dalhousie series. I love McCall Smith’s tendency to mix philosophy and the every day. They are really so clever and totally underrated.
I read all of Philippa Gregory’s Tudor Court Novels (The Other Boleyn Girl, The Queen’s Fool etc) and although the middle of the Cousin’s War books were so-so for me,The King’s Curse was so strong that I have high hopes for the latest one (the last one?) The Taming of the Queen. And of course years ago, I devoured the Wideacre books.
When I started reading Ian Rankin I didn’t know that Inspector Rebus was a thing. So I’ve read the final two or three and then went back to the beginning. Those are an ongoing project.
Finally, I was recently turned onto Mo Hayder. Her books are fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuucked. I get clammy hands, my heart rate goes up and sometimes I straight up have to walk away. I’ve only read two of them, the third one is currently sitting on a table in my living room and I need to read it because the second one ended a little…let’s say openly but in the most distressing way possible. I’d love some closure Hayder!
That’s a lot of unfinished business! Do you tend to get stuck in series’ like this? Or do you dive in and get them all done at once? Any series that I missed that I have to read ASAP?