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I Gave Up Reading Series Books, But These Might Change My Mind

I stopped reading series books for many reasons. I do not like cliffhangers, I do not like dragged out stories (especially the ones that disappoint), I do not like spending time reading one 500+ book to then follow up with another 500+ followed up by…you get the point. This mama doesn’t have time for that.

But I have tried. I read the first three in the Ladies’ Detective Agency; the first of the Divergent trilogy and half of the first Outlander. I even read five or so Sookie Stackhouse books but then cheated with True Blood instead.

With that being said, I loved all of Harry Potter and liked The Hunger Games. I even liked a few duos by some YA authors out there as well. And that’s the thing. It seems like most YA books are series books and I just can’t do it anymore. Don’t even get me started on the tortured NA books that never-seem-to-end. Even the adult books that do series are mostly Romance…meh.

But I can be swayed. Reluctantly. These eight series books (yes, I could only handle eight) have been recommended by co-workers and I trust their judgment. They know my feelings and yet still feel I would enjoy these. Some are older and started as early as 2003 but are going strong. (Meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish)

Series books

Graceling by Kristin Cashore – YA Fantasy Fiction; Trilogy.

The Maze Runner by James Dashner – YA Apocalypse/Sci-Fi; Trilogy.

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness – Mystery, some say YA Fantasy Sci-Fi, ours are in Adult; three in the series…so far.

The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling) – Adult Mystery/Crime/Thriller; two in the series…so far.

Still Life by Louise Penny – Adult Mystery/Thriller/Suspense; the tenth book was just released!

In The Woods by Tana French – Adult Mystery/Crime/Thriller. I have the latest fifth book from BEA; guess I have to start with #1 first.

Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood – Adult Apocalypse/Dystopia/Sci-Fi; Trilogy.

Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear – Adult Historical Fiction/Mystery; ten in the series!!

So there we go.

What series books are you really into?

Come on, give me your best spiel!


4 thoughts on “I Gave Up Reading Series Books, But These Might Change My Mind

  1. Margaret Attwood’s MaddAddam series work really well as standalone books. They don’t have cliffhanger endings – each feels complete in itself, and are not too long. They’re also wry, satirical and really thought-provoking.

    The Maze Runner also works pretty well as a book which you can read without chewing your arm off while you wait for the sequel.

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