There’s nothing more addicting and infuriating than a great book series (especially when your favorite author enjoys cliffhanger endings). First there’s the steady building of an attachment to the characters, the particular place or time and the interesting premise of the story. Then there’s a growing tension as you reach the last few chapters and realize there’s a lot more story to tell than can be told in the number of pages left….. But don’t worry…. The anticipation of the next book is a bit like making plans with an old friend. And when you get that next book and you dive right back in to a story without any of the ‘getting to know you’ awkwardness, it’s worth the wait. Wait a minute… what do you mean the next book isn’t published yet?
With Spilled Ink (the book club for adults) starting very soon, now might be a great time to catch up on some of your favorite series, or find a new one!
Below are just a few of my personal favorites (yes, they’re pretty much ALL kick-butt girl books with a side of paranormal/fantasy. I know what I like to read and stick to it pretty faithfully):
The Women of the Otherworld series by Kelley Armstrong (start with Bitten)
The Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs
The Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger
The Thursday Next series by Jasper Fforde
The All Souls trilogy by Deborah Harkness
The Rachel Morgan series by Kim Harrison (start with Dead Witch Walking)
The Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead (yes, it’s ‘young adult’ fiction – a movie version is coming out in February 2014)
The Divergent series by Veronica Roth (also ‘young adult’ – the first movie comes out in March 2014)
The Charlie Fox mystery series by Zoe Sharp
The Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld (yes, I read a lot of ‘young adult’ fiction – always have, even before the mania that was Twilight)
Not sure where to look for your next series addiction? Check out the suggestions in Novelist (found in the databases under Books and Readers Resources), cruise over to the Book Spot on our website, and visit the sites suggested on our Booklover Links page.
Also, I’d be remiss if I didn’t point out the truly exhaustive list of book series compiled by the Kent District Library, the What’s Next Database.