Friday, January 20, 2012

Reading and Enjoying Series: Day 3 in the 30 Day Book Meme

For some Friday fun, I'm continuing my 30 Day Book Meme series.

Day Three: Your Favorite Series

Until a few years ago, I didn't read a lot of series. Instead, I tend to jump all over the genre and author choices when choosing books. But, I get the allure of sitting down with familiar characters and storyline.

The hardest part of any book is getting started. I don't know how agents judge an entire book by the first five pages. I need at least a few chapters to get into the reading groove.

Since becoming a mom, I find myself more drawn to series. I like having an immediate relationship with characters and increasing my chances I'll enjoy a book. Maybe it's Mommy brain and my increasing difficulty with focus.

My favorite series, in order:

1. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, J.R.R. Tolkien - I read these in middle and high school. One of these days, I'd like to reread the series and appreciate them all over again.

2. Hunger Games Trilogy, Suzanne Collins - I've only read the first two, but Mockingjay is sitting by my bed taunting me. My daughter has already read all three and loved them.

3. Outlander Series, Diana Gabaldon - I read the first book just after giving birth to my third daughter in five years. I didn't connect to it, but kept hearing people talk about how much they loved the books. I figured I'd give book two a chance and sure enough... I really enjoyed it. I've read the first five so far.

I also enjoyed the City of Bones books, as has my daughter, but I wanted to name my top three and it just barely missed the cut.

What's your favorite series?

Also, it seems to me that series have become increasingly popular. Do you agree?

Related post: Day Two: A Book You've Read More than Three Times


Beth said...

We liked The Shadow Children series and The Missing series by Margaret Peterson Haddix. Lily is going to start the Narnia series and John is reading Eragon.

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mmshaunakelley said...

The original Ender's Game series (Ender's Game, Xenocide, Speaker for the Dead, and Children of the Mind, NOT the Ender's Shadow stuff). Actually, if you've never read Ender's Game, it is one of my absolute favorites. I read it once a year and never get sick of it! Even if you aren't much on sci-fi, its an amazing book.

Tia Bach said...

Beth, Those sound like some great ones. I gave the Eragon series to Jackie (I have all of them, but have only read the first one), but she's in the middle of the City of Bones series now (she finished the first three and is reading City of Fallen Angels now. There are also 2 prequels).

Shauna, You just added to my ever-growing to be read pile. ;-)

Thanks for the suggestions!