Are you a series reader?

@DCMerkle (1281)
United States
August 15, 2008 10:28pm CST
One of the newest trends in reading today is are the books that are part of a series. I have no idea how I got sucked into that one, but I'm finding that the bulk of what I am reading is all part of a series. Nora Roberts, Diane Mott Davidson, Carolyn Hart, just to name a few. I'm also the type of person that will not start reading a book unless I have all the series stacked on my "to read pile". It just seems that any new book I pick up lately is a book that is part of a series. Do you like the series genre? Do you keep the books or once you have read them do you get rid of them? DCMerkle
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16 responses
16 Aug 08
I've always liked series, I started readin V.C Andrews books when I was about 13 and I've read most of those. I also love Sue Grafton books, Terry Brook's Shannara series is really great, and I also loved the Twilight series as well. I think that staying with a series is nice because you really get to know your characters and you feel very connected to the story. I used to keep all the books I read but to be honest I've read so many that I just don't have room so i tend to trade out books that I wont be sad about letting go.
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@DCMerkle (1281)
• United States
17 Aug 08
Hi Angelkid. I never thought that I would go for the series genre. I think the first series I read was Nora Roberts, Three Sister's Island. I never realized that she did the series thing until I really got into reading her stuff. I've heard of the Twilight series. Is that a vampire plot? DCMerkle
@dare2fail (495)
• Philippines
16 Aug 08
i am not particularly a series reader. i don't look for them but when i get to read any part that i know is a sequence of something, it will become an obsession to dig on the beginning. i love the harry potter series, and i'm looking for a copy of the fourth installment of the children series by jean auel. i want the series of anne of gren gables for my collection. robert ludlum's jason bourne series had me gasping for breath.. now, am i not a series reader? nah, i don't think so, still checking on...
@DCMerkle (1281)
• United States
17 Aug 08
Hi dare2fail, I would say that you are on your way to being a series reader. All that think that dare2fail is a closet series reader, raise your hands....lol DCMerkle
@DCMerkle (1281)
• United States
18 Aug 08
Hi, I've been here for 5 months now. How about you? DCMerkle
• Philippines
19 Aug 08
i started just a week ago. i've read plenty of both bad and good reviews about mylot though.as for me, i'm still enjoying it and plans to continue. most of the discussions are fun to participare with.
@bmorehouse1 (1029)
• United States
17 Aug 08
I do read books that are a series. Awhile back I picked up a book at the library, and the librarian says "You can't have that" I immediately am going "What?" She then proceeds to tell me that I need to read #1 of the series. So she got me the first two books of the series and every two weeks I went back and got the next two and so on. When I went to get the very last one of that series it was not there! They don't know what happened to it and they have not found it yet! I was very disappointed not to be able to read the last one. But I do like to read series books, as long as I get to read them in order! Best wishes!
@DCMerkle (1281)
• United States
17 Aug 08
Hi bmorehouse, Now you have me real curious. What was the book that the librarian wouldn't let you have? It had to be something that she had read to not have let you take the book out unless you had read then in order. DCMerkle
• United States
18 Aug 08
I am terrible about remembering authors names. I believe the series was "Coventry Series". It wasn't anything exciting or mysterious. It is simply a series of books about 3 older ladies who pick up their lives, move to a different state and move into a house together. Its about their ups and downs and the things they end up doing with their lives now that they are older. It was really actually very inspiring. Sorry I can't remember the name of the author. I do remember the last book that I read in that series was called "Two Days after Christmas".
@DCMerkle (1281)
• United States
18 Aug 08
Hi, I'll have to look that series up. Sometimes an inspiring book is a refreshing break. DCMerkle
@patgalca (13679)
• Orangeville, Ontario
16 Aug 08
I tend to avoid series books because I don't have much time to read and I get frustrated. I have read some books by Barbara Taylor Bradford and Maeve Binchy only to find out they were series books that are best read in order. If I have to read them in order, forget it. Of course Andrew M. Greeley has different series books but they don't need to be read in order, same with Ed McBain and his 87th Precinct novels. My daughter got hooked on the Clique series of books and when she finished the one she got for Christmas she made me drop everything to take her to find the next book because the first left her hanging. She ended out buying the next 4 books. Now she is doing the same thing with the Twilight series. Series books tend to make you spend money on books rather than wait until they arrive in the library or show up in second hand stores. I think that is the REAL purpose of these books as far as the author and publisher are concerned. As long as I don't have to read them in order, I don't mind, but I don't want to be left hanging and have to go get the next book right away.
@DCMerkle (1281)
• United States
17 Aug 08
Hi patgalca, Isn't it nice to know that your daughter is now an avid reader? The one thing that I did with my children was let them read the spooky book series, I can't think of the name of the author now, but he wrote them like there was no tomorrow. My daughter got hung up in the American Girl series and I liked reading them myself. James Patterson does both kind of books. I like reading the Angel series. That was a fluke on his part. It was meant to be just one novel, but his fans wanted more, so he gave it to them. My husband is hooked on those. DCMerkle
@patgalca (13679)
• Orangeville, Ontario
17 Aug 08
I think you are referring to the Goosebumps series by R.L. Stine. My daughter read those first as well. My younger daughter never read them. She doesn't like scary anything.
@DCMerkle (1281)
• United States
17 Aug 08
Hi Pat, Thanks for that reminder. That was the one that I was trying to think of. It just seemed that those books were everywhere! They were fast and easy reading. When they started doing them on Saturday morning TV both my kids didn't want to read them anymore. They'd rather watch. DCMerkle
• Philippines
16 Aug 08
i love to read books. i am currently reading stephenie meyers series : twilight, new moon eclipse and breaking dawn. i like series about vampires and families (most of the time love stories-laughs). loved harry potter.... vampire chronicles ..... i don't start a series when i don't have all of it..... it's like watching only a part of the film....
@DCMerkle (1281)
• United States
17 Aug 08
Hi lourdez, You are truly one who understands about not reading a series until you have them all at the ready. You're right. It is like watching only a part of a film! DCMerkle
@vimaal (3365)
• India
16 Aug 08
hi friend, ya iam a good and series reader. I like to read books very much. Mostly i like to read thrilling stores books only. take care.
@DCMerkle (1281)
• United States
17 Aug 08
Hi vimaal, Reading series are fun, aren't they? Keep it up and you'll be able to join the "I Am a Series Reader" club. DCMerkle
@SomeCowgirl (32273)
• United States
16 Aug 08
I have read a few books in a series , but first would read them from the library. I bought two books that were a story and sequel so to speak (almost sequel wherein it refers to the first book, but not at the same time, hard to explain I know). Those were lost when I brought them to a friend's house and her mother left them outside to be soaked. I do have a few books that are very lovely books, and one is part of a series that I need to buy. I like reading series, as it just swoops your right in. I love reading western and such, as well... Right now I am reading one by Vilhelm Moberg and it is on Immigration to the United States.
@DCMerkle (1281)
• United States
17 Aug 08
I've run into books like you are talking about. Those you need cliff notes for...lol. I usually just read a synopsis of them and consider them read...that's cheating I know, but books like that take all the fun out of reading. Western's are another one of those "get to" books that I have on my list. DCMerkle
@shana123 (2096)
• India
16 Aug 08
No , i havent read any books that are in a series eventhough i read novels long stories i havent picked any books in series.. im very comfortable with these novels because even this takes me so long time to finish.. I gues if your used to series sort of things then its little bit hard get releaved from it because you will be used to long lengthy ones so when you read normal ones you would feel the story has ended soon lol.. happy mylotting
@DCMerkle (1281)
• United States
17 Aug 08
Hi shana, I get really caught up in a series. When I am reading the last book in a series I read as slow as I can go. I hate to come to the end. Then I go to the author's web site to see if there's any chance of another one to be written. Boy! Am I a series nut or what? DCMerkle
@izhuce13 (160)
• China
16 Aug 08
sometimes, this is a difficult progress to read such book. we never now the ending of the book, and we have to wait for a long time to get the new content. this really make me can not bear.so i prefer to the book that is finish to he book that is on writing and it is series.
@DCMerkle (1281)
• United States
17 Aug 08
Hi izhuce, Books like that are what make the profit for the book publishing houses. J.K. Rowling really kept all her fans waiting, but I think she was doing it for effect rather than delays in the printing of the books. DCMerkle
@venuschd (50)
• India
16 Aug 08
not at all..i am not a series reader..and i generally dont like it..i mean same story extended..whats the big deal in it..i always wanted a new story with bigger deal and expression
@DCMerkle (1281)
• United States
17 Aug 08
Hi venuschd, I remember when buying a paperback book that was over 1500 pages would satisfy me for the summer reading. It had a plot that kept you going. A series has a plot where you can take a break from it and can go back to it when you are ready. DCMerkle
• Philippines
16 Aug 08
there are series book that I read and really like, but I don't think I am series reader though. You see, it will be depend to the books that I read, if the series are worthwhile to read and collect, I would definitely complete it. I read some series of Nora Roberts, and I really like the McGregor's series, I also collect some series of Jude Deveraux and Judith Mcnaught, as well as, some of fantasy books like Harry Potter, LOTR etc.
@DCMerkle (1281)
• United States
17 Aug 08
Hi kylie, You know, with all the Nora Roberts books that I have read, I haven't read the McGregor series. Now that's bad. I've read a few of the LOTR books, but I got lost in them after awhile. The same with the Dune series in SF. I got more out of the movies than I did the books. DCMerkle
• Finland
16 Aug 08
I read series if they're good. I don't care if the book is a part of a series or not, if it's good, I'll read it.
@DCMerkle (1281)
• United States
17 Aug 08
Hi IronMaiden, I use to think like that, but I find that as I am getting older my tastes are getting a little more particular. I am also finding that unless I want to read a straight, non-series book, I have to go back a few years to find one that doesn't have a sequel or prequel. DCMerkle
16 Aug 08
I started to like reading after graduating from university as I have more time to read books other than those text books from school. I have read one series, and that is the Shopaholic Series by Sophie Kinsella. I really like it. If you are a fan of chick literature, this one's for you :)
@DCMerkle (1281)
• United States
17 Aug 08
Hi purple_chocolat, You have a lot of reading to catch up on now that you are finished with school. Need a list?...lol Chic lit is one of the reading "get to's" that I have on my list. Right now I am in a romance, fantasy, women sleuth modes. When I get burnt on them I will see what's on my list next...lol DCMerkle
@Lushlie (574)
• United States
16 Aug 08
My absolute favorite book series is anything by Janet Evanovich......She had a series that so far has 14 books and they are all great! They are the kind of book that once you pick it up you can't put it down. You should give her books a try I don't think you will be dissapointed.
@DCMerkle (1281)
• United States
17 Aug 08
Hi Lushlie, I have a friend that is always trying to get me to read Evanovich's books, but I think that police and crime plots just aren't for me. I don't even read Nora Roberts other books that she writes under as J.D.Robb. I did try the Sue Grafton series, but made it up to letter "G". DCMerkle
• United States
16 Aug 08
No, I haven't read a series in a long time, but I wish I would sometime. I like getting hooked to some books that encourage me to read more so I can continue the story. I usually just read single books, like the classics, usually negative utopia novels by Huxley and Orwell haha. Those are my types of books, but I would really like to find a good series sometime and stick to it! And when it comes to keeping or throwing out books, I tend to keep them and lend them or give them to other people to get them reading too!
@DCMerkle (1281)
• United States
17 Aug 08
Hi Sugarplum I've got so many series novels around that I was planning to keep that I am running out of space for the ones that I am still collecting on. I do have a book swap shop near where I live and I plan to take about 20-30 books, hardback and paperback, down there. Problem is I am also going down with a list of books that I am still hunting for and I will probably come home with just as many as I took down....lol...the life of a readaholic! What kind of series would you be interested in. I could recommend some. DCMerkle
16 Aug 08
I started to like reading after graduating from university as I have more time to read books other than those text books from school. I have read one series, and that is the Shopaholic Series by Sophie Kinsella. I really like it. If you are a fan of chick literature, this one's for you :)