Are You a Series Addict?

I love reading series. Once your hooked, they give you something to look forward to (Book 2, Book 3, Book 4!) When I was in elementary school, The Magic Tree House books had just started to come out and in quick succession I fell in love with the Babysitter Club books (who didn’t?), Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, Animorphs (I know, such a fad!), Harry Potter, and later The Princess Diaries, Sword of Truth, and Hunger Games. I especially love coming late to the game and falling in love with a well-established series so that, instead of counting down the days until the next book, I can start from the beginning and read through ten volumes without stopping.

In case you’re a series junkie like me, here’s some more to whet your appetite:

If you liked The Hunger Games, you’re going to love Divergent by Veronica Roth. Set in post-apocalyptic Chicago, the surviving population is split into “factions,” similar to the Districts in Hunger Games and the Houses in Harry Potter, and sixteen year old members have to go through a pretty rough bout of initiation. The second book in the trilogy came out this month, so there’s no delay! (Unless, like me, you have way exceeded your book budget and need to wait for a library loan copy. Deep sigh. I wish I had unlimited funds to buy every book I want as soon as I want it.)

This isn’t a book series, but it’s a pretty awesome guest blog series: Where Writers Write over on Kristin’s blog White Space. It totally satisfies my dual obsessions with pretty organized office interior design and learning more about about a writer’s routine and creative process. Regularly reading about other writers’ daily writing schedule and writing spaces totally inspires me to revamp my own.

Another guest blog series I’m increasingly fond of is the Turning Point series over on Distraction no. 99, the blog of YA author Nova Ren Suma. These guest posts detail the turning point in various published authors’ careers. Whether it was that first publication credit, the moment they got their first agent, or the moment they let go of their first book and moved onto a new project, the series offers a broad range of perpetually encouraging articles.  Check it out!

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14 thoughts on “Are You a Series Addict?

    • hannahkarena says:

      I don’t think I’ve ever heard anyone cite that reason before, but it totally makes sense! I remember getting really confused in the Ender’s Game series, never knowing what book was next and getting really lost in the plot because I read some out of order. That’s probably why trilogies are so popular right now! 1, 2, 3 and you’re done!

  1. joshmosey says:

    A friend of mine got me hooked on Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series, of which there are over 30 books in the series, each snarkier than the last. I love good series!

    • hannahkarena says:

      I’ve heard such good things about that series, but haven’t dared to pick it up myself yet. Loved Good Omens he did with Neil Gaiman, though. Maybe I’ll dive into them this summer!

  2. lindseycrittenden says:

    In fifth grade, I loved the Little House books so much that as soon as I finished These Happy Golden Years (I didn’t really count The First Four Years) I went right back and started Little House in the Big Woods all over again. As an adult, I’m much less of a series follower, though I’ve recently become a fan of Donna Leon’s Guido Brunetti mysteries, set in Venice. It’s fun to see characters develop over time.

    • hannahkarena says:

      I forgot about Little House on the Prarie! I never read the whole series, but I loved the ones I read. Loved the TV show too, honestly, and I’d watch reruns when I was younger. Haven’t heard of that series; I could use some Venice in my life. I’ll have to check them out!

  3. meagan mac says:

    I have Insurgent sitting on my desk waiting for me to finish up my final reading and papers for school! Can’t wait to read it. I loved Divergent. Also on my summer reading list is Starters by Lissa Price and Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendra Black. Maybe Legend by Marie Lu. And I’m going bonkers waiting for Veronica Rossi’s sequel to Under the Never Sky…

    • hannahkarena says:

      I hated waiting for the end of term to start reading for pleasure again! I would put off books for months I had been looking forward to because I just didn’t have the time. Haven’t heard about any of the other books you mentioned–I’ll have to look them up on goodreads!

      • meagan mac says:

        The only one I’ve read and can actually recommend is Under the Never Sky. It’s a teensy bit slow at the beginning, but it really comes alive. You should check it out.

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