Today’s Booking Through Thursday question is:
Series? Or Stand-alone books?
Both. I’m guessing that anyone who likes series is going to say “both.” But I imagine that there will be people who won’t read series at all. That’s never been me. By fourth grade, I had read all of the Oz books (L. Frank Baum), all of the Boxcar Children (Gertrude Chandler Warner), and all of the Bobbsey Twins (Laura Lee Hope). Or, at least, all the ones that were available in either our school library or the public library. I only went to the public library in the summertime, so I spent the first part of the summer filling in any gaps in the series I was reading.
Fourth grade was the year of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s books, because Mrs. Bridges read them aloud after noon recess and I couldn’t stand to have the story spin out that slowly. I had to read ahead.
In high school, I read the Perry Mason books by Erle Stanley Gardner.
I didn’t read for pleasure in college (one of several mistakes I would correct if I could redo that time), but, right out of college, I read the three published books in the Earth’s Children series that began with The Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean Auel.
I do give up on series occasionally. In fact, I’m not sure whether I read any Jean Auel books after 1985 and probably won’t pick up the newer ones. I got stuck in book 4 of The Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon and never picked it up again. A few books into the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris and the Anita Blake series by Laurell Hamilton, I realized that I don’t like vampire books. As you will see from the list below, I do like werewolf (and other changeling) books. I really don’t think I want to examine my preference for werewolves over vampires too closely.
The series that I’m following right now (this list will help me keep track!):
- Ghost Hunter mysteries by Victoria Laurie
- Psychic Eye mysteries by Victoria Laurie
- Psy-Changeling fantasy romances by Nalini Singh
- Ghostwalkers fantasy romances by Christine Feehan
- Women of the Otherworld urban fantasies by Kelley Armstrong
- Kitty Norville urban fantasies by Carrie Vaughn
- Rachel Morgan urban fantasies by Kim Harrison
- In Death mysteries by J.D. Robb
- Sisters of the Heart fantasy romances by Christine Feehan
- Leopard People fantasy romances by Christine Feehan
- Troubleshooters romances by Suzanne Brockmann
- Dirk and Steele fantasy romances by Marjorie Liu
- Mercy Thompson urban fantasies by Patricia Briggs
- Alpha and Omega fantasies by Patricia Briggs
- Temperance Brennan mysteries by Kathy Reichs
- Temeraire fantasies by Naomi Novik
- Malory-Anderson historical romances by Johanna Lindsey
That’s probably the best glimpse into my tastes in fiction that I’ve managed to display on this blog. Given that list, Dear Reader, what else should I be reading?