Monday, November 26

Favorite series

Lauren's post from yesterday got me thinking about favorite books. I've always been a fan of series and there are several from childhood that I still love. Recently, however, I've been engrossed in Private by Kate Brian, Libba Bray's series, Harry Potter by JK Rowling, Twilight by Stephenie Meyer (as if you didn't know the author!) and Secrets of My Hollywood Life by Jen Calonita.

When I was younger, series I devoured were: The Saddle Club by Bonnie Bryant, Thoroughbred by Joanna Campbell, The Babysitters Club by Ann M. Martin and Sweet Valley High by Francine Pascal.

Sure, the subjects of the series have changed, but one thing seems to remain constant. All of these series have characters that make us care and want to read about them for multiple books. There's something about these books that just wouldn't work as well if the author wrote just one and left us hanging. Seriously, could Stephenie make Twilight as great if she had to cram all of Bella's ordeals into one book? Would Gemma in A Great and Terrible Beauty grow and discover her powers in book one? Doubtful. We need books two, three and so on to take us on the journeys of series characters.

So, what are your favorite past and/or present series? Why?

13 comments:

the Brad said...

I'm an Artemis Fowl man myself. For me it's still one of the few series where I love the MC enough to eagerly await the next novel.

Lauren Baratz-Logsted said...

Hey, Jessica! I sometimes find I start reading a series with great passion but then that passion wanes. One series I had huge affection for as a child was Trixie Belden. Oh, and Lloyd Alexander's Prydain Chronicles - I could still read those today and get great pleasure from them.

Jessica Burkhart said...

The Brad, ooh, I haven't read them yet.

Lauren, I loved Lloyd's series, too! I actually forgot all about it. :)

Anonymous said...

Linda J. Singleton ought to be on your list, "The Seer" series and many other series. Laurie Faria Stolarz ought to be on your list, too. Her Candle book series is really good.

Amanda Ashby said...

Like Lauren, I was a Trixie girl as well! I don't actually do that many series, but I am still fond of Stephanie Plum (though the whole Ranger thing is starting to annoy me a bit!!!)

Alyson Noel said...

As a kid I read the "Little House" series (my sister had Trixie Belden), and while I haven't read much YA this year (I know, I know), I did enjoy the Traveling Pants series- though I didn't read the last book- and Twilight- again, didn't read the latest book . . .

Sara Hantz said...

I LOVE series. Travelling Pants was great. HP, of course. When I was young I loved Enid Blyton's series. And all the classics like Little Women, Little Men, Jo's Boys. And What Katie Did, What Katie Did Next....

Kelly Parra said...

Growing up, I would devour the V.C. Andrew's series books!

Now I love the Stephanie Plum series and Death series by JD Robb. :)

Wendy Toliver said...

When I was younger I loved Sweet Valley High and Cheerleaders. Oh, and Anne of Green Gables. Now there are so many great ones to choose from! I'm really excited for Kate Harmon (aka Marley Gibson)'s Sorority 101 series as I was lucky enough to get to read most of them early!

TinaFerraro said...

Hey, Jessica!

Stephanie Plum, Traveling Pants, Kinsey Milhone are some of my favorites!

photo blog girl said...

I love your blog! I stumbled across it and I already like it a lot. I'm working on a little short story and I'm wondering: what are your favorite imaginary book settings? Completely imaginary - not like Harry Potter, since that's technically set in England (although Hogwarts is imaginary). I've been trying to make a mental list of all the best ones and I'd love to hear your thoughts...

bevrosenbaum said...

I must have read at least twenty Nancy Drew mysteries as a kid and loved every one of them!
Bev

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