A while ago some one asked me it I liked books that were in a series and my response was not really. I told them I like reading new and different books, exploring new writing and ways of thinking. After I thought about it I realized I had lied. I had not really paid attention to my own reading habits.
I had forgotten the thrill we had as a family long ago when our daughter was waiting anxiously for the next Boxcar Children book to come out or the Babysitter’s Little sister books. I thought that was her reading – she love the predicable writing, the familiar characters the sense of home as you settle into a story where you know the personalities.
There was the Magic Tree House books and then as our son grew older we found Harry Potter like the rest of the world. We were left hanging on trip to Chicago when one of the series came out and you would have thought the world had ended because we did not have the book in hand the day of it’s release. Yes, I had the book on hold back in Minnesota but it was not now. So walking the street of downtown Chicago I was able to score a copy in an old record store. Who knew that there would be an unclaimed copy in a record/music store. We began reading it out loud in a late night wait for the train out of town. Our kids and everyone else in the station was listening.
Then came the Dark Materials series from Pullman. We were all waiting for each one to be released. It was great excitement one Christmas when the newest release was under the tree.
So yes, we likes books in a series or should I say I like books in a series. I even realize I have continued to carried this craziness of waiting for a book to be released in my own life even though my children are grown and moved away from home.
I have been reading the Corner’s Lunch – series (adult read), I have been reading the The Shakespeare Mysteries by Hicks (middle grade fiction). I have been reading the Flavia de Luce series (young adult to adult).
The realization that I indeed read books in a series happened this week when I realized I have three books pre brought because they are next in the series – I just needed to be sure I would not miss them. I also want to I go back to reread the first books in each series just to reconnect with these of friends.
Books in a series often get re read, they bring old friends (and enemies) back into your life and give you a chance to relax into a predictable writing pattern, especially when the world around you in real life can be very unpredictable.
So here they are! The books I am waiting for:
Childrens – The Shakespeare Mysteries by by Deron R. Hicks
- Books one and two:
- Secret of Shakespeare’s Grave
- Tower of the Five orders
- Next book to be released in August 2017 (a mystery but not part of the Shakespeare series but it appears to follow a similar formate
- The Van Gogh Deception
Young Adult/ Adult – Flavia de Luce series
- There are at least are at least 8 of these – no I am not going to re read all of them or list them here but …
- The new release will be January 31, 2018 –
- The Grave’s a Fine and Private Place: A Flavia de Luce Novel
Young Adult/ Adult
- The Dark Materials series (3 books) by Philip Pullman – yes I will re read these this summer
- The new release of what Pullman is calling an “equel” to the first trilogy, distinguishing it from a prequel or a sequel, and noting that the book “doesn’t stand before or after ‘His Dark Materials,’ but beside it.” (see article from the New York times – https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/15/books/philip-pullman-trilogy.html
- The Book of Dust (volume 1)- to be released October 19, 2017
Do you or your students like reading books in a series? What series are you reading?