Today, Carole has us talking about our Ten Favorite Book Series.
Although I read quite a lot, I don't really follow many book series. So I'll have to take the slacker approach. . .
There are two book series that I particularly enjoy, and you'll always find me eager to dive in to the newest installment:
1 --- Louise Penny's Armand Gamache/Three Pines novels - These delightful mysteries are set in Quebec and follow the lives of a particularly artistic cast of characters. While the characters and setting are fairly consistent from book to book, nothing is predictable -- and characters grow and change and reveal ever-new layers to their personalities with each new book. I first discovered this wonderful series when I was going through chemo (I think there were only 4 or 5 books at that point) -- and I just devoured them! (There are now 10 books in the series.)
2 --- Tana French's Dublin Murder Squad novels - This series is a bit more on the edgy side, and definitely among the best pychological thrillers I've ever read. Although there is a cast of recurring characters, the books can really be read as stand-alone novels. While the cases/mysteries are interesting, for me, it's really about the characters -- and watching them "unfold" during the investigations. Really excellent reads! (The fifth book of this series was just published this fall.)
Other series I have read and enjoyed over the years:
3 --- Martha Grimes - Richard Jury Series
4 --- Steig Larsson - The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Triology (it appears that, perhaps, there will be more books coming in the series. . . although it's usually a bit disappointing when another author takes over a series.)
5 --- Anne Perry - William Monk Series - I just finished reading the first book in this series over the weekend, and found it good enough to try another. (Also - the author is a convicted murderer herself, so that is a rather intriquing reason to check out her books!)
So. Only five*. . .
How about YOU? What are your favorite book series?
* (I've also read the Harry Potter books, and far too many Stephanie Plum and letter-of-the-alphabet "formula" novels. I've never gotten into the whole Hunger Games or Outlander things, though.)