Quick poll: what series should I consider reading?

Hey! Hello there. It's Saturday night and I am putting the finishing touches on the NIFW Book Club prep for next week and getting all jazzed about reading. (Reading! Oh, reading. Wherefore art thou, reading?!)

Quick question for all of you - I feel very in the mood to get invested in a solid fiction series, something following the same characters over the course of several novels. What have you read and liked lately? I am in the mood to INVEST in some characters.

Side note: there are a few spots left in February's book club. We're reading the new J.K. Rowling book and I cannot wait to start it and have a glass of wine post-baby-in-bed and sit at my kitchen table with my laptop and dish with all of the people in the club. If you're so inclined, register here.

P.S. The most confusing thing about PPD is that some days are terrible and other days are excellent. The past two days have actually been awesomesauce and I felt kind of weird about dropping the PPD bomb on this blog and then being like "HEY GUYS! CHECK OUT THESE INSPIRATIONAL QUOTES I FOUND" the next day. So... I guess what I'm saying is sometimes there will be inspirational quotes and sometimes stories about crying.

Such is life these days.

P.P.S. Some days there will also be cute baby pix. Here, for example, is a censored baby in the bath:


Rebecca said...

I read very few series, so I would probably recommend that if you don't find a particular series you're into, you could work through a particular author's set of work (I recommend John Irving or Amy Bloom, as starters). One of the few fiction series I have read (most of) is the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith. They're light, fun, earthy, and easy to read. You do fall in love with some of the characters, but they get a little formulaic after a while. The first book stands alone, though, and is worth reading even if you don't continue on in the series.

If you're into crime fiction, I'd suggest Ian Rankin or Tana French. And if you want some good old-fashioned British/chick lit, read Phillipa Gregory's novels about Anne Boleyn and other Victorian women.

YA series, on the other hand, might satisfy your craving for long-term character development. If you haven't read all eight of the Anne of Green Gables novels, you should someday. I am a loyal fan of Anne's, but I have to say that I think the Emily series is even better. Those are good escapist novels--in the sense that they take you back to a "simpler" time and don't feel weighted down by our modern struggles.

I am planning to read the Lemony Snickett novels someday. It might be fun to get a start on some of those books so you can collect and share them with Noah. (Ooh, don't forget E.B. White's books...)

Erica said...

If you like murder mysteries, I can suggest either Tess Gerritsen's Rizzoli & Isles series (I'm reading the first book now, and it's also been turned into a TV show on TNT) or Jeffrey Deaver's Lincoln Rhyme series (the first book, The Bone Collector, was turned into a movie in the late 90s. The movie is terrible, but the series of books is interesting ... Rhyme is a forensic scientist who had an accident and is paraplegic, but he still consults on cases). I actually stayed up past 3am Sunday night because the Deaver book was just TOO GOOD to put down.

I second Rebecca's John Irving suggestion; he's one of my favorite writers. I recently read A Widow for One Year and fell back in love with Irving's capacity to tell a story ... and his style of writing makes me so jealous. I wish I could construct sentences like that!

If you're looking for characters you can relate to and enjoy, I'll also suggest Maeve Binchy's books. She passed away in late July 2012. Her books are filled with lovable characters, and her more recent novels focus on different people from the same village, so it feels like a continuation of one story to the next.

If you're just looking for a standalone book, I just read the young adult novel The Tragedy Paper, and as an English major, I think you'd LOVE it. (I randomly picked this book from my US library, and it was so hard to put down!)

Erica said...

Oh, and if you're looking for an awesome, introspective tv show, check out Being Erica. It's a Canadian show about a 30-something woman named Erica Strange whose life isn't going as she expected. She starts an interesting form of 'therapy' ... anyway, I don't want to spoil it, so I won't say anymore. Check it out, I'm almost positive you'll love it!