What is it about series that draws us as readers? I’m not really sure, but whatever it is, I’m looking forward to continuing and starting a good number of them in 2012. Even the book with which I’ve started the year, The Complete Sherlock Holmes, Vol. 2 is a serial, even if it’s of short stories and not complete novels.
Twelve others (with no particular rank) that are on my radar are:
- A Song of Fire and Ice series by George R.R. Martin: I read the first one, A Game of Thrones, but still have to finish the second one, A Clash of Kings, which I did start.
- The Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss: My library director loves them, so I guess at the last I should give them a try.
- The Septimus Heap series by Angie Sage: I’ve had the first one, Magyk, on my Nook for over a year now. Maybe I’ll get to it finally this year.
- An alternate history series set in the time around World II by Jo Walton that begins with Farthing, continues with Ha’Penny and ends with Half A Crown: Our library has the first two and hopefully I can convince our director to get the third one, because she likes to have all the parts of a series in the library (as much as possible, especially with smaller series).
- The Ripley series by Patricia Highsmith: I only recently discovered that our library had the first one, The Talented Mr. Ripley.
- The Adam Dalgliesh series by P.D. James: Another one I only recently discovered also had the first one, Cover Her Face.
- The Jack Reacher series by Lee Child: I read the first two, I think, last year and really enjoyed them, but then for some reason, I never returned to them. I don’t know why.
- The Derek Strange series by George Pelecanos: I read the first two of this series several years ago, but then never returned to it, even though I enjoyed both of them.
- The Parker series by Richard Stark (a pseudonym for Donald E. Westlake): I read the first couple but the others I don’t own and our library doesn’t have all of them. However, my brother-in-law does have them. I’m hoping he’ll allow me to borrow them a few books at a time after I return several books I already borrowed from him.
- The Burglar Who/Bernie Rhodebarr series by Lawrence Block: I read one of these years ago and only now am getting back to it.
- The Harry Hole series by by Jo Nesbø: A patron recommended him as another Scandinavian author similar to Stieg Larsson, so I thought I’d give him a try. I already have the first one, The Redbreast, out of the library and really am looking forward to reading it.
- The Temperance Brennan/Bones series: I only began this series this past year and I’m already halfway through it. I have to say while I like the TV show, I like the book series even better than its TV counterpart.
So are there any series on your radar that you want to read in 2012?