I don’t HATE book series. Not really. I just don’t like them that much.
This wasn’t always the case; when I was younger I LOVED them. That was all I read; the Boxcar Children, Nancy Drew, Redwall, Harry Potter, various quartets by Tamora Pierce. They were all wonderful series, but after a while something happened to me.
I realized that every single book in the Redwall series was the same and that realization changed my view of books/series forever.
Since then I have looked upon series with suspicion. I ask myself, “Is this going to be worth the time I need to put into it?” The only series I can say to have read lately was part of the Discworld series by Terry Pratchett, and even those have grown tiresome. Over time my dislike of series extended to even reading multiple books by the same author. My dislike grew so much that I refused to even buy another book by the same author EVEN IF IT HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH THE FIRST. I would only do so if the book really and truly appealed to me on its own (the amount of times I have picked up an Ian McEwan novel only to return it to its shelf is astonishing). I’m a hesitant reader and so I adopted the philosophy of “Why read the same author over and over again, when I can enjoy so many other voices I’ve never heard from before”.
Why am I telling you all of this?
Because I want you to know that when I say I am excited for these next couple of sequels/books I really mean it.
1. The Magician’s Land (The Magicians #3) by Lev Grossman
Expected pub date: August 5, 2014
Published by Viking
First, I’ve been following Lev Grossman’s blog (which is awesome and you should go read). Second, I absolutely loved the first book and the second almost as much. I’m very much excited for the third installment. In fact, I can’t recall a time in recent memory when I have so eagerly awaited a sequel (let alone a three-quel!) In case you are unfamiliar, The Magicians series follows our twenty-something anti-hero of sorts, Quentin, as he discovers the dangerous realities of the Narnia-like fantasy world he’d loved as a child. Readers of Harry Potter, The Chronicles of Narnia, and more will LOVE this series and its gritty urban-fantasy twist on familiar childhood series.
2. Landline by Rainbow Rowell
Expected pub date: July 8, 2014
Published by St. Martin’s Press.
Rowell moves to adult fiction in her upcoming novel about a woman who is able to reconnect with her husband in the past via a magical old landline phone. I love the fact that there’s going to be a slight fantastic element to this story, while still dealing with the very real emotional problems that Rowell deals with so well in all (or at least the two I’ve read) her novels. It’s not a sequel or part of a series, but Landline will be the third book I’ve read by Rowell, and I’m more than okay with that.
Published January 14, 2014
Published by Quirk.
I’m not quite done with the first book, so I don’t even want to read the summary of this one yet…but needless to say I’m really looking forward to continuing in the world of Miss Peregrine and her peculiar children.
EDIT: I just finished this book and I’m even more excited than I was before.
Most people seem to prefer reading series. Why is this?
Also, is there any one else (like me) who doesn’t necessarily enjoy reading series/multiple books by the same author? (I, for one, have come to the conclusion that I am just never going to read A Song of Fire and Ice.) I’d love to hear from you.