Ten on Tuesday | Serially.

Carole’s prompt this week is about our favorite book series. I’m a huge fan of books that span volumes over years. It’s fun to see how the characters develop, and if you’re lucky enough to catch the series mid-stream, the anticipation of the next book…and ultimately the story’s conclusion….it’s magical. So you might not be surprised that my favorite series is Harry Potter. It was so cool to be part of the series when we didn’t know what came next and couldn’t imagine how it might end.

Honestly, none of the rest of these come even close, but here they are, in no particular order:

2. Laura Ingalls Wilder’s The Little House on the Prairie. We moved to Wyoming in 1971, the year Harper Trophy re-published the series. I was just starting the 4th grade and I was enthralled. The photo above is from the inside cover of the first book in the series (circa 1971 or ’72, I’m sure).

3. Jan Karon’s Mitford series. Read as a young mother and re-read as an empty nester. Loved both times (I’m delighted to see there’s another Father Tim book coming out soon!)

4. Jasper Fforde’s Thursday Next series. It begins with The Eyre Affair and has continued for seven (or eight or more?) books. I’ve only read the first four, but I’ve read that first one three times and I find new things to smile about and love each time.

5/6. Alexander McCall Smith’s Sunday Philosophy Club and 44 Scotland Street series. Funny, I never got into the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency but I love these other series. Must be the Edinburgh setting.

7. Jacqueline Winspear’s Maisie Dobbs series. England between the wars. The stories are quiet and slow (at least the ones I’ve read) but they’re thoughtful and thought-provoking.

8. Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot. I got addicted to these books in high school and never outgrew it. Honestly, I haven’t read one in years, but I love the Masterpiece Mystery series with David Suchet!

9. P.D. James’ Adam Dalgliesh. This addiction started a bit later and I haven’t read the last few … but I have them – in hardcover – on my bookshelf…just waiting.

10. Outlander. I’m only on the third book (of eight – so far?) but I can tell it’s a top 10. If I go fast, I might be able to catch up before the next one comes out. I’d love to be part of the unfolding story…in real time.

(well ugh, I got to 10 too fast! I was also hoping to share Louise Penny’s Inspector Gamache, Michael Dibdin’s Aurelio Zen – I haven’t read all of either series, but I’ve enjoyed what I’ve read so far.)

Can’t wait to see what the rest of you share!

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9 thoughts on “Ten on Tuesday | Serially.

  1. You have several series that I'm going to have to try – a reread of the Mitford series, Jasper Fforde, Aurelio Zen, and of course, Outlander. I never read beyond the first book, but it sounds like I really need to!. Thanks for lots of new TBRs!

  2. I've tried at least a few of all the series on your list (I LOVED the Laura Ingalls books as a girl. . . ). I read the Mitford series when my kids were babies, too. It brought a lot of calm to a really hectic time! I also had an obsession with Adam Dalgliesh for awhile… But I never really did get into the Outlander thing. (I read the first one. And that was enough for me!)So many books . . . so little time!

  3. Will definitely have some duplicates on my list, I love series for the same reason you mentioned, I like "watching" characters grow and develop.

  4. I read the first Sunday Philosophy club book when I was on a trip to Scotland and it really came alive for me when I was in Edinburgh. I've enjoyed every book in that series and I think it is time for another one!

  5. I loved going to Mitford! I forgot about how much fun they were and I heard there is a newly published Mitford book, too. I don't think I'll return to the Outlander series as the books are much too long and I've spend enough time in the past. LOL

  6. There sure are a lot of series for me to discover! I really need to do something about this working thing. (Also, I grew up on Sheffield Drive!)

  7. I LOVE Hercule Poirot, the tv series. I recently watched an hour-long interview with David Suchet as he talked about the 25 years he has been playing the detective. Very lovely interview.

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