Wednesday, February 16, 2011


I've been trying to make more time to read and I've found myself getting sucked into book series rather than stand alone novels. Most of the books I've read over the past year have been part of a series including:

The Twilight Series by Stephanie Meyer- After seeing the first Twilight movie I was hooked and had to find out what happened next. I received all four books for Christmas '09 and read all four in January '10. I loved the series, I love the movies and I can't wait for the final two movies to come out.

The Bride Quartet Series by Nora Roberts- I started reading these books while I was planning and obsessing over the wedding and read the last book after receiving it for Christmas this year. It's a cute series and if you love weddings and love chick lit this is right up your alley. However, each book is VERY predictable and follows the same format which is disappointing. But they are quick, easy and light hearted reads if that's something you are looking for.

The Millennium Series by Stieg Larrson- For the most part I really enjoyed this series, I thought the overall story line of each book was interesting and I loved the Lisbeth Salander character. However, there were several issues I had with these books. The first being that they should have been edited down by at least 100 pages or more. There was way too much useless descriptions of what people were eating, how their homes were decorated etc. There were way too many characters, most of whom had very similar names, making it difficult to keep track. And there were several side story lines that ultimately could have been removed without losing anything from the main plot. With that said I did really enjoy these books and I can't wait to see the movies (both the Swedish and American versions) which I hope will focus on the meat of the stories rather than all of the sub-plots and excess information.

And finally I just started reading The Hunger Games Series by Suzanne Collins- So far I've only read the first book but I loved it! I know some people have an issue with the teen violence but unfortunately it's not unheard of for teens in other countries to be sent off to war to kill others their age. As soon as I started reading I couldn't put this book down and after I finished reading it I couldn't stop thinking about it. I can't wait to read the next two books in the series and continue following Katniss's adventures.

What book series have you read/liked?


april said...

I've actually read all of those with the exception of the last book and a half of Twilight. I couldn't get through it.

I have the same complaints about the Nora Roberts's series. I have been reading her for decades, but this last series was just too darned sweet.

I enjoyed the Milennium series and LOVED The Hunger Games trilogy. I'm very curious about both movies though I'm pretty sure both will be ruined in some way.

I'm not reading a lot these days. I try to keep up a good average, but I'm very scattered at work and at home so it's hard to concentrate. I'm reading the In Death series by J.D. Robb (Nora Roberts's pen name) and her new book is out on Tuesday. I'm looking forward to Kristin Hannah's book next month called Night Road, but that's a stand-alone book. Otherwise, I have piles of books that I'm just ignoring.

Teenage Bride said...

I love the Bride quartet! I have read each of the books twice already!!!!

Bicoastal Bride said...

I tried to get into Twighlight but just couldn't make it past the first book. I guess I'm one of the few people who doesn't like that series!

Jenni said...

The Stephanie Plum series by Kanet Evanovich! There are 16 in all and since the first one was written in the 90's she rocks Doc. Martins, plaid shirts and car phones. haha too hilarious! I'm on book 13 of the 16 and there are now ipods and iphoto :) Great series, and it will be a movie soon!

Claire Kiefer said...

Hunger Games is SO GOOD! Alarmingly, I haven't read the second two books (though I want to!), but the first book was thrilling! I really love young adult lit these days. :)