Friday, November 12, 2010

Book Blogger Hop - Nov. 12 - 15, 2010: Series

Book Blogger Hop This week's Book Blogger Hop question is:
"If you find a book that looks interesting but is part of a series, do you always start with the first title?"

No, not always.  A perfect example is the "In Death' series by J.D. Robb.  I love this series and am, in fact, reading the latest installment called Indulgence in Death.  However, I was quite afraid of this series of books before I started reading them.  J.D. Robb is a pseudnym for Nora Roberts - whom I adore.  I knew about the 'In Death' series but was leary to read stories about a homicide detective.  I thought they would be too gruesome for my taste.  Then, in 2003 (I believe) she released a book called Remember When.  The first half of the book was written as Nora Roberts and the second half as J.D. Robb and the stories intertwined a mystery over 50-ish years.  It was really quite a clever move from a marketing stand point as I'm sure it pulled in a lot of new readers for both of her writing personalities.  I loved the book and was captivated by the 'In Death' characters.  At which point I went back to the beginning of the series and read it in order.

Another thing with me and series is that I tend to get bored with them.  It's sad but true.  Unless the writing is exceptional and I love the characters for whatever reason - I find it hard to stick with a lengthy series.


  1. Hi there...stopping by via the hop. I feel I have to start at the beginning and it's only on rare occasion that I don't. My full answer can be found here.

  2. Hi Sheery!! I'm a new follower from the Blog Hop, please stop by and follow back :D
    Hafsah @ IceyBooks

  3. I agree that series can run their course after a while. I exhausted every John Grisham & James Patterson book, and I just don't have a lot of interest in their newer books now. It was fun while it lasted :)

  4. Hi,
    I'm stopping by for the Blog Hop and Follow Friday. I hope you have a great weekend. Happy Reading!

    I'm an old follower.

    Danielle @ Romance Book Junkies

  5. I can dive right into the middle of a book series if the series' story
    doesn't run chronologically.

    That is to say, if each novel in a series is a stand-alone story (like Lee
    Child's Reacher novels) then I don't feel the need to start with book one.

    On the other hand, a series of books (like Richard Hatch's Battlestar
    Galactica novels) can't be read out of sequence since each new book builds
    upon the story of the previous entry in the series.

    Happy Book Blogger Hop Friday!

    Howard Sherman

  6. Hi there! Found you through the Hop and now I'm a new follower. I always try to start with the first book in a series. I like order. :)

  7. Stopping by from the hop. First-time visitor.

    Stop by my blog if you like to see my answer to this week's question.

  8. Hoppin' along the Book Blogger Hop! I tend to get bored with series titles, too. I'm eclectic, so I want to read something totally different.

  9. I have to start with the first book in the series! I am very OCD!

    Girls with Books
    Teen Bookshelf