Is it a series?

Mar 28, 2013
I answer a lot of questions throughout my day. Being a librarian, that is hardly a surprise. What was surprising to me (when I first started, especially) was the question that I get asked most often: Is it a series? Recently, I was asked this question again when the book in my hand was in fact the first book in a series. I answered yes (it was The Raven Boys in case you were interested) and she responded with “Great, I love series.” And you know what? I do, too. So it got me wondering: Why do we love series so much? Ask people what they read when they were little and most often you will get the names of series: The Baby-sitters Club, Sweet Valley High, Harry Potter, Boxcar Children, Captain Underpants…the list goes on and on. There is something comforting about reading a series when you are younger. First of all, reading is hard, especially when you are just getting used to it. If you are going to put in the work it takes, you really want the book to be good. By reading a series, you know the characters and the writing style. Most importantly, you know that you are going to like it. It is safe. I think that it is those first experiences of reading on our own that stay with us. And series books help with that: we find them comforting; we know the characters are going to continue on after we finish this book; we know the intimacies of their story. Characters from series become part of our lives. And maybe it is just me, but does anyone else love the anticipation factor? You finish a book in a series…and you know the story isn’t over. You have to wait for the next book, and that can be exciting and frustrating! Character motivation and plot nuances get mulled over in your mind as you eagerly await the next edition. One of the things that I adore most about books is their ability to transport you to a world that is not your normal life. That’s where part of the fun is for me. Series can take years to unfold and allow you to grow and change with the characters. Maybe that is why we adore series so much. They help to shape our understanding of ourselves and infiltrate the world we live in. Think about it…when was the last time you wished you had a wand like Harry? I’m always curious to find out what other people are reading. It is the question I ask most often during the day. So I ask you welcome visitorsto the OOM-erverse: What is your favorite series to read?