So 2013 is my year for book series; 2012 was my year of translated-to-english books; 2011 was my year of fantasy books (long story for another time).
Anyway. i find the websites sorely lacking in suggesting series for the non-fantasy lover. i mean, i totally get that there are tons of fantasy epic series — but try as i might, while i do not mind the classic fantasy series, i am really not getting the whole new-fangled (pun unintended) vampire craze. also, i’m a close-to-thirty reader.. so age appropriate books are important for me. there are some fantastic series out there! and i’m on a hunt.
So i’m logging the series i’ve read this year, what i liked; what i didn’t like.. no offense intended; i’m just sharing my reading preferences. these are the long series recommendations, in no particular order.
- JD Robb; In death series:- What’s there not to like about this series? i’ve been reading this series since it first came out, and have every book in hard copy and soft copy. Eve Dallas, super cop — moody, brash, in-your-face. strong, her husband Roarke (oh the many dreams i’ve had about Roarke), ba-billionaire who owns most of the world and planets. while it is set in the future where there are inter-planet travel, vertical driving etc, which may be off putting for some, you don’t really notice it after a while — excellent storylines, gripping plots. JD Robb is actually Nora Robert’s pseudonym; and Nora Roberts has some of the best trilogies — the Quinn brothers, the Born In trilogy, Gallaghers of Ardmore Trilogy tops my lists.
- Sir Arthur Conan Doyle; Sherlock Holmes: Yes, i’ve read them ALL, Do not be intimidated by the fact that this is a “classic” — it is actually very easy to read and good fun. the case files will take you less than 30 minutes, and its good! the brillance of Sherlock Holmes and the faithful Dr Watson.
- JK Rowling; Harry Potter; because this has to make MY list. i think i have re-read the potter series at least 8 times.
- Janet Evanovich, Stephanie Plum: Stephanie is a bounty hunter, and she gets herself into alot of trouble (and a barrel of laughs) while chasing down her FTAs (Failure to Appears). Two gorgeous men in her life: Morelli and Ranger. i am on team Ranger. this is an easy-reading laugh-out-loud series i love recommending to friends!
- Kylie Chan; White Tiger: This was such a serendipitous find for me. i absolutely love it. i stayed up for nights reading this. Emma takes on a job as a full-time live-in nanny to Simone; only to realize that Simone’s dad is not an ordinary man. in fact, he is a God, living on earth. Asian Literature/Fantasy; it surprised me how hooked i got on this series. Gods on earth, Imperial emperors, dragons and tigers. a lot of martial arts. love it. LOVE IT!
- James Patterson; Women’s Murder Club: 4 women: a police officer, a pathologist, a reporter and a lawyer. like sex-in-the-city, except these girls solve crimes and figure out serial killers.
- Rick Riordan; Percy Jackson: good fun, although i found it a bit too young for me. i read this during my Harry Potter-has-ended mourning period.
- Laura Joh Rowland; Sano Ichiro: Set in the Tokugawa Shogan era, this series follows a detective (inspector) Sano Ichiro, and his solving of murder mysteries; somewhat like Sherlock Holmes, Asian style. a bit too graphic about the sexual bits (a bit unnecessarily so since it doesn’t always contribute to plot) but interesting. i think i read the first 13 odd books before i got distracted by other series.
- Anne Rice; The vampire series: the original vampire-story writer. i have to admit, i read this because i wanted to see how the movie matched up to it. good read, a bit too dark for me. got the chills down my spine a couple of times.. and rather restless sleepless nights…
- Laurell K. Hamilton; Anita Blake: A really popular series, but not for me. Too sleezy! don’t get me wrong, i love Romance novels as much as any other all-girls-school girl, but this series just got too racy for me. over-the-top, too graphic, too-much-sex. with too many partners. left a bad taste in my mouth.
- George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire): this is not an easy read. didn’t quite make it past the first four chapters. will give it another shot when I’ve finally got time to watch the HBO series. i figured once i got to know the characters a bit more, i might enjoy the book a bit better.
Do give me your recommendations!