Treat Yourself to a New Read

AssocMtgLibrarian, Nancy Fort, loves books in series and sequels.  This is her 7th book review in her series of book reviews!  See what appeals to you.

I love to read books that are part of a series. My preference for series started with Nancy Drew by Carolyn Keene. Every book was a new adventure but featured the same main characters that I had come to love. As a teenager, I pulled The Bastard off my mother’s bookshelf and became entranced by John Jakes’ Kent Family Chronicles, an American Bicentennial Series. I continued reading series and very often mourned the ending of them. My opinion about series has changed though and I blame that on Stephen King. For years, I read the Dark Tower series starting with the Gunslinger. I fought my way through the strange landscapes alongside the main character, Roland of Gilead. I gritted my teeth as each book got longer and longer. I wondered if it would ever end when Mr. King was involved in a serious accident and stopped writing. He did finish that series and I was very disappointed by the ending. Putting that experience behind me, I turned to A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin. The series is called Song of Ice and Fire and I really enjoyed it. I liked the characters, the story and the action but it seemed that every time I found a character that I really liked, he or she was killed off in the next chapter.   The series is incomplete and I am undecided whether I will read the next installments.

Of course I am still a sucker for any Nora Roberts series; I just love how she gives each character a chance to have their own story. I also just read My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante, the first book in the Neopolitan Series. I devoured the next two in the series and am eagerly awaiting the fourth book. It is nice to have something to look forward to and I know there are many other good books to read in the meantime.

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About Pat Solin

Patricia Smith Solin worked with her son, Michael, on creating posts and maintaining the technical aspects of the RFL Association website & Facebook posts. She was the school librarian for 10 years at Riverton Public School (NJ) and contributes articles for the Gaslight News, the official publication of the Historical Society of Riverton.