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10 Books Meme - the series edition

The meme that folks have been doing listing the 10 books that have stuck with them has been really fun to read.  I realized when I was trying (and failing) to narrow my list to 10 titles that I've read a lot of books in series where the main characters are what have stuck with me.  I've seen Nancy Drew and a couple of other book series on other people's lists too.  I did and really do like being able to stay in the same fictional world with the same characters.  The majority of the fiction I read now is fan fiction and I think in some ways, it holds the same appeal.  The characters are familiar and I enjoy spending time with them.  Maybe that's what is so attractive about sticking with a TV show for 10 seasons.  Not only are the characters well known by this point, the cast, show runner, writers, producers and some of the crew are familiar also.  Maybe that's why continuity and canon glitches are so annoying to me.  I like the continuation of story elements as the seasons go forward and don't like it when they get interrupted.

I figured I'd make a list of some of my favorite series.  It's fun to see how my reading tastes have changed over time but I seem to stick with similar characters or time periods.  Spies and soldiers show up quite a bit as does the Napoleonic War period.  I've read a ton of romance novels where they tend to be written as trilogies or where a minor character in one novel ends up the lead character in the next novel.  I went through about a decade where I mostly read romances, largely because they were formulaic and pretty much guaranteed to have a happy ending but most of the characters have been forgettable so there aren't too many listed here.  Here's my list in more or less chronological order of when I started reading them.  With some, I didn't stick with the whole series as they or I changed over time.


  1. Trixie Belden mysteries

  2. Dragonriders of Pern - Anne McCaffrey (The first 7 novels written including the Menolly books.)

  3. Merlin trilogy - Mary Stewart (Long before Jensen Ackles was even old enough to walk to school by himself, I pictured a grown-up Merlin looking like Jensen does now.)

  4. Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams

  5. James Bond - Ian Fleming

  6. Dirk Pitt - Clive Cussler (Adventures exploring shipwrecks.)

  7. Harry Potter - JK Rowling (Glad I got to read them as they were published.)

  8. Outlander - Diana Gabaldon (Read the first five or so.)

  9. Liam Devlin and Sean Dillon - Jack Higgins (The only reason I know the brand names of any Irish whiskey.)

  10. Bourne novels - Robert Ludlum

  11. Fallen Angels - Mary Jo Putnam (Romance novels set during the Peninsula War.)

  12. Troubleshooters, Inc. - Suzanne Brockmann (Romance novels initially centered around the men in a Navy SEAL team.)

  13. Black Dagger Brotherhood - JR Ward (Vampire romances with cool world building.)

  14. Richard Sharpe - Bernard Cornwell

  15. Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin - Patrick O'Brian


The last two have the most titles other than Trixie Belden and I've read all of them. Both are set in the early 1800s, one about a British Army officer and the other, a British Navy officer and his ship's surgeon. Both are supposed to be pretty accurate when it comes to historical battle details.

On a totally unrelated note, today is the day people are showing appreciation for Jared Padalecki so the icon is of the hand of his son Thomas hanging on to his Daddy's thumb. Wishing you and your family well, Jared.

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astarloa
Sep. 28th, 2014 09:35 am (UTC)
Ah, I remember the Trixie Belden mysteries! Although I blame them entirely for thinking "Arkansas" was pronounced as written (non-American child readers beware).

Great list :)
galwithglasses
Sep. 28th, 2014 10:48 am (UTC)
English is tough enough to gather pronounciation from spelling and you throw place names in there with native origins or influences of other languages and they can be impossible to tell even if you live in the same state.
layne67
Sep. 29th, 2014 04:53 am (UTC)
Trixie Belden! And yay for Bourne novels! How do you like the movies?
galwithglasses
Sep. 29th, 2014 08:05 am (UTC)
I loved the original three Bourne movies because it's Matt Damon being a badass and the action moves really fast. I haven't seen the Jeremy Renner one though. I had read the novels first and the movies change some significant things. I liked Marie in the books and that there were so many layers to who Bourne was and we kept uncovering more. I think they did a good job keeping the essence of the books for the movies though.
hugemind
Oct. 1st, 2014 03:47 pm (UTC)
I've read number 4 and loved it. And I have book two of number two (Dragonquest) in my to-read pile after I found it from a book swap shelf at Helsinki airport. How necessary is it to read book 1 to understand book 2?
galwithglasses
Oct. 2nd, 2014 12:20 am (UTC)
It's been a long time since I've read them and I can't remember how much explanation there is with the second one. She does a lot of world building in the first one and it's pretty good. The whole series has a fair amount of dubcon if that's not your thing. There's also a series with Dragonsinger and Dragonsong with a younger girl as the protagonist. I can't remember which is first. They are shorter and are set right around the one that you have. You might get enough world building in those. I'll snag my Dragonquest tomorrow and have a look and see if it looks like you'll pick up enough.
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