A Love of Series

“Do you enjoy reading SERIES fiction? Is there a “magic” number of titles in that series that you find most agreeable? Moreover, do you WRITE series fiction? How many titles do YOU plan in your series?”

Ever since I was younger I have enjoyed reading series. The first set of books that I remember falling in love with was The Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder. From there I read The Goosebumps series by R.L. Stine, then the Fear Street series also written by Stine. I then moved on to V.C. Andrews’ books which I borrowed from a friend in high school. I still enjoy reading series. It doesn’t matter to me if it has the same main characters or not. In Stine’s books I don’t remember any of the main characters appearing in more than one book. I recently bought several of the Fear Street books for my daughter, she loves the Goosebumps books so I thought she might like Fear Street as well. I have enjoyed the many series that Wendy Knight has written as well as our own Patricia Kiyono’s Partridge series.

I just started reading a new series but I did not intend to start a series. I picked up A Light in the Window by Julie Lessman. It is a prequel to two series The Daughters of Boston and The Winds of Change. This book is so enjoyable that I am now planning to read all the books. I will probably pick up more by this author as well.

The number of books in a series doesn’t matter to me. Of course if a series is well written I won’t want it to end. I have come across a series that dragged on and on where I simply stopped reading it. There is a series that I really enjoyed I read the first four books in a week. I read a few more after that but then it really started jumping around. The next book in the series would suddenly be the story to the parents from the previous books. Then the one after that would be a cousin. Then back to the main characters from the first book. It got a little too confusing to keep track of the timeline for me. It’s a popular series and there are 24 books in that series now so I’m sure others have no problem following the jumping timeline.

I do not write series. There is a series that I have planned to do but I have not written it yet. I think if I were to write a series I would have to write it all at once. Then do a staggered release. I think I would have a problem going back to an old story to continue on with it.

What are your thoughts on series?


About Angela Schroeder

Angela Schroeder is a single mother of three. She was born and raised in Iowa in a river town known for its pearl buttons. Having four siblings, she never lacked for someone to play with. As she grew older, she found herself pulled into books and writing more and more. Her parents are her heroes, her siblings her confidants and tormentors, and her children are a wonderful blessing. Church is important to her children and her. They enjoy the friendships they’ve made with the people there. Writing has always been a passion. Her first experience was in fifth grade when she went to a one-day writing conference. After that she knew it was something she wanted to pursue.
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4 Responses to A Love of Series

  1. Jeff Salter says:

    confusing timelines are one element of my own discussion about series books.
    More on that, on Hound Day.

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  2. One of my sons like Goosebumps, but the ones I read seemed to have all unlikeable characters. I read the Little House books with my sons. That was quite an experience.

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  3. Patricia Kiyono says:

    I’m so flattered that you’ve read and enjoyed my Partridge series! They were fun to write. I remember reading the Little House series when I was young, but the rest you mention came out after I started teaching, and they didn’t appeal to me so much. I think some of my grandkids read the Goosebumps books.

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  4. Elaine Cantrell says:

    I like series too. It would be nice to write one.


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