I’m seriously crazy for series, trilogies, quadrilogies, what have you. I’ll read a stand-alone every once in a while, but when I get to the end I’m usually a little pissed that there’s not another book I have to wait 3 months to 2 years for. Not that I love the waiting, but if I get emotionally invested in characters I want to know that they’re still out there doing something. Even when I catch on to a series after all the books have been written, the sheer pleasure of tearing through them knowing that there will be a next one until there sadly isn’t, is addictive to me.
When I started the Outlander series over Christmas, my reading habit got so bad that I could have been accused of neglecting my children. Sure, they were fed and clothed and kissed goodnight, but there was no way mommy was gonna play trains when she had to know what was next for Jamie and Claire-not to mention Roger who I totally have a crush on. When I read the Twilight series in a week, I became adept at feeding my daughter a bottle and reading at the same time. I’ve been a slightly better parent during House of Night, Vampire Academy, and Strange Angels. Harry Potter ended when my first child was still a baby, so I just stayed up all night and alternated readings and feedings.
I’m thinking about series because my friend Rebecca, who I’ve known since I was 6 if you can believe it, recommended The Hunger Games to me. She had just finished reading the first two and thought I would like them, although she suggested that I might want to wait until August when the third book comes out and then devour them all in one huge gulp. I considered doing that for about 10 minutes before I downloaded the first book. That was a day ago and I’ll probably have moved on to the next book by tomorrow. So good. I ‘m sure I’ll be kicking myself until August, but I do believe the next Vampire Academy comes out in May, and Strange Angels in July. Hopefully, P.C and Kristin Cast can help a mutha out and release the next House of Night in June.
As far as the series that I’m writing goes, I wrote dialogue for *Glimmer* like a mad woman yesterday, so I’ll go back through and fill in the background today. Some interesting transactions with chili fries, to be exact. MMM, chili fries. Must go.