Book meme

There’s a fascinating 30 day book meme going around, that I thought I’d chime in. (I don’t anticipate 30 daily posts, and I may skip some – complete list below.) While there aren’t spoilers in this one, I will make note of any, and put them below the ‘more’ tag.

Day 01 – A book series you wish had gone on longer OR a book series you wish would just freaking end already (or both!)

I read a lot of series books, and am therefore pretty tolerant of the problems of a series – things that get so tangled that going on is immensely complicated, or where the author just needs to change what they’re doing, or a series stops selling well.

I would love especially to have more books in Deborah Grabien‘s Haunted Ballad folksong series (the last one was in 2007, and I don’t know if she has more planned), and in Lois McMaster Bujold’s Chalion series (I’m also deeply fond of her Vorkorsigan books, and her others, for that matter: she does hope to return to that world at some point.) And I’d love another Jacqueline Kirby book from Elizabeth Peters (though again, I also like her other series, and just finished the latest in the Amelia Peabody series). But mostly, I don’t pine for series, as much as I do for more stuff from authors I love.

Beyond that, I’m not so sure. I try not to pine for series where the author has died, as it seems a waste of time. (Though I am among those who would cheerfully inhale more Dorothy Sayers, for example.)

In terms of series that I wish had stopped sooner than they did: Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake books took a sharp turn after about Blue Moon, and I wish she’d done a more deliberate split at that point (or perhaps a book or two later) than what she ended up doing – perhaps branching off a new sequence with a coherent arc/series title, or something.

continue below for all 30 days of this meme.

Day 01 – A book series you wish had gone on longer OR a book series you wish would just freaking end already (or both!)
Day 02 – A book or series you wish more people were reading and talking about
Day 03 – The best book you’ve read in the last 12 months
Day 04 – Your favorite book or series ever
Day 05 – A book or series you hate
Day 06 – Favorite book of your favorite series OR your favorite book of all time
Day 07 – Least favorite plot device employed by way too many books you actually enjoyed otherwise
Day 08 – A book everyone should read at least once
Day 09 – Best scene ever
Day 10 – A book you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving
Day 11 – A book that disappointed you
Day 12 – A book or series of books you’ve watched more than five times
Day 13 – Favorite childhood book OR current favorite YA book (or both!)
Day 14 – Favorite character in a book (of any sex or gender)
Day 15 – Your “comfort” book
Day 16 – Favorite poem or collection of poetry
Day 17 – Favorite story or collection of stories (short stories, novellas, novelettes, etc.)
Day 18 – Favorite beginning scene in a book
Day 19 – Favorite book cover (bonus points for posting an image!)Day 01 – A book series you wish had gone on longer OR a book series you wish would just freaking end already (or both!)
Day 02 – A book or series you wish more people were reading and talking about
Day 03 – The best book you’ve read in the last 12 months
Day 04 – Your favorite book or series ever
Day 05 – A book or series you hate
Day 06 – Favorite book of your favorite series OR your favorite book of all time
Day 07 – Least favorite plot device employed by way too many books you actually enjoyed otherwise
Day 08 – A book everyone should read at least once
Day 09 – Best scene ever
Day 10 – A book you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving
Day 11 – A book that disappointed you
Day 12 – A book or series of books you’ve watched more than five times
Day 13 – Favorite childhood book OR current favorite YA book (or both!)
Day 14 – Favorite character in a book (of any sex or gender)
Day 15 – Your “comfort” book
Day 16 – Favorite poem or collection of poetry
Day 17 – Favorite story or collection of stories (short stories, novellas, novelettes, etc.)
Day 18 – Favorite beginning scene in a book
Day 19 – Favorite book cover (bonus points for posting an image!)
Day 20 – Favorite kiss
Day 21 – Favorite romantic/sexual relationship (including asexual romantic relationships)
Day 22 – Favorite non-sexual relationship (including asexual romantic relationships)
Day 23 – Most annoying character ever
Day 24 – Best quote from a novel
Day 25 – Any five books from your “to be read” stack
Day 26 – OMG WTF? OR most irritating/awful/annoying book ending
Day 27 – If a book contains ______, you will always read it (and a book or books that contain it)!
Day 28 – First favorite book or series obsession
Day 29 – Saddest character death OR best/most satisfying character death (or both!)
Day 30 – What book are you reading right now?
Day 20 – Favorite kiss
Day 21 – Favorite romantic/sexual relationship (including asexual romantic relationships)
Day 22 – Favorite non-sexual relationship (including asexual romantic relationships)
Day 23 – Most annoying character ever
Day 24 – Best quote from a novel
Day 25 – Any five books from your “to be read” stack
Day 26 – OMG WTF? OR most irritating/awful/annoying book ending
Day 27 – If a book contains ______, you will always read it (and a book or books that contain it)!
Day 28 – First favorite book or series obsession
Day 29 – Saddest character death OR best/most satisfying character death (or both!)
Day 30 – What book are you reading right now?

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Hi, I’m Jen

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