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Dec 20

Start 2017 Off with a New Series!

Posted on December 20, 2016 at 1:30 PM by Lindsey Kult

As 2016 draws to a close Howard Miller Public Library is preparing for another year of adding new books to our collection! Many of these books are part of a series and might be featured in a Series Saturday next year. But I cannot possibly go through and write about every series that we have at the library! If none of the series I write about peak your interest and you really want to find a new series there are a couple ways to find what series we have at the library. You can check out the lists on our website, or look at the booklets in the library. These booklets are among the shelves of our Junior Fiction, Tween, Young Adult, Western, Mystery, and Christian Fiction collections! I hope to have an adult fiction list by the end of 2017.

Here is a look back at the series that were highlighted in 2016: 

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The Flavia de Luce Series, by Alan Bradley

The Flavia de Luce Series is an old-fashioned mystery series. She might sound quirky on paper, but she and the other villagers are wonderful characters who transport the reader to a sleepy post-war English village. I highly recommend it for anyone who enjoys mysteries without the dark descriptions and rude language! 

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Triple Threat Series, by Lis Wiehl

This series is an exciting example of strong Christian Fiction writing. The female characters are strong and likable as they maneuver the dangers of attempting to prevent further crime. Lis Wiehl is a FOX News legal correspondent and former Federal Prosecutor - a combination that makes her a perfect candidate for writing this series. As one of our patrons said, "It is a good book [series]. There is no sex or violence."

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Robert Langdon Series, by Dan Brown

This series has numerous twists and keeps the reader on his/her toes. Robert Langdon uses science, religious theory, puzzle solving, and social ques to escape life or death situations. He is rarely without a companion, but Dan Brown does not write sexual scenes. These books have been compared to the Indiana Jones and the newest Sherlock Holmes films.

Angels Walking

Angels Walking Series, by Karen Kingsbury

This is an inspirational series that shows the reader how powerful forgiveness is. These books focus on how God's love influences individuals and the work of Angels to provide happiness to His child. Despite the overwhelming trials the characters Tyler, Sami, Virginia, Mary Catherine, and Marcus are experiencing, God has a plan for them. Baseball plats a big role in these novels - resulting in some readers losing interest. "You will read about Tyler finding help and friends who do not care about his career, only about him as a person. This book shows about real love, forgiveness, God's Grace, and new beginnings." ~Goodreads Reviewer.

Lunar Chronicles

The Lunar Chronicles Series
, by Marissa Meyer

This series is a futuristic retelling of the classic fairy tales such as Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, and Snow White. Unlike the original stories, the heroines in this series can take care of themselves through their cleverness and bravery. These books are lengthy, but action packed and highly entertaining. Meyer does not follow the original plots exactly, leading to twists that the reader does not see coming!

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Harry Potter Series, by J.K. Rowling

While this series is often considered a children's series, it is beloved by people of all ages. It is a story of adventure, friendship, love, loss, and growth. Rowling is able to make you cry (numerous times), laugh out loud (very often), gasp, and want to curse her. She teaches us that friends stick together no matter what, that people aren't all bad or all good but a mixture of both, love is stronger than evil, you cannot always trust those in power, and that our choices determine who we are.

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Melanie Travis Mysteries, by Laurien Berenson

If you love dogs, you must give this series a read! Join Melanie, her bossy Aunt Peg, boyfriend Sam, and their friends as they use their knowledge of dogs and dog people to solve murders. This series is considered a "cozy mystery" because the author is not graphically descriptive of the crimes, rarely uses curse words, and does not have sexual content. It is a very entertaining series for the dog lovers out there!

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Dirk Pitt Series, by Clive Cussler

These books are classic adventure tales. While they won't cause to contemplate the meaning of friendship and love, they will entertain you and keep you on the edge of your seat. Clive Cussler manages to trick the reader into believing the improbable, and you'll love it!

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Lucy Stone Series, by Leslie Meier

One of the best aspects of this series is how Lucy and her family actually age. Rather than having the main characters remain in their 30s over the span of 20 years (something that is very common in cozy mystery series), the population of Tinker's Cove ages between books. Unfortunately, it takes awhile for Meier's characters to become truly likable. One of Lucy's friends is not a kind person, and is always showing up the other women in the friend group - and Lucy doesn't seem to mind. Lucy often has moments where the reader wants to scream, "This is suspicious! Someone is trying to threaten you!" or "Maybe you should wonder who killed your cat, or why your college-aged daughter is stranded an hour away!" However, that might be part of the charm to this series. It is a third-person account of an average woman trying to balance the lives of her family while also trying to solve mysteries. Meier's use of the holidays also allows the reader to relate to Lucy. These are quick, cozy mysteries that are fun for taking a break from the holiday rush!

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The Shopaholic Series, by Sophie Kinsella

These books are packed with wit and humor perfectly timed for post-Black Friday reading! Despite the materialistic manner of Becky, her spunk and love for her friends and family make her a charming main character that thousands of readers already love. While we hope you cannot relate to her addiction to shopping and fear of creditors, we do hope you enjoy these entertaining tales!

A Series of Unfortunate Events

A Series of Unfortunate Events, by Lemony Snicket

Lemony Snicket set out to write a children's book that he would have wanted to read at age 10. Apparently, he wanted to read absurdly dramatic tales of adventure (but hey, I would too!). Each book follows a similar plot: the Baudelaire children are sent to a new home with a new guardian, but are quickly followed by Count Olaf. They must use their wit and talents to defeat him and keep their fortune. There is a lot of humor in these novels, but there is also some violence. The violence is not scary, but Count Olaf will stop at nothing to get his hands on the children's inheritance! 

The Mark of the Lion

Mark of the Lion Trilogy, by Francine Rivers

These books are very long! And the reviews are mixed. At least 80% of readers think that these books are some of the best ever written, but those who are less sure of their faith found the books to be slow paced and the plot too convenient. The Bible is quoted extensively. If you can get past the first few hundred pages these books are rewarding. They have quite a bit of violence, drama, and sex. One Goodreads Reviewer compared them to a religiously charged soap opera that is beautifully narrated. 

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Mystery with Recipes, by Isis Crawford

These novels are the epitome of a cozy mystery. They follow the adventures of a pair of bickering sisters who are just trying to run their bakery/deli, but keep getting involved in murders instead. Many of the novels take place during a holiday, adding to the fun antics! Libby and Bernie are hilarious and often outspoken heroines. The books always end with recipes discussed in the plot, which is a nice bonus to reading a quick, goofy book! Unfortunately, Crawford has a tendency to introduce too many characters and Libby and Bernie's bickering can go on for too many pages. Despite these rough patches this series is a great way to distract yourself while keeping the spirit of the holidays!

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Winter, by Elin Hilderbrand

This trilogy is delightful! It is perfect for holiday reading, or just winter reading in general. You quickly get drawn into each character's life and root for the happy ending - even if the character doesn't want the same happy ending you do. The Quinns have more than their fair share of dysfunction, but are easy to love because it is so relatable. Each book ends with a cliff hanger that has you rushing to read the next! It's a great holiday read that reminds you that family is what Christmas is all about.

If you have any suggestions for series to be highlighted in 2017 please let me know by commenting on Facebook, emailing me at, or by visiting me on Tuesdays and Fridays!

I can't wait to learn about more books with you in 2017, have a fantastic New Years!