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Reading Corner: For More Frequent Reading, Go Serial

Carissa D. Lamkahouan offers a top tip for boosting your reading – try a series!

Everyone knows the appeal of a TV cliffhanger, that tense moment where the hero plunges off the ledge to his (apparent) death but the screen goes dark the moment before he hits the ground, leaving viewers on edge and thirsting for a conclusion. It’s a well- used television gimmick, and it works like a charm. In other words, watchers won’t be satisfied until they see the next episode and discover what happens next.




This same technique is just as effective when it comes to books and, I’d argue, much better for you. After all, reading is far more beneficial than watching the tube but, unfortunately, we do a lot less of it. So what’s the answer to pushing your reading quotient past your TV time? Tackle a book series. But of course, just any book series won’t do. Make sure to seek out the ones which keep your eyes racing through the pages, leave you curious and breathless for the next installment and, finally, only deliver closure when you’ve poured through every page of each book.




Lucky for us readers there’s no shortage of book series to choose from. Of course we all know about Harry Potter, A Song of Ice and Fire (A Game of Thrones), The Hunger Games, Lord of the Rings and the Little House collections, but rest assured that there are a myriad of choices representing different genres and geared toward various ages. But in case you’re drawing a blank, let me offer up a few suggestions that are likely to suit the tastes of all members of the family.




There’s Nora Roberts’ Bride Quartet series; the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books for the elementary school set; the unforgettable Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys detective books which are perfect for tween girls and boys; Janet Evanovich’s quirky and hilarious Stephanie Plum novels; Sue Grafton’s Alphabet mystery series featuring 80s-era detective Kinsey Millhone; Beatrix Potter’s six childhood classics featuring Peter Rabbit; R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps series; C. S. Lewis’ Narnia books, the Millenium Series by Stieg Larsson and a host of other great reads to choose from.





In past columns, I’ve recommended books which I’ve enjoyed in the hope you’ll read and love them as well. With this list of popular series, I’m taking it up a notch. Of course I encourage you to read as much as you can, not only for the great ways literature can enhance your life but also to encourage relaxation in an enriching way. But a series of books goes a step further from the stand-alone novel. If you find the right hook, you could have your reading line up filled for days, weeks or even months to come, and reading, like anything else that’s good for you, is meant to be done over and over again. To that end, a page-turning series will do the trick every time.


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Carissa D. Lamkahouan is a career writer and journalist and mum of three. She enjoys fitness, reading and travelling to Morocco, the homeland of her husband. She has been a Muslim since 2005 and lives in Houston, Texas