Today's Top 5 Wednesday topic is Series That Got Better. I'm having a pretty serious Monty Python moment here.
"She turned me into a newt!"
"I got better!"
Anyway, I figure this topic is supposed to be about series that started out okay, but improved as you read further into them. I can probably find 5 of these. Maybe. Let's see what happens.
The Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich. These books were pretty good in the beginning, but long about number 11, they got really hilarious. I can't remember which one it was, but there was a maniac animal that was absolutely hysterical. Lulu has really come into her own as a character. It's just great, and I read them each as they come out. The 24th book in the series is coming this fall, and I'm pretty excited. I'm number 179 on the library list, but considering how many the library buys, I don't think it will take long.
The Love Story Series by Christopher Moore. This is Christopher Moore's vampire series, and you know how I feel about vampires. This series has 3 books, and the second book is where the set really picks up. The addition of Abby Normal really sent this one over the top. She his amazing, and badass, and snarky, and hilarious. Abby is a 15 year old wannabe Goth who has it out for the cops who are working the case of the vampire lovers. She makes the big one cry. It's just fantastic.
Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling - Now, I'm not saying the first couple of HP books aren't great. I'm just saying that they get awesome later in the series.
The Magicians Series by Lev Grossman - I really enjoyed this series. And I enjoyed reading the whole thing through. I have this problem where I put off reading the last book in a finished series, because I don't want it to end. That was not the case with this series. I don't know what that means in the way of quality, but I am happy I read the whole thing.
The Guido Brunetti Mysteries by Donna Leon - I hesitate to put this series on the list because they are all so good. I will say that I enjoyed reading the later ones to see how the characters of his wife and children have grown throughout the series. I really love this series. I don't know if I've mentioned that before. Ha!
One thing I learned from researching for this post is that I haven't read that many series. I've read a lot of the first books in a series, but not too many past that. I didn't put Anne Rice's vampire series on here, because I like the earlier books better than the later ones. So that isn't really the point of this post.
What series have you read that got better as you went through?