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Sandi Shilhanek | Beg, Borrow, Or Buy


Kindred in Death by J.D.Robb was released this past week. I was lucky and got to read an early copy, so I didn't need to make the tough decision to buy or to borrow. However, as the economy still stands in flux I couldn't help but wonder if the pricing war that I've heard about regarding the preordering of certain books was effecting the number of holds at my local library.

Earlier this year I did a blog about the number of holds on certain books, and really wasn't surprised by what I had found, but this time I was amazed! My local library is ordering ten copies of Kindred In Death and as of the writing of this article should I want to place a hold I would be number sixteen. Should I have placed a hold on it on the day of release I would have been number ten. An online friend checked into placing a hold for Kindred in Death and found out that her library is getting four copies and she will be number thirteen on the hold list.

I can't help but wonder if because of the price war and the fact that Kindred in Death was available for under ten dollars at several sites did that mean more people bought, or is the popular series losing some of it's readership?

I personally really enjoyed Kindred In Death and would have bought a copy should I not have gotten lucky to get the review copy I had. Do you like long running series? Do you think there comes a time when it's time to say goodbye to the characters whether or not the series has reached at least in your opinion a satisfying ending?

Until next week I wish you happy page turning!




31 comments posted.

Re: Sandi Shilhanek | Beg, Borrow, Or Buy

I enjoy long running series, two of my favorites are Stephanie Plum and The Dark-Hunter series. I look forward to the latest releases.
(Teresa Warner 2:08pm November 8, 2009)

I bought this book as an ebook. I got it for 9.99. I thought it was a great deal.
If it had been more I might not have bought it yet.
(Lisa Holstein 3:37pm November 8, 2009)

I do enjoy long running series. One of my favorites is Stephanie Laurens' Cynster series. Julia Quinn's Bridgerton series is also a favorite.
(Jane Cheung 4:07pm November 8, 2009)

I have read all her in death books and can't wait for this one. My library does not even have this one but then they are in the process of almost finishing building a new library. I have enough books that I am content to wait for this one. I have Dan Brown's latest on reserve and I can pick it up monday.

Yes, I love series books like Robyn Carr and Suzanne Brockmann.
(Joyce Mandle 4:10pm November 8, 2009)

I do enjoy long running series so long as the writing and stories stay fresh. There have been instances when I have followed a series and a story has seemed somewhat like a previous installment. That is where my interest wanes.
(G. Bisbjerg 4:13pm November 8, 2009)

I love long running series. Getting to visite old friends and see how they are faring is alwasys loads of fun.
(Cindy Olp 4:43pm November 8, 2009)

Yes, I like long running series! Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove series, Robyn Carr the Virgin River books & Suzanne Brockmann are authors that come to mind with long running series I love! For some reason I tend to get hooked on series or connected books.

Though I love Nora I do not read J.D. Robb, I read the first two books a long time ago but they just didn't work for me. That was a disappointment. Maybe I should try again.
(Donna McClure 4:52pm November 8, 2009)

I enjoy series, seeing how the characters change and grow and I still enjoy Dallas from the in death series; in fact I just bought the book today and have started reading it. Yes some of the books can be a little less entertaining than previous ones but all in all they are always entertaining.
(Diane Sadler 4:58pm November 8, 2009)

I like series in one way but not another because it keeps me from reading new authors sooner. I looked and our district has 35 copies of that book but 126 reserves...wow
(Joy Hoormann 4:59pm November 8, 2009)

I generally like long running series. I have read one or two though that should have ended long ago. They have started to sound the same.
(Julie Scharff 5:18pm November 8, 2009)

I have to agree w/ Joy, there are a lot series I really love (Sue Grafton, JD Robb) but at the same time I like to have time to explore new authors.
(Pam Nolan 5:29pm November 8, 2009)

I beg
(Jana Mayfield 6:18pm November 8, 2009)

I love series, but long series I tend to shy from only that I can't stand to wait for each installment of the story.
(Armenia Fox 6:49pm November 8, 2009)

I like long-running series as long as they stay fresh and don't 'jump the shark'. There have been some series I quit on in the past because they had really run their course or I was so behind on the books and wanted to move on to other things. Now I mostly stay away from starting new series.
(Mary Perry 8:39pm November 8, 2009)

I love to read series as you can explore how they connect and came to be.. I have read over 82 of Nora's books and over 6 JD Robb and still looking for more. I try the library first then used book store then online..Keep up the good writing..Now that I am retired I can read more..LOL.. I also like Fern Michales and her Sisterhood series..
(Brenda Hill 9:15pm November 8, 2009)

I do enjoy the long series. The characters become friends. You see how they grow and how their lives change, but, as in real life, friendships end. I have had to adjust my reading habits as have many of my friends.
(Rosemary Krejsa 9:40pm November 8, 2009)

J. D. Robb's In Death Series is one of the very few long series that I still read if I can the second it's released. I bought the ebook and downloaded it immediately! Usually I peter out of long series by book 8 or so but this one has held my interest for many years. In fact, I got my brother and father! hooked on it as well.
(Robin Greene 9:50pm November 8, 2009)

Hi All,

I also love reading series books, but I am terrified that I'll miss one along the way, so I don't like it when they're too long. If it were possible for a person to sign up somewhere so you wouldn't miss them, I'd love that.
(Donna Breitkreuz 12:47pm November 9, 2009)

I adore series...J.D. Robb, Suzanne Brockman, Mariah Stewart, the Dark Hunters, and the Carpathians..I love them all and I do not believe they will go stale.
(Patsy Hagen 1:24am November 9, 2009)

I love series (whether long or semi-short) because I like the interconnected characters but I prefer series that,while interconnected, don't HAVE to be read in order. I agree that sometimes it gets irritating to have to wait for the next book to come out! I get so into the story and then, boom!, I have to wait months for the next one! This is especially irritating to me because I have an awful memory and often forget either to get the next book when it finally does come out or forget what happened before and then need to re-read the earlier books before I can truly get into the new one! While I (of course) keep the entire series fully intending to read them again, it does (like others mentioned) make it difficult to find new authors or make a dent in my TBR list to have go through this at times. LOL Great topic for your blog, as usual Sandi!
(Dawn Detkowski 1:40am November 9, 2009)

This particular series as a
long running seres, yes. I
hope it never ends. I only
started this series about 18
months ago. Once I had the
first 8 books, I starting
reading them in bulk. I made
sure that at each time I
started the series again I had
at least 4 more. Once you
start them you can't put them
down. I love the idea of visiting with old friends and
seeing what everyone has
gotten up to since the last
time I saw them. I don't see
them as characters in a book
but old friends.
(Lisa Richards 3:07am November 9, 2009)

Long running series are always welcome. It's like coming home.
(Mary Preston 3:16am November 9, 2009)

There are certain books series
that are like family, and I
will always follow them as
long as the writing stays
fresh and interesting. If it
gets slow or repetitive, then
I have had to say good-bye to
some of them over the years
because of the writing, while
others I will stay with. Like
The Dragon Riders Series, I
will hopefully always follow.
(Melissa Tackett 6:36am November 9, 2009)

I enjoy series books. It's like having a friend come to visit. I also wait for the 50% off coupon at Borders to get the books - or wait for paperback. Our local library is in financial trouble and when I buy a hardback book I donate it to the library when I am finished reading it.
(Karin Tillotson 8:38am November 9, 2009)

I love series books, Stephanie Plum, Robyn Carr's Virgin River, Catherine Coulter's FBI series,Beverly Barton's Protectors' Series, Stephanie Bond's Body Movers.....this way you can find out what happens to the other characters in the book.
Keeps me coming back for more!
(JoAnn White 10:19am November 9, 2009)

I'm with Qwill, I don't mind long running series as long as it continues to be interesting and fresh.
(Ali Flores 11:17am November 9, 2009)

I love series books and get attached to the characters pretty fast.
(Alyson Widen 12:32pm November 9, 2009)

I've enjoyed Stephanie Laurens Bastion Club series which, while there weren't a lot of books, stretched out over four years. I also enjoyed the Becketts of Romney Marsh which also stretched over many years. The only trouble with long-running series is that by the time I get to the end, I have trouble remembering the details of the earlier books.
(Trudy Miner 6:36pm November 9, 2009)

Holds are down a little at our library,
but I don't think is is so much the
price of the book as much as the fact
that people seem to be really busy.
We are a small library with a small
budget. We get only one copy of a
book. Usually some one will donate a
second copy of the best sellers so the
waiting time is reduced a little.
I like series and will follow them as
long as the characters and the plot
line stay fresh.
(Patricia Barraclough 12:38pm November 10, 2009)

I do like reading series books and have all of the "In Death" series by Robb. I even started buying HB because I couldn't wait for PB! I am a little disappointed in the new one, "Kindred in Death." However, I'll keep reading them,'cause I do like Eve Dallas and Roark. I got this one from Amazon for $9; otherwise, I'd have tried Half-Price Books in a few weeks.
(Sherry Moran 5:40pm November 11, 2009)

I like series books
(Allison Gardner 11:46am November 25, 2009)

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