What’s the literary equivalent of hanging out with some old friends? Reading a book series. After all the hard work of building a new world and introducing characters is out of the way in the first book, subsequent volumes can focus on more in-depth development and story lines. And luckily, there are plenty of book series you can start reading now that will keep you company for a long time.
In many ways, reading a series is less work for a reader, because you already know that you like these characters and want to check up on their latest adventures. Not to mention a well-written series can maintain the magic of the first installment while furthering the characters’ stories in new and intriguing ways.
While a standalone volume can be a bit of a gamble — what if you just don’t care about any of those characters’ journeys? — reading a series practically guarantees a great payoff for the reader. After all, staying with a group of characters for several volumes really gives you the chance to appreciate their personalities, quirks, and even shortcomings. So if you’re ready to commit to a literary endeavor, here are a few series that just might capture your attention for the long haul.