I’m assuming I’m one of the few people out there who hasn’t read every book of the In Death series by J.D. Robb or the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. If there are still a few of you out there that haven’t given either of these series a chance, keep reading. I’ll tell you my story and try to convince you it’s time to give these books a try.

It was 2011, the year I got my first Kindle. That purchase led me to a Facebook page called Readers of Kindle Books. This group of readers introduced me to Eve Dallas, Roarke, Peabody, Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger and so many more fantastic characters. It’s because of RKBs continued shouts of love for these two series that I’m writing this post.

But I didn’t listen to my reader friends for a long time because neither series appealed to me. What could be interesting about kids with magic? Or a police detective fighting crime in the future? In fact, the first time I tried to read Naked in Death, the first book of the In Death series, I couldn’t finish it.

Fast forward to 2017. In February, I decided to give the In Death series another try. Eight months later, I’m nine books in and I can’t believe I didn’t like the first book the first time I read it! I have found a couple of the books slow, but don’t let that stop you from reading! Eve’s humor and take charge attitude more than make up for what I think are slower portions of the books. Eve is a spit fire but she can also lean on Roarke, even though she struggles to let herself go, to allow someone else to take care of her. I love Eve’s character! She is fiercely independent, but Roarke can bring out her softer side.

Part of the reason I held off so long on reading this series was its setting in the year 2058. After reading nine books, I find the year 2058 fascinating, the mysteries exciting and the love between Eve and Roarke swoon worthy. Futuristic technology, a gorgeous man with lots of money and a kick ass woman. What more could you ask for?

If you like mysteries with romance thrown in, get yourself a copy of Naked in Death ASAP. Be warned that if you’re sucked in like I was, that the 46th (yes I said 46, and that doesn’t include the novellas!) book in this series will be released in January 2018. Don’t let the number of books hold you back. Dive in and enjoy!

In April, I began the Harry Potter series. Five books in and again I ask myself “Why did it take me so long?” While Readers of Kindle Books put this series on my radar, it’s my son who gets the credit for making me take the plunge. He recorded a Harry Potter movie marathon on TV and began binge watching them. Imagine my surprise when I found myself watching the movies more than the book I was trying to read as my son watched. I knew it was time and decided I was finally going to read the series.

However, instead of reading them I thought I would enjoy them more on audio. My good friends at RKB highly recommended Jim Dale’s narration. Dale is excellent at bringing each character to life. I’m a visual reader, imagining the book playing like a movie in my head. Having watched most of the movies before reading the books, I had a clear picture of things I might have had hard time imagining otherwise. But Harry Potter is so much more than great narration and good movies – Harry Potter is the orphaned underdog, he’s the boy you can’t help but root for him. There has been laughter and tears during each book, they simply touch my heart in ways I didn’t expect.

If I manage to convince only one reader to give Eve and Harry a try, my work here is done! Go forth and read!

If you’ve enjoyed each series, share your thoughts! I would love to hear them 🙂


In Death series
Harry Potter series


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