What is the longest series you have ever read is the May 24th topic for Tuesday Talks, which is a group in goodreads (everyone should go join). I’ve been looking at these discussions for a while, but now finally I decided I might as well write about one! Admittedly, sometimes I dislike series and wish books would stick to the singular side of things, but sometimes they are way worth it!
The longest series I have ever read would have to be Sweet Valley High. Anyone else?
What is this series you may ask… well this series actually came out in the 1980s. Yes, you read that right, the 1980s. (This coming from a girl who spends all of her time reading new age fantasy novels) Not only is this series old but it is also painfully long. There is over 15o books in these series after counting specials. I’ll admit it right now, I have only read about 50 out of this series. Also, these are not hard reads. Sweet Valley High consists of 100-200 page books at a very low reading level.
Here is Goodreads synopsis of the first book, “Elizabeth and Jessica Wakefield are identical twins at Sweet Valley High. They’re both popular, smart, and gorgeous, but that’s where the similarity ends. Elizabeth is friendly, outgoing, and sincere — nothing like her snobbish and conniving twin. Jessica gets what she wants — at school, with friends, and especially with boys.
This time, Jessica has set her sights on Todd Wilkins, the handsome star of the basketball team — the one boy that Elizabeth really likes. Elizabeth doesn’t want to lose him, but what Jessica wants, Jessica usually gets … even if it ends up hurting her sister.
Meet the Wakefield twins, their guys, and the rest of the gang at Sweet Valley High…. ”
Shallow, repetitive plot lines are key in this series and yet I read so many because well one I was younger but most of all because they were light and easy and fun and something about owning a large stack of these somewhat old books made me feel at home. The only reason I stopped reading this series is the same reason I stop reading most series, the plot lines go into a pattern that becomes less and less interesting.
But, there you have it. The longest series I have (partially) read!