Reaney Days

Reaney Days

Monday, July 6, 2015

What is Up With the Numbers!?!?!?!?!?

You may notice as you wonder the stacks that some of our books are numbered. There are many contemporary authors who write series of books repeating the same, central character. A good example is James Patterson and his Alex Cross character. Since the release of Along Came a Spider in 1993, introducing Cross, there have been close to 30 novels based on the character. Stone Barrington, the lead character in Stuart Woods’s novels, is approaching 40 books. Popular author David Baldacci has four or five series. In that case, we number and letter. For example, his King and Maxwell books are all numbered followed by the letter (B). These series are not limited to adult fiction; it carries across juvenile and young adult fiction. Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney comes to mind as do the vampire books of Stephanie Meyer. Many of these books build on the action of the previous novels. As a reader, there is nothing more frustrating to realize you have read them out of order. We can also provide reading lists so patrons can keep track of what they have read, what is coming up next in case we don’t have the next title and need to interlibrary loan it. Today was particularly busy here in Libraryland and, to quote Martha Stewart, that is a good thing!

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