Friday Favourites – Series Edition #1: Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch

I like talking about the things I like (who doesn’t, I guess), so I will be trying to post about my favourite book related things regularly (I will aim for every second friday but I’ll have to wait and see if I can manage that). I will talk about my favourite authors and why they rule, about my favourite genres and why they make me happy, my favourite books and why they stick with me. And so on and so forth. There are so many things I love about books, I am sure I will be able to go on for a while. So without further ado, here’s this week’s thing I love:

 

The Rivers of London Series by Ben Aaronovitch

I am chronically bad at sticking with series (this is true both for TV shows and for books). It is rare that I love a series enough to not only stick with it but also to eagerly await the next installment without losing the will to keep reading. This is such a rare series. I adore everything about it and I cannot wait to read the next book (which will hopefully come out next year – making it one my most anticipated books).

Peter is one of the best protagonists I have ever encountered and his voice is just perfectly suited for the stories told. He is capable without being over-powered, he is optimistic without being unrealistic, and most importantly he seems like a genuinely nice guy. But he isn’t the only great character in the books; especially Guleed holds a special place in my heart and their interaction is just lovely. The Rivers are brilliant and all fully-fleshed out (and their family-dynamic is so realistic!).

I adore the way Ben Aaronovitch is slowly fleshing out his world – he is taking his time and it feels that much more real this way. Every book adds a new layer and I cannot wait to see where this series will go. While fleshing out his world he is also always adding new layers to his characters making them interesting and changing and oh so very brilliant.

I just love love love this series and the wait between the installments is kind of killing me. I am a bit jealous of my partner because he is only reading the 4th book now and has more to read after. I am also sometimes jealous of his single-mindedness when it comesto books – he can read one book after another of any series and I sometimes wonder how that changes one’s opinion on books. You can get so much more immersed into a world if you do not take extensive breaks between each installment.

What are your thoughts on this series? Have you read any of the books? What are some of your favourite series? How do you read series – one book after the other or with breaks inbetween?