Binge Reading | Wyatt’s World

Why not transfer the joys of binge viewing to reading? There are many long-standing series that offer readers more than one opportunity to spend time with their favorite characters. For an  end-of-the-summer immersion, here are five (addictive) suggestions for series reading with additions just released or forthcoming. 

  • Light of the World by James Lee Burke (S. & S. Jul.). This is the 20th title in the “Dave Robicheaux” crime series, which began with The Neon Rain. Readers new to Burke have a long list of wonderful reading in front of them as they journey with the Cajun detective from one complex and layered story to another.
  • Never Go Back by Lee Child (Delacorte. Sept.). Jack Reacher, the loner ex-MP hero extraordinaire makes his 18th appearance this fall. Start with Killing Floor, and from there enjoy a series of fast-paced rides as Reacher saves the day and doles out justice.
  • W Is for Wasted by Sue Grafton (Marian Wood: Putnam. Sept.). Only a few letters remain in Grafton’s prolific alphabet series starring PI Kinsey Millhone. Jump in now with the first entry, A Is for Alibi, and read forward in the company of the sharp and strong Millhone.
  • The White Princess by Philippa Gregory (Touchstone: S. & S. Jul.). Treated to well-drawn characters and a lovely blend of history and fiction, readers can follow the Plantagenet dynasty and the Wars of the Roses in Gregory’s rich and vividly set “Cousins’ War” series. There are five titles to date, starting with The White Queen.
  • How the Light Gets In by Louise Penny (Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Aug.). Lyrical, wonderfully descriptive, and at once clever, kind, and harrowing, Penny’s nine-title strong “Chief Inspector Gamache” series traces the investigations of a highly skilled team coming apart at the seams. The series begins with Still Life.


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Neal Wyatt compiles LJ's online feature Wyatt's World and is the author of The Readers' Advisory Guide to Nonfiction (ALA Editions, 2007). She is a collection development and readers' advisory librarian from Virginia. Those interested in contributing to The Reader's Shelf should contact her directly at


  1. CarolK says:

    Fantastic choices…I have always said I’m going to “binge read” when I retire. My choices are Kathy Reichs, Michael Connelly and Lee Child. If I make it through these I could go to my maker with a smile on my face!

  2. Neal says:

    Hi Carol,

    So glad you like the list. I hope you have fun binge reading. It is a wonderful experience to start a series from the start and have a long list of titles ready to be read next. I think your plan – and your picks – sounds wonderful.


  3. Melody says:

    I love your suggestions. I agree with CarolK I am hoping to do some binge reading in retirement. I am however, caught up with the Louise Penny series, and look forward to many more coming from her talented mind!

    • Neal says:

      Hi Melody,

      Great to hear of your plans to binge read as well. Penny is an excellent author for anyone to start with. I too am looking forward to her next. *How the Light Gets In* is due out just a bit over a week from now!