Happy December, Hubbers! I am, unfortunately, sick, but that won’t stop me from bringing you a post on something that I’m pretty excited about, and I know a lot of you are, too. So, show of hands – who likes the podcast, Serial? I’m betting a lot of you have your hands raised and wildly waving in the air right now, as do I! Serial is Apple’s #1 downloaded podcast of the moment and has provided many hours of discussion amongst coworkers, family and friends around the country (even though neither my husband nor any of my coworkers listen to it, so I just have to have these discussions in my head).
For those of you who don’t listen, and I’m serious when I say that you really should, the podcast is an episodic telling of a murder case from 15 years ago. Adnan Syed was tried and convicted of the murder of his ex-girlfriend, Hae Min Lee, while they were both students at Woodlawn High School in Baltimore County. Sarah Koenig, the narrator and co-creator of Serial, leads listeners on a journey each week through ignored evidence, trial transcripts and interviews with Adnan and others involved to create an engaging, well-told story that has intrigued and captivated readers for 10 episodes so far (episodes are released every Thursday morning, which has made Thursday morning the easiest day for me to get out of bed on time).
Since Serial is so popular with teens and adults alike, I thought I’d make a list of books that might interest someone who is obsessed with Serial. I’ve included not only murder mysteries, but true crime stories and books where you’re not exactly sure how to feel about the narrator. I’ve heard that the first season of Serial will be done after 12 episodes, which we are getting mighty close to, so hopefully, this list of books will give those of us addicted to the show a way to get through those Serial-less Thursdays until the new season starts again. Here we go – let’s start with one of my very favorite books from this year…
We Were Liars by E.Lockhart: I never knew what to think about Cadence, the narrator and star of E. Lockhart’s unbelievably great and haunting book, We Were Liars. The story of Cadence and her time with her cousins and great love Gat on her family’s private island off of Cape Cod is a story of love, friendship and the joy of being young. Then, a terrible accident occurs, and neither readers nor Cadence understand just what happened to make her cousins and Gat desert her in her time of greatest need. With her memory spotty, her pain tremendous, and her need to know what happened two years ago that made everything change, Cadence tells her story through a series of flashbacks to her magical fifteenth summer to the current day, where she is alone and confused. E. Lockhart tells an engaging story that will keep readers guessing and on the edge of their seats until the end when all is revealed. Cadence is a character that readers will feel sorry for, but also never exactly trust as she is the epitome of an unreliable narrator. You just don’t ever know what’s going to happen in the story, and that’s what’s makes you want to keep reading until the bitter end. Continue reading For Those Who Love Serial (And If You Don’t What Are You Waiting For?)