How did you find the series?
I've been very pleased by the response to this month's poll so far. Thanks to everybody who's already voted!
As a relative newcomer to the series myself, I think it's interesting to hear how others found the OUTLANDER books. Please feel free to share your stories here!
My own experience goes something like this (apologies to those of you who saw this when I posted it on Compuserve a couple of months ago):
I first noticed OUTLANDER while browsing in a Barnes & Noble bookstore sometime in the summer or fall of 2006. It was the small-size (mass-market) paperback version. I remember it was on a rack at the end of one of the aisles, or I probably would never have noticed it. <g>
My eye was caught by the striking blue color of the cover, and I picked it up (a little startled by the size of it, but not at all put off -- I like Big Fat Historical Novels
And so I put it back on the rack. Walked out of the store, and promptly forgot the author's name (quite unintentionally) ***. But I hadn't forgotten about the book, by any means, and I promised myself that if and when I ever saw it again, I'd give it a closer look. A couple of months went by, and then I finally did find OUTLANDER again. I still hesitated (my thought at the time was, it's an awfully big book to buy if you're not sure ahead of time if you'll like it or not).
So I went home without buying it, again, and with the name of the book and the author firmly fixed in my memory this time <g>, looked up the Amazon reviews. (Lots of talk in there about the Wentworth scenes, but I'd already had a bit of warning about that, having flipped through the book in the bookstore. The first bit of a scene I read was the part where Jamie tells Claire about the fortress inside him, so I knew something awful was going to happen to him. But I had no idea just how devastating it would be. Not a clue.)
I was still wavering, undecided, and then I got a B&N gift card for my birthday. And I figured, why not? <g>
* Took me a LONG time to learn otherwise.
** Mea culpa #1 (This particular thought makes me want to go back in time and slap myself.
*** Mea culpa #2. I would have been hooked two or three months earlier if I'd just bought the darn book the first time I saw it! <wry g>
What about the rest of you? At what point did you find the series, and what made you decide to read the books the first time?