These books are so much fun-Thursday is not a young character; she's had quite a few experiences, and as we follow her through the novels we also follow her through relationships, eventual parenthood, and all the messy bits that come with adulthood. While I love reading YA (young adult) fiction-the storylines and issues within the stories are great, and the characters are often well developed, a good part of it is written focusing around the younger crowd, typically 18-25ish, and reading something with an older main character (and an older female main character no less) is a good change of pace and plot. Thursday is a well written, well developed character within a well written and well paced story arc. Fforde is skilled in creating a world with enough depth to draw you in, yet the books are still possible to put down. I especially love all the bookish references and "Easter eggs" found within the books, and seeing a world behind the books we read and love is such fun-though you may not be able to stop imagining a "BookWorld" in the other books you're reading once you've read these.
I recommend the Thursday Next series (it continues for several more books after the first three) for anyone who reads the slightly nonsensical fantasies, enjoys any of Fforde's other works, and who are looking for a change of pace from the usual *strong female protagonist* found in YA fiction.