Monday, October 01, 2007

Series Challenge

Kathrin at Crazy Cozy Murders has more series started than I do. Amazing! Anyway, because she has this 'sickness' to start but not finish or get up-to-date on all these series she created a challenge to help herself out of the mire. Being a real sweetheart she is allowing the rest of us to join this challenge. It's kind of like an AA meeting, 12-step program to help all those with the same 'sickness' to get the help we need.

I realized after looking at Katrin's list that I NEEDED to make a list of all the series I've started and would like to read further. I LOVE making lists, so I did have fun even though it took awhile. My list is at Serial Hit List. My dear husband came up with this clever title for me.

The challenge runs from Dec 1, 2007 through May 1, 2008. Since we can choose how many books we'll read and in what series, I've decided to read 6 books. Each book will be from a different series that I've already started. In a few cases this will finish the series. In others I will just become reacquainted with old friends.

1. We Shall Not Sleep This is the 4th and final book in Anne Perry's wonderful WWI series.

2. The Bleeding Dusk This 3rd installment of Colleen Gleason's thrilling Gardella Vampire Chronicles will be available Feb 5, 2008. After reading this I'll be current with this series.

3.Messenger of Truth Book four in the Maisie Dobbs series will almost put me up to date. I just discovered the 5th is coming out towards the end of Feb. Yay!

4. The Snake, the Crocodile and the Dog It's been quite awhile since I've read one from the Amelia Peabody series and I'm feeling in the mood. Unfortunately, this will NOT get me current. This is only book 7 out of 17 or so.

5. River Secrets Another series I haven't visited for a long time. River Secrets is the last in the Goose Girl Trilogy by Shannon Hales. I'm looking forward to rejoining the young characters in this series.

6. Goodnight, Irene I recently read book 7 without realizing it was a series. For this challenge, I'm going for book one.

7. Thursday Next: First Among Sequels Who else but Jasper Fforde would name book 5 The First Among Sequels? I'm excited to read this one because I love the series but also because I won it in a drawing from Emily (Lost in the Pages)

8. Wintersmith This is book 4 in the Tiffany Aching YA series. Sooooo fun!

9. The Light Fantastic I can't not add a Terry Pratchett book. The more I read of his Discworld series the more I love it. Only 34 more to get caught up!

10. The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis Book 6 in the Chronicles of Narnia.

11. The Last Battle The final book in the Chronicles of Narnia.

12. The Sign of the Book This is the 4th in the Cliff Janeway series. Only 1 more to go!

Okay, I know I said I was setting my goal at 6, but making the list was just too much fun and I got carried away in the moment. I hope to read all 12, but my goal is still 6. We'll just see how things turn out.


Les said...

What a great idea! Not the challenge (I'm refraining from joining anymore!), but rather the separate blog with a list of all your active series. I need to do this!! Starting with John Sandford's Lucas Davenport/Prey series. I think I'm about halfway through. I need my fix. ;)

Anonymous said...

I'm hoping to sign up for this one as well, but I think my list will be pretty long as I am part way through a fair few at the moment. I also have a lot of series that I haven't even begun yet...

jenclair said...

This is such a good idea. Like Les, I'm not joining any more challenges at the moment, but I could start listing the many series that I've started and would like to keep track of.

Anonymous said...

One of my favorite Irene Adler books was Chapel Noir. I just loved the feel and atmosphere of that book!

Sunnysmileqt said...

Hey Hon,

Your books should be there sometime on Thursday October 4th. Life has been very very hectic and I just now got a chance to take care of it. I'm so sorry it took so long. My grandma was sick again and my parents moved after 30 years of being in the same house. It was crazy. Let me know when you get the books and again I'm sorry!!!

Emily :)

Anonymous said...

I actually tend to avoid series these days just so I don't have to worry about remembering to finish them up. Unless, of course, the whole series is out and in print and I can pick them all up at once.

Anonymous said...

What a great idea for a challenge. I love series books, mainly mysteries, and this would be a great way to try to catch up with some of my favorite sleuths. I will have to think on this one... My problem is I join too many challenges :)

Literary Feline said...

I'm scrolling down, reading your post and noticed that the 6 turned into 12. :-) It's hard to limit yourself, isn't it? Even when it's a self-imposed limit.

I like the name "Keep 'Em Coming". It's very fitting.

I think the Thursday next books are the only ones I have started on your list of 12 so far. I've read the first book. I don't know if I'll put it on my list for this challenge. I was kind of thinking I want to top off several of the series I'm reading that I'm not too far behind in. There are so many I'm not even close to being finished with.

Good luck to you!

Joy said...

I am so excited about this one! I signd up just today. My list is HUGE! I don't know what I am thinking trying to do all of them, but oh well, we shall see how I do! Good luck with this challenge!