Wednesday, October 31, 2007

1st in a Series Challenge

Joy of "Thoughts of Joy" blog fame comes up with some really terrific challenges. First in a Series is one I should probably pass on because it's going to add so many more books to my ever growing TBR list. It's one thing to add one book at a time to the list, but with series you add 3, 4 or many at a time. Plus, there's the added hazard of reading others' reviews and adding even more series to the list. Very risky business, in deed! In I go with both feet planted firmly in a cement block.

The plan is to read 12 books, each a 1st in a Series, between Jan and Dec 2008. I'm very excited because there are some wonderful series I've been looking forward to reading and a challenge pushes me to do that. So here's my list, in no particular order. (The * indicates a book I own.)
1. Truckers by Terry Pratchett (The Bromeliad Trilogy - children)
2. *O'Artful Death by Sarah Stewart Taylor (Sweeney St. George - mystery)
3. *Magyk by Angie Sage (Septimus Heap - fantasy)
4. *Fool's Puzzle by Earlene Fowler (Benni Harper - mystery)
5. *Murder on the Rocks by Karen MacInerney (Gray Whale Inn - mystery)
6. *Jane and the Unpleasantness of Scargrave Manor (Jane Austen - mystery)
7. *The Singer of All Songs by Kate Constable (Chanters of Tremaris Trilogy - YA fantasy)
8. *Them Bones by Carolyn Haines (Sarah Booth Delaney - mystery)
9. Only You Can Save Mankind by Terry Pratchett (Johnny Maxwell - children's suspense)
10. 16 Lighthouse Road by Debbie Macomber (Cedar Cove - mystery)
11. Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett (starter novel in the Witches Series of Discworld - fantasy)
12. *Still Life by Louise Penny (Three Pine - mystery)
An alternate (just in case): A Thousand Bones by PJ Parrish (Joe Frye - mystery, suspense)

I lean rather heavily towards mysteries. That's one reason I'm doing this challenge is to read more mysteries in 2008. I just didn't get my fill this year. If you would like to check out some of the challenges I want to start you may go this this blog, What? Another Series! And if you really are bored at this moment you can check out the list of series I am already into by clicking on my Serial Hit List. Mostly these sites are to help me keep track, but if they provide you with any help, please feel free to give them a look/see.


Joy said...

HOORAY!!! I'm so glad to see that you are joining in the madness! :)

And now thanks to your list, I have a few to look up and a few to revisit that I forgot about. Woo Hoo!

I love books!!!

hellomelissa said...

actually, the first in a series idea is a good one, 'cause then you can decide which series you may want to continue!

Joy said...

Booklogged ~ I hope you don't mind, but I linked this post to the challenge's Mister Linky. If that was a 'No-No', please let me know and I'll remove it. (I just want everybody to see your list!) :)

Anonymous said...

Ooh I hope you enjoy Still Life - great mystery and detective. I know I haven't gotten my fill of mystery books this year either. I may have to think about this challenge :)

jenclair said...

:) Thanks for some great new series possibilities!

raidergirl3 said...

I love mysteries too, but the reason you considered not joining is exactly why I can't: I'd have 12 sets of books I would want to read. I'm not doing that to myself.
The Canadian challenge seems to be causing some longing to travel for you. I'm glad you enjoyed the Maritimes so much. The Alistair MacLeod book really evokes the feeling of NS, you should try to get it.

Jill ONeill said...

I think that first book in the Jane Austen mystery series is actually quite good. Not dreadfully derivative as so many of the lately done sequels have been.

Anonymous said...

You've got some great books listed here. I've read Fool's Puzzle, Murder on the Rocks (great recipes and story), 16 Lighthouse Road (totally addicting) and Still Life (one of my very top reads this year and also the 2 books following it). Have a good time!

P.S. Start with Still Life (wonderful book!)

Eva said...

I love mysteries! I'm staying far away from this challenge, though. The last thing I need is more books on the TBR. I'll just read your reviews. :D

Heather said...

WHY DO YOU KEEP DOING THIS TO ME??? hehe yet more books to add to my mountain!