Wednesday, July 6, 2011

The Long Series: When There Are 5+ Books Already Out, Are You Game?

So last night on Twitter I chatted about how if there is a series I didn't manage to read a book of yet and that series gets past 5 books, then I'm out. It's overwhelming to me to think of 5 sometimes 10-20 books to read in a series to catch up.

Now, this makes me sad. And yes, it means that if I loved book #1 I would have a entire gaggle of books to read and love - BUT...BUT...maybe it's the fact that I review books that I feel the need to "catch up". Not really to read and enjoy, but literally to hurry up and read these damn books before the next one comes out. Again, maybe becuase I feel the pressure to be able to review that "Hot" book when it comes out. Maybe. Although readers of this blog know I'm not always about the latest and greatest book.

Twitter also chimed in with the series they believed I just HAVE to read no matter how many books back I'll need to catch up on. So I decided to take a leap. I asked for any and all suggestions of longer series - meaning 5+ books already out - and that I would pick a series today to try out.

So, here were the suggested series from my Twitter peeps last night. I've actually read a few, but I wanted to list all the suggestions:

The Dark Hunter Series by Sherrilyn Kenyon
The Black Dagger Brotherhood Series by JR Ward
The Guardians Series by Meljean Brooks
Tairen Souls Series by C.L. Wilson
The Night Huntress Series by Jeaniene Frost
The Trixie Beldon Series by Julie Campbell Tatham
Riley Jensen Series by Keri Arthur
The Otherwold Series by Kelley Armstrong
The Kitty Norville Series by Carrie Vaughn
The Chelsea Cain Series of books
The Dave Robicheaux Series by James Lee Burke
The Hornblower Series by C.F. Forester
The Chronicles of the Warlands Series by Elizabeth A. Vaughan
The Chesapeake Bay Series by Nora Roberts
The Carsington Series by Loretta Chase
The Dresden Files Series by Jim Butcher
The Dragonriders of Pern Series by Anne McCaffrey
The Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon

So which series I've never tried before have I decided to tackle book #1 of?

I'm going to go with The Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon. I've heard so much about these books and although I know they aren't typical romances, I feel like they might be the best fit for me. (Also, I was horrified to realize that I've met and chatted with Ms. Gabaldon before and had NO IDEA who she was. GASP! Um yeah. So next time I'd like to at least have read 1 book!)

Which series have you read and loved even though it was 5+ books? Do you start a new-to-you series even if you are behind by 5+ books? Which series would you have picked to read book #1 of?


  1. I actually enjoy when I find a good series where I'm "behind." It gives me many books to look forward to. When I started the Dark Hunter series I was immediately at least 10 books behind! I'm now up to book 15 and still loving the series!

    Another series not listed but I love (and recommend) is Kresley Cole's Immortals After Dark.

    Great post! :)

  2. I actually started reading the Marked series when it was 6 or so books in. It didn't really take me long to catch up seeing as I loved them so much.

  3. Have you read Sydney Croft's ACRO series? Croft is the writing team of Larissa Ione and Stephanie Tyler, so it's a mix of paranormal and military-esque plots. Erotic too, in case you don't like that genre. Six books in the series.

  4. I was several books behind when I started reading both Dresden and Kitty Norville, and both were totally worth playing catch-up. I've got the first Riley Jensen book in my TBR pile but haven't read it yet. Isn't that series finished? I like the idea of starting a series I'm behind on but it's finished so I know how many books I'm in for. That's easier than starting a brand new series and having that long wait for the next book. That wait can be killer.

  5. I am just finishing up the Outlander series and I'm kind of glad that I started so late (I started them in January!) They are really long and detailed, but very good, if you can make it through. =) Good luck!

    I love starting series when there are a lot out - then I don't forget what happened from one book to the next! Did the same thing with the Sookie Stackhouse series. =)

  6. I love having lots of books available in a series -- because once I fall in love with that series, I want to binge and read as many as possible! I can see where it would be different for you being a reviewer though. :)

    I just discovered Tara Janzen's Steele Street series and I'm thrilled I have 9 other books to enjoy. I'm also a big fan of Suzanne Brockmann's Troubleshooter series, and Kresley Cole's Immortal After Dark series. Those are series I could re-read forever. :)

  7. I prefer to start a series when there are at least 3 or 4 books out, that way, I've got quite a few to read if I really like it. Currently I'm in the middle of quite a few longer series. I just started the World of the Lupi by Eileen Wilks because I love shifters and it's got 8 or 9 books. I'm very excited to get into this one because I loved the first book. Out of that list, it's hard to recommend because I don't know your tastes, but I've read the BDB, Riley Jensen, Kitty Norville and The Night Huntress series and loved all of them.

  8. I didn't discover JD Robb's Eve Dallas series until there were maybe 26-27 books. I collected all that was outthere after reading the first one and proceeded to read them in 4 to 5 book bunches over the next year or so. I loved being able to finish one and grab the next one up. I nearly went into mourning once I got caught up and had to wait a year like everyone else in the world.


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  9. The Amelia Peabody series by Elizabeth Peters. Starts in the late 1800's with a strong willed woman who goes on an archeological dig which turns into a mystery. The series is more a cozy mystery one following Amelia throughout her life. Actually, I also enjoy Peters other series as well, especially the Jacqueline Kirby series. JK is a librarian and the Die for Love book takes place at a romance convention. Much hilarity ensues as the mystery is solved.

    As for me, I was given a copy of the 6th book in Eloisa James' Duchess series. Being who I am, I had to read the first 5 in order before I could read that one. I am very happy I did. Great series!



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