I was starting to spot reading challenges for next year, thinking I ought to do a non-fiction one to make me read a book I’ve had for years, which I deliberately put at number 5 in my list for this year and still haven’t read (it’s now at number 11). I came across another called ‘Finishing the series’ or something like that, and I thought “What a good idea”.
Then I realised it would probably take me more than a year to finish the series I currently read, without doing anything else.
So this post lists the series I am reading, and intend to continue reading, especially when I already own one or more follow-on books. I just want to see how big the list really is.
- Falco series by Lindsey Davis: I’m reviewing Saturnalia, number 17, in December. There are three more to go, and I think she’s called it a day at 20. I must have started this series in around 1993, and I’ve loved nearly every one of them (a couple have been 4 stars rather than 5, but hey, everybody has an off day.) But Lindsey Davis has Falco’s adoptive daughter taking up the story in her own series –
- Flavia Alba series by Lindsey Davis: I’ve only read the first, but I already own books 2 and probably 3. Just as addictive as Falco.
- Emperor’s Edge by Lindsay Buroker: I’ve read four, and there are currently 9, with three or four novellas thrown in to fill in gaps. I believe I have two more to read on the kindle. I started these after the…
- Flash Gold series by Lindsay Buroker, a steampunk series of which I’ve read three and Lindsay has or is about to bring out number 4 (or was it 5?). Definitely to be continued.
- Fallen Empire series by Lindsay Buroker, the first of which was Star Nomad, reviewed a couple of weeks ago. Whether I read more depends on progress with Emperor’s Edge, I think. Or maybe it’ll have to wait till I’ve finished that.
- Lockwood & Co by Jonathan Stroud. The first will be reviewed on the first Saturday in January. There are four out at present and I’ll definitely be reading more.
- Wayfarers series by Becky Stroud, the first of which is A Long Way to a Small Angry Planet. I’ve been voting for the second book in this year’s Goodreads awards, and I’m looking forward to reading it.
- Derivatives of Displacement by Jennifer Ellis, which starts with a Pair of Docks. I may get Pair Alleles (book 4), which came out in October, read before the year end. There is, I believe, to be at least one more.
- The Camelot Kids, by Ben Zackheim. One down, at least two to go and possibly more.
- Pismawallops PTA by Rebecca Douglass; as far as I know, unless I haven’t been paying attention, there are two out which I’ve read, and another in the pipeline. Start with Death by Icecream.
- The Ninja Librarian series, by Rebecca Douglass. They started well, and get better. Book 3, The Problem of Peggy, is out now, and I’m looking forward to more – and more Halitor the Hero, and more Gorg the Troll, who hasn’t even had the first one out, yet! No pressure, Rebecca!
- The War of Six Crowns, by M Gerrick. This is the series of the Vanished Knight, reviewed a few weeks ago. I’m sufficiently intrigued to test the next in the series, but haven’t got it yet.
- Seed Savers, by S.Smith; the saga of what happens when you let big corporations take over the world (using international trade agreements – oppose them whenever you see them). Treasure, Lily and Keeper have all been reviewed – I’m looking forward to the next.
- Dining Out Around the Solar System by Clare O’Beara; I loved the second in the series, and am looking forward to the first and third.
- Ruth Galloway crime series, by Elly Griffiths; I’m on number five, now A Dying Fall, having reviewed A Room Full of Bones in the spring. Elly brought out book 8, A Woman in Blue, this summer, and of course I bought it.
- Inspector Montalbano by Andrea Camilleri. I seem to have got stuck at number 7 Rounding the Mark, but I expect as the winter nights get colder, I’ll want to cuddle up with the Sicilian detective again! There are at least 30 of these titles, not all available in translation yet, I think.
- Rhe Brewster mysteries by Noelle A Granger. I’m falling behind on these, with Death by Pumpkin already out and I’m only on Death in a Dacron Sail. I must catch up, and soon, before the next one arrives!
- Shadows from the Past series by Wendy Leighton-Porter. I’m up to number six, The Shadow of Camelot, following twins Jemima and Joe and their friend Charlie, plus Max the cat, as they time travel back to rescue their parents somewhere in the past, but I suspect the series may be drawing to a close as we get closer to the present. I have at least two on my kindle. I must get back to these, they’re great!
As I go back through my ‘books read’ list, I find more authors who may or may not have added to their series since I last looked. I may not have mentioned them here, but that’s probably because I don’t think I’ve got the next in the series waiting to be read. But heck, I think I’ve got enough above waiting to be read to keep me going, and not too many where the concept of ‘finishing the series’ is viable. Thank goodness there are a few series books I’ve read where I don’t feel the need to keep up with the next.
Will people please stop writing series that make me want to read them?
What does life look like in retirement?
You’re looking at it. As someone I was talking to on the bus said: it’s like a full time job with no holidays or weekends off (and a lot less pay).