Sunday, April 15, 2012

TSS: Series

What is the Sunday Salon? Imagine some university library's vast reading room. It's filled with people--students and faculty and strangers who've wandered in. They're seated at great oaken desks, books piled all around them, and they're all feverishly reading and jotting notes in their leather-bound journals as they go. Later they'll mill around the open dictionaries and compare their thoughts on the afternoon's literary intake....
On a Friday night I compiled a list of book series that I had started and have not yet finished.  Yes, I know what a fun Friday night.  But it was the first day on my four day weekend and I did not want to leave my house for any reason.  No human contact wanted, needed or required.

I put myself on a no new series ban, especially series that haven't been completed yet.

This ban is hard because it seems that series are really popular now.  Most of the book blogs that I subscribe to feature series.  And not all books in series are clearly labeled series.  I feel a little bit of disappointment when I read an synopsis and then notice that a book is part of a series.

I don't save it for later, I move on.

I have five series that I need to complete.  I don't have time to start a new one.  There is no telling when I will be able to finish it.

I also have a thing against starting series that haven't been completed yet.  I want the option to read all the books back to back.  The thought that I would have to wait to read the next book, bothers me.

On that note, I'm determined to finish off the series that I have started.

To do that, I needed to make a list.

I am putting the list here, so I won't lose it.

Vampire Huntress Legend (by L.A. Banks):

  • The Wicked (Book #8)
  • The Cursed (Book #9)
  • The Darkness (Book #10)
  • The Shadows (Book #11)
  • The Thirteenth (Book #12)
Lion's Blood Series (by Steven Barnes)

  • Zulu Heart (Book #2)
Nappily Series (by Trisha R. Thomas)

  • Nappily Faithful (Book #4)
  • Nappily in Bloom (Book #5)
  • Un-Nappily in Love (Book #6)
  • Nappily About Us (Book #7)
The Hollows (by Kim Harrison)

  • A Fistful of Charms (Book #4)
  • For a Few Demons More (Book #5)
  • The Outlaw Demon Wails (Book #6)
  • White Witch, Dark Curse (Book #7)
  • Black Magic Sanctions (Book #8)
  • Pale Demon (Book #9)
  • A Perfect Blood (Book #10)
Women of the Otherworld (by Kelly Armstrong)

  • Stolen (Book #2)
  • Dime Store Magic (Book #3)
  • Industrial Magic (Book #4)
  • Haunted (Book #5)
  • Broken (Book #6)
  • No Humans Involved (Book #7)
  • Personal Demon (Book #8)
  • Living with the Dead (Book #9)
  • Frostbitten (Book #10)
  • Waking the Witch (Book #11)
  • Spell Bound (Book #12)
  • Thirteen (Book #13)
One of the things I noticed is that most of the series are paranormal.  Vampires, Witch, Werewolves, OH MY.

I don't know what my plan of attack is going to be, but I am thinking of completing the Vampire Huntress Legend first.

But we shall see.

Happy Reading!


  1. I totally understand. For some reason I read the first in the Vampire Huntress series and never went forward, even though I loved it and I actually own 10 of the books!! I did finish the Nappily and Lion's Blood series, though.

    1. Vampire Huntress gets a little crazy after a while. She seems to just be throwing in everything but the kitchen sink. That's why I stopped after #7.

      What did you think of Nappily?

  2. About halfway through the Nappily series I realized that I didn't care for the protagonist much. Her choices in certain situations just bugged me. But I'll keep reading because I'm already invested in the characters and their lives.

    1. That's how I feel. After finishing book #3 I wondered how one person could find so much drama. Then when I realized that there are now 7 books, I thought about giving up.

      I wonder if Thomas is planning to write more Nappily books?

  3. I saw a new title listed on Goodreads, but I don't know when it will be released. Looks like we'll never be done with this series! lol

  4. I'm thinking "dang, I have Dime Store Magic but not the rest, not even books 1 and 2!"

    Great plan, can I join you at the beach? j/k I'm on the other coast and will have to settle for poolside!

    I love to read series one right after the other but heard that a series may get cancelled for lack of readership :(

    Nora Roberts Key Trilogy was published 30 days apart....the length of time of each book :)

    1. I didn't realize the the series was 13 books long (and counting?). I don't think I would have started it, if I had known.

      Book #1 (Bitten) was good. I think I read it in two or three days.