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març 24, 2009, 4:25pm

So, I found myself over the year constantly getting into authors who write series. That isn't to say that I don't read a ton of regular fiction, but there is something wonderful about knowing that characters and stories you love will continue to grow and change.

Series I Love: (touchstones should be to first in series)

Earth's Children by Jean Auel
Amelia Peabody by Elizabeth Peters
His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
Harry Potter by JK Rowling
Thursday Next by Jasper Fforde
Pine Cove by Christopher Moore
Wicked by Gregory Maguire
Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis
Inkworld by Cornelia Funke
Books of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau

I'm always looking for new series to get interested in, so if anyone has any suggestions please feel free to share them!

març 25, 2009, 12:09pm

Have you tried Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer? or The Bartimaeus Trilogy by Jonathan Stroud?

Editat: març 25, 2009, 2:17pm

Of course there's always my favorites like Stephen King's The Dark Tower, Anne Rice's The Vampire Chronicles,The Mayfair Witches Trilogy, New Tales of the Vampires, Tolkien's Lord of the RingsTrilogy and Clive Barker's Hell Raiser Series and Alfred Hitchcock's The Three Investigators Series immediately come to mind. I'm sure I'll come up with some others later on too.


març 25, 2009, 6:39pm

> beatles1964

thanks for your suggestions. i'm not really into many of the ones you listed, but i've been thinking about picking up Disc World. the only thing i've read by pratchett was his collaboration with neil gaimon, Good Omens which actually ended up being one of my favorite books.

> readafew

i do read a lot of young adult lit, but somehow those two series haven't pulled me in yet. i'm still kicking around whether i want to start them, but i'm not convinced yet. the latest young adult lits series that i've gotten into, Inkworld and Books of Ember have been a bit hit or miss, which i'm sure has something to do with it.

març 26, 2009, 5:31am

I'd suggest starting Discworld with equal rites though guards guards is another popular beginning or Mort. the actual first book colour of magic isn't that good compared to some of the others, it took Teery a few books to settle into his style.

Other series I'm actively following
Wars of light and Shadow
Harry Dresden
Jack Reacher
fortress in the eye of time

and then there are loads of finished series' such as
the gap
sherlock holmes

And one I think I'll like but haven't yet dared start GRRM 's
swords of ice and fire

març 26, 2009, 7:31am

You listed Amelia Peabody by Elizabeth Peters. If you like mysteries, most writers have the same protaganists and characters. A few that come to mind are:

Stephanie Plum mysteries by Janet Evanovich
Alex McKnight mysteries by Steve Hamilton
Hercule Poirot mysteries by Agatha Christie
Miss Marple mysteries by Agatha Christie
Brother Cadfael mysteries by Ellis Peters
Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee mysteries by Tony Hillerman

You might also like Pillars of the Earth and World Without End by Ken Follet, two big books that start in the middle ages and follow the lives of people and their descendants who build a cathedral.

març 26, 2009, 7:46am

I was thinking about Marion Zimmer Bradley's Sword and Sorceress Series. I recently bought a whole bunch of books from the Series from a local Thirft Store for about 50 cents apiece. It seems to me someone was trying to get rid of some books they no longer wanted and decided to get rid of them. I still don't have the entire Series with all the volumes, yet.


març 26, 2009, 8:18am

And how about the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon - history, time travel, romance, war, kilts - something for everyone!

març 26, 2009, 11:00am

> mamalaz

thanks for the suggestions. i've never really thought i liked mysteries, but i think it's more than i hadn't read the right kind of mystery. all the ones that i've enjoyed have had female protaganists (go figure) and have been a bit unusual. i had thought about picking up some agatha christie, but didn't really know where to start.

the only experience i have with christie's detectives is from watching the movie version of Murder on the Orient Express, which i really loved. maybe that's a good indicator that i'd like her books?

> reading_fox

i always try to read things in order, but that's usually because they have a continuous plot that needs to be followed. i kinda assumed Discworld wasn't like that but i would feel wrong jumping in any old place. how many books do you think it would take from the first till they got really good?

març 26, 2009, 11:21am

Discworld contains a few mini-series with the characters in one seldom overlapping any of the others. LSpace hosts a reading order guide.

Chronologically in published order here in that order, only the first two are a bit rubbish.

More series I've enjoyed:
Revelation Space
Magician Every fantasy fan should read at least the first (two if your USian) book.

And i want to read more of Carol berg's works too.

Editat: març 28, 2009, 1:36pm

I love books in a series! You are right, I think it's because then I know what happens to the characters that you learn to like and grow to love.

These are the series that I follow:

Harry Potter by JK Rowling
Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis

Amelia Peabody by Elizabeth Peters
Coffeehouse Mysteries by Cleo Coyle
Hannah Swensen by Joanne Fluke
Flower Shop Mysteries by Kate Collins
Stephanie Plum by Janet Evanovich
Deborah Knott by Margaret Maron
Tea Shop Mysteries by Laura Childs
Scrapbooking Mysteries by Laura Childs
Mr & Mrs Darcy by Carrie Bebris
Mary Russell by Laurie R King
Kate Martinelli by Laurie R King
Gladdy Gold by Rita lakin
Alex Cooper by Linda Fairstein
Anna Pigeon by Nevada Barr
Marty Nickerson by Rose Connors
William Monk by Anne Perry
Charlotte & Thomas Pitt mysteries by Anne Perry
Three Pines Mysteries by Louise Penny
V.I. Warshawski by Sara Paretsky
Bookman by John Dunning
Tess Monaghan by Laura Lippman
Needlecraft mysteries by Monica Ferris
Kay Scarpetta by Patricia Cornwell
Bubbles by Sarah Strohmeyer

The Darcys by Elizabeth Aston
Skye O'Malley by Bertrice Small
World of Hetar by Bertrice Small
Bridgerton Series by Julia Quinn
Bedwyn series by Mary Balogh
Bastion Club by Stehanie Laurens
Cynster by Stehanie Laurens
Effington Family by Victoria Alexander

See, I didn't lie when I said that I loved books in a series. I guess I started with them when I read the Bobbsey Twins and Nancy Drew when I was a child.

Today I went to the book store and picked up some books that were the start of some new series for me.
Hooked on Murder A Crochet Mystery
Murder is Binding Book town Mystery

I have a few others that I want to start but haven't gotten the first one in the series yet.
If anyone has any series I haven't tried, please let me know, I'm always up for a new series!

Editat: març 28, 2009, 9:57pm

Nobody mentioned Jasper Fforde's Thursday Next series. It is so much a series for booklovers. It is about an agency whose job it is to keep books from being changed. The more you know literature, the more the sly humour of the series will be fun, but it's fun anyway. First one is The Eyre Affair. Thursday must save Jane so the novelist writes her classics. With characters like Jack Schitt and Victor Analogy, you have to check this one out.

Mary Balogh wrote 4 books about schoolteachers that follow the Bedwyn series, and overlap characters - the Simply series.

març 28, 2009, 10:10pm

> barbaradeneise

I mentioned Thursday Next in my original post. I love them for all the reasons you listed- what bibliophile doesn't love books about books? I just picked up Fforde's other series Nursery Crimes, but I didn't like it quite as much. It wasn't bad, but it just wasn't as spectacularly exciting as Thursday Next.

març 29, 2009, 12:00am

Guess I missed the Thursday Next post. And how the heck to you get the stuff to show up in blue? 1st day on the site :)

Editat: març 29, 2009, 12:26am

it's ok barbara and WELCOME to the site! the blue words are touchstones. if you look to the right of your post box it should be explained, but it's fairly easy. you just put a brackets around the title of the book you are talking about. so for example, to get The Eyre Affair to turn into The Eyre Affair you type in (bracket)The Eyre Affair(bracket). To touchstone an author, you use double brackets before and after the author name. You might have to choose a different title sometimes as a couple of things might be suggested, but it's really easy once you get the swing of it.

again WELCOME!

Editat: març 29, 2009, 12:29am

Touchstones turn blue - surround the title with single square brackets (next to the P) and authors names in double square brackets and they will turn blue.

març 29, 2009, 12:59am

Another series I loved was the Kent Family Chronicles by John Jakes. They start with The Bastard and follow generations from colonial America up until modern times. They are from the 70's or 80's but I think the books are still around.

Editat: març 30, 2009, 4:51pm

Other Series by John Jakes is Brak the Barbarian and The North and South Trilogy:

North and South
Love and War
Heaven and Hell

The Australians by William Stuart Long which began in 1979 volume one with The Exiles and continued all the way thru volume 12 with The Imperialists being Published in
1990. I remember this Series of books very well. I used to have to wait to buy them each and every year they came out and have the Series thru volume 10 The Seafarers which came out in 1988. After I finished reading one volume I couldn't wait until the next one was Published. Only one volume was Published a year each and every from 1979 to 1990. William Stuart Long is a Pseudonym used by Vivian Stuart who I think also goes by the name Violet Vivian F Stuart Mann.

From the books I remember reading at the time they were very well written and I thoroughly enjoyed the books looking forward to the next volume in the Series of The Australians. In volume 1 of The Exiles, England decides to empty it's Poor Houses and Jails with it's over crowding populations to Australia where they wouldn't have to worry about Jails or Jailors since they would be surrounded by the Sea and didn't have to worry about them trying to swim away in order to escape.

I do strongly recommend trying to find these books from a local Used Book Store or maybe even Ordering them through Inter Library Loan (ILL) Requests from your local Libraries.


març 31, 2009, 9:01am

Dana Fuller Ross had a Series of over 20 volumes as far as I know called The Wagons West. It started out with Independence, and some other volumes included Texas, Oklahoma, Montana, etc. Most of the titles of this Series were named after States with the possible exception of Independence.


març 31, 2009, 9:01am

Dana Fuller Ross had a Series of over 20 volumes as far as I know called The Wagons West. It started out with Independence, and some other volumes included Texas, Oklahoma, Montana, etc. Most of the titles of this Series were named after States with the possible exception of Independence.


Editat: març 31, 2009, 9:36am

For anyone interested in reading The Australians Series by William Stuart Long a.k.a. Vivian Stuart, Violet Vivian F Stuart Mann. I am listing all of the names of all 12 of the volumes in the Series:

1. The Exiles (1979)
2. The Settlers (1980)
3. The Traitors (1981)
4. The Explorers (1982)
5. The Adventurers (1983)
6. The Colonists (1984)
7. The Gold Seekers (1985)
8. The Gallant (1986)
9. The Empire Builders (1987)
10. The Seafarers (1988)
11. The Nationalists (1989)
12. The Imperialists (1990)


març 31, 2009, 12:47pm

Thanks beatles1964!

I actually think I might check out The Australians series. I'd never heard of it till now, but I think my Aussie friends would appreciate my interest.

Editat: abr. 1, 2009, 7:02am

You're Welcome atlargeintheworld.I hope you'll enjoy reading them .You know it's been years since I have bothered to read any of the books in the Series so maybe it's time I took some of my own advice and read the books myself, maybe I can find the last 2 volumes in the Series I'm missing from my collection.


abr. 1, 2009, 5:07pm

Some series I enjoy:
Jeffrey Deaver's - Lincoln Rhyme
Harlan Coben - Myron Bolitar
James Swain
Jennifer Chiaverini - Elm Creek Quilt series
Lee Child - Jack Reacher
Michael Connelly - Harry Bosch
Robert Crais - Elvis Cole

Some of these might already be listed!

abr. 1, 2009, 6:17pm

25>> I've heard of some of these but others I haven't. I'm going to be watching out for the quilt series especially and I'm starting the Coben series this week.

maig 6, 2009, 9:13pm

I read 8 new first in a series in April .. they were

1. When did we lose Harriet?
2. Sympathy for the Devil
3. A Catered murder
4. Death at Le Fenice
5. A Clue for the Puzzle Lady
6. Moving is Murder
7. Deal Breaker
8. Mistletoe Murder

maig 6, 2009, 10:57pm

has anyone read Homicide in Hardcover or Murder is Binding? both of these are the first books in 2 new mystery series. i don't usually read mysteries, other and Amelia Peabody, but these sounded charming and bookish. just looking for some opinions before i dive in.

maig 7, 2009, 12:48am

I haven't read those books but I'm not big on mysteries either....

Series I have read/started reading and liked:
Maximum Ride by James Patterson
Dragonriders of Pern by Anne McCaffrey
Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
Midnighters by Scott Westerfeld
Hitchhiker's by Douglas Adams
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor

Series I've picked up but haven't started(so I don't know if they're good or not, cross the fingers):
Obernewtyn by Isobelle Carmody
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
Marked: House of Night by P.C. Cast
The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Editat: maig 7, 2009, 3:23am

I am surprised no one has yet mentioned
patrick O'Brian
20 volumes of a ride around the world.

Touchstone... try this link


maig 9, 2009, 12:08am

Thanks to whoever did the combining for #30

juny 5, 2009, 12:50pm

I have all the series except the last book The Imperialists All mine are hard cover with dust jackets and I am looking for the 12th book to buy so I have the full set.
Can any one out there help me with this
Chers Kristalb

juny 5, 2009, 2:22pm

I never knew they came out in hard covers with dust jackets. When the series originally started I only saw the paperback versions and that's what I still have.


jul. 1, 2009, 1:27pm

I started 4 more series

A Novena for Murder
Her royal spyness
Scent to her grave
The Quilter's Apprentice

Editat: oct. 9, 2009, 4:11pm

Oooooh, I love this thread!

Favorite series:
Blackwater I by Michael McDowell
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Children of Earth by Jean Auel
His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
Poldark by Winston Graham
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
Alvin Maker by Orson Scott Card
Gormenghast by Mervyn Peake

Editat: oct. 9, 2009, 4:20pm

I am not addicted to series... at all http://www.librarything.com/profile/AnnieMod/stats/series - at least 300 of these are unique ones (if not even more) :) Filling them slowly and on last count I am keeping an eye on 30+ each year....

oct. 9, 2009, 7:33pm

holy crap AnnieMod! that's dedication!

oct. 9, 2009, 7:40pm

It's a side effect from being a completist - if I have volume 1, I will probably pick up the next volumes... and I love buying volume 1 from new series - it gives me a chance to meet new authors and characters and if I like it, there are more books from/about them:)

oct. 9, 2009, 7:42pm

i'm a completist too! it's a wonderful/terrible thing to be...

des. 22, 2009, 1:55pm

I like the Books of Ember, too. I would like to read Wicked, and I'm getting into the Al Capone series (Al Capone Does My Shirts, and Al Capone Shines My Shoes). I'm starting the Wonderful Wizard of Oz series, too.

ag. 3, 2011, 4:46pm

I have about 13 series of books that I am currently (slowly) working on reading. Now that I have found this website, I have found 4 more series that interest me.

My favorite series by far, as well as my favorite books in general are The Secret History of the Pink Carnation by Lauren Willig. These books are about Women spies and how they come to be spies. There are about 8 books in the series. Very fun books.

I like the idea of jumping around between series because you get t know the characters. I tend to start feeling as though I know the characters personally and am getting reaquainted with them every time I come back to the next book in the series.

nov. 18, 2011, 11:41pm

Just completed:

Deborah Knott Series by Margaret Maron
Tea Shop Mysteries by Laura Childs
The Inn Boonsboro Trilogy ( The Next Always ) by Nora Roberts 1st in series

Looking for a new series to start: Maybe rereading the Rosamunde Pilcher books

nov. 19, 2011, 12:54am

nov. 28, 2011, 5:43pm

I wish I could say that I finished a series and now could go back and re-read one but there are just too many good ones out there for me to find time to re-read one. Though I will confess that I re-read the Harry Potters one book at time as the Movies came out.

nov. 28, 2011, 6:03pm

I guess this is susposed to be about a book series, but, If I may suggest a great DVD series.....Monarch of the Glen . I just finished watching this Scottish Masterpiece; a simply great series! It was originaly written by Compton MacKenzie during the 1940's as The Highland Novels. This boxed series is relatively recent from the BBC during the early 2000's. The scenery is absolutely magnificent!

des. 3, 2011, 7:04pm

Sounds good JaneAustenNut. I love watching those BBC series. Of course, one of my all time favorites is Pride and Prejudice with Colin Firth.