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Series I’m Reading (early 2019 review)

The other day (well, okay, a few months ago now) Sarah at Dragons and Zombies did an update on all the series she is currently reading. I thought this sounded like a good idea, so here’s a look at the various series I currently have on the go, and what my plans are with them:

Series I’m not caught up on, but intend to continue (16)

  • Discworld by Terry Prachett (this year is my Discworld Read-A-Long, so I should get through a large chunk of these books in 2019)
  • Tales of the Travelers by J.A. Campbell
  • October Daye by Seanan McGuire (I own the next book, just haven’t gotten to it yet)
  • InCryptid by Seanan McGuire (I own the next one of these, too)
  • Bannon & Clare by Lilith Saintcrow (I also own the next one of these…)
  • Oxford Time Travel by Connie Willis (I don’t own the next one of these! But they’re long and intense books, so they take me a while to get through)
  • Girl Genius by Phil & Kaja Foglio (graphic novels count, too)
  • Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa
  • Feline Wizards by Diane Duane
  • Stranje House by Kathleen Baldwin (I only recently realized that there was a sequel, so I have some excuse for not having finished this yet)
  • Stoker and Holmes by Colleen Gleason
  • Wishcraft Mysteries by Heather Blake
  • Elemental Assasin by Jennifer Estep (yet another book I already own and haven’t read)
  • Sorrow Falls by Gene Doucette
  • Black Cat Bookshop mysteries by Ali Brandon
  • Magical Bookshop mysteries by Amanda Flower

Series I’m unsure about (11)

  • Rockton by Kelley Armstrong (I liked the first one, and more-or-less liked the next, but I’m just not sure about more)
  • Sugar Maple by Barbara Bretton
  • Modern Faerie Tale by Holly Black (I’ve been intending to read book 2 for long enough that I’m not sure it’s going to happen)
  • Confederation series by Tanya Huff (I’m leaning towards no, but I think I still own the rest of the series. I need to either read these or get rid of the physical books.)
  • Retrievers by Laura Anne Gilman (It’s been so long since I read the first two of these that I might need to start over or decide to give up on it entirely)
  • The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg
  • Warcross by Marie Lu (I’m leaning toward ‘no’ but haven’t decided for sure yet)
  • Fred, the Vampire Accountant by Drew Hayes
  • Mrs. Murphy mysteries by Rita Mae Brown
  • Magical Cats Mystery by Sofie Kelly
  • Pax Arcana by Elliott James (I was iffy about the most recent one I read, so I’m not sure I’m going to bother reading more)

Series I want to continue, but I’m waiting on the author (5)

  • Spells, Swords, and Stealth by Drew Hayes (BOOK 4 HAS BEEN RELEASED! On Kindle, anyway. At the time I’m writing this, it has only JUST been released for Kindle and I haven’t seen any indication of whether an audio book is coming or not. Since I’ve listened to the rest of them I would prefer to listen to this one too if that’s an option.)
  • Elfhome by Wen Spencer
  • Wayward Children by Seanan McGuire (yes, McGuire has been good about releasing these regularly, but I read them as fast as she releases them…)
  • Elite Hands of Justice by A.J. Menden (to be fair, I’m waiting on the publisher for this one. I’m pretty sure the author has given up on the publisher, but I still want more from the series and I know that at least one more has been written)
  • Bewitching Mysteries by Madeline Alt (I don’t think this author is ever going to finish the series, and I’ve heard gossip about the author that makes me wonder if I actually will continue reading if she ever does continue writing)

I don’t know if this is all of the series I have been working on, but it’s as many as I could remember. (There are lots.) I also didn’t include the ones that I’m not currently working on. If I’ve already given up on them, or haven’t started them, or already read all of the books in the series, I didn’t make a note of them here.

Wow. That’s a lot of series. And there are still many more I want to start. Yikes.

21 thoughts on “Series I’m Reading (early 2019 review)

  1. I like the concept of this post… and the sound of many of the series you’re reading. Some are series I’ve also started, or hope to. It seems like a good idea, a way to not lose focus on the series you’re already in the middle of.

    I’m curious what you’ve heard about Madelyn Alt that makes you unsure you would keep reading if she wrote another Bewitching Mystery. I’d pretty much given up on her ever writing or publishing another one, frankly.

    1. I’m really trying to not lose focus on series I love but never finished, so that’s what I’m hoping this post will do.

      I’ve heard various things about Madelyn Alt (mostly on Goodreads) that indicate a variety of things — I’d seen some negative comments about the author which I can’t find now so don’t want to paraphrase without confirmation. There are other notes about medical problems, or a move of houses, but nothing concrete about whether or not this book is ever happening. I completely understand that Life Happens, but if you want your readers to take that journey with you, you don’t stay so completely silent for 5+ years.

      http://madmadly.blogspot.com/2011/11/back-to-land-of-living.html
      http://heather.bishoffs.com/what-happened-to-madelyn-alt/
      https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10559681-in-charm-s-way?from_search=true

      1. Heather Bishoffs’s (Heather Marie Adkins) blog post was interesting, and corroborates what I found when I looked into Alt’s disappearance a few years ago. Heather’s speculations make sense, though I can think of other possiblities. For instance, I’ve wondered if she “went dark” because of death threats or a stalker (sometimes a reader who is mentally unstable will fixate on an author; that seems particularly common for authors who write about witchcraft, for some reason. Lackey dealt with in for a while in regard to her Diana Tregarde books, as I recall.) At any rate, it’s possible she may still be writing, but under a different name.

        1. There are lots of reasons for an author to “go dark” but I guess my biggest annoyance is that no one seems to be acknowledging what’s happening with the series. Oh well, we’ll probably never get anything more — books or info.

  2. I like this kind of post because if you space the series out enough I’m not quite sharp enough to really realize you’re reading the series. It is like me and my bundle of series, once every 1/5-2 months, are people going realize I’m charging through the whole thing?

    So way to focus my attention on the big picture. That is helpful.

    1. It does help focus on the big picture. It also made me realize as I was writing the post that there were several series I intended to finish that I had completely forgotten about…

  3. I was also inspired by Sarah’s post to track me series. I started to and then quickly got overwhelmed. But I do need to do this. Yer post just emphasizes the fact that I will find it useful. Arrr!
    x The Captain

  4. It’s great to have it all on in one space and see what you’re actually reading!

    The Discworld series is probably a life-long project 🙂 At least for me – and I think I should get started on the next one pretty soon!

    1. It’s a great list to have! It’s a bit intimidating to realize how bad I’ve been about finishing series lately, though, but at least now I’ve gotten everything in one place and can start making a conscious effort to finish some of the series.

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