Confessions of a Serial Addict

The story of how one reader just can't stay away from book series.

In retrospect, 2012 has been the year of the series for me. It seems I just can't stay away from books that have one or more sequels. Now, that can be fun; I admit I get rather attached to characters from good books and it's nice to spend more time with them in subsequent editions. But it can also be extremely frustrating when reading a series and the next book isn't published yet.

I've just started four new series of books. (It's a sickness, I know.) It seems I just can't stay away. In just this past year alone, I've started or continued the following series:

  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Stieg Larsson)
  • Matched, Crossed, and Reached (Ally Condie)
  • Hex Hall (Rachel Hawkins)
  • The Haunted Guesthouse series (E.J. Cooperman)
  • Legend (Marie Lu)
  • Across the Universe (Beth Revis)
  • Miss Peregrine (Ransom Riggs)
  • Divergent (Veronica Roth)
  • All Souls trilogy (Deborah Harkness)
  • Mr. and Mrs. Darcy mysteries (Carrie Bebris)
  • Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman (Pamela Aidan)
  • Pure (Julianna Baggott)
  • Fifty Shades of Grey (E.L. James)
  • Green Angel (Alice Hoffman)
  • Jane Fairfax (Michael Thomas Ford)
  • Cahill Witch Chronicles (Jessica Spotswood)
  • The Wolves of Mercy Falls (Maggie Stiefvater)
  • The Books of Faerie (Maggie Steifvater)
  • The Books of Bayern (Shannon Hale)
  • Outlander (Diana Gabaldon)
  • Crossfire (Sylvia Day)
  • Affairs by Moonlight (Juliana Gray)
  • Hush, Hush (Becca Fitzpatrick)
  • Caster Chronicles (Kami Garcia)
  • Fallen (Lauren Kate)
  • The Mortal Instruments (Cassandra Clare)
  • Booktown mysteries (Lorna Barrett)
  • Jane Austen mysteries (Stephanie Barron)
  • Bibliophile mysteries (Kate Carlisle)

Oh, my. Seeing them all laid out like that . . . sheesh. I really am a serial addict! But, you know me, always fishing for recommendations. What series am I missing that I should add to my to-read pile?

Speaking of books to read, my book club gals and I have selected the first three books for 2013. If anyone is interested, feel free to read along with us!

  • January: Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
  • February: Three Fates by Nora Roberts
  • March: Heads in Beds by Jacob Tomsky

So. What are you all reading these days?

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Greg December 07, 2012 at 01:39 AM
I have been mixing in books from the Mercury Falls series between slightly deeper books. I have read the first two so far.
Bren December 07, 2012 at 01:55 AM
I'd recommend the Ender's Game series by Orson Scott Card. I understand a movie based on two of the books is coming out next year. I'm glad Card waited for current digital technology which will do his books justice.
Greg December 07, 2012 at 03:25 AM
Thanks, I added them to my Kindle wish list. It does look like a good series.
Tpom December 07, 2012 at 06:54 PM
The The Fates series by Nora Roberts is amazing!! So is the the The Keys series. I, like you, love a good series. I just found the Montana Sky series and am waiting for the next one......it's going to be a long wait.
Dee Dee December 08, 2012 at 05:59 PM
I love a series and here' s what I've finished and sent on to others. Sue Grafton's Alphabet Series - Kinsey Millhone mystery series. Think Letter V is last so more to come. Lillian Jackson Braun's mystery series - 'The Cat Who-' Charlaine Harris' 'Sookie Stackhause' Vampire Series Personally, I think Ann Rice is the better writer when it comes to vampires etc. but there is humor in the Sookie series. Dee Dee in Oak Creek


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