May 21, 2022
Do you have a book series on your bookshelf?
Today for the May #WhatsOnYourBookshelfChallenge I’m focusing on Books in a Series.
First, I do love a good series. I love revisiting characters and their imaginary worlds. When you find a series to follow, it’s good fun to look forward to the next installment.
My love for a series most likely started with my love for Nancy Drew installments!
For this post, I’m taking a look back at several series I’ve enjoyed (some have ended and some are continuing). I love books in a series that can be read as stand-alones; however, reading the books in order of publication always provides a richer reading experience. (I’ll mention in the blurb if it’s important to read in order.)
***Hot Tip for GoodReads Users: Did you know that when you bring up a book that is in a series, you can click on the greyed-out text under the title to bring up an ordered list of all the books in the series? (see screenshot below….and note blue arrow and highlight)
I’m only listing series with more than 2 installments for this post.
In addition, this might be a good time to confess that I’m a strict “read-in-order” person!
Do you have a favorite book series?
Do you enjoy a book series?
Do you read a series in order?
***Titles in this post are Amazon affiliate links for the first book in the series.
Series I’ve Enjoyed
(in no particular order)
As the title indicates, this is a mystery/detective series with generous sides of literary fiction, family values, morality, and ethics. Most of the stories take place in the quaint, fictional village of Three Pines located in Canada. In the stories, Three Pines is a symbol of a safe haven.
I’ve read all 17 installments in the series (usually released in August of each year). Some I’ve enjoyed more than others, and they range in Star rating from 3-5 (except The Cruelest Month which wasn’t to my taste at all and rated 2). Three favorites are A Trick of the Light, Glass Houses (review includes an overview of the series), and All the Devils are Here.
I’ve read all 21 installments! Overall, the books fall into the literary fiction genre, are heavily character-driven, and are solid 3-star reads. Some installments are more plot-driven than others (especially the earlier installments). The lovely setting of Botswana, the charming characters, the gentle themes, and thoughtful musings have kept me engaged in the series. Each installment is a pure comfort read. One of my favorites is The House of Unexpected Sisters.
This series can be categorized as chick-lit (women’s fiction) with thoughtful and substantial themes. Perfect beach reads. So far, this is a 6 installment series and I’ve read them all (best read in publication order). Beachside Beginnings (#4) is my favorite (not reviewed). It might be my favorite because I inadvertently jumped into the series here (breaking my strict “read in order” rule) and had to quickly read the previous installments the next weekend.
What a LOVELY, gently written women’s fiction series! I’ve read all 4 installments and have enjoyed each one (equally) for its thoughtful family and sisters-supporting-sisters themes (and sides of closed-door romance). The first installment is actually a novella, so it’s one you could read quickly and evaluate for likability. These are solid 3.5-4 Star reads in the (light) women’s fiction genre.
So far this is a 5 book women’s fiction series. A bit more intense thematically and content-wise than the Vicarage series but still a closed-door romance. My favorite is Finding Love at Hedgehog Hollow (#1) because it’s where we meet Samantha and Josh (main characters) and the setting is established. Each installment after the first is a spinoff (with some Sam/Josh storylines). Overall, the series falls into my 3.5-4 star range.
This is a loosely connected 4 book series…..I think of them as “companion reads.” I’m currently reading #4 (Jack). I categorize these books as beautifully written Literary Fiction because they are character-driven, reflect on the meaning and purpose of life, and address important themes. Gilead (#1) was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 2005.
Ghost is a Middle-Grade contemporary fiction 4 book series that I adore! The series is best read in publication order because there’s a little cliffhanger at the end of each read which is resolved in the first chapter of the next book. This is a 4 to 5 star series.
This is a 4 book women’s fiction series and I’ve read all the installments. They can be read as stand-alones, but reading in publication order adds a richer context to the stories. Thoughtful themes (some intense content) that run through the stories include friendship, women supporting women, childbirth, and community. Of course, there are generous sides of romance as well (all closed door). The only one that I’ve reviewed on the blog is A Summer Wedding for the Cornish Midwife.
This is a 4 book loosely connected women’s fiction series set in North Dakota. I noticed this series because the first book is called Dakota Born and I’m Dakota (South Dakota) born and it’s always fun to read books set in familiar locations! Each story focuses on individuals in the same small, rural, interconnected community and falls into my 3-star range. If you are a small town or country girl you might appreciate the setting. Reading in order provides a richer context for each story.
A 3 installment very loosely connected historical fiction series includes Lilac Girls, Lost Roses, and Sunflower Sisters. Each book can be read as a stand-alone and goes back in time to tell the story of previous generations in the same family.
QOTD: Do you have a favorite series?
I’m linking up with Deb @ Deb’s World and Sue @ Women Living Well After 50, Donna @ Retirement Reflections, and Jo @ And Anyways…. for the May installment of #WhatsOnYourBookShelfChallenge. (***Sliding in under the wire with this post #betterlatethannever)
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