Bookish Question of the Week

bookishqu250butterflyI want to talk series today! I love a great series that draws me into the characters lives, when minor characters become major characters in the next books. Some stand out series for me are:

Ronie Kendig’s Discarded Heroes

Lisa T. Bergren’s River of Time

Tamara Leigh’s Age of Faith

Susan May Warren’s Montana Fire

Francine Rivers’ Mark of the Lion

Bodie Thoene’s Zion Covenant and Chronicles

Dee Henderson’s O’Malleys

Becky Wade’s Porter series

Mindy Starns Clark’s Million Dollar Mysteries

…to name a few!

But I do notice that when it comes to reviews, subsequent books in series usually get less reviews, fewer entries for giveaways, and less buzz. Once I start a series I love, I can’t wait to read the additional books but maybe that’s not the case for most.

Once you start a series, do you make it a priority to finish it?

(and feel free to share some of your favourite series!)




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28 Responses to Bookish Question of the Week

  1. I do enjoy a good series. When you finish a book and you say, oh man I wish there was more, that’s when a series is great. My most favorite series of all is Jan Karon’s Mitford books. I have been through it multiple times and am so glad she has come back to write more books. Bodie Thoene’s Zion books also are at the top of my list. I also read all of Dee Henderson’s O’Malley books. But if a series doesn’t seem to keep me interested I drop it and move on because there is so much out there to read.

  2. If I love the first book of a series, it will take a pretty horrific turnaround for me to quit the series, especially when the popular series lengths are only 3-4 books (that’s not a big commitment, not like certain 16+book fantasy series that my husband loves). It’s pretty rare that an author starts a series with a brilliant Book One and each sequential book is a complete dud. With long series, I’ve found they’re more likely to get better, since you know the characters and the author is improving craft as they write.

    Some of my favorites are Dani Pettrey’s Alaskan Courage series (especially since it’s practically a record for CBA with FIVE books), Roseanna M White’s Ladies of the Manor, and Kristi Ann Hunter’s in-progress Hawthorne House books.

  3. Yes, I will absolutely finish a series (unless the first book is a dud). It’s the OCD in me that must complete a task once started. Years ago, I enjoyed Dee Henderson’s O’Malley and Uncommon Heroes series. More recently I’ve liked:

    * Age of Faith / The Feud – Tamara Leigh
    * Christiansen Family – Susan May Warren
    * Discarded Heroes / The Quiet Professionals – Ronie Kendig
    * Daughters of Boston – Julie Lessman
    * Victorian Bookshop Mysteries – Kate Parker
    * Gaslight Mysteries – Victoria Thompson
    * Beacons of Hope – Jody Hedlund
    * Coffey & Hill – Mike Nappa
    * Psalm 23 Mysteries / The Kiss Trilogy – Debbie Viguie

    There are many more, but will stop hogging up the comments space.

  4. Oh, yes, I usually always finish a series. Most of the time if I love the first book I will make it a point to read each new one that comes out. Sometimes I enter a giveaway for the first book in a series by a new author. If I really love the book and know that this will be a must read/buy author, then I won’t enter anymore giveaways because I have pre-ordered each new book. Also, I usually only enter giveaways of books that I know I will want to re-read. If I have entered to win a 2017 book by an author, then I will usually wait until the author has published two more books before entering again. I want others to have a chance at winning and I don’t want the author to think I’m just getting free stuff off of them all the time.

  5. You’ve mentioned lots of my favourites! I have a whole shelf just for series, because my other bookshelves were getting too full. To Emma’s dismay, they are all shelved in alphabetical order, by author. She can’t figure out how I find anything. Poor child.

    Also favourites on my shelf:
    Rivers of Time: Lisa T Bergren
    Books of Mortals: Ted Dekker/Tosca Lee
    Remnants: Lisa T Bergren
    Sisters Ink: Rebecca Sietz
    Sword of Lyric: Sharon Hinck
    Defiance Texas Trilogy: Mary E DeMuth
    Storm Siren Trilogy: Mary Weber

    OK, stopping now…because I could go on and on!!

  6. Hey Rel,
    I love series! Subsequent books in a series are like good friends of good friends. You have heard great things about them and you can’t wait to get to know them more closely yourself. The things you mentioned are why some publishers steer away from series. While some books in series do get previous books’ readers, rarely do all readers follow all titles in the series. Many publishers feel it is easier to market individual titles as those who do follow all titles may not start a series if they miss book one, and with limited shelf space, stores don’t always like to carry the full backlist. I would think sites like Amazon would help with this, but I have not heard or read anything on this. The House of Winslow, Cheney Duvall, MD, The Emerald Ballad, The Russians, Ribbons of Steel, and Red River of the North are some of my all-time favorites.

  7. If I read the first book in a series, and really like it, I try to find the rest of the series also. I’ve sometimes found a book that I didn’t realize was the second of a series and then read the other books, or sometimes just left it at that one. This only works if it’s a “stand alone” type series. Besides the ones you mentioned, some series I really liked are Susan May Warren’s Christiansen family series, Julie Lessman’s Daughters of Boston and Winds of Change, Jocelyn Green’s Heroines Behind the Lines series, Tamera Alexander’s Belle Meade and Belmont Mansion series, and all of Mary Connealy’s.

  8. Like others above me, if the first book intrigues me, then I will definitely buy the next & almost always the series.

    My favorites have been:
    O’Malley series by Dee Henderson
    Uncommon Heroes series by Dee Henderson
    Raleigh Harmon series by Sibella Giorello–this series somewhat breaks the mold as Raleigh is the main character in each book but I love it and am always anxiously awaiting the next (which Sibella is trying to finish) :-)

    • I love the Raleigh Harmon series and cannot wait for this new one. I think it’s coming in May. Series with one main character and her friends/relatives are always my favorites.

  9. Love series! There’s nothing like a great one that allows readers to return time and again to characters who have beautifully messed with their hearts. Thank you for the Age of Faith mention, Rel!

  10. Hi Rel,
    I’ve read and loved all the series you mentioned. There are so many out there and so many great authors. Series and I have a love hate relationship. I love the stories and all their many parts, but I hate the fact that I usually have to wait for the next book to come out and then I hate when the series ends. I feel I know the characters personally and they’ve become part of my family. It pains me to leave them!
    YET, I can rest assured that all these fantastic authors will continue on and who knows what new group of characters I’ll become friends with next!

  11. O definitely. Unless I really didn’t like book 1, but that’s rare. I don’t quite remember when was the last time that happened. Lately, I’ve been jumping onto a series mid way or the last book, and having to go back because I loved it so much!

    • Annie JC » I’ve read a few second or third books first recently, too. Not my favourite way to do it, but if they are ‘standalone’ style it’s okay :)

  12. I love a series, especially when some of the same characters are in all of the books. When I read a stand alone novel, I often feel a sense of loss because that is the end of the characters… it is awesome when you can keep reading about them for a few more books.

    The Redemption Series by Karen Kingsbury
    Ronie Kendig’s series
    The Sanctuary Series by Lisa Phillips

    • Mark A Buzard » I enjoyed KK’s Redemption series, too, Mark. After that they got a bit repetitive for me, but obviously there are plenty of readers who think otherwise!

  13. As long as I enjoy each book, then I will continue to read the next book in a series. Some series leave cliffhangers in each book until the last, so that makes it imperative for me to finish (ie. Jessica Dotta’s Price of Privilege).
    I don’t know how you can pick a favorite series of Susan May Warren’s, Tamara Leigh or Ronie Kendig’s, they are all so good. Other series I love include:

    Miss Pickworth Collection -Catherine Palmer
    Cheney Duvall MD -Gilbert & Lynn Morris
    Medieval Trilogy -Leigh Bale
    The Gifted series -Lisa T Bergren
    Culper Series -Roseanna M White
    and many others including the ones you already mentioned.
    Legacy of the Pirates -Marylu Tyndall
    Raleigh Harmon set -Sibella Giorello
    The Reluctant Demon Diaries -Linda Rios Brook
    The Charmed Life -Jenny B Jones
    The Girl Next Door -Amy Leigh Simpson
    The Midwives -Laurie A Eakes

  14. I enjoy series and standalone books equally. If I start a series and do not enjoy book one, I don’t feel compelled to continue. It is interesting to me how some books are strongest at the beginning (Healer of Carthage was my favorite of the Carthage Chronicles by Lynne Gentry) and others end on the highest note (A Refuge at Highland Hall was my favorite of the Edwardian Brides Series by Carrie Turansky).

    Favorite Series that quickly come to mind:
    Zion Covenant by Brock and Bodie Thoene
    Restoration by Terri Blackstock
    Unnamed that begins with Thorn in My Heart by Liz Curtis Higgs
    Secrets of the Cross by Elizabeth Musser
    Heroines Behind the Lines by Jocelyn Green

  15. A good series is like potato chips – you can’t stop with just one!! There are 3 that come to mind right away – “Mark of the Lion” Francine Rivers – – “Daughters of Boston” Julie Lessman – – and “Age of Faith” Tamara Leigh. And I am the crazy tent person living outside the book store for the long awaited Book 6 of the “Age of Faith” series – the story of Sir Durand!! I’m living on Starbuck’s coffee and Subway sandwiches.
    I’m thankful for the series others have recommended – I will be downloading some while I wait!

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