Saturday, August 20, 2016

Keep Up with Book Series (Part 1)

It's been about three years since my last progress report on all the series of books I'm trying to read at the same time. Have I almost caught up yet? Or am I even farther behind? Behold, the depressing facts...

| A |

Louisa May Alcott
  • Little Women series: I've only read the first book or two, Little Women and Good Wives (whether this counts as one book or two is precisely the question). The series continues in at least two more books that I have yet to read, Little Men and Jo's Boys and How They Turned Out. I make no promises.

M.T. Anderson
  • Norumbegan Quartet: I think I finally got hold of the fourth book, The Chamber in the Sky, on Kindle. But I haven't done much Kindle reading lately. I've got a lot of good stuff on there, I should remember it next time I'm pawing through my bookcase for something new.
  • Octavian Nothing series: I've only read the first book. Book 2, The Kingdom on the Waves, looks like it may be good. I'll have to request it at the library.
  • Pals in Peril series: I've read the first two of six books. I think the next installment, Jasper Dash and the Flame Pits of Delaware, may be lurking somewhere in the back row of books on one of my shelves.

Jonathan Auxier
  • Peter Nimble series: A second book, Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard, came out earlier this year. I'd better look for it at the library.

Avi (Edward Irving Wortis)
  • Dimwood Forest series: I've read four of the six books. That leaves Poppy's Return, which may be already be tucked in that back row somewhere, and Poppy and Ereth.
  • Crispin series: I didn't even realize until now that Crispin: The Cross of Lead had two sequels: At the Edge of the World and The End of Time.

| B |

Natalie Babbitt
  • This isn't really a series, but I've read one of her books (Tuck Everlasting), and I've had another (The Eyes of the Amaryllis) on my to-read shelf for some time.

P.D. Baccalario
  • Century quartet: I've read the first two books. The other titles, which I need to look up, are City of Wind and Dragon of Seas.

E.D. Baker
  • Frog Princess series: I've read three books of what is already an eight-book series, with a ninth book rumored to be in progress. Note to self: the next installment is No Time for Magic.

Blue Balliett
  • Calder Pillay series: After writing a couple stand-alone books that I may like to read just for fun, this author came out in 2015 with a fourth book in the series of which I have read three. Title: Pieces and Players.

Jennifer Lynn Barnes
  • Bailey Morgan series: Again, I didn't know there was a sequel to Tattoo until I looked for it. It's titled Fate. Meantime, the same author has been working on five other series, in case you're interested in modern-world teen fantasy.

T.A. Barron
  • Adventures of Kate series: So far I have only read The Merlin Effect, which is actually the third of three books. When time permits, perhaps I will look up Heartlight and The Ancient One.
  • Merlin series: I thought I had finished what I knew as the "Lost Years of Merlin" cycle, a five-book series. But as of 2011 there were 12 books in this series, of which the next on deck for me is Book 6, The Dragon of Avalon.

Dale E. Basye
  • Heck series: I have only explored three of the seven circles of Heck, where the bad kids go to be darned for all eternity. The remaining titles are Fibble, Snivel, Precocia, and Wise Acres.

K.P. Bath
  • Lucy Wickwright series: There actually is a third book in this series, titled The Black Arrow of Cant, but I'm frankly leery of reading it since, during my review of his second book, I learned of the author's conviction on child pornography charges.

Joan Bauer
  • Rules of the Road series: Again, I didn't know until just now that Rules of the Road had a sequel, Best Foot Forward.

L. Frank Baum
  • Oz series: Although I wrote one omnibus review of the Oz books, it was incomplete. I've had the remaining books in the series since about 2006, along with a few other Baum titles that I have yet to read. It's not that I'm uninterested, but reading them seems a lot of trouble just to add a paragraph or three to an omnibus review of the entire series. Oh well...

Peter S. Beagle
  • Again, no series in particular, but I have several of his books on my to-read shelf, and I'm now interested in getting I'm Afraid You've Got Dragons.

Ian Beck
  • Tom Trueheart series: I have read two of the three books. The third is Tom Trueheart and the Land of Myths and Legends.

Frank Beddor
  • Looking Glass Wars: The third book, which I have yet to read, is Arch Enemy.

Alan Beechey
  • Oliver Swithin Mysteries: There is a third installment, This Private Plot. I would love to see it, especially having corresponded briefly with the author after my review of his first two books. I recall he seemed discouraged about his career. I would like to give him any encouragement I can.

Hilari Bell
  • Farsala series: The third book is Forging the Sword. I would also like to read her Goblin Wood trilogy, at least. I think I might have part of it on my to-read shelf already.

Ted Bell
  • Nick McIver series: The second book is The Time Pirate. I have also been interested in trying out his 12-book Alex Hawke series, of which selected volumes are available at my local public library; but I want to start at the beginning, if possible.

John Bellairs
  • Lewis Barnavelt series: I'm actually not interested in reading any farther in this series, because after the first three books (which I have read), the rest were ghost-written by Brad Strickland after Bellairs' death. Frustratingly enough, I haven't been able to get within visual range of copy of the four all-Bellairs Anthony Monday books, and of the eight pre-Strickland Johnny Dixon books, I have only gotten my hands on the eighth. Aargh! Priorities (i.e. first books) in each series are The Treasure of Alpheus Winterborn and The Curse of the Blue Figurine, respectively.

Jon Berkeley
  • Wednesday Tales trilogy: I once received an email from the author offering me a free copy of Book 3, The Lightning Key, but it never came and I never heard from him again. Eventually I will get over my disappointment and locate a copy under my own power.

Jim Bernheimer
  • Dead Eye series: I reviewed Pennies for the Ferryman only because the author sent it to me and asked me to. Still, I wouldn't rule out reading its sequel, The Skinwalker Conspiracies.
  • Spirals of Destiny series: I could say the same thing about Rider and its sequel, Sorceress.

Luc Besson
  • Arthur series: Arthur and the Minimoys has a sequel, Arthur and the Forbidden City. I believe I own a copy of it, and finally reading it shouldn't cost me too much time. I suppose I owe that much effort to the creator of one of my favorite flawed movies, The Fifth Element.

Jeanne Birdsall
  • Penderwicks series: I have read only the first two books in this charming quartet. The two I have yet to read are The Penderwicks at Point Mouette and The Penderwicks in Spring.

Holly Black et al.
  • Magisterium series (with Cassandra Clare): The third book, which I am eager to absorb, is The Bronze Key.
  • Spiderwick series (with Tony DiTerlizzi): I read all the original Spiderwick Chronciles, but they've come out with a spinoff trilogy called Beyond the Spiderwick Chronicles: The Nixie's Song, A Giant Problem, and The Wyrm King.
  • No series in particular: I'm just interested in some of her stand-alone titles, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown and The Darkest Part of the Forest.

Pseudonymous Bosch
  • Secret series: I have read two of the five books. That still leaves This Book Is Not Good for You, This Isn't What It Looks Like, and You Have to Stop This. Meantime, Bosch has also started a new "Bad" series, starting with Bad Magic.

Alan Bradley
  • Flavia de Luce Mysteries: After the seven books I have read, the eighth is The Curious Case of the Copper Corpse - which I thought I saw in the local public library once, but could never find when I went looking for it again. A ninth book, Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew'd, is due to be released next month.

Libba Bray
  • Gemma Doyle series: I somehow managed to read the third book of this trilogy, The Sweet Far Thing, before the first two. No matter, I have them on my to-read shelf: A Great and Terrible Beauty and Rebel Angels. I might even read them at some point.

Herbie Brennan
  • Faerie Wars series: I thought this series was concluded after four books, but now I learn a fifth has been added: The Faeman Quest.

Sarah Rees Brennan
  • Lynburn Legacy trilogy: The third book is Unmade.

Carol Ryrie Brink
  • Caddie Woodlawn series: A sequel to Caddie Woodlawn has existed since 1939. It was originally titled Magical Melons, but is currently marketed as Caddie Woodlawn's Family. No guarantees that I'll read it, though. I only read C.W. because it was a Newbery Medal book, and I've been slowly working toward reading all of them.

Terry Brooks
  • Landover series: Magic Kingdom for Sale - Sold! was the first of a six-book series. At some point I started reading Book 2, The Black Unicorn, but I can't remember why (or where) I put it down. I'd better dig it out, because I also have one of the Shannara books on deck, and I don't want to get into that series until I'm done with this one.

Anne Patrice Brown
  • Dumari Chronicles: The author sent me the first book in this series to review, and then because I wrote something nice about it, she sent me Year Two as well. I haven't felt up to reading it yet. I don't mean this as a put-down, but I have repeatedly found that being sent a book for free (even one I planned to read eventually) tends to kill my desire for it. I could name two or three other examples. I think it has something to do with being spoiled rotten.

Michael Buckley
  • Sisters Grimm series: I have read six of these nine books. The remaining titles are The Everafter War, The Inside Story, and The Council of Mirrors. I would also like to try his N.E.R.D.S. series.

Linda Buckley-Archer
  • Gideon series: I have no excuse for not having read the third book of this trilogy, Time Quake. It has been on my to-read shelf for years.

Marissa Burt
  • Storybound series: Book 2, which I haven't read yet, is Story's End. Hmm. That developed fast.

Jim Butcher
  • Cinder Spires series: Well, there's only one book in it so far - The Aeronaut's Windlass - but I haven't read it yet. And amazingly, I'm caught up with all my other Jim Butcher series. What gives? Is he done writing the Dresden Files?

Georgia Byng
  • Molly Moon series: The third book of what is now a six- or seven-book series (depending on whether you count a 2007 World Book Day gimmick) is Molly Moon's Hypnotic Time Travel Adventure, which has also been on my to-read shelf for quite a while. Oops!

Just like in 2013, I got to the end of the A's thinking, "This isn't so bad." Then I got through the B's and thought, "Shit." From this it may or may not be possible to form a statistically plausible guess as to how many series of books I have started to read, but haven't finished, during the 13 years I've been posting my reviews online. Whether I will actually work my way through to Z is another question...

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