Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Tuesday Thingers Time

Again it is Tuesday and time for the Tuesday Thingers question from The Boston Bibliophile

Today's question: Series. Do you collect any series? Do you read series books? Fantasy? Mystery? Science fiction? Religious? Other genre? Do you use the series feature in LT to help you find new books or figure out what you might be missing from a series?
Series...do I collect series? Well, yes, I do. Not always as a conscious effort but more due to the fact that if I like an author I tend to go and find what else they have written and read them all. And if it is a reoccurring character, then, in the past at least, I have tried to start at the beginning and read them in order.

But....lately I have had to break that habit. For example, last month was it, I received Voices: A Thriller by Arnaldur Indridason from Library Thing Early Reviewers. Now that was the third in the series, and while the publisher was very nice enough to send the winners all three books, in order to get it read and reviewed in a timely fashion, what with other reading obligations and all, I had to read the third one first. Which in this case was fine.
Then there was White Nights by Ann Cleeves, another Early Reviewer win and the second in a series. Now I bought the first one, but have not read it yet. And then..hey, wait a minute..I see a pattern...this month, from Early Reviewers, I received Playing Dead (Prison Break, Book 3) by Allison Brennan. Again, the third in the series, and I have not read the first two. I just started this one, and I do hope, while not an idea situation, it does not ruin the experience of the book...I guess we will see!

Wait!! I smell a conspiracy here!! Someone, call the book police! I was a series reader and Early Reviewer is trying to stop me. Or, it is part of a giant plot to get me to buy all the previous books.
Like I need more encouragement...lol

Beside mysteries...hmmmm...not so much. Except the 'classic' series like Lord of the Rings and the Chronicles of Narnia. Yes, I do think that you have to read Lord of the Rings in order.

But generally, yes, I do read series, mostly in the mystery genre. And yes, I have used Library Thing to find the series books in the correct order. But now that I know they may be part of this Giant Series Conspiracy....


  1. The giant series conspiracy! That cracks me up!!

  2. I love mystery series, too! I do like to read them in order.

  3. It may be a conspiracy!! Really!!
    Wait, let me adjust my tin foil hat to keep out the government mind reading rays.

    Won't they be surprised to find out my mind is empty!

  4. Caite, LOL. I am always afraid to start two or three books into a series. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.


  5. You are right Shana. For example, The Darker Side by Cody Mcfadyen that a reviewed recently, is the third in a series that I think that you really should read in order. Not totally necessary, but much better that way.
    But now, say a series like Evanovich's Plum books, I don't think it makes a big difference.

  6. I've had the same conspiracy theory, Caite, but was afraid to say anything in case there were cracks in my tinfoil chapeau!

  7. Did you use the heavy duty foil??

    you know what they say...just because you're paranoid doesn't mean someone isn't after you!

  8. You know, you are right - I tend to find authors that I like and then read all their books. If they have one or more series, it means I read the entire series!

    Here's a link to my first Tuesday Thingers post:

    :) Wendi


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