Wednesday, December 12, 2007

1st in a Series Challenge 2008

[Edits to this post will take place over the course of 2008 as I update my list with dates books are finished and links to reviews I've written. If you are not interested in my challenge progress and reviews, please disregard updates of this post.]

I decided to join a reading challenge or two in order to organize my reading list for the coming year and to help me read some of the books I already own. There are so many books I want to read and, book hoarder that I am, so many books I own already that "want" to be read.

I've chosen 1st in a Series Challenge 2008, sponsored by Thoughts of Joy, since I already gravitate toward book series. Series reading isn't for everyone. Some people do not like the never ending line of books and the disconcerting feeling that they will never finish. I enjoy finding an author, characters, and setting I like and looking forward to more. I like to follow the lives of the characters and watch them change, age, and hopefully grow wiser. With that said, I present my 1st in a Series Challenge 2008 list:

1. Color of Magic (Discworld Series) by Terry Pratchett
finished 1/30/2008

2. Desert Noir (Lena Jones Series) by Betty Webb
finished 2/18/2008

3. Gregor the Overlander (The Underland Chronicles) by Suzanne Collins
finished 4/26/2008

4. The Face of a Stranger (William Monk Series) by Ann Perry

5. Sacred Cows (Ann Seymour Series) by Karen Olson
finished 3/18/2008

6. Until Proven Guilty (J.P. Beaumont Series) by J.A. Jance
finishes 8/13/2008

7. Cover Her Face (Adam Dalgliesh Series) by P.D. James

8. Rusalka (Rusalka Series) by C.J. Cherryh
finished 6/1/2008

9. Gallow's View (Inspector Banks Series) by Peter Robinson
finished 10/31/2008

10. Cat on the Edge (Joe Grey Series) by Shirley Rousseau Murphy
finished 8/15/2008

11. Postmortem (Kay Scarpetta Series) by Patricia Cornwell
finished 1/13/2008

12. Whose Body (Lord Peter Wimsey Series) by Dorothy Sayers

44 Scotland Street (44 Scotland Street) by Alexander McCall Smith
The Black Echo (Harry Bosch Series) by Michael Connelly
Neon Rain (Dave Robicheaux Series) by James Lee Burke

Rules for 1st in a Series Challenge 2008:

  • The Challenge runs from January 1, 2008 - December 31, 2008.
  • Read 12 books that are the first in any series(new authors not required).
  • You may read your chosen books any time during the year.


  1. Since you seem to like detective fiction (I remember that from a way earlier thread) AND series books, may I recommend the Tess Monaghan series by Laura Lippman? There is some strong language and sexual situations, and I don't know that I would call them mysteries as much as charachter pieces, but I have enjoyed many aspects of these books.

  2. geez, I do now how to spell. Honest. ;)

  3. We're going to have fun with this one, aren't we? I'm so glad we have some crossovers!

    I really do hope you enjoy Karen Olson's books and the JP Beaumont series. I am a fan of both.

  4. atypical - Yes, I've looked at the Tess Monaghan books when browsing and have been interested. Maybe I'll have to bump this series up on my list! Thanks for the recommend. It's good to know that others have liked it.

    literary feline - I've read other Jance books (Joanna Brady, Ali Reynolds, and another of her darker series I can't think of name right now) and LOVE it. Especially the Joanna Brady series. I met her recently at a book signing and she is just too much fun. I'm not sure why I haven't gotten to J.P. Beaumont yet, but that worked out well since I can use it for the challenge. I'll have to join the "finish up a series" challenge too I'm sure!

  5. Hooray! Welcome to the 1st in a Series Challenge! I'm so glad you decided to join. I'm actually reading Sacred Cows right now ... so far, so good. :) It won't be long before we start our challenge choices!