Monday, June 1, 2009

Serial Readers Challenge 2009

Beth AKA Just Your Average Carpool Queen has challenged us to read books in a series in 2009! I love series just as much as she does and for the very same reason: I love knowing what happens after the Happily Ever After of the characters! In fact, today I spent an hour or so reading the Extras PDF from Suzanne Brockmann's Into the Fire, which is Book 13 of the Troubleshooter Series (which I read as an audio book this fall). If you're a TSS fan and haven't done this, you must go to her website and find all the extras she offers - short stories, writing tips, excerpts - it really enhances the experience for me.

I am so in with this challenge - and it works out well for me that I have a couple of Mary Balogh series to complete, with AAR Top 100 of 2007 books in the series, so that will make 1. Also, I just bought a Lot of Sandra Hill books (not "a lot" but a Lot as in a bunch) on eBay - assuming I like her writing style (I have no idea... hmmmm... I just GLOMMED before reading!), there are at least 4 series in my physical Mount TBR right now. And Brockmann has #14 of the TSS scheduled for release in January... And I've been promising myself a re-listen to the entire Chicago Stars/SEP... AND Gabaldon's Echo in the Bone is scheduled for a 2009 release as well; I'm working up to a complete re-read.

The real question is: CAN I WAIT TIL JANUARY 1ST TO START THESE BOOKS??? Update - no I couldn't wait and read a series before it started. I have now changed the date on the post to keep it at the top of the blog.

Here's my potential list:
(1) Mary Balogh's Slightly Series
One Night For Love ****
A Summer To Remember *** READ IN DECEMBER 08

(2) Mary Balogh's Simply Series

(3) Susan Elizabeth Phillips' Chicago Stars Series on audio
It Had To Be You *****
Heaven, Texas ***
Nobody's Baby But Mine *****
Dream A Little Dream *****
This Heart of Mine *****
Match Me If You Can *****
Natural Born Charmer *****

(4) Linda Howard's CIA Series (aka John Medina series)
Kill and Tell ****
All The Queen's Men ****
Kiss Me While I Sleep ****

(5) Sandra Hill's Cajun Series
The Love Potion ****
Tall, Dark and Cajun ****
The Cajun Cowboy

(6) Sandra Hill's Jinx Series - ooops read it in 2008, couldn't wait.

(7) Sandra Hill's Viking Series - there are 2!
The Reluctant Viking - Series 1 #1

(8) Sandra Hill's Creole Series

(9) Robyn Carr's Virgin River Series
Second Chance Pass - #5 - ****
Temptation Ridge - #6 - ****
Paradise Valley -#7 - ****

(10) Robyn Carr's Grace Valley Series
Deep In The Valley - #1 - ***
Just Over The Mountain - #2 - ****
Down By The River - #3 - ****

(11) JD Robb's In Death series - hmmm I'm partway through already

(12) Diana Gabaldon's Outlander Series (Ok, it is NOT ROMANCE but it is a series!)
I plan to do a reread in time for Echo In The Bone's release - whenever that is (can't find any reference to it right now, late in 2009 I think?)

(13) Suzanne Brockmann's Tall, Dark and Dangerous series
Prince Joe - *****
Forever Blue - *****
Frisco's Kid - *****
Everday, Average Jones - ****
Harvard's Education - ****
Hawken's Heart - *****
The Admiral's Bride - *****
Identity Unknown - **
Get Lucky - *****
Taylor's Temptation - ***
Night Watch - ****

(14) Elizabeth Hoyt's Legend of the Four Soldiers
To Taste Temptation #1 - ***
To Seduce a Sinner #2 - ****
To Beguile A Beast #3 - ****

(15) Linda Howard's Duncan/Evangeline (related by characters)
Duncan's Bride - ****
Loving Evangeline (read in 2008) ****

(16) Nora Roberts' In The Garden trilogy
Blue Dahlia - ****
Black Rose - ***

(17) Mary Jo Putney's Fallen Angels
Thunder and Roses - **

(18) Suzanne Brockmann's Troubleshooters
Dark of Night - **** #14

(19) Elizabeth Lowell's Only series
Only His - ***** #1

(20) Susan Andersen's Marine Series
Hot and Bothered - ***** #3

(21) Julia Quinn's Bridgertons
When He Was Wicked - ***** #6 audio

(22) Pamela Clare's MacKinnon's Rangers
Surrender - **** #1 (read in 2008)
Untamed - ***** #2

(23) Julie Garwood's Medieval Series
The Secret - **** #1 (read in 2008)
Ransom - *** #2 (read in 2008)
Shadow Music - *** #3

(24) Laura Kinsale's Medieval Series
For My Lady's Heart - **** #1
Shadowheart - #2

(25) Rachel Gibson's Author Friends Series
Sex, Lies and Online Dating - ***** #1
I'm In No Mood For Love - ***** #2

(26) Nalini Singh's Psy-Changeling series
Slave To Sensation - **** #1

(27) Sabrina Jeffries' School for Heiresses series
Never Seduce A Scoundrel - **** #1
Only A Duke Will Do - **** #2
Beware A Scot's Revenge - **** #3
Let Sleeping Rogues Lie - *** #4

(28) Lori Foster's Men To The Rescue series
Caught in the Act - ****#1 read in 2008
Treat Her Right - *** #2
Mr. November - *** #3

(29) JR Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood (BDB) series
Dark Lover - **** #1

(30) Tracy Anne Warren Mistress series
His Favorite Mistress - *** (not sure which - not #1)

(31) Julie Garwood Buchanan-Renard series
Heartbreaker - *** #1

(32) Elizabeth Lowell MacKenzie Blackthorn series
Reckless Love - ***** #1 audio

(33) Marsha Canham's Dante series
Across A Moonlit Sea - ***** #1
The Iron Rose - ***** #2

(34) Gaelen Foley's Knight Miscellany series
The Duke - ***** #1

(35) Erin McCarthy's Fast Track series
Flat-Out Sexy - *** #1

(36) Lisa Kleypas's Hardy Cates series
Sugar Daddy - **** #1
Blue-Eyed Devil - **** #2

(37) Nora Roberts' Chesapeake Bay series
Sea Swept - ***** #1 (audio this time)
Rising Tides - *****#2 (audio this time)
Inner Harbor
Chesapeake Blue

(38) Rachel Gibson's Chinooks
Simply Irrestible (read in 2008)
See Jane Score (read in 2008)
True Love and Other Disasters - ****


Ok: HERE IS MY OFFICIAL 2009 READING LIST:
(1) Pegasus Descending by James Lee Burke, audio **** part of his Dave Robicheaux south Louisiana homicide detective series
(2) Almost Heaven by Judith McNaught - *** - part of the 1800 series, also an AAR Top 100 for 2007
(3) The Love Potion by Sandra Hill - **** - Cajun Series #1
(4) One Night For Love by Mary Balogh - **** - Slightly series #1
(5) Kill And Tell by Linda Howard - **** - #1 in the CIA/John Medina series
(6) All The Queen's Men by Linda Howard - **** - #2 in the CIA/John Medina series
(7) Kiss Me While I Sleep by Linda Howard - **** - #3 in the CIA/John Medina series
(8) It Had To Be You by Susan Elizabeth Phillips - ***** #1 Chicago Stars
(9) Deep In The Valley by Robyn Carr - *** - Grace Valley #1
(10) Just Over The Mountain by Robyn Carr - **** Grace Valley #2
(11) Down By The River by Robyn Carr - **** Grace Valley #3
(12) Heaven, Texas by Susan Elizabeth Phillips - *** - Chicago Stars #2 audio
(13) Nobody's Baby But Mine by Susan Elizabeth Phillips - ***** - Chicago Stars #3 audio
(14) To Taste Temptation by Elizabeth Hoyt - *** - Soldiers #1
(15) Duncan's Bride by Linda Howard - **** - Duncan/Evangeline #1
(16) Dream a Little Dream by Susan Elizabeth Phillips - ***** Chicago Stars #4 audio
(17) This Heart of Mine by Susan Elizabeth Phillips - ***** Chicago Stars #5 audio
(18) Match Me If You Can by Susan Elizabeth Phillips - ***** Chicago Stars #6 audio
(19) Tall, Dark and Cajun by Sandra Hill - **** Cajun Series #2
(20) Blue Dahlia by Nora Roberts - **** In The Garden #1
(21) Natural Born Charmer by Susan Elizabeth Phillips - ***** Chicago Stars #7 audio
(22) Thunder and Roses by Mary Jo Putney - ** Fallen Angels #1
(23) Dark of Night by Suzanne Brockmann - **** Troubleshooters #14 audio
(24) Prince Joe by Suzanne Brockmann - ***** Tall, Dark and Dangerous #1
(25) Only His by Elizabeth Lowell - ***** Only Series #1 audio
(26) Hot and Bothered by Susan Andersen - ***** Marine Series #3 audio
(27) To Seduce A Sinner by Elizabeth Hoyt - **** Soldiers series #3
(28) When He Was Wicked by Julia Quinn - ***** Bridgertons #6 audio
(28) The Reluctant Viking by Sandra Hill - **** Viking series 1 #1
(29) Untamed by Pamela Clare - ***** MacKinnon's Rangers series #2
(30) Forever Blue by Suzanne Brockmann - ***** Tall, Dark and Dangerous #2
(31) Shadow Music by Julie Garwood - *** Medieval Series #3
(32) Frisco's Kid by Suzanne Brockmann - ***** Tall, Dark and Dangerous #3
(33) Second Chance Pass by Robyn Carr - **** Virgin River Series #5
(34) Black Rose by Nora Roberts - *** In The Garden Trilogy #2
(35) For My Lady's Heart by Laura Kinsale - **** Medieval #1
(36) Everday, Average Jones by Suzanne Brockmann - **** Tall, Dark and Dangerous #4
(37) Temptation Ridge by Robyn Carr - **** Virgin River Series #6
(38) Sex, Lies and Online Dating by Rachel Gibson - ***** Author Friends #1
(39) I'm In No Mood For Love by Rachel Gibson - ***** Author Friends #2
(40) Paradise Valley by Robyn Carr - **** Virgin River Series #7
(41) Slave To Sensation by Nalini Singh - **** Psy-Changeling Series #1
(42) Never Seduce A Scoundrel by Sabrina Jeffries - **** School for Heiresses #1
(43) Only A Duke Will Do by Sabrina Jeffries - **** School for Heiresses #2
(44) Treat Her Right by Lori Foster - *** Men To The Rescue series #2
(45) Mr. November by Lori Foster - *** Men To The Rescue series #3
(46) Harvard's Education by Suzanne Brockmann - **** Tall, Dark and Dangerous #5
(47) Let Sleeping Rogues Lie by Sabrina Jeffries - *** School for Heiresses #4
(48) Beware A Scot's Revenge by Sabrina Jeffries - **** School for Heiresses #3
(49) Dark Lover by JR Ward - **** BDB #1
(50) His Favorite Mistress by Tracy Anne Warren - *** Mistress series, not sure which #
(51) Heartbreaker by Julie Garwood - *** Buchanan-Renard series #1
(52) Hawken's Heart by Suzanne Brockmann - ***** TDD #6
(53) Reckless Love by Elizabeth Lowell - ***** MacKenzie/Blackthorn #1
(54) The Admiral's Bride by Suzanne Brockmann - ***** TDD #7
(55) Across A Moonlit Sea by Marsha Canham - ***** Dante series #1
(56) The Duke by Gaelen Foley - ***** Knight Miscellany #1
(57) Identity Unknown by Suzanne Brockmann - ** TDD #8
(58) Flat-Out Sexy by Erin McCarthy - *** Fast Track #1
(59) Get Lucky by Suzanne Brockmann - ***** TDD #9
(60) Taylor's Temptation by Suzanne Brockmann - *** TDD #10
(61) Night Watch by Suzanne Brockmann - **** TDD #11
(62) Sugar Daddy by Lisa Kleypas - **** Hardy Cates #1
(63) The Iron Rose by Marsha Canham - ***** Dante #2
(64) Blue-Eyed Devil by Lisa Kleypas - **** Hardy Cates #2
(65) Sea Swept by Nora Roberts - ***** Chesapeake Bay #1
(66) True Love and Other Disasters by Rachel Gibson - **** Chinooks #3
(67) To Beguile A Beast by Elizabeth Hoyt - **** Soldiers #3
(68) Rising Tides by Nora Roberts - **** Chesapeake Bay #2

2 comments:

emeraldfire said...

I awarded you the butterfly award.
http://emeraldfiresromancespot.blogspot.com/2009/01/i-received-butterfly-award-from-desert.html

Heather's Books said...

You are way more organized than me...I feel like such a slacker...btw the Sandra Hill books are some of my favorites..