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message 1: by Don (Mad Davy) (new)

Don (Mad Davy) (donalbane26) | 93 comments OK, so in the last couple of years I have developed a severe case of BADD (defined by me as Biblio Attention Deficit Disorder). I would be distracted by the next new shiny book to come out and since discovering Urban Fantasy it has become worse. So, in the coming year, I have now decided to go into therapy and finish/catch up on series which have been sitting on my virtual and real shelves.

So, the lists below are series I would like to finish and put to rest in 2013. My only question is how I should go about finishing a series. Should I read them for example Book 1, 2, 3 and complete? Or, read Series1/Book1, Series2/Book1, Series3/Book1 and then go back to Series1/Book2, Series2/Book2, Series3/Book2, and so on until I complete. I thought about doing it using the second option but now sort of leaning towards the first one above. Any thoughts?


message 2: by AH (new)

AH | 2271 comments I think it is something to do with personal taste. A lot of people read an entire series in order without a break. This can cause series fatigue and possibly boredom when you tie yourself down that way. My personal preference is to create a reading next shelf where I put the next book in the series I am reading. I'll mix and match, here and there, just to keep things different. It all depends on what works for you. Some series lend themselves better to reading all at once (Karen Moning's Fever, Rachel Vincent's Stray). Others can be enjoyed one book at a time. It's up to you.


message 3: by Don (Mad Davy) (last edited Feb 28, 2013 03:58PM) (new)

Don (Mad Davy) (donalbane26) | 93 comments These are series where I have all books on hand to read. I plan to at least complete this list if I stay focused:

1. Coldfire: Read book 1 and 2 but doing a re-read since it was so long ago I read them
Black Sun Rising (The Coldfire Trilogy, #1) by C.S. Friedman When True Night Falls (The Coldfire Trilogy, #2) by C.S. Friedman Crown of Shadows (The Coldfire Trilogy, #3) by C.S. Friedman
2. The Dark is Rising: Read book 1 recently
Greenwitch (The Dark Is Rising, #3) by Susan Cooper The Grey King (The Dark is Rising, #4) by Susan Cooper Silver on the Tree (The Dark Is Rising, #5) by Susan Cooper
3. Mistborn: Stopped halfway through book2. Will pick up where I left off. No re-read since was recent. Not going to add Alloy of Law at this time.
The Well of Ascension (Mistborn, #2) by Brandon Sanderson The Hero of Ages (Mistborn, #3) by Brandon Sanderson
4. Night Angel : Read book 1 recently
Shadow's Edge (Night Angel, #2) by Brent Weeks Beyond the Shadows (Night Angel, #3) by Brent Weeks
5. The Black Magician: Read book 1 recently
The Novice (Black Magician Trilogy, #2) by Trudi Canavan The High Lord (Black Magician Trilogy, #3) by Trudi Canavan
6. COBRA: new series
Cobra (Cobra, #1) by Timothy Zahn Cobra Strike (Cobra, #2) by Timothy Zahn Cobra Bargain (Cobra, #3) by Timothy Zahn
7. Shadow War: read books 1 and 2 but doing re-read since it was a long time ago
Shadow Moon (Chronicles of the Shadow War, #1) by Chris Claremont Shadow Dawn (Chronicles of the Shadow War, #2) by Chris Claremont Shadow Star (Chronicles of the Shadow War, #3) by Chris Claremont
8. Doppleganger: new series
Warrior (Doppelganger, #1) by Marie Brennan Warrior and Witch (Doppelganger, #2) by Marie Brennan
9. Finnbranch: read book 1 and part of 2. Doing re-read since it was too long ago
Yearwood (Finnbranch, #1) by Paul Hazel Undersea (Finnbranch, #2) by Paul Hazel Winterking (Finnbranch, #3) by Paul Hazel
10. [ETA] The Darksword (Forgot I had this, too)
Forging the Darksword (The Darksword Trilogy, #1) by Margaret Weis Doom of the Darksword (The Darksword Trilogy, #2) by Margaret Weis Triumph of the Darksword (The Darksword Trilogy, #3) by Margaret Weis Legacy of the Darksword by Margaret Weis

As a kicker, “re-reading” Wheel of Time using audio books. Read up to book 8 and dropped it:
“Read” book 1, will start with book 2 and have through book 7
The Shadow Rising (Wheel of Time, #4) by Robert Jordan The Fires of Heaven (Wheel of Time, #5) by Robert Jordan Lord of Chaos (Wheel of Time, #6) by Robert Jordan A Crown of Swords (Wheel of Time, #7) by Robert Jordan


message 4: by AH (new)

AH | 2271 comments That's about 30 books. Looks doable for a year as long as you don't get distracted by shiny new books. Good luck!


message 5: by Don (Mad Davy) (last edited Feb 28, 2013 03:59PM) (new)

Don (Mad Davy) (donalbane26) | 93 comments These are series where I have most of the books on hand. Will start on these once I have completed list above:

1. Jaz Parks: Read up to book 4, have books 5, 6, 7 on hand
The Deadliest Bite (Jaz Parks, #8) by Jennifer Rardin
2. The Sword of Truth: Read up to book 9 and let it drop. Have book 9 and 11 on hand. Not sure if I am going to count book 12 as part of this.
Chainfire (Sword of Truth, #9) by Terry Goodkind Phantom (Sword of Truth, #10) by Terry Goodkind Confessor (Sword of Truth, #11) by Terry Goodkind... The Omen Machine (Sword of Truth, #12) by Terry Goodkind
3. Clockwork Vampire: Read book 1, have 2
Soul Stealers (Clockwork Vampire Chronicles #2) by Andy Remic Vampire Warlords (Clockwork Vampire Chronicles #3)  by Andy Remic
4. Farseer : May do re-read, read book 1 but awhile ago. Have book 2
Assassin's Apprentice (Farseer Trilogy, #1) by Robin Hobb Royal Assassin (Farseer Trilogy, #2) by Robin Hobb Assassin's Quest (Farseer Trilogy, #3) by Robin Hobb
5. Death Gate: Read book 1 recently, have all but book 7
Elven Star (The Death Gate Cycle, #2) by Margaret Weis Fire Sea (The Death Gate Cycle, #3) by Margaret Weis Serpent Mage (The Death Gate Cycle, #4) by Margaret Weis The Hand of Chaos (The Death Gate Cycle, #5) by Margaret Weis Into the Labyrinth (The Death Gate Cycle, #6) by Margaret Weis The Seventh Gate (The Death Gate Cycle, #7) by Margaret Weis
6. Song of Ice and Fire: Have first 4 books
A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1) by George R.R. Martin A Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice and Fire, #2) by George R.R. Martin A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire, #3) by George R.R. Martin A Feast for Crows (A Song of Ice and Fire, #4) by George R.R. Martin


message 6: by AH (new)

AH | 2271 comments Jaz Parks series is a quick read. They get better as the series progresses. Too bad there won't be any more of those books. Song of Fire and Ice will keep you very busy - they are insanely long.


message 7: by Steph, Road Tripper!! (new)

Steph (Angel4492) | 24934 comments Go, Don! Regarding your initial reading order question, I completely agree with AH. There are some series where I like to read one right after the other. But, that's not always the case. Some end in cliff hangers and having the next book handy is a blessing.

I just go with the flow. If I have the next book and want to stay in that world, I jump to the next. If I need a break, I choose another.

Either way you choose, hope you have fun and are able to accomplish your goal(s).


message 8: by Don (Mad Davy) (new)

Don (Mad Davy) (donalbane26) | 93 comments Thanks AH and Steph for the feedback. I probably will read some in order, such as the quick reads, and switch off on some, like monstrous tomes.


message 9: by Steph, Road Tripper!! (new)

Steph (Angel4492) | 24934 comments Happy Reading!


message 10: by Don (Mad Davy) (new)

Don (Mad Davy) (donalbane26) | 93 comments Just a quick update.
Finished the following:
The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper One More Bite (Jaz Parks, #5) by Jennifer Rardin Bite Marks (Jaz Parks, #6) by Jennifer Rardin Bite Marks (Jaz Parks, #6) by Jennifer Rardin The Great Hunt (Wheel of Time, #2) Unabridged  by Robert Jordan The Dragon Reborn (Wheel of Time, #3) Unabridged  by Robert Jordan

Removed them from the lists above. My goal meter on my home page says I am 1 book behind. Better get crackin'


message 11: by Sandra, Kindle Operator Licence Required (new)

Sandra | 20931 comments Well done! Keep going :)


message 12: by Don (Mad Davy) (last edited Dec 26, 2013 08:40AM) (new)

Don (Mad Davy) (donalbane26) | 93 comments Update for the year::

Completed:
The Dark is Rising:
Greenwitch (The Dark is Rising, #3) by Susan Cooper The Grey King (The Dark is Rising, #4) by Susan Cooper Silver on the Tree (The Dark is Rising, #5) by Susan Cooper
Jaz Parks: Finished
The Deadliest Bite (Jaz Parks, #8) by Jennifer Rardin

Met my goal and now up to book 8:
The Shadow Rising (Wheel of Time, #4) by Robert Jordan The Fires of Heaven (Wheel of Time, #5) by Robert Jordan Lord of Chaos (Wheel of Time, #6) by Robert Jordan A Crown of Swords (Wheel of Time, #7) by Robert Jordan

Night Angel : started book 2
Shadow's Edge (Night Angel, #2) by Brent Weeks Beyond the Shadows (Night Angel, #3) by Brent Weeks
COBRA: Read book 1
Read -- Cobra (Cobra, #1) by Timothy Zahn
Cobra Strike (Cobra, #2) by Timothy Zahn Cobra Bargain (Cobra, #3) by Timothy Zahn
Doppleganger: Started book 1
Warrior (Doppelganger, #1) by Marie Brennan Warrior and Witch (Doppelganger, #2) by Marie Brennan

Waiting in the wing:
Mistborn: Stopped halfway through book2. Will pick up where I left off. No re-read since was recent. Not going to add Alloy of Law at this time.
The Well of Ascension (Mistborn, #2) by Brandon Sanderson The Hero of Ages (Mistborn, #3) by Brandon Sanderson
The Black Magician: Read book 1 recently
The Novice (Black Magician Trilogy, #2) by Trudi Canavan The High Lord (Black Magician Trilogy, #3) by Trudi Canavan
Shadow War: read books 1 and 2 but doing re-read since it was a long time ago
Shadow Moon (Chronicles of the Shadow War, #1) by Chris Claremont Shadow Dawn (Chronicles of the Shadow War, #2) by Chris Claremont Shadow Star (Chronicles of the Shadow War, #3) by Chris Claremont
Finnbranch: read book 1 and part of 2. Doing re-read since it was too long ago
Yearwood (Finnbranch, #1) by Paul Hazel Undersea (Finnbranch, #2) by Paul Hazel Winterking (Finnbranch, #3) by Paul Hazel
The Darksword:
Forging the Darksword (The Darksword Trilogy, #1) by Margaret Weis Doom of the Darksword (The Darksword Trilogy, #2) by Margaret Weis Triumph of the Darksword (The Darksword Trilogy, #3) by Margaret Weis Legacy of the Darksword by Margaret Weis
The Sword of Truth: Read up to book 9 and let it drop. Have book 9 and 11 on hand. Not sure if I am going to count book 12 as part of this.
Chainfire (Sword of Truth, #9) by Terry Goodkind Phantom (Sword of Truth, #10) by Terry Goodkind Confessor (Sword of Truth, #11) by Terry Goodkind... The Omen Machine (Richard and Kahlan, #1; Sword of Truth, #12) by Terry Goodkind
Clockwork Vampire: Read book 1, have 2
Soul Stealers (Clockwork Vampire Chronicles #2) by Andy Remic Vampire Warlords (Clockwork Vampire Chronicles #3)  by Andy Remic
Farseer : May do re-read, read book 1 but awhile ago. Have book 2
Assassin's Apprentice (Farseer Trilogy, #1) by Robin Hobb Royal Assassin (Farseer Trilogy, #2) by Robin Hobb Assassin's Quest (Farseer Trilogy, #3) by Robin Hobb
Death Gate: Read book 1 recently, have all but book 7
Elven Star (The Death Gate Cycle, #2) by Margaret Weis Fire Sea (The Death Gate Cycle, #3) by Margaret Weis Serpent Mage (The Death Gate Cycle, #4) by Margaret Weis The Hand of Chaos (The Death Gate Cycle, #5) by Margaret Weis Into the Labyrinth (The Death Gate Cycle, #6) by Margaret Weis The Seventh Gate (The Death Gate Cycle, #7) by Margaret Weis
Song of Ice and Fire: Have first 4 books
A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1) by George R.R. Martin A Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice and Fire, #2) by George R.R. Martin A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire, #3) by George R.R. Martin A Feast for Crows (A Song of Ice and Fire, #4) by George R.R. Martin


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