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message 1: by Heena (last edited Dec 20, 2017 06:40AM) (new)

Heena Rathore P. (heenarathore) | 2013 comments Mod
Hello all the members of RMFAO,

We all love reading series. And how can we not? There are so many amazing series that we simply can't have enough of. Reading about the familiar characters, following their lives one book after the other and exploring their worlds intimately. Reading series is like living in different fictional worlds in a true sense. But so many times, much to our dismay, we fail to complete series started long ago. Sometimes "real life" comes in the way and some time procrastination does, but no matter what we always think about reading and completing these series, but to no avail.

This challenge is devised considering this very problem, and we are happy to present the 4th instalment of this most extraordinary challenge - RMFAO 2018 Series Challenge.

RMFAO 2018 Series Challenge is here to give you an opportunity to complete the series you've longed to complete for a long time! You can even start with a fresh series and try to complete it within the year. Just pick a Level you want to aim for and start reading.

Levels:
Level 1: Casual Reader: 1 series (easy)
Level 2: Frequent Reader: 2 series (moderate)
Level 3: Bookworm: 3 series (mildly strenuous)
Level 4: Bibliophile: 5 series (strenuous)
Level 5: Bookiopath: 6 series or more (challenging)

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There are absolutely no rules for this challenge. All you have to do is complete as many series as you can, new and old alike.

Feel free to use this discussion board for recommending books, discussing the ones you're reading or really love and posting links to the books or your reviews.

Other challenges that you can participate in are:
RMFAO 2018 Genre Challenge
RMFAO 2018 Classics Catchup
RMFAO NetGalley Challenge
RMFAO Audiobooks Challenge
RMFAO Bonus Challenge (link will be up soon!)

If you're as crazy about reading and books as we are then go wild combining all or any challenges to spice up your reading lists!

You can also read blog posts relating to this challenge, other challenges or the group itself here: https://thereadingbud.com/rmfao/

Happy Reading!


message 2: by Heena (last edited Dec 20, 2017 06:41AM) (new)

Heena Rathore P. (heenarathore) | 2013 comments Mod
I'm going to go for Level-3 - 3 series. And one of them is going to be Vampire Academy. I've read all the books in this series except the last one.
Also, I'll try to get the last 2 released parts of Cliffton Chronicles by Jeffrey Archer.


message 3: by Dagny (new)

Dagny (madamevauquer) | 2756 comments Mod
I think I am also going to go for Level 3, Bookworm, 3 series, Heena.

My list:

Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne Adirondack Mystery Series by Julia Spencer-Fleming
Through the Evil Days (2013)

Shipshewana Amish Mystery Series by Vannetta Chapman
A Perfect Square (2012)
Material Witness (2012)

Victor Legris Mystery Series by Claude Izner
Strangled in Paris (2011)
Note: there are several later books in the series but they do not appear to have been translated into English.


message 4: by Dagny (new)

Dagny (madamevauquer) | 2756 comments Mod
I am adding one more to my list. Will still be at Level 3, Bookworm. I've actually already read The Da Vinci Code, but it's been well over ten years, so I plan to re-read it - or actually I will probably listen to the audio book.

Robert Langdon Series by Dan Brown
1. Angels and Demons (2000)
2. The Da Vinci Code (2003)
3. The Lost Symbol (2007)
4. Inferno (2010)
5. Origin (2017)


message 5: by Dagny (new)

Dagny (madamevauquer) | 2756 comments Mod
And just like that, I'm adding another to make Level 4:
Kinsey Millhone by Sue Grafton
Y is for Yesterday (2017)

Of course there will be one more book, but I saw that it is not expected to be published until 2019, so I might as well add this one now.

5 series (and a total of 10 books)


message 6: by Dagny (new)

Dagny (madamevauquer) | 2756 comments Mod
Sadly, it turns out that Y for Yesterday by Sue Grafton will be the last book in her Kinsey Millhone series. I just heard that Grafton has died. She was 77 and died of cancer. Her daughter wrote: "Many of you also know that she was adamant that her books would never be turned into movies or TV shows, and in that same vein, she would never allow a ghost writer to write in her name. Because of all of those things, and out of the deep abiding love and respect for our dear sweet Sue, as far as we in the family are concerned, the alphabet now ends at Y."

So I will truly be finishing the series, not just finishing the books to date.


message 7: by Dagny (new)

Dagny (madamevauquer) | 2756 comments Mod
Read Angels and Demons (Robert Langdon #1) by Dan Brown

That's the first one down.


message 8: by Dagny (new)

Dagny (madamevauquer) | 2756 comments Mod
Got a second one off the list.
A Perfect Square (Shipshewana Amish Mystery #2) by Vannetta Chapman


message 9: by Kathy (last edited Oct 23, 2018 01:55PM) (new)

Kathy Series Read 2018: 4 series.

1. Dr. Lazlo Kreisler Series by Caleb Carr.
Only 2 books in series so far so this is an easy one!
a. The Alienist. 5 stars. Read 2/18/18.
b. The Angel of Darkness
c. The Alienist of Armageddon not due out until 2019.

2. Thomas Cromwell series by Hilary Mantel.
Again only 2 books released so far.
a. Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel. 3 stars. Read 2/24/18.
b. Bring Up the Bodies
c. The Mirror and the Light. No release date.

3. The Meg (megaladon shark) series by Steve Alten. Fun thriller series. Jurassic Park meets Jaws.
a. Meg by Steve Alten. 3 stars. Read 6/14/18.
b. The Trench by Steve Alten. 3.25 stars. Read 10/22/18.

4. Gilead series by Marlynne Robinson. Three books concerning the same circumstances from three independent point of views. Theology.
a. Gilead by Marilynne Robinson. 4 stars. Read 7/18.

5. DONE The Supernaturals by David L. Golemon. Action, Paranormal.
a. The Supernaturals: A Ghost Story by David L. Golemon. 4 stars.
b. In the Still of the Night: The Supernaturals II by David L. Golemon. Rated 3.75 stars. Read 9/30/18.


message 10: by Dagny (new)

Dagny (madamevauquer) | 2756 comments Mod
I now have three of ten done with Through the Evil Days (Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne Adirondack Mysteries #8) by Julia Spencer-Fleming


message 11: by Dagny (new)

Dagny (madamevauquer) | 2756 comments Mod
#4 of 10:
Material Witness (Shipshewana Amish Mystery #3) by Vannetta Chapman


message 12: by Dagny (new)

Dagny (madamevauquer) | 2756 comments Mod
#5 of 10
The Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon #2) by Dan Brown

This is actually a reread, but it was over 12 years ago. I wanted to go ahead and reread it since I'm going for the entire series this year.


message 13: by Dagny (new)

Dagny (madamevauquer) | 2756 comments Mod
#6 of 10
Y is for Yesterday (Kinsey Millhone #25) by Sue Grafton

Looks like Z is the only one left to be published. Saw an estimated publishing date of 2019. I wonder if Grafton will end the series or ....


message 14: by Cheryl (new)

Cheryl | 1573 comments Mod
Dagny wrote: "#6 of 10
Y is for Yesterday (Kinsey Millhone #25) by Sue Grafton
Looks like Z is the only one left to be published. Saw an estimated publishing date of 2019. I wonder if Grafton will end the serie..."


Grafton recently passed away. (Article link https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-w...) It looks like the series will end at Y, according to this article.


message 15: by Dagny (new)

Dagny (madamevauquer) | 2756 comments Mod
Thanks for the info, Cheryl. If I heard, I had forgotten.


message 16: by Dagny (new)

Dagny (madamevauquer) | 2756 comments Mod
Finished The Lost Symbol (Robert Langdon #3) by Dan Brown

Three more total to go, two by Dan Brown plus one other.


message 17: by Heena (new)

Heena Rathore P. (heenarathore) | 2013 comments Mod
Dagny wrote: "#5 of 10
The Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon #2) by Dan Brown

This is actually a reread, but it was over 12 years ago. I wanted to go ahead and reread it since I'm going for the entire series this year..."


Dagny, I'm so sorry I totally forgot that we planned to read this series this year. I've ordered the first two books from Amazon so they should be here by next week. I'll be beginning with Angels and Demons and will try and catch up with you fast :)


message 18: by Dagny (new)

Dagny (madamevauquer) | 2756 comments Mod
No problem, Heena. There's still over half the year left. They are long books. Some parts go fast, but other parts go slow with descriptions, etc.


message 19: by Heena (new)

Heena Rathore P. (heenarathore) | 2013 comments Mod
Yeah, they do tend to go on for a bit. I've actually read the 3rd and the 4th books so it shouldn't take me long to read those, but I hope I'll be able to catch up soon.


message 20: by Aayush Kamath (new)

Aayush Kamath | 16 comments Going for level 3: Bookworm for the Series Challenge.

1. The Hunger Games Series by Suzanne Collins

Book 1: The Hunger Games 3/5
Book 2: Catching Fire 3.5/5
Book 3: Mockingjay 4/5

2. Cormoran Strike Series by Robert Galbraith (pseudonym of J.K. Rowling).

Book 1: The Cuckoo's Calling 2.5/5
Book 2: The Silkworm 3.5/5
Book 3: Career of Evil (yet to read).

3. Jurassic Park Series by Michael Crichton
(Yet to read)

Book 1: Jurassic Park
Book 2: The Lost World


message 21: by Dagny (new)

Dagny (madamevauquer) | 2756 comments Mod
Aayush Kamath wrote: "3. Jurassic Park Series by Michael Crichton
(Yet to read)
Book 1: Jurassic Park
Book 2: The Lost World "


I loved both these books. Jurassic Park was fascinating and when I was reading The Lost World, I almost literally couldn't put it down. Was hungry once and carried it to the kitchen, but only made it to the counter before sitting down to read again - without any food yet, lol.


message 22: by Aayush Kamath (new)

Aayush Kamath | 16 comments Thanks for sharing your views on it Dagny.Looking forward to reading it. But it'll be a couple of weeks I guess before I could start reading Jurassic Park.


message 23: by Dagny (new)

Dagny (madamevauquer) | 2756 comments Mod
Aayush Kamath wrote: "Thanks for sharing your views on it Dagny.Looking forward to reading it. But it'll be a couple of weeks I guess before I could start reading Jurassic Park."

Glad to share. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.


message 24: by Dagny (new)

Dagny (madamevauquer) | 2756 comments Mod
I got Inferno from my local library - even though I have a ton of things to do and other books I should be reading. May have been a big mistake! I thought I'd just read some here and there and take my time with it - ha. The Prologue didn't grab me since it's about the other characters. But as soon as Chapter 1 began, we're with Robert Langdon and the heavy action begins within a few pages.


message 25: by Heena (new)

Heena Rathore P. (heenarathore) | 2013 comments Mod
Dagny wrote: "I got Inferno from my local library - even though I have a ton of things to do and other books I should be reading. May have been a big mistake! I thought I'd just read some here and there and take..."

I loved The Inferno! I'm not surprised that you dove right into it after the first chapter. I happened to me too when I read it a while back :)

I got my books and I'm starting with Angels And Demons tomorrow.


message 26: by Dagny (new)

Dagny (madamevauquer) | 2756 comments Mod
Haven't had much time for The Inferno the last couple of days - but hopefully I'll be able to get back to it this weekend.


message 27: by Dagny (new)

Dagny (madamevauquer) | 2756 comments Mod
I had only been able to read The Inferno in bits and pieces, so finally last night I got to read a huge chuck of it. Non-stop action! Not finished yet - was too tired at 2 a.m. to read any more - it looks like it will be my favorite Dan Brown to date. Anxious to get back to it, hopefully tonight.


message 28: by Dagny (new)

Dagny (madamevauquer) | 2756 comments Mod
Finished Inferno
Great read! Non-stop action and I never saw that coming, or that, or that, lol. There are descriptive passages to give us a chance to catch our breath, but they're very interesting descriptions of places/buildings, etc, mostly in Italy.


message 29: by Heena (new)

Heena Rathore P. (heenarathore) | 2013 comments Mod
Dagny wrote: "Finished Inferno
Great read! Non-stop action and I never saw that coming, or that, or that, lol. There are descriptive passages to give us a chance to catch our breath, but they're ..."


It is a beautiful book! I loved it too and gave it 5/5 :D
It is one of the most memorable Brown books I've ever read.


message 30: by Heena (new)

Heena Rathore P. (heenarathore) | 2013 comments Mod
I'm done with the first Robert Langdon book - Angels & Demons - 3/5

Having read Inferno and Lost Key already, I feel like this book was a bit on the amateurish side, which is understandable, as this is the debut novel. Lots of unnecessary elaborate descriptions and lots of random scenes and anecdotes. But I'm looking forward to the next one! Will be starting it today.


message 31: by Heena (last edited Jul 27, 2018 10:13AM) (new)

Heena Rathore P. (heenarathore) | 2013 comments Mod
Starting with The Da Vinci Code


message 32: by Dagny (new)

Dagny (madamevauquer) | 2756 comments Mod
Heena wrote: "Starting with The Da Vinci Code"

That's the first Dan Brown book I read and the one that hooked me on him!


message 33: by Heena (new)

Heena Rathore P. (heenarathore) | 2013 comments Mod
Dagny wrote: "That's the first Dan Brown book I read and the one that hooked me on him! "

It is the same novel that made him a best-selling author too! I read this one when I was 16 and just started reading main-stream fiction, but at that time I wasn't able to fully appreciate the main plot. I'm really looking forward to reading this one.


message 34: by Dagny (new)

Dagny (madamevauquer) | 2756 comments Mod
Was just notified that Dan Brown's Origin is in! Yea, I've had it on hold for a long time. Will try to wait until Wednesday to start it so it can count for the August Genre Challenge too. (or at least Tuesday night if I get too impatient, lol)


message 35: by Heena (new)

Heena Rathore P. (heenarathore) | 2013 comments Mod
Lol. I already started Da Vinci. It's difficult to control when a good book is right in your hands!


message 36: by Dagny (new)

Dagny (madamevauquer) | 2756 comments Mod
I've still managed to hold off - haven't even opened Origin. Will power!


message 37: by Dagny (new)

Dagny (madamevauquer) | 2756 comments Mod
Origin (Robert Langdon #5) by Dan Brown finishes the currently published Robert Langdon books.

9 down, 1 to go


message 38: by Heena (new)

Heena Rathore P. (heenarathore) | 2013 comments Mod
Done with The Da Vinci Code. Starting with The Lost Symbol now.


message 39: by Aayush Kamath (new)

Aayush Kamath | 16 comments Series 2: Cormoran Strike Series by Robert Galbraith
Book 3: Career of Evil
4/5


message 40: by Heena (last edited Sep 24, 2018 09:11AM) (new)

Heena Rathore P. (heenarathore) | 2013 comments Mod
Forgot to post this here earlier. I'm done with The Lost Symbol - 3 stars (again)

This was a re-read for me and I felt the same way about the book as I did the first time around - it was a bit slow, too predictable and well, could have done without 100-200 pages of description. I guess so far this is my least favourite in the series :(
Here's my review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...

I'm excited for the next one - Inferno, as this is again going to be a re-read but I loved it last time I read it :)


message 41: by Dagny (new)

Dagny (madamevauquer) | 2756 comments Mod
The Lost Symbol is my least favorite also, Heena. Inferno - super exciting! Non-stop action which begins immediately.


message 42: by Heena (new)

Heena Rathore P. (heenarathore) | 2013 comments Mod
Dagny wrote: "The Lost Symbol is my least favorite also, Heena. Inferno - super exciting! Non-stop action which begins immediately."

Yes! I read it first in 2014 and after reading it again, it's still my favourite in the series!


message 43: by Heena (new)

Heena Rathore P. (heenarathore) | 2013 comments Mod
Series: 1
Book: 4
Name: Inferno
Rating: 5/5
Review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...


message 44: by Dagny (new)

Dagny (madamevauquer) | 2756 comments Mod
Heena wrote: "Series: 1
Book: 4
Name: Inferno
Rating: 5/5
Review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show..."


That reread didn't take long! This book just flies by - did for me also.


message 45: by Heena (new)

Heena Rathore P. (heenarathore) | 2013 comments Mod
Dagny wrote: "That reread didn't take long! This book just flies by - did for me also."

Yes, it does! I enjoyed the re-read as much as I enjoyed it the first time. And last night I happened to see the movie as well.
I'm looking forward to reading the next in the series, Origin, as I'm planning to get an audiobook for it. Though I'm going to read this one after a couple of days as I need to read a couple other books first.


message 46: by Dagny (new)

Dagny (madamevauquer) | 2756 comments Mod
Strangled in Paris (Victor Legris Mystery #6) by Claude Izner

That's the last one for this year - now finished with this Challenge.


message 47: by Heena (new)

Heena Rathore P. (heenarathore) | 2013 comments Mod
Complete Book #5 of Robert Langdon Series - Origin

I loved it! It was a really good book and a perfect sequel to Inferno. I really liked the fact that the book didn't start with Langdon being thrust into the action as it was starting to get old now. I liked the whole built-up that was going to lead to Kirche's presentation, it was really very impressive.


message 48: by Heena (new)

Heena Rathore P. (heenarathore) | 2013 comments Mod
I'm also done with this challenge. I wasn't able to read more than 1 series, but I'm glad that I did at least this one.
I have a lot of series to complete so I hope next year would be better for me.


message 49: by Peter (last edited Dec 10, 2018 07:16PM) (new)

Peter Meek (pwmeek) | 21 comments I did pretty well in 2018 with series (and even have a few weeks to go)

Terry Pratchett - Discworld (40 books)
de Lint - Newford (10?)
Tanenbaum - Karp&Bianchi (29)
Barry Eisler - Rainiverse (19)
G M Frasier - Complete McAuslin (3)
O'Brian - Aubrey/Maturin (21)
Iain M Banks - Culture series (8)
Clavell - Asian Saga (4 of 5 my bad)
Glen Cook - Black Company (and spin-offs) (10)
Jacques Antoine - Emily Kane (7)
Carl Hiaasen - all YA books (6)
Sandford - Prey plus Flowers combined (36)
Dahners - El Donsaii (14)
Connelly - Bosch/Haller/etc. (32)
...and a few short series I may have missed

These are almost all re-reads or re-read plus the new one.

Altogether in 2018 I've read 60,960 pages across 172 books including all the non-series books according to Goodreads. This is down a bit from previous years.


message 50: by Dagny (new)

Dagny (madamevauquer) | 2756 comments Mod
Peter wrote: "I did pretty well in 2018 with series (and even have a few weeks to go)."

Good going, Peter! You really rocked this challenge. I love Connelly's books. What great characters.


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