Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday (series)

This week the ladies at The Broke and the Bookish are asking for the top ten series we want to start, but since I can't think of a series I want to start, I'm listing ten series I'm in the middle of. There's something so satisfying about finding a book you like and knowing there is a whole string of books just like them waiting for you. I'm far from finishing most of these, but they are all series I am actively continuing with, usually at the rate of a book per year.

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I'm on book 4 of the Flavia de Luce murder mysteries series. These are cozy books set in England in the 1950s, and the protagonist is a precocious little sleuth with a penchant for chemistry and poisons named Flavia de Luce. I adore these books. The audio books are delightful, too. A ninth Flavia book is due out in January 2018.
I'm on book 5 of the charming Mitford series by Jan Karon. There are 10 books in this series, and the series is complete. These books are about the folks living in the Carolina mountain town of Mitford, especially the Episcopalian priest, Father Tim, and his family.
I'm on book 3 of Alexander McCall Smith's The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series. I'm not normally one for books set in Africa, but I've fallen in love with Mma Ramotswe. She runs the best detective agency in Botswana. The 18th book in this series is due out in November of this year.

You know I love history books, and I really enjoy Bill O'Reilly's Killing... series. Killing England, which I believe is the seventh and final installment in the series, is due out this September. The books are fast-paced and well researched. I always learn something reading these books. This is the one series I'm caught up on!

I've read several Agatha Christie novels in the Hercule Poirot series, and this year I tried my first Miss Marple mystery. I think I'll continue with these books, my next likely being The Body in the Library.

I've just begun a new mystery series, having finished Louise Penny's Still Life last week. This is the first of 13 books in the still-active Chief Inspector Gamache series set in the quaint Quebec town of Three Pines. Book 2 is A Fatal Grace.
Last year I challenged myself to read a book about art, and I chose 50 Paintings You Should Know. I followed that up with 50 Artists You Should Know, and I've bought two others in the series: 50 Modern Artists You Should Know and Impressionism. There are many other titles in the series. I find them informative without being too lofty or difficult or boring--perfect if you want to know something about art, but don't want to know everything about art.

I've read both middle grade children's books about Calpurnia Tate, a girl scientist at the turn of the last century. There is also a series of three (more to come?) Girl Vet chapter books in the series. I'm on the second of these, Counting Sheep, and the third, Who Gives a Hoot?, will be out this October.
I'm on book 4 of the delightful Clementine books. Clementine is very much like Olivia and Eloise of the beloved picture books. Clementine always means well, but she's a handful. These books are so sweet and so funny, I just can't resist them. I believe there are seven books in this series, and it is finished.

By the same author and illustrator of the Clementine books, comes the new Waylon! series. This is some crossover here (Clementine makes an appearance in the series). The second book (shown above) is out on October.

And there are several series that I'm stalled on, like the Anne of Green Gable series, the Penderwicks series, the Harry Potter books, and the Little House on the Prairie series. I may continue, but I may just cut my losses. 

What are your favorite series?


  1. We are truly kindred spirits. I love nearly all. The Penderwicks are wonderful! (As are Elizabeth Enright's books--I often call the Penderwicks the new Melendys). I hadn't seen the new Calpurnia Tate series but I will check it out. I loved the two original books. I love listening to No 1 Ladies Detective Agency--Lizette Lecar is such an excellent reader and gets the voices exactly right! Super List! My favorite this morning!

    1. Boy, we do agree! Yes, I love the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency on audio. Some of my favorite audio experiences! I'm not sure I'd like them as much in paper.