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Subject: Do you collect series?
Date Posted: 1/30/2010 3:49 PM ET
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Lately, I've picked up a few books at the UBS that are part of a series. Like a Harlequin, Sihouette, etc series. It's been driving me nuts because they haven't been first in the series!

Do you guys like to read series of related books? If so, which ones were keepers.

I just picked up a few Millionaire of the Month ones from SDesire and they are pretty good. Now I want to get the rest and start over!!

 Cindy in VA

Date Posted: 1/30/2010 5:54 PM ET
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Cindy, you can find a list of multi-author series, including Millionaire of the Month, at the fictiondb.com website. Here's a link to the multi-author series list:

fictiondb multi-author series

I do collect series, including lots of Silhouette multi-author series. But some, such as millionaire, are completely unrelated to each other, just carrying a similar theme. Others, such as the Dynasties, Trueblood TX, Lone Star Country Club, Texas Cattleman's Club, and Montana Mavericks have characters and locations in common. They also frequently have some ongoing plot element, such as a murder mystery to be solved, that is furthered and ultimately resolved in the last book issued.

Montana Mavericks is one of my favorite series. Another is the Heart of the West series. 16 books in which all the heroes grew up in a Wyoming Boys Home. They come back for a bachelors auction to benefit the home. A bit goofy, but I always love the auction theme.

Colleen

Date Posted: 1/30/2010 8:27 PM ET
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Cindy,

I love series books!  I have just completed Joan Johnston's Hawk's Way series, and it was really good.  I am currently reading her Bitter Creek series.  Linda Lael Miller's McKettrick series was great if you like western romance.  Nora Roberts' Chesapeake Bay series was also really good.  I usually go to the author's wed site and you can usually get a list of the books there and if they write series you will find them listed by series.

Some Silhouette series like the Dynasties series (Ashtons, Connelly, Danfords, Fortunes, etc.) have multiple authors.  Those are hard for me unless you get one book and the others in the series are listed in the very front or the very back of the book.

Happy reading.

Sheila

Date Posted: 1/30/2010 9:17 PM ET
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Sheila, check out the link to fictiondb that I posted for Cindy. All of the titles are listed in sequential order and the book descriptions include the ISBNs.

Colleen

Date Posted: 1/31/2010 11:50 AM ET
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I have a ton of series I have to read yet, and there are others I am trying to complete, I will not start reading a series until I have all the books ( dumb huh).

 

Colleen  I have all the Montana Maverick books ( think there is 85 in the series) , Logan Legacy, Trueblood Texas, Cooper's Corner just to name a few, all I have to do is find the time to read them all   LOL



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Date Posted: 1/31/2010 1:48 PM ET
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Bertie, I have almost all of Montana Mavericks. There are actually 85 stories, but only 72 books. It should probably be broken down into 4 series: Whitehorn, Rumor, Thunder Canyon, and the Historicals. There's only the barest relationship between the towns and the historicals.

BTW: Don't wait to do the whole series. Give yourself the gift of reading the Double Destiny duology. It's more or less related to the Rumor series, but it's a one-of-a-kind book! I promise a gasp moment at the end of the first story!

Colleen

Date Posted: 1/31/2010 2:24 PM ET
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Thanks Colleen, I will get started on them one day next week,

Date Posted: 2/1/2010 10:42 AM ET
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I collect series.  I have some favorite authors that I am now trying to replace paperbacks with hardbacks.  A slow process but fun and challenging. I have a few hardbacks to collect of Suzanne Brockmann, James Lee Burke and John Sandford.   For most of them it's just a matter of credits:)

However, I have paid for some of the harder to find books in those series.  Amazon is my buddy.. lol

Date Posted: 2/1/2010 1:10 PM ET
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I learned my lesson a while ago about picking up a series in the middle when I read my first Robyn Carr Virgin River book.  I now make sure I have all the books in a series before I start reading them if it looks like the author carries over the theme and cast of characters from one book to the next. 

Some books that are listed as a series don't look to me like they are a series at all.  Maybe the subject matter is the same but the cast of characters changes for each book.  Those, I read out of order. 

If you want to find all the series book by author, try http://www.fictiondb.com/.  Once you find the author, there's a link in the upper right corner that says "Author Series List".  I use this site to gather data on all the books an author has written and put it into an Excel database.  I do the same with all the series they have written.  I have an Excel spreadsheet on all the authors I read.  Besides the title and publication date, I also have cells for Library (I make a small x if it is in the library as a regular book and an uppercase X if it is available in large type), shelf (that's for the books I have on my shelf TBR and finally "read".  I can't count the numer of times I have checked a library book out only to find that I have already read the book.  I now check off all books I have read before I return them to the library.

Date Posted: 2/1/2010 1:30 PM ET
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I started using Fiction DB to record what I've written, and have for a few years now. I just bought a ScanCat so I can get a bit more organized and I can print out a list of what I have read to take to UBS and Libraries so I don't get books I've read :) 

Thanks for sharing all the tips :)

Cindy in VA