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Subject: Finishing old series first
Date Posted: 4/30/2012 7:24 AM ET
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It dawned on me this morning that I have so many different series books started that it takes forever before I cycle around to the next one that I forget characters and stuff. While I don't like to read them back to back, I do need to keep them closer. So I went and looked on my book list. Between the Nook, the TBR, and the library, I currently have 18 series in progress and another 48 waiting to go. No wonder I cna't keep things straight! So I decided May is going to be finish the seris month and I'll start a new series once I get down to 9 and only keep about 10 going at a time. That should be a reasonable amount of time between books (along with the one-offs that I read) so the characters don't get stale but not so many that I forget who they are.

Date Posted: 4/30/2012 11:12 AM ET
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I am trying to finish some series this year as well. But darn if I didn't start a new historical series on Saturday...bad me.

Date Posted: 4/30/2012 12:28 PM ET
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I keep track of my series reading on Fict Fact and the last time i checked i had close to 70 different series that ive started or have in my TBR ready to go. surprise

Date Posted: 4/30/2012 4:23 PM ET
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I'm like you, Nancy. I don't like to read series back to back but at the same time, I can't wait too long in between books because then I forget details.

I keep track of my series on Fict Fact too but I think I only have around 38 series which I consider 'active' because I'm intending to continue to the next book (at least, that's according to my 'next in series' shelf in Goodreads.)

Every month I try to read several books of my series in progress. Last month, I did really well - I read 8 books of series I already started:

  • 2nd in Series (3)
  • 3rd in Series (2)
  • 4th in Series (2)
  • 8th in Series (1)

In May, I'll try to work on some trilogies I have started. :)

Date Posted: 4/30/2012 7:00 PM ET
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That's what I've been doing too.  Nice to get them under the belt!

Date Posted: 4/30/2012 9:03 PM ET
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According to fictfact I have 147 series started, and I don't think that's all of them. lol

Date Posted: 4/30/2012 9:41 PM ET
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Ashley that makes me feel better. LOL

Date Posted: 5/1/2012 5:52 AM ET
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I have 238 series set up there.

15 of them are complete (edited to add this). Long way to go to finish them all up.

GAil



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Date Posted: 5/1/2012 9:20 AM ET
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Gail, I am making goggle eyes at you right now. :-)

Date Posted: 5/1/2012 10:07 AM ET
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I have this problem too and it's way more than 18 that I have started. 

I am really tempted to pack up all my books but a few series of different genres and some stand alones.  Then not let myself get out any other books until I finish some of those.  But I'm too lazy to box them up and lug them downstairs. 

I've been really good lately of not starting as many new series, deciding that some can be read out of order and not acquiring a whole series until I know I like it.

Date Posted: 5/1/2012 11:34 AM ET
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I have 74 series on FF and I have 18 as 'current' (some of them are completely finished and some others are ongoing.) But I also have some series in there that I'm not sure I'll continue.

Date Posted: 5/1/2012 12:24 PM ET
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I have over 200 on FF. But some of those are done (a lot of dead trilogies), some are ones I should really delete  (like the Cynsters and the Mallorys) because I don't care if I read them in order or not or anymore for that matter.  I am woefully behind on updating fictfact.  I did go through and remove a bunch where I didn't like the 1st book enough to read more.  I should probably remove all the 1st in a series books that I haven't gotten around to yet and just add them back if I ever start them.  

Date Posted: 5/1/2012 4:03 PM ET
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That's what I do, Mary. I only add series to FF that I'm interested in continuing. I don't add #1s or series that I'm hesitant about.

I updated it everytime I read a book. But then I use my 'top 10' to keep track of series I'm planning to read really soon. Then once I read a book from that series, I move it to the bottom so a new series shows up in the top 10.

Date Posted: 5/1/2012 5:37 PM ET
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Gail, I am making goggle eyes at you right now. :-) 

And I actually deleted some series that I started and decided there was no way I was going to continue with them. And - cheater, cheater - some of the series I have there only have a few books so those get completed quickly.

One good thing is if you delete a series it isn't gone forever, it can be added later on if one decides to go return to the books. I think PBS is a big part of my problem: discovering NTM authors, loving the books, adding the series to FF is almost a given: Jim Butcher, Colin Cotterill, Elly Griffiths, to name a very few.

I'd like to see an option there of moving the completed series to another page, though. AND keeping the series in alpha order by author.

GAil

Date Posted: 5/1/2012 6:10 PM ET
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I just signed up over there. So if I understand correctly, it shows the top 10 ones you want to show (or in my case, ten of the 18 I need to finish first). Then does it also email you if an author adds to an existing series or starts a new one?

Date Posted: 5/1/2012 8:23 PM ET
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I went a little nutso when I first joined.  I'd probably update it more if I trimmed down.

I hear they have message boards now. I haven't gone to investigate because the last thing I need is another message board to waste time on.

Date Posted: 5/2/2012 4:10 AM ET
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Nancy, they do email you when books are added to your series, or the authors on your list publish a new book.

I have only 93. blush But it's almost entirely paranormals and a few mysteries, I don't bother putting in historicals or contemporary series that I find easy to keep track of. And I haven't started all of them, they're just on the list because I own one or more of the books in the series. Probably about 15-20 are series I'm actually working on.

I definitely don't need more message boards! And I find FF a little hard to work with. If GoodReads ever gets it together to provide the same info, I'll be very happy.

Date Posted: 5/2/2012 7:07 AM ET
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I start to feel a little obsessive when I spend too much time organizing. My TBR and want to read list is in a schoolkid's spiral notebook (yes, it is color coded by which library has it LOL) and I have them entered in here on my Reminder list. I don't really want to input or organize any more than that. I don't use Goodreads any more after they dumped the swap section. I like the FictFact in that it gives you a snapshot at a glance. What I didn't like about it was when I put in a book that I'm mid series on, like Erin McCarhy's race car drivers. It wouldn't let me start at 4. It made me go back and mark 1,2, and 3 as read. And now it has a running total up top. Too fussy and obsessive for me. But that's minor. As long as it will tell me when someone has a new one, I'm good.

Date Posted: 5/2/2012 12:07 PM ET
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Hmm that must be soemthing that changed because I have series that I have read out of order marked off there.  It let me mark later ones as read or TBR when I hadn't marked off earlier ones.  A lot of basic historical & contemporary romance series can be read out of order. It's the paranormals & some suspense series that need to be read in order to understand the back story of why this group is after whatever bad guy/group they're after/dealing with.  (did that make any sense?)

I'm going to go there now and clean up my list.  Get rid of all the 1st in a series books that I'm on the fence on anyway.  Just leave series up that I am actively reading and know I really, really want to read.

Date Posted: 5/2/2012 8:26 PM ET
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I just finished a series!  Now I only have 47 more to go. 

Date Posted: 5/3/2012 10:15 PM ET
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I like that FictFact thing. I finished a series and it removed it and bumped the next one up automatically, so I guess I can just rotate through the top 10 until one finishes and then a new one takes its place? Cool! Then what happens if they add another one on to the one I just finished? Do I get an email and it reactivates the series?

Date Posted: 5/4/2012 10:38 AM ET
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Do I get an email and it reactivates the series?

Nope. It just shows up in your list again.

Date Posted: 5/4/2012 10:41 AM ET
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I just finished a series!  Now I only have 47 more to go.

LOL, Sherri. I'm now reading the last book of a trilogy that I have been meaning to finish for ages. It was on my WL for like a million years and I was finally able to get it at a good price with one of those Kobo codes.



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Date Posted: 5/4/2012 11:39 AM ET
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DG once I started trying to finish series - and realized how many I have out there - it's become daunting!  I was just going through Goodreads and ended up deleting a few books (always good) and decided not to read some and now I'm depressed again.  LOL  BUT - I did find the final book to one series that was actually free on Smashwords so I'm going to read that today.

Date Posted: 5/4/2012 11:40 AM ET
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Which one, Sherri?

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