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Subject: Super September Series Mini-Challenge 2012
Date Posted: 8/20/2012 8:51 AM ET
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We did this last year and it was a big hit, so let's try it again.  I have a ton of good books on my shelf and Kindle but a lot of them are the first in a series.  I  can't justify starting another series when I have tons of series that I've already started.  I'm going to make September my month of clearing the next book in series.  Some are HF and some are CF.  Join me if you like!  I'll have a small prize for the person who reads the most books from a series and for the person who reads books from the most different series.  I'll be pretty lax in defining a "series".   We'll include prequels and sequels.  And we will count non-HF as well.

We'll start Sept. 1 and count only the second and subsequent books of series where you finished the first book by August 31.

If you want to keep track, claim a spot and we'll do our keeping track in this thread. 

I'm hoping to read:/

The Corpse at St. Andrew's Chapel (Hugh de Singleton Bk 2) by Mel Starr (Complete 9/27)
A Trail of Ink (Hugh de Singleton Bk 3) by Mel Starr
Unhallowed Ground (Hugh de Singleton Bk 4) by Mel Starr
India Black and the Widow of Windsor (Madame of Espionage Bk 2) by Carol Carr
Prince (John Shakespeare Bk 3) by Rory Clements
Scandalous Desires (Maiden Lane Bk 3) by Elizabeth Hoyt
Sword Song (Saxon Chronicles Bk 4) by Bernard Cornwell
The Bishop (Bowers Files Book 4) by Steven James (Complete 9/30)

Oh my goodness...there are so many more that I could put on the list!  But it would be a miracle for me to get through all of these!


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Date Posted: 8/20/2012 10:19 AM ET
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Oh I'm so in, I have several on my shelves, I will have to go through them I will come back with my list.

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Date Posted: 8/20/2012 12:02 PM ET
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Me too!!  I NEED this challenge, as I just started a new series over the weekend!!  I'll be back with a list too...

Date Posted: 8/20/2012 1:29 PM ET
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I'm in too I just have to figure out what's what.  I guess I don't have as many as last year, but here goes:

The Snake Stone by Jason Goodwin book #2

The Sparks Fly Upward by Diana Norman book #3  (completed 9/14/12)

Falls the Shadow by Sharon Kay Penman (how did that happen?) book #2  (completed 9/28/12)

Haunt Me Still by Jennifer Lee Carrell book #2  (completed 9/5/12)

The Secret Speech by Tom Rob Smith book #2

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I think I'll do this - I have to take a look-see and decide what I want to read. This is just for the month of September, right Christa?

Date Posted: 8/20/2012 4:57 PM ET
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Yes, it is just for September.  Last year, Vicky, Jeanne and Linda ran circles around the rest of us!

Date Posted: 8/20/2012 6:29 PM ET
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I'm in. Here's my list:

Bathsheba ~ #3 Wives of David ~ Jill Eileen Smith

Persona Non Grata ~ #3 Medicus Investigations ~ Ruth Downie

Love Amid the Ashes ~ #1 New Treasures of Love (I read #2 first) ~Mesu Andrews

To Defy a King ~ #4 William Marshall ~ Elizabeth Chadwick

Stone of Help ~ #2 Annuls of Lystra ~ Robin Hardy

Liberation of Lystra ~ #3 Annuls of Lystra ~ Robin Hardy

Sara's Quilt ~ #2 Sarah Agnes Prine ~ Nancy E. Turner

Washington's Lady ~ #3 Ladies of History ~ Nancy Moser

I think I can manage that many. We'll see.

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Date Posted: 8/20/2012 7:04 PM ET
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I'm really embarrassed to say I didn't even remember this challenge from last year!  So I went back and read the thread (Did I mention that I love our Table of Contents sticky thread??) Anyway, what a hoot!  We have such a fun group here--reading all those posts made me chuckle all over again.  And yes, I remember doing this now.

This year I'm being really ambitious, and I doubt I can finish all these, but I hope to knock quite a few out!  I'm looking at 6 series, and 14 books!  We'll see what happens.

So...here's my Best-Case-Scenario list for this September:

I want to finish the Baker and Llewelyn series with:

The Limehouse Text (Book 3)

The Hellfire Conspiracy (Book 4)

The Black Hand (Book 5)

I want to finish the Dexter series with:~~DONE

Dexter is Delicious (Book 5)~~Finished Sept. 2

Double Dexter (Book 6)~~Finished Sept. 5

I want to move ahead with Amelia Peabody with:

The Hippopotamus Pool (Book 8)

Seeing a Large Cat (Book 9)

The Ape Who Guards the Balance (Book 10)

I also want to move ahead with Molly Murphy with:

Oh Danny Boy (Book 5)~~Finished Sept. 13

In Dublin's Fair City (Book 6)~~Finished Sept. 16

Tell Me, Pretty Maiden (Book 7)~~Finished Sept. 22

In a Gilded Cage (Book 8)

Then: The Leopard Unleased by Elizabeth Chadwick (finishes her Wild Hunt trilogy)

Northwest Angle by William Kent Krueger (LOVE this series! Not historical, but good solid mystery.)~~Finished Sept. 26


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Date Posted: 8/21/2012 9:31 AM ET
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I'm in!  I've only been reading series for some time now, it's not too much of a stretch to contine doing so cheeky

I'm hoping to read:

The Reckoning by SKP

A Mist of Prophecies by Steven  Saylor   Finished 9/9/12   267pgs.

The Judgement of Caesar by Saylor  Finished 9/16/12  318pgs.

Revolution by CJ Sansom

The Pale Horseman by Bernanrd Cornwell

Lords of the North by Cornwell

The Deeds of the Disturber by Elizabeth Peters   Finished 9/25/12  289pgs.

The Last Camel Died at Noon by Elizabeth Peters

The Serpent's Tale by Ariana Franklin

Grave Goods by Ariana Franklin

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Date Posted: 8/21/2012 11:09 AM ET
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Okay......so far this is what I'm looking at tackling:

A Dangerous Affair - Caro Peacock- finished 0n 9/9/2012

The Waxman Murders - P C Doherty - finished on 9/16/12

The Locked Room - Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo - finished 9/26/12

A Family Affair by Caro Peacock

Dark Enquiry - Deanna Raybourn

Cold Comfort: An Officer Gunnhildur Mystery by Quentin Bates (second in the series) - finished on 9/24/12

Disgrace - Jussi Adler-Olsen - finished 9/8/12

Sands of Windee - Arthur Upfield - finished 9/11

Murder Down Under - Arthur Upfield

A Deadly Cambodian Crime Spree - Bk 4 Inspector Singh by Shamini Flint - finished 9/23/12

Blind Goddess by Anne Holt (2nd in the Hanne Wilhemsen series) - finished 9/19/12

These may get changed around a bit - we'll see....

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Date Posted: 8/21/2012 11:32 AM ET
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Dang....I forgot about adding the next Lady Julia book to my list!  Aaarrrggghhh!!!

Date Posted: 8/21/2012 11:41 AM ET
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LOL Christa! I'm sure that there will be all kinds of adjustments made to our lists!

Date Posted: 8/21/2012 12:53 PM ET
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Here is a starter list for me:

Claudius the God (sequel to I, Claudius)  - Robert Graves

We Speak No Treason:  The White Rose Turned to Blood (Part 2) - Rosemary Hawley Jarman

Fire Along the Sky (Out of the Wilderness, #3) - Sara Donati

Silent in the Sanctuary (Lady Julia #2) - Deanna Raybourn

The Curse of the Pharoahs (Amanda Peabody #2) - Elizabeth Peters

All Clear (sequel to Blackout) - Connie Willis

Falls the Shadow (Welsh Trilogy #2)  - Sharon Kay Penman

Valley of the Horses (Clan of the Cave Bear #2) - Jean Auel

 A Red Herring Without Mustard (Flavia de Luce #3) Alan Bradley

The Serpent's Tale (Mistress in the Art of Death #2) - Ariana Franklin

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Date Posted: 8/21/2012 12:54 PM ET
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Until I started looking, I honestly didn't realize how many series I had going.  Most of these are on the TBR, plus 2 or 3 from the WL where I'm close to the top:

Caveat Emptor, #4 of Medicus series by Ruth Downie read, 9/4/12

The Emperor, #11 and The Victory, # 12 Morland Dynasty by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles read 9/7/12 -- read 9/24/12

Sharpe's Escape, #10 Bernard Cornwell's Sharpe series

Faithful Lovers and Cherished Wives, #4 and #5, Bridges of Time by Valerie Anand read, 9/2/12 --- read, 9/18/12

Death at Dartmoor, #8 Robin Paige's mysteries read, 9/9/12

Midwife's Advice, sequel to The Midwife by Gay Courter read, 9/11/12

Funeral Games, #3 Mary Renault's series about Alexander the Great

Hermit of Eyton Forest, #14 and The Confession of Brother Haluin, #15 Cadfael by Ellis Peters read 9/8/12 -  read 9/30/12

Wicked Day, #4 Mary Stewart's Arthurian Saga

Miller's Dance, #9 Winston Graham's Poldark series read 9/15/12

The Rebellion of Jane Clarke, third in a series by Sally Gunning    read 9/20/12

City of Promise, 4th in the "City of....." series by Beverly Swerling  read 9/22/12

And others to be added or substituted for if/when they become available..


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Date Posted: 8/26/2012 1:47 PM ET
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Okay, the following is my first stab at a list.  This is a mere drop in the bucket of the series of which I am in the midst --- sad to say.  Actually looking at my "book keeping" software and looking at only "series in progress" was quite daunting.

Murder in a Mill Town (Nell Sweeney #2)                              P.B. Ryan                              Finished 9/2

Murder in China Town (Sarah Brandt #9)                              Victoria Thompson                Finished 9/6

Death in Whitechapel (Kate Ardleigh #6)                              Robin Paige                          Finished 9/6

A Dangerous Affair (Liberty Lane #2)                                   Caro Peacock                        Finished 9/28

The Case of the Man Who Died Laughing (Vish Puri #2)         Tarquin Hall                        Finished 9/26

As the Crow Flies (Walt Longmire #8)                                  Craig Johnson                      Finished 9/17

A Bitter Truth (Bess Crawford, #3)                                      Charles Todd                        Finished 9/19

The Outlaw's Tale (Sister Frevisse #3)                                Margaret Frazer                    Finished 9/13

What Remains of Heaven (St. Cyr #5)                                  C.S. Harris                            Finished 9/3

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This thread has made me realize that I have got sooooo many series started that it isn't funny!!!!  

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Date Posted: 8/27/2012 8:26 PM ET
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A one month challenge is good for me. I have a tendency to procrastinate,as I have been doing with 2012 challenge. Glad I re-read the "rules" and will include #2 and the next books in series. And non-H F are ok?

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Well, I have my books in a box by the bed now all ready to begin in just a few days!!!

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I, too, am surprised at how many series I have unfinished. My real problem is that they are all paper books and I so much prefer my Nook.  But I really need to attack my paper TBR so I'm in. A couple of these are doorstoppers so I doubt I’ll get through all of them, but the list is:

  • The Endless Forest by Sara Donati (6 of 6) -- DONE 9/9/2012
  • Troubled Bones by Jeri Westerson (4 of ?) -- DONE 9/11/2012
  • A Shade of Difference by Allen Drury (2 of 6, but I’ve read all the rest)
  • Pawn in Frankincense by Dorothy Dunnett (4 of 6) DONE 9/24/2012
  • The Ringed Castle by Dorothy Dunnett  (5 of 6)
  • Shadow over Karaith  by Karen Hancock (3 of 4)
  • The Dark Rose by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles (2 of the Moreland Dynasty)
  • The October Horse by Colleen McCullough (6 of 7)
  • The Towers of Midnight by Robert Jordan and Brian Sanderson (13 of 13)
  • Seventh Day by Brock and Bodie Thoene (7 of … 12?)



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Good morning, Happy September, and let's go!  

I'm starting on the fifth Dexter book, Dexter is Delicious.  My DD and I are reading together (basically) and really enjoying these.  Plus, I think we're getting a bit of leftover hurricane rain, so it's a good day to curl up and read!  smiley

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Yippee!!!  I have just started "Murder in a Mill Town" by P.B. Ryan.  It is the second in the Nell Sweeney series. 

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Just about finished with "Murder in a Mill Town" and have really enjoyed the further adventures of Nell Sweeney. Next up for me in the September Challenge will be "What Remains of Heaven", #5 in the Sebastian St. Cyr series by C.S. Harris.

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I've finished the 5th Dexter book, and am starting the 6th one today, Double Dexter.  smiley

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Date Posted: 9/2/2012 6:09 PM ET
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Invisible One by Stef Penney---RATING-10 out of 10.  I cannot imagine reading a better book this month.  Her 2nd book. A little cheat, it is not a series, but had to brag about this book. I read all weekend.  COMPLETE

Stalking the Angel by Robert Crais  #2 in Elvis Cole series  COMPLETE

Lullaby Town  by Robert Crais #3 in Elvis Cole series

Rules of  Prey by John Sanford #1  in Lucas Davenport series

Instrument of Darkness by Imogen Robertson





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Finished "What Remains of Heaven" this evening for my second September book.  Not sure what will be next, maybe "Murder in Chinatown" by Victoria Thompson.