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Subject: Looking for a series...it's a challenge!
Date Posted: 4/17/2009 4:13 AM ET
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Hey! I was wondering if you could give me some sugeestions as to what to start next. I love reading series, and am looking for another to start. My favorites have been Young Adult and Adult alike. Authors I love are Sophie Kinsella, Meg Cabot, Great and Terrible Beauty Series, Diane Mott Davidson (Goldy Bear Series), Twilight, Harry Potter...anyway you get the idea. I like complex stories or mysteries too.


Just thought I may not be the only one with this problem...any of you well read people have info to share and if it sounds interesting and you have it, let me know that too so I can be sure to request it from you.



Date Posted: 4/17/2009 10:24 AM ET
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I recently got into the Southern Vampire mysteries by Charlaine Harris.  The show "True Blood" is based on them.  Unfortunately, they're a hot item right now, so they are all wishlisted.

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Date Posted: 4/17/2009 12:24 PM ET
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I am going to start Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series soon.  There are 11 books.  You might take a look at those books.  Also, The Outlander series by Diana Galbaldon is terrific.   Sharon Kay Penman also has a series out.  Her books are historical in nature.  Here Be Dragons is one of her books, I think Book 1.

Date Posted: 4/17/2009 1:32 PM ET
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Good suggestions...thanks! I have the first in the Wait until dark series, will be starting it soon. As for the others, I will have to check them out! :)

Date Posted: 4/17/2009 2:52 PM ET
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Megan McCafferty's Jessica Darling series: Sloppy Firsts, Second Helpings, etc.

Date Posted: 4/17/2009 4:26 PM ET
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Hmm, have you read House Of night by PC Cast? if you like Twilight, you'll probably like those! I love em!Add me as friend, and checkout my wishlist. I read alot!

Date Posted: 4/17/2009 6:04 PM ET
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The Cat Who series is entertaining cozy mystery..... and I happen to have the entire series. If you are interested, PM me.

Date Posted: 4/17/2009 6:05 PM ET
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 A really great young adult series is by Scott Westfeld. They are Uglies, Pretties and Specials. I have read Uglies and Pretties and am waiting on Specials on my my wish list. I think they are all wishlisted but they do come in fast. I got the first two withing a week of having them on my list. They are really excellent with a little sci-fi but not too much. I usually don't read that kind of book but loved them and can't wait to get Specials.

Date Posted: 4/17/2009 9:11 PM ET
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Try Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials.  They're wonderful YA books!

Date Posted: 4/17/2009 10:33 PM ET
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I have read all of the Cat who series. Love them! i am currently reading Uglies and had to sign on to get pretties right now. I have read mostly all dark materials.


Thanks for all these suggestions and keep them coming. Sounds like this is the right track! :)

Date Posted: 4/18/2009 3:47 PM ET
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Have you read the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer?  I just started Twilight (the first) and I am thoroughly enjoying it.  I have NEVER read this type of book before...never even thought of reading a sci fi or a book about vampires.  <grin>  Everyone I talked to was raving about it.  I found a copy at a garage sale and picked it up, thinking I'd try it and if I didn't like it, I could always list it.  Well, it is truly spell-binding.  My neighbor told me she had the rest of the series, so I'll get them to read when I finish this one.

Date Posted: 4/18/2009 5:00 PM ET
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Have you read the Earthsea books by Ursula K. LeGuin?

Date Posted: 4/18/2009 7:09 PM ET
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Let me echo Carol's suggestion of the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. Each of these books is VERY long, but SO worth the time! According to Wikipedia, "(Gabaldon's) books are difficult to classify by genre, since they contain elements of romantic fiction, historical fiction, and science fiction (in the form of time travel). Her books have so far been sold in 23 countries and translated into 19 languages besides English."

If you are looking for complex stories, this series would definitely fit the bill.

Outlander Series

  • Outlander  (1991)
  • Dragonfly in Amber (1992)
  • Voyager (1994)
  • Drums of Autumn (1997)
  • The Fiery Cross (2001)
  • A Breath of Snow and Ashes (2005)
  • An Echo in the Bone (Release date TBD)


Date Posted: 4/18/2009 8:15 PM ET
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I second the Jessica Darling series by Megan McCafferty. Also, try the "Slightly" series by Wendy Markham (chick lit).

Date Posted: 4/19/2009 1:52 AM ET
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If you like Diane Mott Davidson I think you will like Joanna Fluke. She has a series with an owner of a cookie shop in Minnesota. The first book of the series is "Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder"
Date Posted: 4/22/2009 3:43 PM ET
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I have currently began the Night World Series by LJ Smith they are similar to twilight. Also by her are the Vampire Diaries which i fell in love with!! :)

Date Posted: 4/22/2009 11:08 PM ET
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you might want to try Kay Hooper Bishop Crime series there are  think  4 sets of trilogies but each book can stand on their own I started with Touch of Evil and got sucked in they are paranormal crime dramas with a dash of romance in each one

Date Posted: 4/23/2009 1:05 AM ET
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Thanks! great suggestions all!

Subject: series
Date Posted: 4/23/2009 2:45 AM ET
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I definately second the House of Night series by P.C. and Kristine Cast.  They're good fast reads with characters and dialogue that really pop.

Date Posted: 4/25/2009 1:55 AM ET
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If you like mysteries, I just started a series by Gwen Hunter featuring an ER doctor in a small town in the south.  Pretty good.


I also enjoyed the Catherine Arnold series of four, featuring a lawyer---I like her relationship with her husband!  I can't remember the protagonist's name, but....

Date Posted: 4/25/2009 12:13 PM ET
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If you like Harry Potter...  you give the Eragon series  by Christopher Paolini. The might me wishlisted on here.

The order goes Eargon,Eldest,Brisingr

Happy reading


Subject: Good series
Date Posted: 4/25/2009 3:52 PM ET
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I've read the above posts, and agree with a lot of them but also have gotten some good ideas. I really loved the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon (I think they are my new favorites!) Also, you might want to try the Into the Wilderness series by Sara Donati. I love the Southern Vampire series by Charlaine Harris and have recently started the Lily Bard series also by her. Another suggestion is the In Death series by JD Robb and the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich. As you can probably tell, my tastes are varied. Have fun with these if you haven't read them yet!  Anne

Date Posted: 4/26/2009 6:18 PM ET
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The Sun Sword series by Michelle Sagara West is excellent.  The Broken Crown is the first one.

For YA books, I'm really fond of The Dark is Rising Sequence by Susan Cooper.  The Dark is rising is the first one.


Date Posted: 4/26/2009 8:41 PM ET
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Ooh yeah Sara Donati.  She's a wonderful writer and her characters are so engaging.  I also like P.C. Cast..


Date Posted: 4/26/2009 10:11 PM ET
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In terms of light hearted mysteries, Joan Hess has two fun series, the Claire Malloy series (bookstore owner with teenage daughter) and the Maggody series (a small town sheriff solves peculiar mysteries in an tiny Arkansas town). Jill Churchill, Tamar Myers, Kathy Hogan Trocheck, Susan Holtzer, Elaine Viets, and Gemma Halliday have fun series

For books with a paranormal twist, Victoria Laurie has at least two good series--one about a psychic and one about a professional ghosthunter. The Katie Chandler series by Shanna Swendson is also a good bet as is Gerry Bartlett's Glory St. Claire vampire series. MaryJanice Davidson has a series about the perpetually flaky vampire queen (Betsy) that's entertaining, as is the Bronwyn series by Candace Havens.

You could try the Maggie series by Kasey Michaels (mysteries about a romance novelist who suddenly has her written hero and sidekick pop into her life). I'd recommend the Little Lady Agency series by Hester Browne, Kyra Davis, Elizabeth Peters, and Kate White.