September Series & Sequels
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Around the 75ers group, September Series & Sequels has become an annual tradition.
Regardless of the genre--mysteries, romance, Westerns, or something else--this is the place to talk about what series books/sequels you're reading during September.
Welcome to all. I hope we all get lots of ideas!!
As for my own reading, I haven't picked out many series and sequels for September yet.
Of course, I'd probably focus on mysteries, as usual, but maybe toss in a Western, as well. I've been reading some Louis L'Amour lately, for instance.
I guess I'll see what I have time to fit in with the other challenges in which I'm participating. I need to finish some new or revised presentations by October, but I think they are all doable. I just know it will cut into my reading time a bit.
Starred, Linda. I'm not reading anything from a series right now, but I'm sure I will.
I always have way too many books that qualify for Series & Sequels just for September -
Can't we do a monthly Series & Sequels?!!
>7 cyderry: I would love that, Cheli. I have to admit, though, that I'm reading the soon-to-be released second Allison Brook cozy, from Net Galley, and I think I need a break from cozies for awhile. They are all running together in my mind.
Mark's AAC had Louis L'Amour in August and I may read a few more in September. Westerns will certainly take my mind off of cozies for awhile.
I have this starred, Linda. Thanks for carrying on this tradition. Not sure, what I will be reading next month but I am sure I can slip in a S & S book or two.
I have already read the first in the Voidwitch Sci/Fi series and so will try for the second to finish in September. I am also going to start Road to Santiago which is one of the titles in the National Geographic Society Directions series. These short books are written by well known and not-so-well-known authors about places that they live or visit frequently. Technically, they are a series that you have to read in order, as each is about a different place, but I have been trying to read the older ones first. I read Scilian Odyssey by Francine Prose earlier this summer and it wasn’t one of the best in this series, so I have high hopes for Road to Santiago by Kathryn Harrison.
I also will be finishing War Storm by Victoria Aveyad and Warcross by Marie Lu. Both of these are YA dystopian novels and they should be exiting reads.
This is great! Another reason to read from my shelves. I have lots of series book so will have to pick and chose.
I'm in! I have so many possibilities it's absurd. I'll post as I read
I may use this as the excuse to read the final Deborah Knott entry, Long Upon the Land, in September, although I hate to come to the end of that favorite series.
I really prefer to read in order but recently won two ER books that wouldn't be in series order for me. In one, I'd have only one book to read to get caught up, which is doable but in the other, I think it's more like 3 or 4 books to get caught up. Not sure what I was thinking.
Still haven't given much thought to which series books to read next month but it is a pleasant thing to think about.
Well, here are a FEW books I'm considering for September.
✔Battered Body: A Supper Club Mystery (Book 5)
Be Our Ghost: A Merry Ghost Inn Mystery
✔Bear Witness to Murder (A Teddy Bear Mystery)
✔Black Beans & Vice (Supper Club Mysteries Book 6)
✔Body in the Woods: A Cherringham Mystery (The Cherringham Novels Book 2)
✔Cake and Punishment: A Southern Cake Baker Mystery
✔Chardonnayed to Rest (The Wine Trail Mysteries Book 2)
Chasing Down a Dream: A Blessings Novel
Curious Beginning (A Veronica Speedwell Mystery)
✔Deadly Brew (Kindle Single) (A Tourist Trap Mystery)
Dressed for Death in Burgundy: A French Village Mystery
Expiration Date (A Cook-Off Mystery)
Harvest of Secrets (Wine Country Mysteries)
✔Inferno by Dan Brown
In Want of a Knife: A Little Library Mystery
Lady's Guide to Etiquette and Murder (A Countess of Harleigh Mystery)
Mardi Gras Murder: A Cajun Country Mystery
✔Murder Borrowed, Murder Blue (A Wedding Planner Mystery)
Murder Most Fermented (Rose Avenue Wine Club Mystery)
✔Pasta Mortem (Supper Club Mysteries Book 7)
The Pint of No Return (A Sloan Krause Mystery Book 2)
✔The Prisoner in the Castle: A Maggie Hope Mystery
✔Read Herring Hunt (Mystery Bookshop Mysteries)
Vintage Death (A Keepsake Cove Mystery)
The Walking Bread (A Bread Shop Mystery)
Yeast of Eden (A Pancake House Mystery Book 4)
>17 cyderry: Your list gives me a lot of ideas for new series to pick up, Cheli.
I've started compiling my list for September Series & Sequels.
--Grace Against the Clock by Julie Hyzy
--The Paris Spy by Susan Elia MacNeal--COMPLETED
--Glitter Bomb by Laura Childs
--Murder on Millionaires Row by Erin Lindsey
--A Question of Honor by Charles Todd
--For Whom the Bread Rolls by Sarah Fox
--A Just Clause by Lorna Barrett--COMPLETED
>18 lindapanzo: 23 of those 25 are NetGalleys so I really am hoping to get a bunch done!
I'm in! I've dropped my star. Several of my favorite series have new books recently released or being released in September:
White River Burning by John Verdon (Dave Gurney series)
Desolation Mountain by William Kent Krueger (Cork O'Connor series)
Depth of Winter by Craig Johnson (Walt Longmire series)
Secret Undertaking by Mark de Castrique (Burryin' Barry series)
Dead Man Running by Steve Hamilton (Alex McKnight series)
Wild Fire by Ann Cleeves (Shetland Island series)
Labyrinth of Spirits by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (Cemetery of Forgotten Books)
I'll also be reading the book for the Two Guidos group read, Acqua Alta by Donna Leon.
And there are many other series books on my radar.
>22 tymfos: I'm looking forward to the new Shetland book most. I'm behind on the Cork O'Connor books and Steve Hamilton ones. I've read de Castrique's other series, but not that one.
I plan on continuing with the Clan of the Cave Bear books and finish #5 & #6 in September.
>24 ChelleBearss: The books are chunksters, but they read pretty fast, don't they?! I might need to revisit them at some point.
>22 tymfos: I am glad you mentioned the new Walt Longmire! I requested it from NetGalley and just got word that I was approved! That gives me 3 series books for September now.
>23 thornton37814: I really enjoy both series by de Castrique. The Barry Clayton series is set in a small mountain community and has a bit more of a cozy feel than the Sam Blackman series.
>27 tymfos: I need to try that one then although I really love the Sam Blackman ones.
I’m in! I’m also looking forward to the latest (and sadly, the last) Shetland Book. It’s one of my favorite series.
I’m also hoping to get to the next Bosch book, The Black Box, and I’ve got The Reckoning, the next John Madden book ready to go. And I’ve been curious about the Insp. Morse books and have Last Bus to Woodstock on tap and hope to start it soon. There are a slew of other possibilities as well.
I’ve already started Thirity Umrigar’s The Secrets Between Us which is billed as a sequel to The Space Between Us, which I loved. This one is pretty good, too!
I have some fitting books planned this month:
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling, the last Harry Potter book, finishing my re-read.
Dune by Frank Herbert
Sleep Baby Sleep by David Hewson, 4th book in the Peter Vos series
A Season for the Dead by David Hewson, 1st Nic Costa book, re-read because book 11 The Savage Shore was just published
Not sure if non-fiction counts here, if so I can add Verhaal van een leven 1 by Konstantin Paustovsky, containing the first two books of his "Story of a Life" autobiography: Childhood and Schooldays and Slow Approach to Thunder
Looks like I won’t finish my current read, Lorna Barrett’s A Just Clause by midnight and so I’ll add it to my Sept S&S list.
>32 klobrien2: How nice you are joining me, Karen. I am reading it now, first time.
The second Fiona Griffiths mystery, Love Story, With Murders, had me quickly turning the pages until the end. It was a good one.
Oooh. Thought of another. I have Curtain by Agatha Christie on my To-Be-Read-the-Year. Subtitled "Poirot's Last Case". I can see the various books Christie wrote showcasing Poirot as a series, thus such a read would be the final sequel, the last of the series, and all that.
I finished my first one for the month (actually one I didn't quite finish last month) - the audiobook of Miracle at Speedy Motors. I've read quite a few of these over the years, but I need to go back and fill in the ones, like this one, that I missed. As always, gentle uplifting stories and I love the narrator, Lisette Lecat.
We'll see how many of these I get to this month:
Lumberjanes vol 2 - Noelle Stevenson
Seeker's mask - P.C. Hodgell Uh oh this one is lost in the piles somewhere. Embarrassing!
Pigs in heaven
The Wild Inside - Christine Carbo - new to me mystery series set in Glacier National Park
Love Songs from a Shallow Grave - Colin Cotterill
I've read three so far:
* Cold Open is the recently published 7th book in Patricia McLinn's Caught Dead in Wyoming mystery series. I don't read nearly as many cozies these days, but I am particularly fond of this series. I really like books with a very strong sense of place, and McLinn succeeds in making some aspect of life in Wyoming critical to each mystery. If anyone is interested, the first book in the series, Sign Off, is available free for Kindle on Amazon.
* Four Funerals and Maybe a Wedding is the 14th installment in Rhys Bowen's Her Royal Spyness series set in the 1930s. Fun.
* Better Nate Than Ever by Tim Federle is a reread for me - and even though it's middle grades fiction I LOVE this book. Nate runs away from his Pennsylvania home (just for the day) to NYC and if you have ever auditioned for anything, you will crack up over Nate's audition for ET: The Musical. The sequel, Five, Six, Seven, Nate! is excellent as well and the third book, Nate Expectations (no touchstone yet) is out September 18th.
With Knausgaard's first STRUGGLE, I read on to enjoy the philosophy between the revelations of ordinary days and ordinary events
and to see if anything exciting will actually happen...
After the first quarter of the month, it looks like we're really reading those Series & Sequels. I'll be adding plenty to my TBR list, sounds like.
Semester has started, and my non-class reading has stalled, except a little toward my RL book discussion group selection. After that book is done, maybe I'll get back to my series books. Had these started:
Dead Man Running by Steve Hamilton
Game of Mirrors by Andrea Camilleri (audio)
Acqua Alta by Donna Leon (eBook)
I fit another series book into the reading mix. The Merchant's House was the first book in the Wesley Peterson murder mystery series. It combines archeology and crime detection well and Peterson is a likable protagonist. I am sure that the next book in the series will be read in the near future.
Enjoying Fifth Grave Past the Light, #5 (get it?!) in the Charlie Davidson series.
I have three more to add - it always surprises me how much of my reading is from series....
Two from Diana Gabaldon: Voyager third book in the Outlander series and Lord John and the Private Matter, the first full novel in her spin off mystery series starring Lord John Grey. Both are rereads.
I also picked up (and rather unexpectedly really liked) Mick Herron's spy thriller Slow Horses, the first in his Slough House series.
>50 Familyhistorian: I agree - I thought Slow Horses was very good, even though it's not my usual fare. I've already requested Dead Lions from the library, although I may wait to read it until October, when it fits the AlphaKIT over in the Category Challenge.
I have PLENTY of books - series or otherwise - to read in September. :)
"The central volume in Ivan Doig's acclaimed Montana trilogy, Dancing at the Rascal Fair is an authentic saga of the American experience at the turn of this century and a passionate, portrayal of the immigrants who dared to try new lives in the imposing Rocky Mountains."
I am shocked to see that it has been 8 years since I read English Creek, the first volume in this trilogy. WTH? And I loved it too and to make matters worse, I featured Doig in the 2016 AAC, with full intentions to read this book. Best laid plans, right? The continuing struggles of a book nut!
All that said, I started it today on audio and I have to give Linda P. credit, for the nudge, since she set up S & S and planted the seed, in my fuzzy little mind.
It begins very well and reminds me a bit of Sackett's Land, at least in the early going. That would also fit into the S & S category.
I also finished reading book number 12 in the National Geographic Directions series. Road to Santiago by Kathryn Harrison was completed on August 31, but I am counting it here for this challenge.
This is another series that I am trying to complete. There are 22 books that were to be published in the series, but only 20 of them actually got published, so I am more than half done with this personal challenge. These are short books and so I hope to almost finish them by the end of the year. Of course, my library does not have the complete series, so I have to place an Inter-Library Loan request for them, and it takes some time for the volumes to get to me. That slows the reading process. On-the-other-hand, I don't get bored with them because they are spaced far enough apart.
Received my copy of the new Cormoran Strike novel, Lethal White, today. I'd love to read it for S&S, but it's over 600 pages long! Don't know that I'll manage to squeeze it in.
>57 laytonwoman3rd: You can do it, Linda!
The latest book that I read for the challenge was the middle book of the Lewis trilogy by Peter May. The Lewis Man had me turning the pages to see what would happen next. I am starting to really like the characters and will be sad to see the end of them with the third book.
Finished the first in a new series with Clockwork Boys this weekend. Should finish up the second in a few days, then need to put the third on reserve at the library.
I'm behind on Barrett's series, but the library just got Poisoned Pages. I needed a cozy mystery in the mix and it seemed a good one that might fit reading interests for our users.
I read book 8 in the Aurelio Zen series. Blood Rain by Michael Dibdin was set in Sicily and I think this one was one of the best in the series. I have been reading these books every time I travel through an airport and they are great traveling companions. I like this series because Zen is such a character. He started out as a really good detective and as he got caught in the wheels of justice he just got ground down. He is trying to not get involved anymore and somehow these cases just keep finding him. The plot for this novel worked really well. I am sorry that there won't be anymore Zen books as they are very good reads.
My September Series and Sequels:
* Acqua Alta, Donna Leon - Italy / Commissario Brunetti (#5) - 3-3/4 stars
* The Black Path, Åsa Larsson - Sweden / Rebecka Martinsson (#3) - 3-1/2 stars
* The Chessmen, Peter May - Scotland / The Lewis Trilogy (#3) - 4 stars
* The Guards, Ken Bruen - Ireland / Jack Taylor (#1) - 3 stars
* Quinn, Iris Johanson - United States / Eve Duncan (#13) - 2-1/2 stars (only one of the series I've read, and won't go back for more)
* To the Far Blue Mountains, Louis L'Amour - England & America / The Sacketts (#2) - 4 stars
* To the Top of the Mountain, Arne Dahl - Sweden / Intercrime (#3) - 4 stars
I just finished J.K. Rowling's 4th Cormoran and Robin mystery, Lethal White, and loved it.
This month I've also read, from series and sequels:
Full of Briars and Night and Silence by Seanan McGuire (October Daye)
Death at Sea by Andrea Camilleri (Montalbano)
Skeleton God by Eliot Pattison (Inspector Shan)
Depth of Winter by Craig Johnson (Longmire)
Bloody Rose by Nicholas Eames (Kings of the Wyld)
I managed to finish another series book. Breath of Fire by Amanda Bouchet is a fun mashup of romance novel and Greek mythology send-up. I do love that kind of story. This was book three in the Kingmaker Chronicles series. The first two in this series were lots of fun. This - not so much. But it was still readable.
Books read in September that are part of series:
Last Song Before Night Ilana C. Myer
Don't Let Go Harlan Coben
Iron Sunrise Charles Stross
Revenant Gun Yoon Ha Lee
Competence Gail Carriger
The Armored Saint Myke Cole
Madeline Ludwig Bemelmans
Death at La Fenice Donna Leon
The Lost Bird Margaret Coel
Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha Roddy Doyle
Point of Sighs Melissa Scott
City of Blades Robert Jackson Bennett
I still might add one or two...
I finished my second S&S book for the month: Barbara Kingsolver's Pigs in Heaven which is the sequel to The Bean Trees. I really enjoyed this one, and I came away with an understanding of why Native American tribes believe they are the proper guardians of their children, even going so far as to remove adopted children from their new parents.
I loved that Yoon Ha Lee series. REvenant Gun was a great way to close out the series. I admit that I had a hard time with the first book, and only the exciting battle scenes kept me reading. The universe just seemed so weird and hard to figure out. However, by the time I got to this third one it was going great guns and I just want to know what happened to Jao/Karis. I hope the author keeps writing about this world in one way or another.
My Series Books completed so far in SEPTEMBER:
Garden of Lamentations by Deborah Crombie AUDIO (9-1-18) Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James series
Acts of Nature by Jonathon King eBook (9-5-18) Max Freeman series
Dead Man Running by Steve Hamilton (9-16-18) Alex McKnight series
Acqua Alta by Donna Leon eBook (9-17-18) Guido Brunetti series
False Cast by S.W. Hubberd eBook (9-20-18) Adirondack Mystery
Game of Mirrors by Andrea Camilleri AUDIO (9-22-18) Inspector Montalbano series
Desolation Mountain by William Kent Krueger (Cork O'Connor series)
Reykjavik Nights by Arnaldur Indridason (Inspector Erlendur series -- prequel)
I probably won't finish these by the end of the month, as RL has gotten really busy.
I have many mysteries series on the go, so many that there are often long gaps between books read. An Early Wake was the third book in the County Cork series and it didn't seem to be big on mystery.
Series and sequels (mostly mysteries) I have read in September:
Wash This Blood Clean From My Hand (Jean-Baptiste Adamsberg 4) by Fred Vargas
A Season for the Dead (Nic Costa 1, re-read) by David Hewson
Sleep Baby Sleep (Pieter Vos 4) by David Hewson
Valkuil (Flóvent en Thorson 2, no English translation yet) by Arnaldur Indriðason
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter 7, re-read) by J.K. Rowling
The Black Stallion legend (last Black Stallion book; not good, a waste of time, except for completists) by Walter Farley
I read the following series books in September.
Acqua Alta by Donna Leon - book 5 in the Guido Brunetti series
War Storm by Victoria Aveyard - book 4 in the Red Queen series - final book
Warcross by Marie Lu - book 1 in the Warcross series
Road to Santiago by Kathryn Harrison- the 12th book in the National Geographic Directions series that I have read
Blood Rain by Michael Dibdin - book 8 in the Aurelio Zen series
Heart on Fire by Amanda Bouchet - book 3 in the Kingmaker's Chronicles - final book
It is a nice total for the month. A couple of series finished up and a couple started.
Thanks for participating in September Series & Sequels!! I'll have to go through this and add some books to my list.
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