Book Hoarders Digest No. 2 ~ Series Reading Order

Welcome to the second edition of

the Book Hoarders Digest!

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Each week, we will discuss a topic related to our so-called problem of book hoarding–how we manage organizing and reading large book collections, including how others respond to our love for books.
This post will be combined with a book blogger meme called Stacking the Shelves, for which we will share some of the new books we have acquired in the past week.
To learn more about the Stacking the Shelves meme, please visit the official launch page.

 

This week’s topic: Series Reading Order

Question: Series reading order: how do you determine it?

(this part was written by Jennifer)

When you have a lot of books to read, whether they be ones you own or ones you have borrowed, trying to keep them all straight can quickly get overwhelming, especially if you have trouble determining the series reading order. Although some series make it obvious by putting the number on the book, there are other series where it can get confusing. Usually the ones I have trouble with are the series that have lots of short stories and novellas in between the books. In the past, I’ve tried to read some stories that Goodreads or the author said were next in the series, only to be totally confused because they apparently didn’t go where they said it did, and I didn’t know what was going on and/or who some of the characters were.

So, to determine the series reading order, I start out going by what is listed on Goodreads. Nine times out of ten it’s correct. The reason I don’t go by what authors put on their websites is that some authors don’t number the bookshow I would like them to be numbered. What I mean is: a number one next to the name of the book might just mean it is the first one you should read. It doesn’t necessarily mean that it is number one in the series; it might actually be .5 or something because it is a prequel. Due to the fact that I don’t always read prequels and in-between short stories, I like to know the difference between those and the books. Not all authors make this clear on their lists.

Also, it gets confusing sometimes because some authors go by the order in which the books were published, while other authors go by the chronology of the events in the books. I appreciate it when authors state which way they are ordering the books.

One problem I have run into lately on Goodreads is a story will be listed under a particular series, but there isn’t a number. So, I have no idea where to read it within the series.

If it looks like the series reading order is messed up on Goodreads, then I’ll look at the author website. If I still can’t figure it out, I’ll check other sources like FictionDB or Amazon. In very rare cases, I mix the sources together and use my own numbering for the series reading order. It also helps if someone says somewhere if the prequels, short stories, novellas, etc. are necessary to read in order to understand the next book, or if they can be skipped without losing important information. If I can’t find anything that helps me decide whether to skip the in-between stories, I usually play it safe and plan to read them (just in case, because I don’t want to get lost by skipping them).

Does the order matter to you? How do you determine a series reading order?


Stacking the Shelves

 

Since last week’s post, we have added more books to our shelves. Here are some of the ones we have added recently:

Misty’s Stacking the Shelves

Author: Eve Silver

Source: Netgalley

Genre: paranormal romance


Dagan Krayl, the Underworld’s most powerful soul reaper, is the demigod son of the evil god Sutekh. He’s on a mission to find his murdered brother’s remains and resurrect him, but resurrection means that the secrets carried into death would be released and, with them, a war that could end gods and mankind alike.

Roxy Tam is searching for the same thing, but for completely different reasons. She means to make certain that the remains don’t fall into Sutekh’s hands, and that the soul reapers do not reanimate their fallen comrade. As a Daughter of Aset, Roxy is tasked with the protection of the human race, and if that means thwarting an all powerful soul reaper and making certain his dead brother stays dead, so be it. But when Roxy sees Dagan face-to-face, she realizes that she has met him once before—a meeting that changed her life forever.

Neither Dagan nor Roxy expects to join forces for the sake of mankind. Or to have their loyalties tested as they struggle against treachery, betrayal and the potent desire that threatens to consume them both.


Author: Chris Marie Green

Source: Purchased on Amazon

Genre: paranormal romance


Lilly Meratoliage used to be a villain—a ruthless guard for a power-hungry family who worshipped monsters. Burned in a fire as punishment after a failed mission, she was left scarred and desolate. Now, healed by a bayou witch who has given Lilly a pair of white magic boots, Lilly is ready for redemption, charged with tracking down a phantom who has already killed twice and is aiming to add to his list. It’s just too bad those charmed boots must feed off Lilly, robbing her of her short-term memory every night in order to keep them both strong. And it’s too bad that she’ll need to work side-by-side with a man who has already betrayed her…

A Tormented Hero Who Can’t Let Go of the Past

Psychic Philippe Angier is haunted by visions of these paranormal killings that have darkened his hometown of New Orleans, and he wants to catch up with this murderer who seems as if he’s stepped out of the past to challenge his victims to bloody duels. But to catch a phantom, Philippe needs Lilly’s stealth and fighting skills. What he doesn’t need is the attraction he still feels for her, even though he once deceived her during a previous adventure.

But charming Philippe is winning Lilly over hour by ticking hour, even if those boots are going to erase her memory again at sunrise, turning him into just another stranger…

Will the magic and the phantom beat them before the sun comes up or will star-crossed love win out?



Author: Laurell K. Hamilton

Source: Purchased at Goodwill

Genre: paranormal romance


From a woman who marries into a family of volatile wizards to a couple fleeing a gang of love-hungry cupids, from a girl who seeks sanctuary in the form of a graceful goose to the disgruntled superhero Captain Housework, readers will revel in the many twists and turns of fortune in these fantastical fairy tales and lush parables. Even hardened vampire hunter and zombie animator Anita Blake gets blindsided by the disturbing motives of her clients in the new “Those Who Seek Forgiveness” and in “The Girl Who Was Infatuated with Death.”


Author: Cat Adams

Source: Purchased from Goodwill

Genre: Urban Fantasy


They were destined to save the world from an ancient evil.

Talos is a magic wielder, born into the mage guild of firecrafters. As an agent of the Overworld Police, he has come from a secret land to protect Earth from magicians intent on enslaving humanity.

Mila has always had the gift of healing. But this very modern woman never realized that her skill was born of an ancient magic that only firecraft can fully unlock.

Together, Tal and Mila discover that the source of their power lies in glorious, harmonious unity. But if the Sacred Tree of Life dies, and all the magic in the world is extinguished…will their newly discovered power matter?

 

Jennifer’s Stacking the Shelves

Author: A.J. MacKenzie

Source: Netgalley

Genre: historical mystery

Christmas Day, Kent, 1796

On the frozen fields of Romney Marsh stands New Hall; silent, lifeless, deserted. In its grounds lies an unexpected Christmas offering: a corpse, frozen into the ice of a horse pond.

It falls to the Reverend Hardcastle, justice of the peace in St Mary in the Marsh, to investigate. But with the victim’s identity unknown, no murder weapon and no known motive, it seems like an impossible task. Working along with his trusted friend, Amelia Chaytor, and new arrival Captain Edward Austen, Hardcastle soon discovers there is more to the mystery than there first appeared.

With the arrival of an American family torn apart by war and desperate to reclaim their ancestral home, a French spy returning to the scene of his crimes, ancient loyalties and new vengeance combine to make Hardcastle and Mrs Chaytor’s attempts to discover the secret of New Hall all the more dangerous.

The Body in the Ice, with its unique cast of characters, captivating amateur sleuths and a bitter family feud at its heart, is a twisting tale that vividly brings to life eighteenth-century Kent and draws readers into its pages.

Author: Jennifer Jaynes

Source: Netgalley

Genre: thriller

In this tautly crafted tale of psychological suspense, a recently widowed mother resorts to the unthinkable to protect her shattered family. But does she go too far?

After mystery author Diane Christie loses her husband to suicide, she and her son move to the small coastal town of Fog Harbor, Massachusetts. Her daughter is attending college nearby, and Diane hopes that her family can now begin to heal. But rebuilding their lives after the tragedy isn’t so simple.

Diane’s depressed college-age daughter, Alexa, still avoids her, critical of everything Diane does, and even her generally amiable teenage son, Josh, has started acting out. Diane pushes forward, focusing on her writing and her volunteer work at a local crisis hotline. She knows that healing takes time.

But then a girl from Alexa’s college is found strangled. Worse still, the murderer uses the crisis hotline to confess to Diane . . . and claims she is the only one who can stop the killing. And just when the glow of new love from an attractive admirer begins to chase away some of the darkness, more girls turn up dead, and Diane races to solve a mystery she fears will hit terrifyingly close to home.

Author: Nancy Northcott

Source: Netgalley

Genre: historical fantasy

THE BOAR KING’S HONOR TRILOGY

A wizard’s fatal mistake
A king wrongly blamed for murder
A bloodline cursed until they clear the king’s name

BOOK 1: THE HERALD OF DAY

In 17th-century England, witchcraft is a hanging offense. Tavern maid Miranda Willoughby hides her magical gifts until terrifying visions compel her to seek the aid of a stranger, Richard Mainwaring, to interpret them. A powerful wizard, he sees her summons as a chance for redemption. He bears a curse because an ancestor unwittingly helped murder the two royal children known as the Princes in the Tower, and her message uses symbols related to those murders.

Miranda’s visions reveal that someone has altered history, spreading famine, plague, and tyranny across the land. The quest to restore the timeline takes her and Richard from the glittering court of Charles II to a shadowy realm between life and death, where they must battle the most powerful wizard in generations with the fate of all England at stake.


Author: Mark Rubenstein, M.D.

Source: Publicist

Genre: non-fiction, true crime, psychology

What drove a psychiatrist to enlist a patient in a plot to murder six people?

What was the secret bargain struck that allowed a 104-year-old woman to live such a long and productive life?

Why would a woman refuse to emerge from the confines of her bedroom? And after treatment liberated her, why did she suddenly take a turn for the worse?

In Beyond Bedlam’s Door, former practicing psychiatrist Mark Rubinstein takes you outside the hospital and into his world of private patients, nursing home residents, and the challenging legal system in which he worked as a forensic expert. As in Bedlam’s Door, great lengths were taken to preserve people’s anonymity, but the raw truth of each story remains intact. The resiliency of some individuals and the venality of others are laid bare in these pages.

Beyond Bedlam’s Door invites you to meet twenty-one unforgettable people. Some stories will disturb you, others will make you smile, but all will give you a deeper appreciation of what it means to be human.


We would love to hear what you think in the comments! Have you or do you plan to read any of these books?

15 thoughts on “Book Hoarders Digest No. 2 ~ Series Reading Order

  1. vvb

    Sometimes wikipedia will have a series listing. Happy reading 😉

  2. For reading orders, I check Goodreads or ask people who have already read the series 🙂
    Wow, so many books! I hope you enjoy them all!
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  3. Eve

    Congrats on all the new pretties. I haven’t heard of most of them but the covers look interesting. I hope you enjoy them all.

  4. I like to read series books in order. I’ve read a couple out of order and just feel it makes the reading experience better to read them in order. I usually go with Goodreads to find out what the next book is. Also, there’s a website called Fict Fact which has almost all series listed and in the correct order. It’s a great site.

    You have some great reading on your list this week. Enjoy your books!
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  5. I have accidentally read some books out of series order. One of them, The Elusive Elixir, by Gigi Pandian, was so well-written, that I didn’t realize it was a series. I put that in my review and she told me that was a great compliment. But generally, one should read the books in order. Many authors just start right in with the story and assume you already know the characters. Have fun reading your books,

  6. Oh my gosh, I love the cover for Sins from the Heart! It looks really interesting.

    As far as series reading order goes, I like to be surprised by reading series out of order (okay not really, but I do find myself doing it a lot.) I just can’t seem to be bothered to find out the order of most series before I start reading whatever book grabbed my attention. This does mean that I can often comment in my reviews whether a series absolutely has to be read in order for events to make sense though, so it’s not entirely bad.
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  7. Great haul! Lots of goodies! Happy reading! You can find my post for StS here if you’d like to stop by.

  8. I tend to read books in a series in order. It feels wrong not to! I hope you enjoy your new books!

  9. That’s a toughie but yeah reading order matters to me. With the explosion of novellas and .5’s and everything else it does make it harder! I usually try to go by Goodreads too, at least initially.

    Ooh the Body in the Ice looks good!
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  10. I prefer to read series books in order, although I don’t always. It can depend on the type of book and whether each book can stand well on its own. Like you, I tend to rely on Goodreads to help me out when determining an order. You are so right about the author’s website not always being a good resource in that regard.

    Those are all great sounding new books! It’s been ages since I last read a Laurel K. Hamilton book. I hope you have a great week!
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  11. A series reading order is important for me. I love knowing whether a book is a complete standalone, a standalone but part of a series, or a series that needs to be read in order. I bought a book a long time ago that I thought it first a standalone but it turned out to be a part of a series. Although I could read it as standalone, I needed to read the previous ones in order to understand the story line better. I’m trying to get as much info now to avoid that mistake.
    Thanks for sharing this. I hope you enjoy all of these books. Have a great week. 😀
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  12. I usually go with Goodreads when it comes to determining series order. If I am in doubt, I might check the author’s website or another source but Goodreads is my go to place when I have book questions. Enjoy your new books! I have had Strange Candy on my shelves for years but haven’t picked it up yet. Have a great week!
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  13. Looks like a varied haul, I’ve not come across any of these before but Beyond Bedlams Door looks interesting, I don’t usually read non-fiction but it seems like something I could easily devour 🙂

  14. I remember reading Strange Candy years ago and loving it. Great bench of books.
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  15. I like to read books in the order of release date. At least then I’m reading in the order it came to the author!

    Looks like a good haul! Hope you enjoy ’em.
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