Darlene's Book Nook
I think we've already established that I have a love/hate relationship with book series. I love them because I love getting more from a set of characters in a world that I love. I hate them because when you find a good one, there is always, at minimum, an agonizing one year wait for the next book in the series to be released to the public.
And then there's a matter of procuring said sequels to those books (to buy or not to buy, can I find it at a library, so on and so forth).
But no matter what, I'm sure my love of book series totally outweighs my frustrations with them (if I happen to fall in love with the series' world and characters).
I'm probably already shooting myself in the foot by participating in this Reading Challenge, but I figured I'd give it a try since I have this almost masochistic drive to test out new authors and new book series by picking up that first book without reserve, even though I know those actions come with consequences.
But my tentatively put together reading list for this year already contains several book titles that happen to be the first book in a series.
And so, let's see how far I manage to get (amidst all the other challenges I'm already swimming in). And to be honest, I'm going to be realistic about this list and choose a goal that I have a chance at finishing, but not choose a goal that is an obvious winner. After all, as per one of my other Reading Challenges, I also need to be finishing a bunch of series rather than just starting them.
In my opinion, this is the easier challenge.
Officially completed now! But there will still be many other firsts to come, so while there isn't an official challenge to anything beyond 30 1sts in a series, I might think about challenging myself to increase the number of 1sts I read. Of course, maybe I should really focus on finishing series rather than starting them. Not that I haven't been finishing series. I've officially completed THAT challenge already!
There are four levels for the challenge:
a. Series Novice: Read 5 books that are first in a series.
b. Series Lover: Read 10 books that are first in a series.
c. Series Expert: Read 20 books that are first in a series.
d. Series Fanatic: Read 30 books that are first in a series.
My Goal: Series Fanatic -- 30 1sts -- CHALLENGE COMPLETED -- 7/17/2014
The Giver / The Giver Quartet by Lois Lowry - Review
The Demon King / Seven Realms by Cinda Williams Chima - Review
3. The Cuckoo's Calling / Cormoran Strike by Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling)
Poison Study / Study series by Maria V. Snyder -- Review
5. The 57 Lives of Alex Wayfare / Alex Wayfare by M.G. Buerlen
6. Steelheart / The Reckoners by Brandon Sanderson
7. Cracked / Soul Eaters by Eliza Crewe -- Review to come
The Burning Sky / The Elemental Trilogy by Sherry Thomas -- Review
Someone Else's Fairytale / Someone Else's Fairytale by E.M. Tippetts -- Review
10. Dorothy Must Die / Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
Storm Glass / Glass series by Maria V. Snyder -- Bundle Review
Midnight Caller / Chasing Evil Trilogy by Leslie Tentler -- Review
13. Inside Out / Insiders series by Maria V. Snyder -- Bundle Review to come
Troubled Waters / Elemental Blessings by Sharon Shinn -- Review
15. The Safe-Keeper's Secret / Safe-Keepers by Sharon Shinn
To the Edge / The Bodyguards by Cindy Gerard -- Review
Waking Nightmare / Mindhunters by Kylie Brant -- Review
Behind Closed Doors / McClouds & Friends by Shannon McKenna -- Review
19. Fade to Black / Black CATs by Leslie Kelly
20. One Last Breath / The Borderline by Laura Griffin
Dead Wrong / Dead series by Mariah Stewart -- Review
22. Antigoddess / Goddess Wars by Kendare Blake
23. Heartbreaker / Buchanan-Renard by Julie Garwood
24. One Scream Away / Sheridan by Kate Brady
25. Silver Phoenix / Kingdom of Xia by Cindy Pon
Amber Beach / Donovan by Elizabeth Lowell -- Review
27. Alanna: The First Adventure / Song of the Lioness by Tamora Pierce
Night Fury: First Act / Night Fury by Belle Aurora -- Review
29. Cold Sight / Extrasensory Agents by Leslie Parrish
Moving Target / Rarities Unlimited by Elizabeth Lowell -- Review