2014 1st In A Series Challenge



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.



Update: 7/17/2014

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
Completed:  35/30
1.  The Giver / The Giver Quartet by Lois Lowry - Review
2.  The Demon King / Seven Realms by Cinda Williams Chima - Review
3.  The Cuckoo's Calling / Cormoran Strike by Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling)
4.  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
8.  The Burning Sky / The Elemental Trilogy by Sherry Thomas -- Review
9.  Someone Else's Fairytale / Someone Else's Fairytale by E.M. Tippetts -- Review
10.  Dorothy Must Die / Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
11.  Storm Glass / Glass series by Maria V. Snyder -- Bundle Review
12.  Midnight Caller / Chasing Evil Trilogy by Leslie Tentler -- Review
13.  Inside Out / Insiders series by Maria V. Snyder -- Bundle Review to come
14.  Troubled Waters / Elemental Blessings by Sharon Shinn -- Review
15.  The Safe-Keeper's Secret / Safe-Keepers by Sharon Shinn
16.  To the Edge / The Bodyguards by Cindy Gerard -- Review
17.  Waking Nightmare / Mindhunters by Kylie Brant -- Review
18.  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
21.  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
26.  Amber Beach / Donovan by Elizabeth Lowell -- Review
27.  Alanna: The First Adventure / Song of the Lioness by Tamora Pierce
28.  Night Fury: First Act / Night Fury by Belle Aurora -- Review
29.  Cold Sight / Extrasensory Agents by Leslie Parrish
30.  Moving Target / Rarities Unlimited by Elizabeth Lowell -- Review