Confessions of a Serial Reader

In 2011 I picked a few of my current series and put them on my priority list. This was an effective strategy for me. I managed to catch up with the current release in several of my ongoing series. So in December I picked a few of my current series to target for catching up in 2012

I decided to see how I was doing with that and see if there’s any hope of meeting those goals I set in December.

Well it turns out to be a mixed bag. Here’s what I said I hoped to catch up on in 2012 and how I’m doing with each.

Note: Images and links are to the first book in and not my next read in each of these series.

Mark Billingham’s Inspector Tom Thorne series
Sleepyhead by Mark Billingham

This is one I just started in 2011, have thoroughly enjoyed. I read six of them since last November. I’ve only got three to read to catch up with what I can currently get my hands on.

So far – oops. Haven’t read any of this series this year. I have a feeling this one is going to be a holdover and on the list for 2013 and I now have four to read.

Julie Hyzy’s White House Chef series
State of the Onion by Julie Hyzy

I’ve only read the first one of these but I enjoyed it quite a bit. I want to balance out the mystery mix in 2012 with a few more cozies and catching up with the 3 currently unread and the new one coming next month will be a fun way to do that.

I read the second one on vacation in March and I have the 3rd one out from the library right now. I’m not sure I’ll catch up but I will make progress. There’s an outside chance I’ll be caught up by the time the 6th book comes out at the end of December.

Michael Koryta’s Lincoln Perry Series
Tonight I Said Goodbye by Michael Koryta

I’ve read 3 of the 4 but got distracted by his standalone thrillers. I want to get back to this series and read that last one.

Yay – this one I accomplished. Of course it was only one book but I also have read another one of his standalones too (for extra credit?)

Chelsea Cain’s Archie and Gretchen series
Heartsick by Chelsea Cain

I’ve let one of my favorite local author’s down this year. I have her most recent entry in this series on my shelf but as yet unread. I must remedy this before the next book comes out.

Well – the next book is out and I still haven’t read the one before that so I have two to catch up with now. I’m still hoping to meet this goal by the end of the year.

David Rosenfelt’s Andy Carpenter series
Open and Shut by David Rosenfelt

This is another series that has an alarmingly high unread count. I love this series. I love Andy, I love the humor, I love the supporting characters. Most of all I love Tara the best dog EVER! I have 3 to read to catch up with this series.

This is a series that I switched to audio format because I enjoy Grover Gardner’s narration of them. I did catch up with all the audio releases in this series that my libraries have. The newest book was released last month and neither of my libraries has the audio version yet. I’ve submitted an interlibrary loan request so will wait to see if that comes through.

What about you? Do you have any particular series that you’ve been trying to catch up with? Are you considering targeting any for next year?