For the Cloak and Dagger reading challenge I have set myself a mini-challenge of finishing up (or catching up rather) with two series – M. J. Arlidge DI Helen Grace series and the Nikki Galena series by Joy Ellis – and I have to say, with so many other books on my to read list and September fast approaching, I am starting to panic a bit. The books are all loaded up on the kindle or the shelves but others keep making their way to the top of the pile.
Sitting there, thinking about when I might find the time to read them (or which books I wouldn’t read instead), I got to also thinking about all the other series I had planned at some point to catch-up on and decided to have a bit of look on goodreads to see if my plans were every likely to become a reality. For three, I have officially decided they won’t be. After reading the first book in each series and a couple more along the way, I have decided I am just too far behind and I’m giving up….
First up is the Louise Penny Inspector Gamache books – there are 13 of them and I have read all of two. I enjoyed both a lot and though Gamache was a great detectives and the plots nice and twisty (just what I like). But Gamache obviously wasn’t compelling enough for me and the novels started to slip past me, never to be read.
Then there is the Linda Castillo series, which I started to read forever ago – the first book came out in 2009 – and stuck with for the first three books in her Kate Burkholder series. I still remember Kate fondly and found the mix of modern and Amish worlds coming together fascinating. Then, next thing I new, book six was out and I was lost – now there are nine books so I have no hope.
And finally there are the Camilla Lackberg Fjallbacka books. The first in the series, The Ice Princes, I read when there were at least three or four more books out so maybe I should haven’t have even picked it up because I loved it (Scani noir / crime is a big favourite for me).
I remember trying hard to get through the other books but it just wasn’t to be and now, with 10 books out and only two read, I am not sure it ever will be.
I know there are probably people out there who are all caught up with these and are thinking “WHAT IS SHE THINKING? THESE BOOKS ARE TOO GOOD TO PASS UP!” but I just feel like there is not even time and too many books on the wish list. What do you think? Do you have the same problems – are there series you will just never finish?