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28 May 2015

Abandonment Issues (aka 20 Books of Summer 2015)

I first heard of 746 Books' 20 Books of Summer thanks to Dagny over at Vauquer Boarding House. She has on her list the first in a series -- a book that I had previously read and enjoyed and reviewed ... and then got so distracted by other books and shiny things, I abandoned the series. I've done that a LOT. So for me the 20 books of summer (June 1-September 4) will all be abandoned (or close to) series books.

A few disclaimers and such:

* This ALMOST included 3 series that had been abandoned before even beginning. Things I kept swearing I would get to next .... and then kept pushing aside. But then I thought of other series that actually HAD been abandoned (some for a number of years) and the guilt got to me.

* One of the titles below GoodReads swears I've read before but I don't believe them. That's pretty severe abandonment. If I start it and suddenly remember, I'll just adjust and move on to the next in that same series.

* I count Agatha Christie's novels as one big series since I'm reading them in order so even though The Man in the Brown Suit is the first Race novel, I still count it as part of the abandoned Christie novel series read-fest.

(alphabetical by author's last name, not necessarily in the order they will be read)
  1.  Heather Blake - A Witch Before Dying (Wishcraft #2)
  2. Stephanie Bond - 7 Brides for 7 Bodies (Body Movers #7) DONE
  3. Rhys Bowen - A Royal Pain (Royal Spyness #2) DONE
  4. Gail Carriger - Curtsies & Conspiracies (Finishing School #2) DONE
  5. Deanna Chase - Engaged Off Bourbon Street (Jade Calhoun #3.5) & Angels of Bourbon Street (Jade Calhoun #4) DONE
  6. Agatha Christie - The Man in the Brown Suit (Christie #4/Race #1)
  7. John Connolly - The Infernals (Samuel Johnson #2) DONE
  8. Caroline Dunford - A Death in the Highlands (Euphemia Martin #2)
  9. Carola Dunn - The Winter Garden Mystery (Daisy Dalrymple #2)
  10. Robert Evert - Betrayal in the Highlands (The Riddle in Stone #2) DONE
  11. Jasper Fforde - Lost in a Good Book (Thursday Next #2)
  12. Heather Graham - Sacred Evil (Krewe of Hunters #3)
  13. Charlaine Harris - Shakespeare's Trollop (Lily Bard #4) DONE
  14. Carolyn Hart - Mint Julep Murder (Death on Demand #9) DONE
  15. Carolyn Hart - Ghost In Trouble (Bailey Ruth #3)
  16. Alice Kimberly - The Ghost and the Dead Deb (Haunted Bookshop #2)
  17. Lisa Lutz - Trail of the Spellmans (Spellmans #5)
  18. Charlotte MacLeod - Wrack and Rune (Peter Shandy #3) DONE
  19. Sharyn McCrumb - The Songcatcher (Ballad #6)
  20. Jenn McKinlay - Due Or Die (Library Lover's Mystery #2)


  1. So glad you're participating, Karen. I've got a Royal Spyness and a Lily Bard on my list too, but earlier ones than yours. The only one on your list which I've read is The Man in the Brown Suit. I read it a while back with a Christie group. A few of them didn't care much for it, but I seem to remember enjoying it.

    1. The Lily Bard being on YOUR list is what made me remember that I still had a couple left in the series!!!

  2. Jasper Fforde is always fun! I hope you enjoy Lost in a Good Book. I'm only doing 10 Books of Summer; much as I would like to, I don't think I could get to 20. Have fun reading!

    1. 20 feels like a lot to me but I work overnights which gives me (potentially) a lot of time to read ... as long as I don't get distracted by Netflix or shiny things :)

  3. What a good idea to pick up on those series that you've abandoned! The only ones on your list which I've read are The Man in the Brown Suit and The Winter Garden Mystery. I've read a lot of Agatha Christie's books and a few of Carola Dunn's. Happy reading!

  4. Just popping through from Cathy's blog to wave hello to a fellow summer challenger! Great idea to catch up on some sereies - wish I'd thought of that! I always seem to come in somewhere in the middle and then never find time to backtrack.

    Have a great reading summer - looking forward to reading your reviews! :)

  5. What a brilliant idea to use Cathy's challenge to catch up on those series - I'm awful at starting series and then not finishing them unless I've been a faithful follower from the beginning. Good luck with the challenge, I will be checking our your progress as I'm determined to stay on track with this one.