Tell Me Something Tuesday

Tell Me Something Tuesday is a weekly discussion created by Rainy Day Ramblings.
What are some long running series that you would like to try?
Similar theme as last week, but more detailed! For me, I'm going to consider "long running" to either mean series that have at least 5 books (and possibly more planned) in them.

I'm going to include a few that I've actually read the first book (or more), because it's been so long since I've read them.

I'll take "Things That Aren't Actually Problems" for 200, Alex.

A Song of Fire and Ice
I had initially planned on reading this series very slowly because I already knew the 6th book was taking forever to come out. I figured if I read one book a year, by the time I came to book 5, the 6th would be out. I could read it then.

I read the first one in 2014 and haven't read any of the others. It's not at the top of my priorities.


Dresden Files
I read Storm Front sometime between 2011 and 2012. Unfortunately I don't have the exact date because (almost) everything in my goodreads account starts at 2012. 
I know the timeline because I received this one free through a B&N promotion where you actually had to go to the store to receive a coupon code to get the ebook for free.
---My first ereader was the original B&N nook with the cute cover scrolling screen on the bottom. The battery life sucked, but it was a very pretty device. 

Got this one for free because it was the, I want to say, 30th anniversary of it's release and a new one was coming out. I was pleasantly surprised by it. It does get a lot of hate, but I liked it.
I have not been able to get through the second book. I was told by a friend I  trust on books like this that it does get better... after about 75% of the book, but the others in the series are worth the slog. I'm actually working on reading the second book in audio to sort of get through the bad parts and then hope to start book 3 in ebook (which I own).
But, of course, I'm rereading Outlander first.

Chronicles of Brother Cadfael
Read the first one after a lot of recommendations. I've just never got around to reading the rest and I own the majority of the series. (I have a book owning/buying checklist for this one in my bullet journal.) 

Miss Marple & Hercule Poirot
These are two separate series, but they are by the same author so I'm grouping them. I have read the first Miss Marple and really want to read Murder on the Orient Express so I can see the new movie. I just have to get my hands on it.

The Wheel of Time
This series and I have a long history. The reason I stopped reading the series is it starts to drag terribly starting around book 4 or 5. I don't remember which, but either 5 or 6 was the one where I just gave up about a quarter of the way through. Even pacing myself with other books in the middle, I just couldn't do it.

You may be wondering why I would bother trying to get back into the series. Well, I have a soft spot for it and the series really does mean a lot to me...

(Sorry, long tangent below, you can skip if you like.) 


I picked the first one up circa October or November 2001. I remember this because my dad was PCSed my senior year of high school. (For the non-military people... PCS means Permanent Change of Station. It means you have to move.) I am not, nor have I ever been, great at making friends. The first few months were completely isolating. And yes, I went into a full depression. I did meet some people eventually, but until then... the library was the only place I went "out" to. The Wheel of Time was kind of my best friend for a little while.

To top that experience off, when I went on my first date with my (now) husband, he had asked me all the usual awkward date questions. One being "do you read?" "what do you read?". I was 18 at the time and was kind of embarrassed about my love of fantasy.

I had previously learned that if you listed authors instead of book or series titles, no one could tell what you were reading unless they themselves had read it. Obviously, would NOT work in today's world, but in the early 2000s, no one ever caught on.

I went through my usual list of authors and I just remember him stopping me and saying, "Wait? Robert Jordan?! You read The Wheel of Time?" "um... yeah". "[random question about the characters or something]". That was kind of it. No, this isn't some romantic story where I knew then and there we'd end up together. It was just something that opened my eyes that other people were out there reading the same shit I was and I'd never come across that before. 


Also, if you read all that mess up there, kudos.

There are some others, but there is a lot of writing up here, so I'm going to leave it as is.

Bonus Round:
Mostly rereads, but I've been planning a reread of The Baby-Sitters Club and The Animorphs at some point. I haven't figured out quite how to fit them in yet. We'll see. (But I have definitely not read all of either of these.) 

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