(Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly blog linkup hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.)
I just love Top Ten Tuesdays! They are admittedly a lot of work sometimes but also a lot of fun 🙂 This week’s theme is all about those finished series… that I haven’t finished. Granted, there aren’t many. I love my series. (I sound like a soap opera fan – “I love my stories.” LOL.) Since “to finish” implies a starting, I’m limiting my list to completed series that I’ve started but haven’t yet finished.
Usually for Top Ten Tuesday posts, I have a difficult time narrowing my picks down to only 10. This week, I had a problem stretching it to 10. But here goes…
I have read Jane Austen Ruined My Life as well as Mr. Darcy Broke My Heart but I have yet to read The Dashwood Sisters Tell All and thereby finish this delightful series. If you are a Jane Austen fan of any sort, you need to read these books by Beth Pattillo! Charming and witty (with some wonderfully eccentric characters) they put a new spin on Jane Austen herself – and on her beloved novels – all the while spinning a romance worthy of Ms. Austen herself. With a twist, of course.
Sadly, I’ve only read the first book in this series by Serena Miller- The Measure of Katie Calloway – but I really enjoyed it and have had the other two books on my TBR list for a while now. You know, that towering pile of books that threatens to overtake me at any moment? Yeah, they’re in there too. The series takes place in and around a Michigan Northwoods lumber camp just after the Civil War. I found the history fascinating and the romance very sweet 🙂
Way back when I was an elementary school teacher, I found this series by Brian Jacques and loved it! Then when I changed careers, I lost track of the series and the author apparently too – as evidenced in this conversation I just had with my husband.
Husband: Did you finish the Redwall series?
Me: No… but is IT finished? (I gotta obey the rules, ya know lol)
Husband: (pause) Well, the author’s dead.
Me: Well, I guess it is then!
The first book in this series – Tomorrow’s Sun – so intrigued me that I was dying to read the next two books. Alas, my library didn’t carry them so I was forced to wait impatiently for the extra funds to purchase them for myself. Now, I have them but still haven’t time to read them. Killing. Me. Tomorrow’s Sun follows Emily Foster’s first house flipping project that turns out to have been a stop on the Underground Railroad – one of my favorite topics in historical fiction! Becky Melby seamlessly blends the contemporary with the historical and adds a sweep of intrigue and romance to really make this book captivate you! Seriously – killing me that I haven’t finished this series yet. Must make time to do so.
Like the Jane Austen Legacy series, I have read the first two books and then got caught up in the blog and never got around to reading the final book. Lorna Seilstad has penned a cute and fun series here, and I really just need to sit down and read the third book. The history embedded in these books is really interesting, too, and readers are introduced to a whole other culture – the wealthy people who summered at a lake. I’m not talking about just camping, y’all. I mean, they basically brought their entire household and settled into a community out there. Oh to have disposable income like that lol.
The 1920s aren’t usually my favorite genre but with Julie Lessman at the helm, I don’t really mind so much. Why? Because my goodness, can she write some delicious kisses! Whew! Bring a fan along for this read… or an alternate supply of oxygen. You may even need both. I’m sure the other two books in this series are the same way, and I’d love to find out what happens with the rest of the characters that I met in A Hope Undaunted. One day, I’ll get back to them. *eyes my TBR tower* Maybe not one day soon but I promise they will be read!
Sweet gentle romances set around the characters in the town of Gresham and a old English lodging house. The three books I’ve read (I’m only missing one!) each span at least two storylines and cozily invest you in the characters’ lives. I’m a little bitter about this one though, because my library carries the first three and then not the fourth one. Grr.
My blog post title for this week – “I’ll Get Back to You” – needs a disclaimer for this series. “I’ll Get Back to You… or Not.” I really struggled to finish Twilight for multiple reasons and have no desire whatsoever to read the following books. Or watch the movies. And I’m perfectly fine with that 🙂
I’ve only read High Desert Haven, which is the second book in the series, but I really enjoyed it. I now have all 4 books but this series is another one to fall victim to my blog and subsequent time constraints. Lynnette Bonner wrote such a sweet breathless romance with the perfect amount of intrigue and faith that I would be almost irresponsible not to read the other books in the series. I shall prevail over my TBR tower! (I have to say that quietly though so it doesn’t hear me and revolt.)
These are throwbacks to my childhood and I can actually still see in my mind where they were located in my old school library lol. I read the first three but never went back to finish the other three books by P.L. Travers. I really should someday but I’m not sure I will… sometimes it’s better to leave treasured memories well enough alone.
So. Those are my 10. What are yours? Tell me in the comments!