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Tuesday, November 02, 2021

Top Ten Tuesday: Reading Series-ly in 2022

As much as I love talking about books, I often blank when someone in my real life asks for reading recommendations. I usually just refer them to my blog, which is much better organized and oodles more reliable than my aging brain! I'm having the same reaction to today's TTT prompt—Top Ten Books I Would Hand to Someone Who Claims to Not Like Reading. Nothing's coming readily to mind, so I'm going to go rogue once again. 

Since 99.9% of my reading attention will be focused on Cybils Awards nominees until the end of the year, I've been thinking ahead to which books I want to enjoy next year. While updating the spreadsheet I keep of book series I'm reading, my mind turned to which series I want to start in 2022. It goes without saying that I really should not be beginning any new ones when I'm already in the middle of so many, but I've never been much for limiting myself when it comes to books...hence, the following list.

Want to join in the TTT fun? Of course you do! Head on over to That Artsy Reader Girl for all the info.

Top Ten Series I Want to Start in 2022
- in no particular order - 

1. Lady Sherlock series by Sherry Thomas—This popular series stars Charlotte, an inquisitive Victorian woman, who solves crimes under the assumed name of Sherlock Holmes.

2. Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson—I've actually read the first book in this YA mystery series, but it's been so long that I can't remember who's who or what's what. I'm planning to re-read the series opener, then move on from there.

3. Donut Shop Mystery series by Jessica Beck—Cozy mysteries can be super fun, especially when they star my favorite pastry! This series features a coffee/donut shop owner turned amateur sleuth.

4. Cuba Saga by Chanel Cleeton—This dual-timeline novel features a woman who travels to Havana, her grandmother's birthplace, to spread the dead woman's ashes. As she learns more about her grandmother's past, she learns more about herself and her own history.

5. Gilded Age Mystery series by Rosemary Simpson—It's 1888 when this series opens and a New York City society woman is faced with finding the truth behind her fiancé's suspicious death during a treacherous snowstorm.  

6. Highland Bookshop Mystery series by Molly MacRae—Another cozy series, this one revolves around four joint owners of a bookshop in the Scottish Highlands who play detective in their spare time.

7. Loyal League by Alyssa Cole—This historical series set during the American Civil War sounds intriguing.

8. Sweeney St. George series by Sarah Stewart Taylor—I'm enjoying Taylor's Maggy D'Arcy mysteries, so I'm interested in this series about a Boston art historian who investigates curious deaths.

9. Connie Childs series by Sarah Ward—This police procedural series set in England looks promising.

10. Charlotte Holmes by Brittany Cavallaro—Another Sherlock Holmes-inspired series, this one features two modern-day descendants of Holmes and Watson who solve mysteries at their boarding school in Connecticut. 

There you have it, ten series I'm hoping to start in 2022. Have you read any of them? What series are you reading? Which are your favorite? Do you have any series recs for me in the cozy mystery, historical mystery, crime (not too graphic/gory), family saga, or history genres? I'd love to hear them. Leave me a comment on this post and I will gladly return the favor on your blog.

Happy TTT! 


  1. You have some great series lined up for 2022. Good luck with the Cybils!

    1. Thanks! I'm going to need it. We have around 80 nominated books and I've only read 10 of them so far. At least they're MG books so they read fast.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Deb!

  2. Ooooh, I haven't heard of any of these, but I'm definitely adding a bunch of them to my TBR. Great list, as usual!

    1. Oh, good! I'm glad you found some new series to pique your interest.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Leah!

  3. I haven't thought too much about books to read in 2022 yet. I have a few ARC's already, but trying to finish all the ones I obligated myself for this year...and do less next year, LOL!

    1. I hear you! At the end of last year, I decided I was no longer going to do scheduled reviews. I would accept books to review only with the caveat that I would get to them if/when I could. It has been SO liberating. My reading/blogging life is so much less stressful now!

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Cindy!

  4. I love cozy mysteries! Their titles are so punny!

    Pam @ Read! Bake! Create!

    1. Right? They always make me laugh. I'm easily amused :)

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Pam!

  5. Some that I am familiar with, others I will be checking out. Great choice for this week.

    1. Thanks! I'm glad you found some to pique your interest. Be sure to let me know what you think of them if you end up reading them.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Carla!

  6. Oh wow, I loved the first Gilded Age book, but the 2nd one was new at the time so I decided to wait until it was complete, and then somehow I just...never went back to it, even though it was a 5-star read?? Thanks for the reminder.

    1. I do this SOOOO often! It's why I'm in the middle of so many series and why I decided to start a spreadsheet to keep track of them. It's easy to get lost in series, especially when you read a bunch of them at a time.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, RS!

  7. I always have too many series in progress too, lol. The Cuba saga is the only one I've started from your list, but I've really enjoyed the books I've read so far. The writing is beautiful.

    1. Oh, good! I've heard really good things about the series and I even have all the books from the publisher, so I have no reason not to start it. Soon, very soon.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Suzanne!

  8. CYBILS reading here we come! I am not a huge series reader but when one grabs my attention I love it. The anticipation of what will come in each new book is so much fun.

    1. I'm definitely regretting now that I didn't read more new MG books this year! Of course, you never know what will be nominated, but you can always make educated guesses. Hopefully, I'll be more prepared next time I judge. Still, it's always fun to read the nominees. I'm enjoying myself!

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Helen!

  9. As always, a good twist on the topic. You are the queen of the twisters, Susan!

    Series is a great idea. Will have to keep that in mind for one of the weeks when I need another inspiration. LOL

    Thanks for visiting my TTT which has a lot of my favourite shorter books.

    1. I need to be better at looking at the TTT topics in advance. When I don't glance at them (or RE-glance at them) until Tuesday, I end up drawing a blank on the prompt. Sometimes, even though I think about the prompt all week, I STILL can't come up with anything! Hence, the twists. I'm glad you enjoy them :)

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Marianne!

    2. If I didn't do that, I'd never come up with anything, so you are to be praised for thinking about something in the last minute, Susan.

  10. I found Next Year in Havana a tad underwhelming to be honest.

    Happy reading!

    My TTT:

    1. Really? That's not surprising with such a buzzy book. Inevitably, it's going to let some readers down. Now I'm even more eager to see what I think of it!

      Thanks for popping in, Stefani!

  11. Lady Sherlock gets lots of love. I am tempted to pick that one up too. I enjoy Cleeton's Cuba books and Truly Devious got even better with the standalone addition. I read two or so books in the Cavallaro. I loved the first book.

    1. Sherlock-inspired books always seem to be popular and both of these series sound really appealing to me. I'm glad the Cavallaro one is good.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Sam!

  12. You must be in a mystery mood. A Study in Charlotte has been on my TBR for a while. There are lots of series I want to start, but I kinda like to wait until all/most of the books are out. I hate waiting for the next book, and I'm worried I'll forget what happened in the first book.

    1. I'm ALWAYS in a mystery mood! It also seems like those are the kinds of books that are mostly made into series.

      I always tell myself to wait to read a series until it's finished, but I never listen! Then, I end up having to re-read books because I forget what's happening and I really don't like re-reading. *Sigh* Someday, I'll learn...

      Thanks for stopping by, Kami!

  13. I would HIGHLY recommend the Cuban Saga. SO. GOOD. Chanel Cleeton is such a talented writer. I would say throw your TBR to the wind and start this series. The audio is good, too.

    1. Ha ha. I would take your advice if I didn't still have TONS of reading to do for the Cybils. I'm always looking for good audiobooks, though, so I think I'll try the books that way. Thanks for the suggestion.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Deanna!

  14. Fun list! I'm not usually drawn to cozy mysteries, but the Scottish bookstore books look adorable!

    1. I agree! I loved Scotland when we visited recently and was sad we didn't have time to go to the Highlands. It seems like a fascinating place. At least I can visit in books, right?

      Thanks for stopping in, Lisa!

  15. Lots for me to investigation there. My recommendation for a cosy crime series to read would be the Lady Hardcastle and her maid, Flo, books by T.E. Kinsey. Huge fun.

    1. Thanks for the rec! I'd never heard of this series, so I just looked it up and it sounds super fun. I added the first book to my TBR on Goodreads.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Cath!

  16. You have some great sounding series listed here! I'm interested in both of the Holmes-inspired ones too. But there's a donut shop cozy mystery series and I haven't read it yet? That sounds like so much fun!

    1. Donuts. *Sigh* I had two this morning. I love them so...

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Nicole!

  17. Rosemary Simpson's series is one I really want to read...I love books set in the Gilded Age!

    1. Have you read any of Alyssa Maxwell's Guilded Newport Mystery series? I've read 3 or 4 books in the series and really enjoyed them.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Lark!

  18. Great list, especially that Highland Bookshop Mystery series is right up my alley, I think!

    1. I think it's right up mine as well. I'm anxious to start it and see what I think! I hope we both love it.

      Thanks for popping in, An!

  19. I'm intrigued by the two Sherlock Holmes inspired series, now those I think I could get behind.

    1. They sound fun, don't they? I've heard good things about both series, so I'm looking forward to trying them out.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Alex!

  20. Hey Susan! You've got some good series on your list. I've read all the Lady Sherlock books except her newest that came out this week. On the hold list at the library for that one. I've also read the Truly Devious books. Several of the others mentioned are on my TBR. Enjoy!

    1. Glad to know you're a fan of the Lady Sherlock books. They sound super fun. I'm excited to re-start the Truly Devioius one as well. Both should be fun reads for the new year.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Kay!

  21. I've been meaning to pick up An Extraordinary Union for ages. I've read two other Alyssa Cole novels and enjoyed them immensely, so know this will also be enjoyable. Hope you are able to pick up all these in the new year!

    1. I've never read anything by Cole, but I'm intrigued by the thriller she released recently (last year?) and this series sounds right up my alley. Can't wait to give her a go!

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Alicia!

  22. I have not read any of these series. But the Donut Shop Mystery series sounds delicious, and the Cuba Saga sounds really good. I love your twist on the topic!

    1. My only hesitation with the Donut Shop Mystery series is that it's going to make me even more hungry for donuts than I already am! LOL.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Wendy!

  23. I didn't realize the Cuba Saga was a series! Now I'm extra intrigued as that book has been on my TBR for awhile. I really enjoy the Sherry Thomas series and I want to read the Molly MacRae series. I feel like I read several in the Sarah Stewart Taylor series years ago and really enjoyed but if I remember right I had a hard time finding them at the time. I should pick it up again.


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