Shiver Me Timbers – A Discussion Post! Longest Series Read . . .

Ahoy there mateys!  I have never done a discussion here on the Log but I currently be working on the last Series Shakedown post (expect it Wednesday).

While looking at all of these series that I have read, it got me to thinking of the series that seem to be never-ending.  The series of Stephanie Plum, for example, seems to have twenty-six books.  I was wondering what was the longest series where I read every single book.

The answer: Nancy Drew Mystery Stories

As Goodreads says, “The Nancy Drew Mystery Stories was the long-running “main” Nancy Drew series, published between 1930 and 2003. Initially, titles were published by Grosset & Dunlap, but with #57 (1979) publication switched to Simon & Schuster. Some people consider these first 56 to be the original series and consider the Simon & Schuster series to be an entirely different series. The first 56 are considered to be the “classic” Nancy Drew books. In 2003, the series was discontinued, and a new, more contemporary series (Nancy Drew Girl Detective) was created in its place.”

I have read and own all 56 of the “originals” with their distinctive hardback yellow covers.  I also have read 57 – 65 of the Simon & Schuster books.  I cannot remember if I own those (all Nancy Drew books are currently packed away).  I have read, but do not own, many of the “newer” books from 65 – 114.  I only remember certain covers and can’t be sure of specific figures.  I don’t believe I read any from 115 – 175.

I do think it be funny that I only have book one of the series marked as read on Goodreads.  I am not sure if I should add them all!  But I obviously adored this series when I was younger.  Looking at all the titles makes me want to go back and read not only me favourite (#20 the clue in the jewel box) but also read every single one relating to horses (one of me childhood loves).  And the ones dealing with the sea or ships of course!

So I have to ask the crew – what be yer longest completed series?

Do share cause I am kinda obsessed with this topic right now!

Side notes:  check out the awesome book about the authorship of the series:
girl sleuth: nancy drew and the women who created her by Melanie Rehak

Also check out this post by Matey Krysta about the top 10 Nancy Drew PC games.  I haven’t played any yet but I sure want to.

Arrrrr!

x The Captain

45 thoughts on “Shiver Me Timbers – A Discussion Post! Longest Series Read . . .

  1. The longest series I have read is the Warrior Cat series. Each divided in to smaller series of six books. 4 sets = 24 books in total plus five stand alone and 10 graphic novels = 39 overall.

    I read all these books in middle school.

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  2. I’m not honestly sure what the longest series I’ve read is – maybe A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket? Though I’m currently working my way through Pratchett’s Discworld and aiming to read all 45 books!

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  3. I loved the Nancy Drew books when I was a kid, but I didn’t read them in order and didn’t read all of them. I owned a few, but have no idea where they went. I had a few Hardy Boys too, but I thought they were boring so I never read them.
    Let’s see…longest series I’ve read…Hmm…
    I guess it’s Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson/Heroes of Olympus series… or Robin Hobb’s Realm of the Elderlings series. I don’t commit to things for long and hardly ever complete series, so I’ve got only 2.

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    1. Ah another crew member with a series problem! It be hard matey. I do remember the Robin Hobb series be LONG. That is why I haven’t read more of it. One day . . .
      x The Captain
      PS. Thanks for joining in on me discussion post. Arrr!

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  4. I have no idea what my longest series read is….maybe Babysitter’s Club from when I was a kid? LOL Or possibly The Dragonriders of Pern by McCaffrey, or Michelle Sagara’s Chronicles of Elantra. Probably one of those…..I think. 😀

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    1. Oh I forgot all about the chronicles of elantra. I am not going to read it at this point but I used to be curious about it. I had read some of the house war series. Of course now I don’t remember much of that either. I loved Pern when I was younger. And I read some of the babysitter’s club but have no idea which ones. They weren’t really me thing. Thanks for answering me question!
      x The Captain

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  5. I think I probably read Sweet Valley books the most. I don’t believe I read them in order because I was getting them through the library and whatever I could find at garage sales, but I read the kids version, middle school, high school, college, the family sagas….it was LOTS of books — let’s just say that 😉

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    1. Whoa there are tons of Sweet Valley books! The Goodreads was a bit overwhelming. I had no idea that there be middle school, college, or family sagas. Do the family sagas show the twins being married with kids or something?

      I only read four of those books that me dad bought for me as a gift (before he learned I wanted Koontz and King). I remember the one where Elizabeth somehow gets her personality switched to be more like Jessica. I think she bumped her head or something. But there were two super thrillers that I loved. One dealt with an escapee from an asylum out for revenge in a case of mistaken identity with one of the twins. I think the other one involved a friend’s love story and her evil uncle. I was trying to be nice to me dad by reading them but was surprised that I liked them. I felt kinda guilty at the time. But bah! Now I have no book shame. Lovely comment. Arrrr!
      x The Captain

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      1. Ah! You’re thinking of the high school book in which Elizabeth rides a motorcycle with her boyfriend, Todd Wilkins, and they get into an accident. Elizabeth goes into a coma and comes out acting like Jessica.

        The family sagas start way back in the 1800s. The one I remember starts with twins, Elisabeth and Jessamyn, and Jessamyn becomes a performer in the circus. Elisabeth wants to try a horse trick, too, and she DIES. Then it moves forward to the next generation, etc.

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      2. Hardy har har!!!! Aye, that be the one!! I can’t believe how much that fact just made me smile. Ridiculous but true.

        As for the family saga, twins and horses and death! Sounds so dramatic. And silly. And kinda awesome. This comment rocked. Thanks matey!
        x The Captain

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      3. Here’s one more fun detail: I’ve been riding on the back of motorcycles since I was 5. When I was younger, my family took a trip on motorcycles from Michigan to Pennsylvania. I remember wearing a fanny pack so I could keep my Wakefield Saga book in there, and I would read on the back of a motorcycle. Does this make me a cool nerd? No clue.

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      4. Of course that makes ye a cool nerd! One of me bestest friends still uses a fanny pack. She works on set a lot and everyone makes fun of her for it. She doesn’t care. I love the image of reading on the back of a motorcycle. Doesn’t it get too windy? I have never been on one before.
        x The Captain

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  6. I remember seeing a blogger read the Stephanie Plum series and I was amazed with the number. It seemed to never end! I haven’t even attempted it.

    The longest series I’ve read is A Series of Unfortunate Events. We’re on book 12 now. 😂

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      1. Yeah, we are reading it together. We saw the movie which I think covered book 1 to 3. We started the Netflix series and only watched episode one because there was a huge spoiler in it! Grrr. I’ve enjoyed them all so far. 😉

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  7. Ashamed to say I’ve not read Nancy Drew. I should? Anyway, I think the longest series I’ve read was the Morganville Vampires – which is a YA and a bit cheesy but I just enjoyed it at the time. Probably followed y the Charlaine Harris Stackhouse books – another vampire series.
    Lynn 😀

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    1. Nancy Drew is wonderful but sooo cookie cutter. Kinda like Scooby-Doo. She always saves the day in the last 15 pages after massive danger.

      I never heard of the morganville vampires. ::looking it up::. So 15 books and tons of novellas. Doesn’t sound like me kinda thing. I have only read one of the Sookie books and only because I was bored. I don’t do a ton of urban fantasy. So 13 Sookie books and lots of novellas. I don’t tend to read the novellas attached to series though there are some exceptions. Thanks for joining in matey!
      x The Captain

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  8. Oh Captain I’d never have pegged you for a Nancy Drew reader (but I also enjoyed them). Probably the longest series for me was Stephanie Plum? I made it through the high teens before it got redundant. They do usually make me laugh. I also stuck with Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake series long after it should have ended.

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    1. I was Nancy Drew crazy. And the Hardy Boys, Encyclopedia Brown, Cam Jensen, Nate the Great, etc. Ye would think that I would be into thrillers and murder mysteries these days. But fantasy and sci-fi stole me heart. Well and the sea!

      I know the Stephanie Plum series is popular. I don’t think I have read any Anita Blake books. ::checking:: There be 26 books and lots of novellas. Nope have no urge to read the Blake series.

      I used to say the longer the series the better because I loved the characters so much. But double digits just seems insane to me now. Hell, I think five books be too many sometimes. Thanks so much for joining the discussion.
      x The Captain

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      1. I would have continued loving the Anita Blake series- but at some point the series takes a hard left into erotica territory. Not really what I want in a supernatural horror/thriller story.

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  9. I read lots of the Nancy Drew books, but I don’t think I ever read them all. I think the 9-book Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder was probably the longest completed series that I’ve read in its entirety. Harry Potter comes in second with 7 books in the series.

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    1. I didn’t know there be 9 Little House books. I never read them though I wanted to when I was much younger. I think because there was a tv show. Not that we had cable really (hooray 4 channels). But for some reason I never did pick it up. Harry Potter of course is a different story. Arrr!
      x The Captain

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      1. Yup, I had a set of nine books, though I recently found out that the last one (about Laura’s first few years of marriage) was published after she passed, and in an “unfinished” state. (I never noticed anything different about it when I was reading it, though.) There are other books in the “extended series,” but they’re written about other members of her family and weren’t written by either Laura or one of her family members.

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      2. Ah that makes sense. I try to avoid books not written by the original author. Though sometimes I will read retellings. It all depends on how much I love the originals and if I want other versions in me noggin.
        x The Captain

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  10. Nothing as long as that although if you combine all the different Enid Blyton series I read and re-read as a child it must come to a big figure – The Secret Seven, The Famous Five, The Five Find-Outers, the “of Adventure” series, and so on. In adult books the longest is probably the 22 books in Reginald Hill’s Dalziel and Pascoe crime series. Although I’m not sure now how many books there are in Agatha Christie’s Poirot series…

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    1. I have never read any Enid Blyton books though they were everyone on me recent trip abroad. Apparently there be at least 49 Poirot books accordng to the Google machine. But even 22 seems like a ton to me. Did the Dalziel and Pascoe series finally end? And did ye like them all?
      x The Captain

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      1. Gosh, I hadn’t realised there were that many Poirots! But I’m pretty sure I’ve read all her crime novels so that must be my longest series then. The Dalziel and Pascoe series sadly ended when Reginald Hill died a few years ago. He was writing one at the time and I always hoped it might be published, but he mustn’t have got far enough with it, I think. I loved them – I thought he got better and better as the series went on. My favourite crime series of all time…

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      2. Yup that be a lot of books. I have a best friend who loves mysteries. I will have to see if she has read the Dalziel books. Have ye read any of the Nero Wolfe books? I enjoyed the ones I borrowed from me friend. There be 47 of them. Thanks for the lovely comment.
        x The Captain

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      3. Yes, I’ve read quite a few Nero Wolfes over the years, though nothing like the whole series, and it’s been ages since I last read one. I used to love them though – the sparring between Wolfe and Archie Goodwin is a lot of fun!

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      1. Pleasure cap. That was the only completed series i owned ever… i do want to try complete the whole horus heresy series… but they are some where just under or over the 100 books mark…

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