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.
x The Captain