How it All Began – Series Starters

Posted about 6 months ago by Meg Raymond

Are you mad for books in series?  Me, too!  I love books in series, but also have a compulsion that I.  Must.  Read.  Series.  In.  Order.  Sometimes this proves difficult.  An author may write a book or two, and only then does it become a series – so searching a library catalog by the series name may not find the first couple of books.  Publication date isn’t a sure thing – books come out in paperback or get reissued.  If you look at the “other books by this author page” in the front of some books, they don’t always have the entire series listed, either.

Luckily, there are some places to find complete listings of your favorite series!

My favorite go-to for series is What’s Next from Kent District Library.  Originally sold as a print publication and updated yearly, this is now a free-to-users database updated daily and maintained by the amazing KDL staff.

GoodReads  is another good source for series.  Search by author, and titles will come up in series order.  You can also search GoodReads “lists” for series suggestions.

The Los Angeles Public Library maintains a free-to-users database called Series and Sequels.

If RPL is missing titles in your favorites series, you have some options besides purchasing the book yourself:

If you are looking for series to begin devouring, take a look at some new booklists:

How it all Began – Historical Fiction


How it All Began – Mysteries and Thrillers


How it All Began – Romance and Rom-Com


How it All Began – Sci Fi / Fantasy / Paranormal


Meg Raymond

If I'm not librarianing, or chasing one of my plethora of dogs around the yard, I probably have my nose buried in a book. I like all kinds of books. Regency romances - love 'em. Gory police procedurals - yes, ma'am. Historical fiction - please, and thank you. Heavy "literary" titles - shhhh, I may not have actually finished some of those! Off-beat, warped, slightly askew books - oh, yes, indeedy. Violent supernatural fantasy - why not? Chick lit, hen lit, lad lit - yeah, yeah, yeah. What have you read? Need a suggestion, or ten? Get hand-crafted suggestions with The Bookologist

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