Category Archives: Reading order

Some book seriess are really long and it gets difficult to know which is the proper order to read them. Sometimes there are prequels, other times the publishing dates makes are not in chronological order…  all this makes us confused, wondering what is the best order to read certain saga. As a result, we may even give up trying to start reading new series. It’s time to stop that, if you want to know the proper reading order just check here!

This category is pretty simple and straight forward.  If you want to know the best order to read a certain saga just stay tuned.

the penderwicks series in order

The Penderwicks book order

Do you want to enjoy the story of the most charming family ever? you better! because we got a list with the Penderwicks series in order. This multi-awarded series is written by author Jeanne Birdsall centers on four sisters and their widowed father, and we have not the slightest doubt that you will be rooting for all of them before you get to the third chapter of the first novel!

The good thing is that while this series is addressed to children, it tells one of those stories that will captivate you as an adult as well. But be aware: the Penderwicks books might make you cry, and also make you laugh.

The Penderwicks series in order by Jeanne Birdsall

You should read The Penderwicks books in order of publication, the series is composed of five volumes and we collected them all for you. You can get any of the 5 books by clicking on their cover:

Do you want to get the complete collection? then you should get this superb box set that collects all the books in The Penderwicks series. It has a rating of 5 out of 5 stars of Amazon, which proves that everyone who bought it was happy with their purchase.

This series has been praised for the imperfection of their characters, that is, they are perfect for being flawed, which means, they are humans we can relate to. Who likes to read about perfect people, right? Boring!

Now that we told you the order of the Penderwick series don’t miss these books

We are more than sure that you, or your kids (maybe both), will devour Jeanne Birdsall’s The Penderwick series in no time. Therefore, we made a shortlist of book suggestions that you will enjoy as well since they have the same tone and are addressed to the same audience:

If you are seeking fun Liz Pichon’s amazing series is one of the best choices you can make, here you will find the order of the tom gates books, there are lots of them by the way!

What about a story of the funniest pig ever? then don’t miss the Mercy Watson series, because it is just hilarious.

Also, don’t forget that you can leave a comment with your suggestions!

What are these books about?

the penderwicks book order

These books tell us about the Penderwick family, composed of Mr. Penderwick,  a widowed man, his four daughters, and their dog. Each of the volumes tells us a different story concerning this adorable family. 

In the first volume for example they will make a trip to the Arundel Cottage, in which they will make the most interesting friends. Meanwhile, in the second book Mr. Penderwick starts considering dating a woman, but his daughters won’t think that’s a good idea.

As a side note, each of the four girls of this family has a similar personality to the main characters of the classic Little Women by Louisa May Alcott.

Author Jeanne Birdsall has won several prestigious awards.  In fact, the first volume in the series won the  National Book Awards in 2005 for Young People’s Literature

A list with the Penderwick series in order

This series is concluded, and here is a list of Jeanne Birdsall’s Penderwick books in order. While it’s true that each of the volumes tells a self conclusive story, we believe you’ll have a greater experience if you read this series in publication order:

The Penderwicks series in order

The Penderwicks – Jeanne Birdsall

Ingredients

  • Yearling

Instructions

  • The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy (The Penderwicks book 1)
  • The Penderwicks on Gardam Street (The Penderwicks book 2)
  • The Penderwicks at Point Mouette (The Penderwicks book 3)
  • The Penderwicks in Spring (The Penderwicks book 4)
  • The Penderwicks at Last (The Penderwicks book 5)

Published by Yearling; Reissue, The Penderwicks reading level is grades 3-7 with a Lexile level of 800L.  It’s addressed to children between 8 and 12 years old, however, a more mature audience will enjoy the vicissitudes of this funny and lovely family.

the penderwicks books
The Penderwicks books

Also, we believe your kids will find The Timmy Failure books incredibly fun, so if you want them to have a great time reading don’t let them miss that series as well.

Have you started the Penderwick series? if so, leave a comment telling us which of the 4 daughters is your favorite! are you like Rosalind? or maybe your personality is more like Skye?

alex mcknight series in order

Alex Mcknight series books in order

We hope you are ready for some crime fiction because we have a list with the Alex McKnight series in order, a bestselling saga written by author Steve Hamilton. This is the story of a tormented man who can’t get away either from his past or his ability to solve crimes.

He collected all the books, and we also have some great suggestions for you to read once you have finished these amazing novels.

Alex Mcknight series in order by Steve Hamilton

We recommend you read the Alex McKnight book series in order of publication. However, each of these volumes center on a different case that this former Detroit police cop will have to solve, so you can read them as a standalone novel. Here you have all the books:

Our latest addition to the list, the Riddle Island, is a 29-page short story that can only be read on your Kindle or as an Audiobook. However, it might be worth mentioning that this story will leave you hanging because it happens to be the first chapter of the next Alex McKnight book, so it’s for you to decide if you want to wait until the novel gets released instead.

Now that you know the order of the Alex MCKnight series don’t miss these books

We thought it would be great to select some similar books to the Alex McKnight series so you can add them to your TBR list so to never wonder what to read next, here are our 3 suggestions:

Our first suggestion is Night Work, a standalone thriller also written by Steve Hamilton. In this novel, we follow Joe Trumbull, a parole officer, who happens to have a quite similar background to Mcknight. Her wife was strangled a few years ago, and now 3 other women have been murdered in a similar way and he happens to be one of the main suspects.

Also, if you enjoy detective stories you’ll definitely have a blast reading one of the most popular series by bestselling author James Patterson, here’s our list with the Alex Cross books in order.

What are these books about?

The Alex McKnight series center on a former Detroit police cop who moves to the town of Paradise to find some rest and peace after being shot on several occasions. This place seemed to be the perfect place to rest, Alex thought, but he gets fed up with his relaxed life too soon and when he gets offered a job as a private investigator he will not be able to not accept it.

The main character of this series is a tormented soul, he lost his wife in hand of a serial killer,and his first job will bring los fantasmas del pasado, pues hay un asesino en la ciudad, y su modus operandi es muy similar al de aquel que acabo con la ivda de su esposa.

But not all is grimness because there’s room for lots of humor in these pages. The first novel in the Alex Knight series was awarded several prestigious awards as is the Edgar Award for Best First Novel by an American Author.

A list with all the Alex Knight book series in order

This series is not concluded, its last volume was released in 2020 and it happens to be a short story that happens to be the anticipation of the next novel in the series. Here you have a list with all the Alex Knight books in order.

Alex Mcknight series in order

Alex Mcknight – Steve Hamilton

Ingredients

  • Blackstone Publishing

Instructions

  • A Cold Day in Paradise  (Alex Mcknight book 1)
  • Winter of the Wolf Moon  (Alex Mcknight book 2)
  • The Hunting Wind  (Alex Mcknight book 3)
  • North of Nowhere  (Alex Mcknight book 4)
  • Blood is the Sky  (Alex Mcknight book 5)
  • Ice Run  (Alex Mcknight book 6)
  • A Stolen Season  (Alex Mcknight book 7)
  • Misery Bay  (Alex Mcknight book 8)
  • Die a Stranger  (Alex Mcknight book 9)
  • Let It Burn  (Alex Mcknight book 10)
  • Dead Man Running  (Alex Mcknight book 11)
  • Riddle Island (short story)

Here you have the Nick Heller series in order, a story about a  former Special Forces soldier who works as a private investigator. A must-read if you enjoy thrillers.

Have you started reading the Alex Knight series? leave a comment if you have read any of these books already, and tell us which one is your favorite (with no spoilers please!).

nick heller series in order

Nick Heller novels in order

Get ready for a bestselling private detective tale, because we have a list with the Nick Heller series in order. These books are a great mixture of thrilling plots with well-crafted realistic characters, a must-read for fans of the thriller genre.

These novels by Joseph Finder have lots of plot twists, and they have a balanced combination of action and humor.

Nick Heller series in order by Joseph Finder

We recommend you read the Nick Heller novels in order of publication, there are only four of them. There are also two short stories, one of them a crossover with Jack Reacher, that can be read in Kindle format only. Here you have all the Nick Heller books:

Jack Reacher vs. Nick Heller is a short story that features these two popular characters in the detective thriller genre. A must-read for fans of these two bestselling series, if you want to enjoy this tale at its best you better read the popular books by Lee Child, here’s a list with all the Jack Reacher books in chronological order.

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These books are just very addictive, so you will finish them in no time. That’s why we have 3 great recommendations that you will also enjoy:

Our first recommendation is another novel by Joseph Finder, if you end up loving the Nick Heller series (which we are confident you will) then Power Play is a great next step into delving into this bestselling author’s work.

Vince Flynn’s famous featuring a former counter-terrorist is also a great alternative that will keep you turning pages as if you were possessed, here’s a list with the Mitch Rapp series in order.

Don’t forget that you can leave a comment leaving some book recommendations you believe fans of this series or the genre will enjoy.

What are these novels about?

This series follows Nick Heller, a former Special Forces soldier who now works as a high-level private investigator. He is the one you call when you need to solve a case.

In the first volume of the series, Vanished, it will be his own nephew who will call him because his step-father, who happens to be Nick’s brother, is nowhere to be found. But this is not a regular case, because in order to discover the whereabouts of his brother he will have to get into the dirty laundry of a powerful company his brother was involved with, and they won’t let Nick mess around so easily…

Each of the volumes in the Nick Heller series is about this brilliant yet stubborn private investigator solving a different case. These books by Joseph Finder have been praised for the quality of their prose, the thrilling plot, and the great dialogues.

A list with the Nick Heller series in order

So far this series is composed of four novels and two short stories. However, there may be new releases in the future, and if that’s the case we will update this list. Here are all the books in the Nick Heller series in order:

Nick Heller series in order

Nick Heller – Joseph Finder

Ingredients

  • ‎ St. Martin's Press

Instructions

  • Vanished (Nick Heller book 1)
  • Buried Secrets (Nick Heller book 2)
  • Guilty Minds (Nick Heller book 3)
  • House on Fire (Nick Heller book 4)
  • Jack Reacher vs Nick Heller (Short story)
  • Plan B (Short story)

The last volume in the original series, House on Fire, was released in 2020, which is quite recent. So maybe there will be a new Nick Heller novel in late 2022 or maybe 2023? time will tell, you can subscribe to our newsletter so we can tell you about new releases.

Are you going to read the Nick Heller series in order or are you just going to start with the novel in this series that has the most captivating plot to you? tell us how you discovered these books!

lords of the underworld reading order

Lords of the Underworld series in order

We hope you are ready for some paranormal steamy romance because we finally have the perfect reading order of the Lords of the Underworld series, a bestselling story by Gena Showalter that features former warriors of the Greek Gods that now are cursed by each keeping a demon inside them.

Once you start the Lords of the Underworld books you won’t be able to put them down, so get ready because we collected all the books and there are lots of them!

Reading order of the Lords of the Underworld series

There are many volumes in this series, aside from the original books there’s also the short stories that we recommend you read as well so we included them all on the following list. Here you have the Lords of the Underworld series in order, if you click on their covers you will be able to get the books:

Are you going to read these books on your Kindle? then check out the following sets, because each of them collects 5 volumes in the series. Sadly, there is no paperback version of this set, let’s hope they release one in the near future!

Don’t you find it satisfying when all the titles in a series have the same structure? In this case, in LOTU all the volumes have the word Darkest on them, for some of us, it’s kind of annoying when one of the titles in a series doesn’t comply with the established pattern, and it happens more often than you would think!

Now that we told you the reading order of the Lords of the Underworld series don’t miss these books

You are embarking on a long journey, The Lords of the Underworld series is composed of 20 volumes so you will have entertainment for quite a while. However, reading is addictive isn’t it, and there are not many things better than planning your next reads, let us help you with that, here you have 3 suggestions:

If you end up enjoying the Lords of the Underworld by Gena Showalter then our first recommendation definitely should be your next read, because it’s another series by the same author.

Some readers compare the Lords of the Underworld books to The Black Dagger Brotherhood series, so make sure to check it out as well. However, note that while in LOTU the main characters are warriors for the Greek Gods turned into keepers of demons  J.R. Ward’s work features vampires.

What is this story about?

The Lords of the Underworld series tells the story of former warriors or the Greek Gods who were in charge of protecting Pandora’s Box, inside of which there were several demons imprisoned. However, these warriors failed on their duty and, moved by arrogance, they decided to open the box.

Now, these warriors have turned into keepers, each of them keeping a demon inside of them, and suffering pain and torture as a punishment for their haughtiness.

Each of the books in The Lords of the Underworld series features a different keeper, in the first volume, we will meet Maddox, who suffers an extremely painful death every single day as a result of the demon living inside of him. His torture will become more bearable when he meets Ashlyn Darrow, a human who, metaphorically, has her own demons. 

You’ll find lots of romance in this series, but there’s also room for humor and some action too.

A List of the  Lords of the Underworld reading order

LOTU is composed of many volumes, so it may become quite hectic to know which should be your next read. Here’s a list of the Lords of the Underworld series in chronological order including the short stories so you can easily know what’s the next book you must read:

Lords of the Underworld reading order

Lords of the Underworld – Gena Showalter

Ingredients

  • Mills & Boon

Instructions

  • The Darkest Fire (ss)
  • The Darkest Night
  • The Darkest Kiss
  • The Darkest Pleasure
  • The Darkest Whisper
  • The Darkest Passion
  • The Darkest Lie
  • The Darkest Secret
  • The Darkest Surrender
  • The Darkest Seduction
  • The Darkest Craving
  • The Darkest Touch
  • The Darkest Torment
  • 13 The Darkest Promise
  • The Darkest Warrior
  • The Darkest King
  • The Darkest Destiny

These books are published by Mills & Boon, and they are available in Kindle, paperback, hardcover, and also audiobook format. 

Do you also enjoy faery stories? if that is the case then here’s this post with the Wicked Lovely series in order, you’ll be easily captivated by the plot and the amazing cast of characters!

We hope you find our list with the reading order of the  Lords of the Underworld series useful! Also, if you have started reading these books already, tell us who’s your favorite character!

glass and steele series in order

Glass and Steele series in order by C.J. Archer

Today we are talking about a USA Today bestselling series. We have a list with the Glass and Steele series in order, the popular story by C.J. Archer set in  Victorian England but with magic in it, what a great mixture don’t you think?

Be prepared for an intriguing plot combined with a great cast of characters, get ready to become part of the search for the maker of the special watch!

Glass and Steele series in order by C.J. Archer

This series is composed of 13 volumes and it’s finished, also, it may be worth mentioning that these books can’t be read as a standalone, instead you’ll have to read the subsequent books so to know how the plot gets resolved. You should read the Glass and Steele series in order of publication, here you have a quick handy list with all the books:

For those obsessed with spelling, no, it’s not Glass and Steel, because Steele happens to be the surname of the main character in the series, and her name is India. Author C.J. Archer playfully named these two main characters this way, will India be strong as this metal and Mathew as fragile and transparent as glass is? that is for you to discover by starting The Watchmaker’s Daughter, the first volume in the series.

Now that we told you the order of the Glass and Steele series don’t miss these books

If you enjoy mystery mixed with history then we have some great book suggestions that you can read once you are finished reading The Glass and Steele series, here they go:

When mystery and detective stories are brought up, it is impossible not to mention Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, here you have a list of all the Sherlock Holmes books, in case you want to read about the most popular detective of all time. Or, if you’d rather want to read about her sister solving mysteries then there’s also the Enola Holmes books.

Do you also enjoy reading other book genres? if faery realms are your thing then you shouldn’t miss The Wicked Lovely series, which tells us about Aislinn, a girl that can see faeries…

What are these books about?

The Glass and Steele books tell the story of India and Matthew. After her father, a watchmaker, dies she finds herself unemployed and homeless, since no other watchmaker in London will want to hire her. 

But then she will meet an American man, Matt Glass, who will hire her for the most peculiar job: they must find a particular watchmaker. 

However, India will find out that Matt is not who he claims to be, but he is a fugitive instead. Should she report him to the authorities or should she keep her mouth shut so she can keep the job? 

The Glass and Steele book series is full of intrigue, mystery, romance, quirky characters, and magic.

A list with the Glass and Steele series in order

As said before, this story by C.J. Archer is concluded. The following list shows all the books in the Glass and Steele series in order of publication, which is how we recommend you read them. 

Glass and Steele series in order

Glass and Steele – C.J. Archer

Ingredients

  • Self published

Instructions

  • The Watchmaker’s Daughter (Glass and Steele book 1)
  • The Mapmaker’s Apprentice (Glass and Steele book 2)
  • The Apothecary’s Poison (Glass and Steele book 3)
  • The Magician’s Diary (Glass and Steele book 4)
  • The Convent’s Secret (Glass and Steele book 5)
  • The Ink Master’s Silence (Glass and Steele book 6)
  • The Cheater’s Game (Glass and Steele book 7)
  • The Prisoner’s Key (Glass and Steele book 8)
  • The Imposter’s Inheritance (Glass and Steele book 9)
  • The Kidnapper’s Accomplice (Glass and Steele book 10)
  • The Toymaker’s Curse (Glass and Steele book 11)
  • The Spy Master’s Scheme (Glass and Steele book 12)
  • The Goldsmith’s Conspiracy (Glass and Steele book 13)

Also, this series is self-published, but going indie doesn’t mean you can’t become a bestselling author, and C.J. Archer is great proof of that since she has sold more than 2 million books and her books hit the USA Today bestselling lists several times! A similar thing happened to the Riyria series by Michael J. Sullivanan, his work was originally self-published and now his books are one of the most popular in the fantasy genre.

Have you started reading the Glass and Steele series? then leave a comment telling us who’s your favorite character and what’s for you the most fascinating aspect of this story.

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