It’s interesting to think about how my reading habits have changed over the years. Before I started blogging, if I wanted to read a book or start a series, the number of installments that were already available didn’t even phase me. I honestly didn’t pay attention or care. Then for some reason, once I started blogging I developed this mentality that I couldn’t start a series that already had several books out.
Why? I think it was mostly because it was intimidating when there were 5+ books I had to “catch up” on, especially with so many new review books coming in. It can get a little daunting, as many of you know.
Then things changed for me. I got tired of missing out on all the books and series I wanted to read, so I cut back big time with the review books and blogging, but that’s a subject for another post.
Now, I’m the opposite, I don’t like starting a series unless there are several books out already. The more there are available, the better. It makes me even happier if the series is already complete.
Also, it sucks waiting a year between installments. It might seem like I’m an impatient brat or that I’m bitching about authors not writing fast enough, but that’s not it. I’m perfectly fine waiting for 3 – 4 books in a series to become available before starting it. I just find it more enjoyable to already have the next book there for when I’m ready, mainly because it stays fresh. There are numerous series/trilogies I haven’t finished because I lost interest during the wait for the next book.
Have any of you read The Passage by Justin Cronin? Talk about torture. I read it shortly after it was released, then it was a two year wait for the second book. Now, it looks like it’s turning into a four year wait for the third and final book in the trilogy. Honestly, I probably would’ve ditched it by now if it had been any other trilogy/series, but no way can I give it up. It’s just too good! I know you George R.R. Martin fans know the struggle. 😀 Don’t even get me started on my anxiety about something happening to an author before they complete their series.
I think of it like how Netflix puts an entire season of their shows out at once. I can chose to binge watch or spread them out. Either way, they’re there for when I choose to watch. Same goes for a books series.
I’ve done this with a couple series now. One being the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews. I read the first book, Magic Bites, last August, and there were seven books in the series out already, plus Andrea’s book. So eight all together. I spaced all eight out and read the last one in May. Nine months, and now I’m out of books. I loved getting to read them like that so the world and characters were always fresh in my mind. Unfortunately, I’ll now have to wait for the remaining books to be published.
Anyway, I’m no longer intimidated by a large number of books in a series. Instead, I welcome them with open arms!