I both love them and hate them.
I love reading an entire series all at once. I like having so much information about a world and getting so deep into it for so long.
But if I jump into a series when it first comes out, I hate having to wait for the second book… third book… and so on.
Having to wait for the next book dulls my excitement.
When I finish a good first book, I’m SO PUMPED! I’m thrilled, excited, giddy, so ready to read more. Then the wait begins.
Twelve long months. Sometimes more, sometimes less, but the result is the same:
- My excitement has waned. I read the first book so long ago that sometimes I just forget how much I loved it.
- I’ve forgotten details. This can make it really hard to jump into the next book.
- The first book isn’t fresh on my mind.
Sure, I could reread the first book before moving onto the second, but what about when the third comes out? Am I really going to reread books one and two? I think I’d honestly read something else than have to reread the same books in a series over and over again each time a new one comes out.
I’m tempted to wait until the series is done before I begin.
These days I’ve been avoiding series a little. It’s not that I don’t want to read them, it’s that I think I’d rather wait until all the books are available before I dive in. That way if I love it, I can binge read the whole thing.
Of course I do feel bad about this though. Authors often depend on buzz and positive reviews for the first book before they’re even allowed to continue onto books two and three!