Monday, February 27, 2012

Musing Mondays - Series Books

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This week’s musing asks…

• Do you read books that are part of a series?
• Do you collect all the books in the series before starting? What if the series is brand new, and the only book that’s been published so far is Book one? As subsequent books in the series are published, do you go back and re-read the preceding books?

My answer...

I love series books. I love getting to know the characters and feeling like I'm re-visiting old friends. So, yes, I read books that are part of a series.

I used to collect all the books in a series before starting to read it, but the series became longer and longer. It ended up that I collected all the books, but hadn't even read the first one. Staring at 10 or so books to read was kind of overwhelming. So, I no longer do that.

If the series is brand new, I will read the first book even if the others in a series haven't been released yet.

There have been times I've started reading books because I didn't realize they were part of a series. For instance, I read the first Stephanie Plum book when it was originally released. I didn't realize Janet Evanovich intended to continue the series each year. For the most part, I read the books as they were released. A few years ago I found so many other books that I haven't gone back to that particular series and I'm kind of behind but I'll get back to it.

I never re-read books. If it's been a long time between books for me, it makes it harder but I just don't have time for re-reads. Usually once I start the book, I remember what happened in previous books.

Overall, I really enjoy getting involved in a series and getting to know the characters.

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  1. I agree with all you said! - I just reviewed a book that ended up being #3 in a series, but it's one of those that each book is about a different person - so it kind of worked out.

    The Stephanie Plum series KILLS me! I LOVE LOVE LOVE the books - but by the time a new one comes out - I've already forgotten I was reading the series! lol

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  2. I'm like you, sometimes I read a book before I realize it is a series book, but most can stand alone...

  3. wow...when the Stephanie Plum book when it was originally long ago was that? what is it up to? like 100 books now?
    I gave up on that one a few years ago..

  4. Great answers! I'm the same way! :)

    Here’s mine:

  5. I love series books too. I have a couple that I collect, but mostly borrow them from the library.

  6. Yes, that's how I approach series books, too. I often discover the more recent one before realizing it's part of a series. I don't wait to collect them all.


  7. Like you I do not re-read very often. There are just too many new books out there to do much of that.

  8. I love to read books in a series...

  9. I'm with you--I love a series that's just starting. The buzz and excitement adds to the fun of the book.

  10. I love series too. I don't necessarily read them in order, although I do love starting a series when there are only one or two books out. Now once series get too long they can be too daunting to even start.


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