When I receive a book for a review, and get stuck-in, I always seem to find it's part of a brand-new series. Or, I pick one up from Waterstones and realise that it's also part of a series and I have to wait a year for the next book. Sometimes I know this is the case before I buy it, and still do, so, I can blame myself when it comes to the months of waiting for the next book. But, during this time I forget what happened in the previous book, all the small details, about the characters and I have to find time to re-read the book. Re-reading a book can prove a hard task when you're a book reviewer as you always need to post a brand new review and keep up to date with the review copies you do receive. This is why I like to have the whole series published before I start a series as I can read them back-to-back
and enjoy them as one.
You may be wondering why I'm writing this post now, and my reason for this is that I've just finished 'Crown of Midnight' - book two in the Throne of Glass Series. I was so excited to continue with the series after reading book one in January, and now after a brilliant ending to Crown of Midnight, I now have around a ten - twelve month wait for the third book. This is why I prefer to wait for the whole series to be published before I read book one but with Throne of Glass, I just felt like I was missing out. And I was.
Reading a series back-to-back for me is such an enjoyable experience. The first book is always an introduction to the world and the characters, where I decide if I'm going to feel connected to them. By the final book, I've been on a journey with them. I haven't had to put down the book, go read something else and then come back. I know everything about the series, and can answer any trivia question you throw at me. I just love doing that. Series' I have read back-to-back have included The Hunger Games and The Twilight Saga.
As well as being forgetful, and reading other books, I also find that I have a lot of un-finished series' on my shelf. Being a blogger, I know I'm lucky to get sequels earlier than I would if I didn't write book reviews. I like to say "I've read that series, I loved it" and then move on. I feel it's just the type of person I am: the type of organised, sticking posted-notes everywhere type of blogger that doesn't like going onto another job unless my previous one is done.
There are a lot of negativities when it comes to having a year wait for a book sequel but, there's also the excitement that comes with waiting for the next novel. At this moment there is a countdown on my side-bar for Allegiant and I'm really enjoying discussing what I think will happen in the third book - almost a year after I read the first two. The wait is frustrating, to say the least, but on the day of the release I will be straight down to Waterstones to pick Allegiant up. I'll get to be a part of the initial reaction, and just revel in finally getting my hands on a copy.
The there's synopsis, cover and trailer releases and the initial reviews. It's all a lot of fun to be involved in. I guess if I just read whole series' at a time, there would be a lot of books I would miss out on. I know that 'The Bone Season', one of my more recent reads is the first in a planned set of seven so, there would be seven years until I would start the first one.
Just sometimes, there is a really long wait. I feel a year is a lot, I'd much rather around a six-month wait as I can just about remember the plot. And who the characters are. Just to wrap up this post, here are the top three sequels I'm anticipating:
- Resist(Breathe #2) by Sarah Crossan
- Allegiant(Divergent #3) by Veronica Roth
- Geek Girl: Model Misfit(Geek Girl #2) by Holly Smale
Do you prefer to wait until all of the books in a series are published, or wait a year for the sequel and just enjoy book one?
What do you do to pass the wait for a sequel?
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