As a lover of mystery and crime thrillers, I find myself following myriad ‘series’. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE the aspect of following a set of characters over numerous books. When I was ‘just’ a reader, I would religiously follow a series – being quite anal about reading the series in order, even going so far as to collect the series in hardcover and praying that the publisher would make the books in the series’ dustjackets match in some way. Yup! I’m a former library cataloger and I’m proud of my AR tendencies. LOL
I am a voracious reader and I just couldn’t keep up!
Then I became a full-time book blogger/book reviewer and became inundated with more and more titles to choose from. (Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining).
It has reached the point where the tenth book in a favorite series is coming out and I have only read four of them! Yikes! And, to rub salt in the wound, I found that it was SO long since I read the first few titles that I don’t remember them the way I should. And WHO has time to go back and reread them all?
Then a few times I inadvertently chose a title from NetGalley or Edelweiss that was part of a series I hadn’t even started. For instance I reviewed “The Forgotten Girls” by Sara Blaedel and it was the 7th title in the Louise Rick series and it was the first book I read by that author. And… GULP…. the sky didn’t fall, the world didn’t end, AND I loved it!
I found it is NOT necessary to read each and every book in a beloved series – though it is wonderful if you can – but with busy lives, even the most fervent of series followers might just not be able to read them all.
and these series are only the very tip of the iceburg!
At present, I have over one hundred titles that I have committed to reading then reviewing. Unfortunately only about three of this number are books in series I am following… Will I ever get to persue my beloved series? I sure hope I live long enough…
And don’t get me started on my favorite trilogies:
And… series that have been translated from another language. Often, the latest book in the series or the one that has proven to be the most popular in its native country gets translated first. This leaves English speaking readers with no choice but to read the series out of order…
I’d love to hear from other series readers.