This month’s Musings post was thought up thanks to my unofficial name for this July – Catch Up On Series Month – and the way it’s gotten me thinking about my reading habits regarding series in general. In the past 16 days (as well as the last two weeks of June), I have read nothing but series books in an attempt to clear out my TBR list/pile and also take care of some overdue e-galleys that I shamefully fell behind on. It got me wondering about how often others partake in series books, and how they go about reading them. So. Here we go!
First off, let me ask: Series, yay or nay?
I am wholeheartedly in the “yay” category myself, probably to the detriment of my ever-growing TBR list. I like series – getting to spend more than one book with the same characters, watching as the story weaves itself together through multiple installments, and seeing a problem come to its conclusion – and am not shy about adding first books of series to my to-read list at Goodreads. The downside to this, however, is that – if you read series upon their release – you usually have at least a year’s wait between books. And that’s where I usually stumble and start having issues.
See, there are just SO MANY books to read! So in those year-long waits, I tend to find even MORE new series being started that I want to read – and do read – while also trying to read the books that aren’t parts of series. Not to mention any e-galleys or ARCs that I might have requested (although I have only requested two galleys this year and have actually read them both). In other words, books pile up, and – unless it’s something I am super excited about – I tend to buy the sequel book and then let it sit for a (long) while on my shelf. Books that have suffered this fate of late include The Blood of Olympus, Ruin and Rising, The Winner’s Crime, Fairest, and the last two Throne of Glass books. Not to mention some e-galley sequels that are sitting on my Kindle unread.
I know that some people wait to read series until all the books are published. I, however, am not that patient and – even if I KNOW I’m not going to get to it in any timely fashion – I still buy it upon its release. (I’ve never been accused of having good impulse control when it comes to books.) I also borrow a lot of books from my local library – I’ve read both the Rebel Belle books and the entire Dispossessed series through library loans – and oftentimes have to wait past a book’s release date in order for the library to get it in. Which means even more time between releases to add even more books to my TBR. I’m sure you can see my problem.
So. Talk to me about your series-reading habits! Do you read them as they’re released? Do you wait until they’re all available? How do you stay on top of books that you have to wait a year+ to read? Feel free to tell me in comments!