This week the Monday Musings question is the following: 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?
I read a lot of books that are part of a series, although I honestly don’t pay much attention to whether or not a book is part of a series when I’m first deciding to pick it up. If a book is in a series and it’s a book I don’t like, I don’t need to read the rest and if I do like it, so much the better But I do always, always, always make sure I have a complete series checked out of the library when I start the first book. There’s very little I find more frustrating than wanting to start the next book and not being able to get it! At the same time, if the next book is just not published yet, I’ll still read the first book. I don’t like it when the book turns out to be a cliff-hanger, but I don’t mind waiting for the next book to come out. In fact, one of my favorites series to read is The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan and I re-read all of the books every time a new one comes out. The same with the Harry Potter books when I was younger. It’s just fun to become more familiar with the series, re-meet characters you loved, and get to follow their story a little bit further.