Today’s Book Blogger Hop question is: When reading a series, do you re-read the previous book/s before reading the newly released book?
Sometimes yes. It depends on how much I like a series and how recently I’ve read the earlier books. Often if I don’t reread earlier books before reading the newly released one, I end up realizing that I’ve forgotten great swathes of things (like, say, the main character’s best friend. Or the twist ending of the last book revealing the villain is actually a good guy. It’s happened.) So in general I probably should reread the previous book(s) before reading a new one, but it really only happens if I enjoyed the previous book enough to want to read it again.
For a while I was doing an annual reread of at least some of Catherynne Valente’s Fairyland series, each autumn when a new one came out. Because those are amazing. I reread all the previous four when the fifth one came out and it was awesome. I should reread those, come to think of it…
When I reread series, I pretty much always read the entire series. So some, like Anne of Green Gables (eight books!) become a rather lengthy process. But it just feels incomplete to only read part, and very strange to just jump to the middle somewhere. Although I can think of a few series (the Oz books, the Bloody Jack series) where the quality is uneven, and I may only reread my favorites next time I revisit. It would be a shift in habits, though!
What do you do when a new book in a series comes out? Rereading, or just diving into the new part of the story?
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It does depend on how long it’s been since the previous one came out. My memory is not what it used to be. Generally I haven’t got time to reread series, though, so I struggle on, hoping I’ll get a lightbulb moment for something I appear to have missed. With one series the author then gave a flashback to something that I thought I’d missed, but in fact had happened between books, so to speak, which irritated me… I think she could have warned us we weren’t losing our minds.
In one of my books I gave a brief history of the books to date, since it was relevant to some business within the book. On later ones I try to give all but the main characters a bit of setting to remind the reader what they were involved with before…. But there was one best seller that gave the whole history of the world in a large pre-chapter – for just the third book! I gave up half-way through.
Which is why my scifi series is stopping at three books. Really. Just because I love the characters is no excuse….