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?