Join me Tuesdays as I ask a Fun Question that’s been on my mind. I’ll give you my take, but I really hope you’ll jump in with your answers too, since I’m really curious to know what my fellow readers and bloggers think! So today’s question is…
Binge Read or Stay Current?
Before blogging, I stayed current with all the series I read and only binge read a series when I discovered a new one and had to get caught up. I had so few books to read (because I was so unaware of the goodness being published) that I would reread series over and over waiting for the new one to come out. Now, though, that’s not a problem at all. So now, its about what I prefer… And I had to do some thinking to figure out what I like better.
See… I’ve definitely binge read some series and been really thankful that I was able to do so, because the waiting for a new book would have been torturous. Like the Alex Craft series – I read all three books back to back. And now I’m waiting and it sucks – especially since the waiting may be forever (but that’s a different subject, which I discussed last week). I binge read The Selection series and Downside Ghosts. And I loved doing it that way for all of them.
But I don’t consistently binge read when I have the ability to. For example, Jennifer Estep’s Elemental Assassin series. I really enjoy those books and there’s lots of them out. But I tend to read one and take a break for a few months. Same thing with Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress series – it’s FINISHED and I own all the books, so I could easily binge read it, but I don’t.
And I’ve noticed that lately, when a new series comes out that I want to read, I try to read it pretty quickly – and I sigh a bit of a breath of relief that I’m getting in on the ground floor. I think this is one of the ways that blogging has really altered the way I read and maybe not entirely for the better. I get tired of seeing reviews for books that I’m totally interested in but having to skip the review and just say “I’m glad you liked it because I have to get caught up still” or “Gah I’m so behind in this one”. I like to be able to be part of the conversation – and when your 8 books (or more!) behind, that’s really hard to do.
The result is that I try to stay current on the series I care about. And since I can only read so many books a month, sometimes that means the new and shiny beats out the old and already loved by many. I do read several older books a month, especially because I’m challenging myself to read books I already own this year and not add to many. But I’m not a binge reader anymore, I want to be current. I probably never will be because there’s SO MANY BOOKS, but I guess that’s just my personal challenge 🙂
What about you? Do you care about being current? Or would you rather enjoy reading books when you can read them all at once – not having to hang on cliffs and wait for answers?