Binge Read or Stay Current?

March 24, 2015 Fun Questions 34

Fun Questions LogoJoin 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?

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34 Responses to “Binge Read or Stay Current?”

  1. A Voracious Reader

    I haven’t binged since I started my blog. Is that a good thing? I have no idea. I do enjoy the variety that blogging has granted me. But I also miss reading 1 book after another in a series.

    I think, what it all boils down to for me is this: I have so many review books that I don’t really have the option to binge anymore. And yet, because of my huge review queue, I could actually binge for a few books and be satisfied before moving back to the review queue. Does that make any sense?? lol
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    • Berls
      Twitter:

      LOL it does and I think that’s sort of what I’ve been doing lately. A few review books, binge, a few review books, binge. It has a nice rhythm and I think I’ll try to keep it up 🙂

    • Berls
      Twitter:

      Oh I hadn’t thought of that but you’re so right! I’m sort of binge reading right now and I’m starting to notice repitition I normally wouldn’t. And it’s bugging me, which isn’t fair because the books weren’t released the way I’m reading them.

    • Berls
      Twitter:

      Makes perfect sense. I definitely avoid getting burnt out by switching it up. Though I’ve just finished Venom and I think I’m about to binge for a bit 😉

  2. Bookworm Brandee

    As I am a person who regularly says “I’m so behind in this series”, etc., I totally agree with you on this subject. I kept up with my favorites series too BEFORE I started blogging. Now it’s a rarity. Ooh, and I’m so glad you said that you can’t/haven’t binged on the Night Huntress series…I decided to re-read them all when one was releasing (this was awhile back – I’m still not caught up!) because I adore the series and why not? I didn’t make it through. I couldn’t stay in that world for some reason. Anyway, I hate being behind on series. I really, really do. But that’s life as a blogger…at least for me for right now.
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    • Berls
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      Same here! For every series I’m current on, I’m behind on like 10 (and that’s an optimistic guess, since I can only think of a few series I’m current on.

      As a side note I’m on book 3 and I’m thinking it might be time to binge elemental assassin for a bit. But I doubt I’ll read them all at once. There’s too many!

  3. Lark
    Twitter:

    What a great topic! I think for me it depends on the series. If it’s an author I tend to follow, like Mercedes Lackey, I will read each book as it comes out, even if it means waiting. If I discover a series in the middle, I will read to catch up, but not necessarily as a binge – it depends on how much I like the books and how intense and/or gripping they are. For instance, I really like Charles Finch’s historical mystery series, and I’m catching up on them, but I don’t want to read them all in a row, because I like to savor them – and of course, they don’t have cliffhanger endings because they are mysteries! OTOH, if it’s a finished SF/F trilogy, I’d rather read them all in a row because it’s really one overarching story and I want to find out where it’s going.

    When I re-read a series, I often binge-read. Right now, I’m plowing through Mercedes Lackey’s Mage Storms trilogy; I’ll probably finish it in a little under 3 days (maybe 2.)
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    • Berls
      Twitter:

      You’re right that genre really plays a role – I tend to binge read fantasy more than any other because of the overarching story. That’s also the genre I tend to be most behind on. Go figure….

  4. Lola
    Twitter:

    Before blogging I used to binge read a lot more, I hardly ever read new releases as I only bought what I could buy here in. Which means a book had to be pretty popular to be published in a dutch bookstore or get translated. After that I staretd ordering english books online from a dutch site which still had a limited assortment of books. So when I found a series I liked I ordered the rest of the books in the series and binge read that series. Nowadays I am constantly starting new series and reading new releases. I think half of the books I read so far this year where 2015 new releases.

    Nowadays I hardly binge read because either I don’t have the time and there are reviews books that need to be read as well. And then there’s the money issue if I discover a new series the changes are low I can afford to simply buy all the rest of the books and binge read. I stilll have 3 unread Elemental Assasin books though which I could binge read if I wnated to.

    I would like to binge read more series as I remember I liked to binge read series. So for series I started from book 1 I usually try to stay current, but for older series I usually don’t even start them or don’t can’t seem to get caught up.
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    • Berls
      Twitter:

      I feel your pain about the older series – I can’t seem to get caught up either 🙁 I hadn’t thought about the availability and cost but I can totally see how that impacted you’re reading habits. And why it’s changed now that you’re blogging.

  5. Angie F.

    I’m a bit of a mix. I much prefer to binge read, so I really don’t mind not having read the latest book in a series I like when everyone else is gushing about it (but I’m totally with you on not being able to leave a proper comment on reviews because we’re not caught up)! I have plenty of other books to read while I wait. But…sometimes I just can’t help myself! And I need that next book NOW, and don’t care if I have to wait a year to know what comes next! Because…I have plenty of other books to read while I wait. LoL
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    • Berls
      Twitter:

      Isn’t that the truth!?! Waiting sucks and yet there’s so much else to read, I tend to forget I’m in agony to know what’s next! LOL! Guess that’s exaggerated agony?

  6. Lexxie
    Twitter:

    It really depends for me, Berls! If it’s a series where I come to the party late, I tend to binge-read… But for a series I start when the first book is released, I am mostly unable to not read the next book as soon as it’s released too, especially if I really enjoyed the prior book.
    I do have some exceptions, though. I’m way behind in the Splintered series, as well as in the Lotus War series, even if I loved the first book, I’ve somehow not gotten around to continue, even if I own all the books. I blame ARCs 😉
    Great question!
    I hope your test went well yesterday (I’m sure it did) and soon we’ll be across-the-pond colleagues 😀
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    • Berls
      Twitter:

      Me too 🙂 I think it went well, but I’ll know for sure by Monday and hopefully sooner! We’ll have to trade notes when you come in May.

      I have binge read some older series, but mainly I’m always behind. I blame ARCs too, though I don’t have that many… maybe there’s just too many books? Nah. Not possible!

  7. Ramona
    Twitter:

    Hehe, good question, Little Miss Perceptive 😛 I guess I’m both. I pretty much read what speaks to me on a personal level, and that can be super new (I preordered The Walls Around Us, for instance, because NRS is so amazing), or not so new. I started The Lunar Chronicles just recently and with great distrust (don’t like reimagined fairy tales), and discovered I liked it a LOT. So I ended up binging on it 🙂 In conclusion, like so many other areas in my life, this too is pretty chaotic. Which is how I stay young and on my toes 😀 GREAT article <3
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    • Berls
      Twitter:

      So true! I really appreciate authors who’ve figured out how to recap without over rehashing for that reason. Not easy to do.

    • Berls
      Twitter:

      I can definitely understand that! I’m just so behind on so many series that getting further behind is daunting.

  8. Jonetta (Ejaygirl)
    Twitter:

    I used to LOVE binge reading and strayed away from it the last couple of years since I’ve been blogging. This year, however, I decided to go back to my binging ways, tired of being behind in so many series and longing to get back to them.

    So far, I’ve binge read three series and am loving it! I’m nowhere near to catching up on all the series I’ve let languish but it sure is fun to immerse myself in the towns or worlds created by my favorite authors.
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    • Berls
      Twitter:

      I’m thinking I might fluctuate back and forth the longer I blog. Or maybe just have little bursts, like I did with grave witch. I’m reading Venom by Jennifer Estep right now and starting to think that series might switch to a binge…

  9. Red Iza

    That depends. Last year, I read almost 1 novel of Nalini Singh’s Psy-changeling series per month but at the end of the year, it became too much. I had to take a breath – fortunately, no cliffhanger there ! On the other hand, I received through NetGalley the last (#4) of the Phoenix Pack by Suzanne Wright, I’ve only read the first so I plan to binge read books #2 and 3 as soon as I can. 2 books, it can be done.
    When there’s a new instalment in a series I’m following (like Chicagoland vampires), I jump on the new book as soon as I can and like you, I let out a breath of relief that I’ve caught up on the series, lol !
    I’m beginning to wonder if we wouldn’t enjoy books more if we weren’t blogging 😉
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    • Berls
      Twitter:

      Haha maybe! Being so aware does create it’s own pressure to keep up with books… but miss out on all this goodness? Nah! 😉

      Speaking of… I really need to get to the latest one ASAP! Too many of my series released in the last couple months :/

    • Berls
      Twitter:

      True! I’ve definitely had that happen (probably more than I realize, since I forget). And not sitting on cliffs is a definite advantage of waiting a bit!

    • Berls
      Twitter:

      Great method! sounds to me like you do much better managing your review books than I do then. I haven’t been in a “no books ro review” place since the month after I started blogging :/ Maybe that needs to be my focus so I can binge care free now and again.

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