If you interact with me for a while you know that I prefer to binge read series. This way I don’t have to wait for months or even years for next installment. I’m not very good at waiting.
Another positive side of binge reading is that I can single out good series. We all know how many series started wonderfully, but then went downhill. This way I pick up only series that are worth my time.
I forget some details and events from previous installments by the time the next one is released. Of course I can always reread previous books before picking up the next one, but I’m a slow reader and I usually don’t have time to do it. Binge reading fixes this problem.
And finally I can buy books with matching covers. I hate when publishers change covers mid-series, though it’s probably a topic for another post.
Lately I have doubts about binge reading, because it has downsides. Reading a series book by book you are more involved with book-community. Everyone is reading latest installment at the same time, and you can chat with you friends about the book.
When you read a series book by book you can stay with characters longer. A while ago Keertana from Ivy Book Bindings wrote a review on Burn by Paula Weston. I want to quote a passage that struck me:
“But, now that I actually do have all the answers to my questions, answered beyond satisfactorily, I am beginning to realize what a privilege it was to have Weston’s cliffhangers living with me for a year. I can remember waking up, still six months prior to the release of Weston’s next novel in this series, and just lying in bed turning over all the possibilities and burning questions and unsolved mysteries. And now, with this series at an end, I am unbearably sad that I won’t be tossing and turning at night, thinking of these characters as I used to. Yet, I got what I wanted, didn’t I? As they say, be careful what you wish for.”
This resonated with me so much, because this is exactly what I lose binge-reading series.
Obviously there is no right or wrong way to read a series, but I wonder if I should try to pick up a series when there is only one book released.