If you’ve read all of the previous books in a series, and have got to wait months, maybe even years (oh, the horror!), for the next one, you find yourself with two options once it’s released:
- Refresh your mind with what happened by rereading the other books. If you’ve had to wait a while for the next book to come out, it’s highly unlikely you’re going to remember all the important bits and pieces that make up the plot and the characters. The only way to solve this? Start rereading.
- Forget about the series, and don’t bother reading the final books. Yes, this option really does suck. But unfortunately, not all books can be reread – so what other option is there?
Either read it, or forget about it. Simple…right?
Unfortunately, no. The life of a bibliophile is never simple, and both of these options have one massive flaw:
What if you don’t want to reread the other books, but desperately want to carry on with the series?
Sure, you might have immensely enjoyed earlier books – I mean, you liked them enough to want to read the next one – but what if reading it a second time makes the series lose its initial appeal? Or what if the idea of rereading them just bores you?
You then risk either tainting the old books by rereading them, and perhaps losing fond memories of the first time you read them. Or, you face not understanding a thing that’s going on in the new book, and hating it by default when it may actually be a really good follow-up to the previous one.
What’s a book lover to do, eh?
I’m currently struggling with this conundrum at the moment, over The Grisha trilogy by Leigh Bardugo. To reread, or not to reread: that is the question.
However, after saying all of this, there are upsides to having to wait for a book in a series to come out.
I know, I know – you must think I’m crazy for saying this after basically telling you guys there’s no winning if you find yourself in this situation.
But just think about it for a second: yes, waiting for a release in a series you’ve started reading majorly sucks…but it also builds up hype for the next book. It makes fans guess desperately what’s going to happen, inspires fan-fictions to be written, draws attention to the series, and may even gain it new fans along the way!
All in all, while sometimes it’s insufferable to wait for the next book to be released, there are some (I wouldn’t go as far as saying perks, but rather) good sides to waiting, too.
Let me know in the comments what you would do if you found yourself in this situation!
Also, I do just want to say this: please don’t harass an author over how long it’s taking for their next book to be written and/or published. If they could get their book out to us straight away, they would! But they can’t – and wouldn’t you rather have a great novel that the author will be proud of writing, rather than a fast, not-so-great one that was just rushed out because of pressure from fans?