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Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Bookish Question: When a new book in a series comes out...

And you push it back and then you realize it's been like a year since you pushed it back, enough time to not completely remember what was happening in the first place, or a new book comes out from a series you like but you don't really remember some details of the book before or the series in general because it's a long series, do you read the book and figure the details will come to you or do you just choose to re-read from book one and get caught up in the story line again?

Jealousy (Strange Angels, #3) Defiance (Strange Angels, #4)

I have both these problems right now. On one hand I have had The Strange Angels book #3 and 4, Jealousy (out in 2010) and Defiance (out in 2011), on my shelf  for ages and I wanted to finally get to them and read them, but by now I don't really remember every detail in the story because it's been a long time coming.

Lost in Time (Blue Bloods, #6)

On the other hand I just bought Lost in Time (Blue Bloods #6) by Melissa De La cruz and I kind of think I should re read it all just so I have all the stories straight since it's a pretty long series and I am sure some sort of detail must have escaped my mind by now.

If you were in my position, and I am sure at one time or another you have been in this position, what would you choose to do? Re-read the series or just go ahead and read the book and get caught up as you read?

16 comments:

Kari said...

I actually just did that with the Blue Bloods series for the book that came out previous to Lost In Time. It was a great refresher, and I was able to read/skim for the most part so I could get to the current book.

I usually start reading the newer book, and if I find myself having to look up different things or questioning different characters, I will go back and reread the series.

Tiffany said...

I would Re-read the series. There has been a time or two I've started on a series again and have no clue what's going on, so I'll read the series again. I would suggest that you Re-read the bluebloods, if it's been awhile.

I'm The Bookie Monster said...

Most of the time I just go ahead and jump into the book and hope everything will come back eventually. I honestly don't have time to be rereading series when I have so many other books on the shelf I haven't read. If I get lost, I'll just look online to see if I can find a summary of the series or something along those lines. There are a lot of times I wish I had the time to reread series though. And sometimes, against my better judgement, I do reread them anyways:) Thanks for the interesting question!

Emily said...

I usually just read the book and ope all the details come back to me. I don't like re-reading books :p

Britt said...

For me it depends on how intricate I think the series in. I think I prefer to re-read but sometimes don't have the time to. I recently read A Million Suns without re-reading Across the Universe and while a lot of it came back to me sort of while I was reading, I feel like there were still things that I didn't end up remembering.

LunaMoth said...

i dont usually re-read a series. books tend to recap in the begining so its pretty easy to remember or catch up.

KM said...

I usually just start with the new one in hopes that I'll remember. That's what I did with DREAMLESS, by Josephine Angelini. I realized that it had been a long time since I'd read STARCROSSED and I didn't remember everything, but my memory has jolted so I just picked up on stuff I had forgotten.

Melissa said...

I actually wrote a post about that same problem. I am not a rereader, I just can't do it so I decided that I was going to say bye to a lot series that I just can't remember the plotlines or characters to. I decided that I was not going to continue the Blue Bloods series because I couldn't even remember the characters names.

Doodle said...

I always reread the series because if it is something I love, then I want to relive/re-imagine all the wonderful details again.

Hope this helps!

Doodle @ Doodle's Book Blog

Jennifer said...

Whenever I read a book in a series i try to take notes, especially re: the ending. That way when the next book comes out i just re-read the notes. I absolutely hate reading the next book in a series and not remembering what happened.

I honestly think that there should be a page at the beginning of each book in a series telling us what happened in the last book and talking about the cliffhanger ending (if there was one).

Amanda @ Letters Inside Out said...

It depends on how long it's been and how much I LOVED it. I typically no longer re-read, just not enough time. I usually opt to just skim over it a bit.

If I had the time, I would re-read though!

Joanna said...

If I were you, I would just look up on Wiki the plot summary of what happened in book one & two of the Strange Angel series. And re-read the Blue Blood series (I'm actually doing this now because I forgot too). The very last book isn't coming out until 2013 anyway, so you can take your time.

Shana said...

I usually just read the next book because usually the book has all of the extra details you need to know bc some people might be reading the 3rd one before the 1st.

Patricia Eimer said...

I just reread the whole Parasol Protectorate series because it had been a while and book 5 had just come out.

Meanwhile I've been meaning to do that with Robert Jordan and just haven't worked up the gumption yet.

Diana (Not So Closet Geeks) said...

I tend to tell myself I'll figure it out while reading the new book. And then I struggle and end up reading the previous books anyway.

booksntea said...

This is one of the reasons I don't like to start a series until a few of the books have already hit the shelves. I'm not a big re-reader (unless it's Harry Potter), so I wouldn't bother re-reading the previous book in the series. I'd probably just Google a plot summary with spoilers and then continue on with the series.

- Jackie

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