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Subject: How do you read a series?
Date Posted: 7/23/2009 3:57 PM ET
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When you start a series - how do you read it - do you read the complete series before you red anything else or do you read a few of the series - then perhaps read something else before you start back on it?  I have to read them in order but I have a hard time reading more than 2 or 3 in a series one right after another.  The only one I have read that way that has more than 3 in the series is the Southern Vampire series - I LOVED those books!!!

Date Posted: 7/23/2009 4:14 PM ET
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I have to have at least the first 3 in a series before I start.  Sometimes tho I read the first one and realize I dont like them and never get to the other two

Date Posted: 7/23/2009 4:14 PM ET
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I can read 2 or sometimes 3, but after that I definitely need a break and read something else before I go back to the rest of the series.

Date Posted: 7/23/2009 6:25 PM ET
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It does depend on the series.  Some are so good I can read back to back, but most I can only do 2 or 3 , then I need a shift.  Many I have been reading as they come out, so it may be a year or more since I read the last one. Sometimes I will reread the last one, if I have it, right before, to remind me of what happened, especially if there is a cliffhanger ending. 



Date Posted: 7/23/2009 6:30 PM ET
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I like to read several at a time.  I read a lot of series books and if I let too much time go by in between I get confused.  Maybe that's just because I'm getting old and forgetful.  LOL

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Date Posted: 7/23/2009 7:28 PM ET
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I like to try to read them back to back, that's why I like to have all of the books in the series before I start. Unfortunately I am missing book #5 of the series I am reading now because Borders didn't have it when I bought the others and the WL isn't moving fast enough here LOL. So until I get the next book, I decided to start on a different series for the time being. Maybe this weekend I'll talk hubby into stopping at Borders. They're having the buy four get the fifth one free sale :D I like those LOL

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Date Posted: 7/23/2009 9:14 PM ET
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It varies for me. With Kerrelyn Sparks' series I read all that was out back to back then read the next when it arrived in the mail. Same with Lynsay Sands' series. Kathy Love's I read pretty much altogether except for the last one which I had to get from the library. Kresley Cole's I read the first and liked it ok but not enough to grab the  next off the shelf and keep going and the same happened with Michele Bardsley's series - I read the first then waited then read t he 2nd and 3rd fairly close together and stopped again. I think if the series is light and f unny I tend to keep going but if there's more going on or there's a lot of stuff to keep track of I find I have to stop.

Date Posted: 7/23/2009 9:34 PM ET
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Yeah, it definitely does depend on the series.  Sookie Stackhouse series, I read the 8 that were out at that time in like 4 to 5 days, I swear.  Same with Twilight, read them all in like 3 nights.  But I have only read like the first 3 Kitty Norville books.  So it depends on how into the series you are.  Kresley Cole's IAD I've read like 3 times...LOL

Date Posted: 7/24/2009 3:13 AM ET
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i used to read back-to-back, but only about 3 then take a break & come back to it in a bit.

now i will try to read up to about 5 books in a series in the same month, but i space them out evenly throughout the month.  i might be reading several series in the same month that way, but the individual books in a series stay more separate in my head instead of all mixed together.