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Subject: Ever put off reading the lastest book in a Series?
Date Posted: 11/12/2008 6:20 PM ET
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If I have really loved a series, I always hate to read the latest one knowing I will have to wait probably a year for the next one.  I am going to be facing that decision...I got the latest book in the Julia Spencer-Fleming series (from another book swap....shhhhh...you didn't hear me say that!!!!) and I have really loved the series.  So...do I read it immediately so I can pass it off to someone else on this site?  Or....do I put it away and wait a bit so the time between it and the next one won't be so long?  Decisions, decisions!

Date Posted: 11/12/2008 6:43 PM ET
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Humm.....well, if it wasn't such a long wait (1 year) for the next one, I would probably wait and read them closer together.  But, I'm not sure I could wait that long.  On the other hand, my TBR pile is sooooo big, if it were me, I probably wouldn't miss it if I stuck it in that pile! 

I seem to have trouble coming to the end of a really good book.  I find myself  putting the book down and letting myself get distracted when I come to the last 15 pages or so!  What is that about?!

Date Posted: 11/12/2008 11:30 PM ET
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I think that's why I am in the middle of so many different series. Or part of the reason anyway. There are a few that I am caught up with, but mostly those are ones that are "done" (either the author has died or stopped writing the series) and I know I can always go back and start again from the beginning. Ongoing series, I tend to postpone reading "the latest one" at least until the publication date for the NEXT one is announced. Not always, but quite often.

Cheryl

Date Posted: 11/13/2008 11:02 AM ET
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Ah ha...someone else does that "end of the book" thing.  If I am reading a book, I really love I can think of all sorts of things I really need to stop and do to keep the book from ending.  Silly...it is going to end no matter when I read those last 20 or so pages, but I do it anyway.

Date Posted: 11/13/2008 1:51 PM ET
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Yes, I definitely DO.   I find that when I'm reading series books I generally like to read 2-3 of them in a row before I tire of the series and want to move on.   So I do try to have at least two available.

And there are some series that I've read (or am reading) that I know have definitely ended - there won't be another book.   Either the author has died or decided to stop writing the series or something along those lines.  So I find my self reluctant to read the last few books in the series primarily because I don't want the series to end, darn it!

Date Posted: 11/14/2008 11:16 AM ET
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I'm with Cheryl in that I never read the last book in an ongoing series until I know the scheduled publication date for the next one (and often wait until I actually have it in hand).

The problem I have with a couple right now is that they are the last books in the series PERIOD! So far I haven't been able to bring myself to read them knowing there will be no more.... wonder how long it'll take before I can bring myself to read them.

Matt C. (mattc) - ,
Date Posted: 11/15/2008 10:25 PM ET
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I know what you mean, but it depends on the series.  And it doesn't just have to be a series.  I finally got the last Robert Heinlein book I had never found before (The Door into Summer) and now it's been sitting on my TBR pile forever, because when I finish it, that will be the end :(

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Date Posted: 11/22/2008 9:07 AM ET
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Matt,

I read A Door Into Summer many years ago, when I was a teen!  Oh lordy! 

I devored it!  I loved it!  I read it more than once and can still remember almost all of it.  I certainly know the story well.  Take it off your TBR pile, read it and put it back.  LOL

Date Posted: 11/24/2008 11:00 AM ET
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yes but only because I have sooooo many books to read!

Date Posted: 11/25/2008 2:25 PM ET
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Not really.  I like to be caught up, but sometimes it is then hard to remember what happened by the time the NEXT book comes out.

Subject: Put in your TBR pile
Date Posted: 12/6/2008 12:28 PM ET
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I have to be in the mood, so I would just put it into the TBR pile until a month or two before it is going to come out and then read it.  I actually don't like to read one books in a series after another because it doesn't give you time to really enjoy and mellow on the story.  Just works better for me one at a time, but I hear you!  A year is too long!

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Subject: Series
Date Posted: 12/7/2008 11:22 PM ET
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I actually tend to read a few books in a series and then move on to something else and come back to the series. I get bored with series too quick. I have about 5 different series that I am alternating through right now.

Date Posted: 12/9/2008 9:32 AM ET
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I only do it on purpose when the author died and I know there won't be any more.  RIP Anne George :( 

It was quite awhile before I could read her last Southern Sisters book.

Date Posted: 12/10/2008 9:11 AM ET
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Same here, Diana...I don't often get all weepy over books, but I did after the last Sister & Mouse book. Another one I'm dreading getting to the end of is Bruce Alexander's "Sir John Fielding" historical series...I've got three left in that series and every time I look at the next one on my TBR, I try to ignore it because I know there's only those three and then no more.

Occasionally there will be an author that I just 'can't wait' to read and am perpetually caught up. Craig Johnson is one such author for me. I finished his last Walt Longmire earlier in the year with no new one in sight but (thankfully!) just found out that the next one (A Dark Horse) is coming out in May 2009. I can breathe a little easier now. LOL

Cheryl

 

Date Posted: 12/10/2008 12:31 PM ET
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I've considered the Bruce Alexanders but never tried one.  I've been think about giving the Johnsons a try when I get some things out of here (that is one thing I like about rental!).

This is so goofy, but I felt a little bit better about Anne George when I looked it up and discovered that the photo in her books was an older one.  She was still too young to go but she was older than in that picture. 

Nothing against Barbara Cartland but didn't she live to be about 300 or something?  I never read anything she wrote.  I think my favorite authors should get to live and write until they're at least 80 :)