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Subject: Reading the Series all at once...
Date Posted: 2/1/2010 9:00 AM ET
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Just wanted to see how everyone reads series. 90 percent of the series I read i have to split them up...Example the argeneau series i am reading 2 books, then reading 2 books of a different series before moving back. I realized if i try to read more than that at once i end up getting bored and not liking the book too much. unfortunately the downfall to this is i have 70 books on tbr pile and they range to about 20 different series lol I did manage to knock out the first 4 House of night books in about 5 days lol....got a lil addicted somewhere in there. Wondering how you guys go about tackling series?

Date Posted: 2/1/2010 9:13 AM ET
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It truly depends on the series.  I read quite a few of the Riley Jensen series before I had to take a break.  I took a short break and went back and read like 4 more in a row.  Same with Kerrelyn Sparks.  There are some series, I just can't get enough of and others that I really like, but need a break.  I read the first book in World of the Lupi and I have the second, but haven't touched it.  Not that I didn't like it, but it didn't make me salivate for the next book.

Date Posted: 2/1/2010 9:52 AM ET
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For me, it depends on the length of the series. If it's a short one, 5 books or less, I'll usually read them all in one run. But for longer series, I need to split them. I read the first 9 books in the L.A. Banks Vampire Huntress series altogether because Banks really made me want to read to see what happens next, but I've stalled out with three books left. 

No matter how long the series is, though, I'm obsessive about having all books on hand before I even start. It's probably a habit I'm going to learn to regret if I collect an entire series and hate the first book! lol

Date Posted: 2/1/2010 12:42 PM ET
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Gina, I'm the same way.  I can't start a series until I have all of them, just weird that way I guess LOL

As far as reading a series all at once, for me it depends on how well I like the series.  The Georgina Kincaid series by Richelle Mead, Queen Betsy, & Sookie Stackhouse were all so good that I couldn't get enough and read them straight through.  Others like the Morganville Vamps I had to take breaks from. 

Date Posted: 2/1/2010 1:00 PM ET
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Wow, Sherry, I admire your restraint! The Morganville Vamps series is one of the worst for cliffhangers--if I'd had the next book I wouldn't have had the strength to not read it!

Date Posted: 2/1/2010 2:56 PM ET
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i used to read series books back to back, but i almost never do that any more.  i'll usually try for no more than four books by an author in a given month, about one a week.  i alternate sf&f and romance too, so i might be reading several series, each one book a week.  :)  it just helps me keep each individual book more separated in my head than if i read them back to back.  plus i'm less likely to get tired of a character.

Date Posted: 2/1/2010 11:35 PM ET
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I prefer to read the whole series before I start on something else new.  I get too hooked into it and what to know what happens to the next couple, or the situation that is left as a cliff hanger. 

Once I finish the series, I start on a new one and just buy the others books as they come out. 

 

Doing the challenge here is going to upset that for me, though.  I can't put aside all the books I am planning to read for the challenge while I read all the books in one of the new series.  So, it seems I will be reading one book each of a new series and having to put the rest of the series on hold.  That is going to be tough for me to do; ten new series and I can only read the first one of each until I have read the books for the challenge.     

Janette

Date Posted: 2/2/2010 11:20 AM ET
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I can't read more then two in a series at a time.  I like to mix them up.  I'll usually buy the first in a series and see if I like it, then I'll get the rest of them before I continue on.  I learned the hard way not to get them all before I even know if I like the series or not.

Date Posted: 2/2/2010 4:32 PM ET
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I like to read them all at once.  My only problem is I begin to take on traits of the main character.  Right now I am talking like a 1940's PI.  People tend to think Im nuts.

Date Posted: 2/2/2010 5:01 PM ET
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HA! Adrianne, I do the same thing, pick up language used in books. Glad to know I'm not the only one.

Date Posted: 2/2/2010 5:06 PM ET
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Gina,

It can be very embarrassing.  My english accent sucks.  So I have to stay away from those. LOL



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Date Posted: 2/2/2010 5:33 PM ET
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i think reading has taken over my life.  i start rewriting endings to books in my head as i fall asleep at night....

Date Posted: 2/2/2010 5:50 PM ET
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It can be very embarrassing.  My english accent sucks.  So I have to stay away from those.

I don't normally do the accents, but I will pick up words that are soooo out of trend from historicals. "Egads" is a favorite exclamation at the moment....

Date Posted: 2/2/2010 5:57 PM ET
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Glad to hear there are others out there as crazy as me.  My 1940's PI has me saying "dames"and "dolls" and stuff like that.  I read the Georgia Nicholson books and couldn't quit saying Fabbity Fab Fab.  Now, thanks to Crystal I will be rewriting endings tonight.

Date Posted: 2/2/2010 7:14 PM ET
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I am both.  Many series I have been reading for years, so I read the new one when it comes out, or as soon as I can get it.  If I start a new series, I like to read a few back to back, but I start to get tired of them after 2 or 3, unless the series is really fantastic. 

Date Posted: 2/5/2010 11:26 AM ET
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I have to have all the books in a serires before I start reading them but I'm finding that I will get bored after 3 books if they're not really, really good.  So I've collected stand alone books to give me a break.  Usually romance novels from Rachel Gibson or SEP, etc.. Kinda like a palate cleanser. LOL

Date Posted: 2/5/2010 1:04 PM ET
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OMG, Carolyn, your avi had me cracking up!