Thursday's Thoughts: Should I Surrender?

Thursday, April 15

Do you ever contemplate not beginning a series that is well established...even if all you hear are rave reviews?

For instance the book I am reading now, Lion's Heat by Lora Leigh, is approximately the 20th book in the Breeds series, and according to a new blog post by the author she has ideas for approximately 25 more. Jumping up and down and squeeing for joy at the moment, but at the same time will I still be interested in the series 25 more books from now? If I were a reader new to the series would it seem too daunting to even try to catch up?  Or what about the Dark Hunter series by Sherrilyn Kenyon, that has like....I don't know how many books in the series?  Seriously, I think there are too many to count. 

These are well known authors and people love them so you may say to yourself..."I need to read those!" if you haven't tried them already, but at what point do you throw in the towel...when you realize there is no way you can possibly read the entire backlist to catch up in the series? Especially if you are a reader that MUST read a series from the beginning.  Because with that many stories in a series you HAVE to be missing some important information and developments so you can't really start with the newest.  And is there a limit to the amount of books in a series that you are willing to read?  Do you ever loose interest?

Then I think sometimes you have to also take into account how many pages are in each book.  For instance, the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon.  There are only seven books in this series, but each book easily has over 700 pages, so while there are only seven books in the series so far, in reality it would be like reading over 14 normal books.  That's a huge time commitment.  Sure they're great reads, especially the first three which will always remain keepers for me, but how do you know if they are worth NOT reading so many of the other new releases just to try and catch up with an older series?

I have several authors like, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Christine Feehan, and a few historical romance authors that I've been collecting for a few years now so that I can read the entire series backlist at once because I didn't discover them until they were well established.  On one hand I love it when I find a series that has several books already written so that I can totally binge and read them all together without having to wait months or even years for the next novel. On the other hand I am thinking about waving the white flag and surrendering to the reality that there are just way too many books in the series for me to try and catch up with at this point.  

I'm in a quandary. I've been thinking about this a lot lately as my bookshelves overfloweth with books that I honestly may never read but at one point in time I had considered "must reads".  Have you ever found yourself in this dilemma?  Is there an author(s) or series like this for you?  What are your thoughts?  I'd really like to know where you stand on this issue.

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Chas @ LLL in the 808 April 15, 2010 at 1:42 AM  

OHHHH MMM GGG!!! I feel you!!

I feel the same about all the series you mentioned. Sherrilyn Kenyon I just read whatever books I have regardless of order.
The Outlander series... I have almost finished Book 1. I have Lora Leigh's Bengal Heart or whatever the title is... book 19.

Then there is the Anita Blake series that I have heard so much about but since I am sooo late into the genre there are many established and seasoned series out already that I desire to play catch up but dont think i will ever get to.

I am so happy I am not the only one out there that has the dauntling feeling!!=)

Kara April 15, 2010 at 9:13 AM  

I feel the same about huge series. I am so far behind in the Dark Hunter series that I doubt I will ever catch up. My problem is I can't quit starting new series!! I have so many series started that I have to keep notecards on the characters so I remember where I am in the series when I pick the next book up.

Scorpio M. April 15, 2010 at 9:25 AM  

I agree, it can be quite daunting to start an established series. I just read my first 2 IN DEATH books a few months ago and enjoyed them so much that I ended up buying the entire series second-hand. ALL 30+ of them. I keep staring at the box brimming over. Feeling happy yet concerned that I may not catch up.

It can be fun though, to know that there is more books coming. I do not, however, appreciate series that have cliffhangers...each individual book should have its own HEA or at minimum, some closure.

Booklover1335 April 15, 2010 at 1:08 PM  

I had completely forgotten about the "In Death" books. I have most of those to read too :( Ducking head...see why I'm thinking of just not reading them at all!

Jessica April 15, 2010 at 2:52 PM  

I agree with ya'all, but it's so much fun to start a series and see where you end up. All the way to the end or do you get side tracked and start a new series.

I made the 'mistake' of going to the local library sale last summer, I found so many books I wanted to read, some were part of series I'd already collected, other were just of favorite authors. It's 9 months later and I still haven't read even 1/2 of what I bought. Too many new books coming out, I can't keep up. *sigh* But I will keep trying!

Come on Booklover1335, give those books a shot. Just cause you don't finish a series, before you turn 102, doesn't mean you can't start one! Enjoy as much as you can, there is always tomorrow!

Armenia April 15, 2010 at 5:29 PM  

Oh, yeah, I feel your pain. I'm at the same quandry, looking over my brimming bookshelves. I've stopped at the 4th book in the Outlander series, and I won't even start JD Robb's In Death series knowing I might get sucked in and not be able to catch up.

Thank goodness when I started the Twilight series SM had finished all in that series. But I'm trying to enjoy what I have shelf by shelf.

Viv Arend April 15, 2010 at 10:02 PM  

I know what you are talking about. I'm afraid I'm the type that 'gives up' if there are too many books. I finally read the first In Death book, but have no desire to dive into the rest. I stopped Sherrilyn's after Acheron, even though I loved the first books passionately--one of my introductions to the genre.

I started Feeham's Drake sisters on book 3, and still have to go and read the first two books. I LIKE knowing there will only be X number of books in a series.

Because there are always new stories and worlds to be discovered.

Pamk April 16, 2010 at 12:37 AM  

lol JD Robb I've read the first one but dang she is so prolific that I don't think i'll catch. SK I am caught up with. I started her at about the 7th book and went through the them like potato chips. Lora was hard to catch up on with ther ebooks and the like. but I did it. I started and didn't stop until I was caught up.

Anonymous,  April 16, 2010 at 9:06 AM  

Oh, I feel that way all the time. I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that I'd be so far behind everyone else, and there are just so many other books to read, lol. I was behind in JR Ward's BDB series. But, I did catch up and was very glad I did.

librarypat,  April 17, 2010 at 2:17 AM  

I have 40 full bookshelves and boxes of books yet to unpack. I like to have all in a series before reading them, so I start collecting. Unfortunately, while I am collecting, more books are coming out. I have so many now, there is no way I'll be able to read them all.

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