As a bookworm I enjoy reading a good book series, I love the excitement of finishing a first book and making a frantic dash onto Amazon to buy the second. I am a big fan of watching an author’s Twitter feed like a hawk for news on when the next book in their series is coming out.
Book series demand a different sort of reading mindset from you.
At the outset you have to accept the following:
You are in this for the long haul. Completing a book series can take months and even years in some cases, depending on how fast the author churns out the books.
The characters you get to know in the first book may not reach the third book. You have to keep control of your emotions.
If like me, you enjoy keeping the author updated on your book progress via tweets, regular DM messages and Facebook comments, by the end of a four book series, you might make it onto the author’s Christmas card list or they might have spoken to their lawyer. 😂
When it comes to reading, God likes to give with one hand and take away with the other. Yes – a book series will take you to a new level of reading pleasure, but they also bring worry.
I have listed out below the things that can worry a bookworm when reading a book series.
1. The author becomes unwell and this delays books three and four. Once you get invested into the first book of a series you will start to think more about the author’s health and well-being. Once they have finished the series and brought out the last book they are allowed to get sick. While you are reading the second book and they are busy writing books three and four, they must NOT attract any germs. As a back up plan I like to have a few tins of Chicken Soup and a heartfelt ‘get well soon…but keep writing!’ card ready to be sent out to the author.
2. You worry the author will get rid of a much-loved character. In a book series emotional character attachments are stronger and more powerful than in single novels. It’s so difficult not to get carried away with a handsome character in book one of a romance series. Deep down you know it’s unlikely he’ll last the full series but this is a painful thought so you try to keep him at fictional arms length.
3. The author will get bored and not write the rest of the series. If you don’t write books yourself you might find yourself willing to pop round the author’s house and write book three for them because you HAVE to FINISH what you have started. So, you make it your personal mission to remind the author regularly via social media that they have committed and loyal fans who want to see the series finished.
4. Someone around you will let slip what happens in later books in the series. When I got carried away with reading the Twilight series back in the day I actually considered wearing a badge with the words ‘I don’t want to know what happens in book three. My sister was one book ahead of me so that put pressure on our relationship and phone calls became strained.
5. Your loved one books a surprise romantic weekend away which according to your reading estimations coincides with the dramatic end of book two. Everyone on Twitter is talking about book two and you know finishing it will become your main life goal. The last thing you need is a romantic weekend away with NO READING. Do you speed up / not enjoy the book as much or cancel the romantic weekend?
6. The author takes too long to get the third book out and they keep tweeting about how much they are enjoying some luxury holidays. When do you start dropping some hashtag hints in your tweets that you are getting frustrated? – #getyourprioritiesright #writingnotsunbathing and #stopenjoyingyourselfandwrite
7. The author radically changing the cover design mid series. If this happens if will set off your OCD tendencies and it could lead to a re-purchase. You cannot have three beautiful books and one random looking book, that doesn’t match the rest in a series! It will bug the hell out of you and you will find yourself catching sight of the book that doesn’t match the rest. You won’t be able to settle until everything looks the same. Gasp! Must keep book shelf looking pretty.
Have a great day!
My novel will be out this month – yay 👏🏻