Actually Reading the Sequel: The Struggle is Real (for me at least)

I don’t know how many other people do this, but I’ve been looking at my TBR pile a lot lately and seeing just how many of the books on it are sequels that I just haven’t gotten to yet.  This includes A Torch Against the Night, Gemina, and Lord of Shadows to name the ones that keep silently yelling at me to read them already in that way that books do.  I don’t know what it is, but for some reason this keeps happening to me – I will read a book, fall in love, know for a fact that I will buy the second in the series, do just that, and then let it sit and gather dust on my shelf instead of actually reading it.

Why?  Cause inevitably, I also need to reread the first book before reading the second.  For some it’s because it’s been almost two years since I read the first one (side-eyes ATATN).  For the rest it’s because I just keep reading other things first.  (My biggest problem is getting egalleys on Edelweiss – I have no control.  Even when I tell myself to cut back, I still end up with a ton of books to read by a certain date and I don’t know how I let it happen.)  I also have a thing where I need to read an entire series (or what’s available of it) before starting a new one.  I.E. I am still currently reading A Conjuring of Light because it took me over a month to finish A Gathering of Shadows after rereading A Darker Shade of Magic because guess what I did with AGOS – I bought it when it came out and then didn’t read it for a year.

And then I start thinking about the ones coming out in the next few months and start mentally adding them to that special pile of TBR/TBRR (To Be Re-Read) as well!

On the one hand, though, it does usually end up making things easier because by the time I do get around to reading the sequel the third one is already or about to be published so I don’t even have to wait for that.

I know I could do those recaps, and I did do it for The Wrath & The Dawn because there was a period of time between reading that and The Rose & The Dagger, but it honestly just made me really want to read TWTD again.  (Actually, I think I did go back and reread a few scenes).  So while I like the idea of them, the recaps tend to be so clinical and straightforward that I end up missing the emotional connections I made with the characters and the book in the first place, and thus end up rereading it entirely.

How do you deal with reading sequels?  Do you make it a point to read it as soon as you possibly can in order to retain as much information from the first one as possible, or do you prefer to just wait for the entire series to be published before starting them at all?  I know I wish I could be the latter, but so many new series come out that just catch my eye and beg me to read them as soon as possible!

So this has been my random thought for the day – wondering just how long it will be before I finally finish those series I started a year or more ago.

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