Hi dear friends!
First thing first: I am sorry as I know I am so behind on replying and commenting but my husbqnd had a surgery this week and it’s been reaaaaally busy! He is well don’t worry but I am home in periods of 15 to 30 minutes max, not the easiest way to blog!
Now, now, this Thursday I wanted to discuss tips and tricks to read series when you are a forgetful reader as in: you don’t remember what happened in the last book and you don’t know who’s who anymore!
What happens when you want to read the next book in the series and you are one of these readers (like me) who forgets many details from one book to another?
Because let’s face it: some authors are really slow writing books and you might wait more than one year or two before reading the next installment!
By the time you’ll hold that newborn in your greedy hands you’ll have forgotten many important details and at best, you’ll feel confused the first 10 to 20% of the book (What? She is a fairy now? But last I heard she was human!!!! And why is she with that dark lord and not the Spring Prince???).
What can you do to avoid such annoying situation?
Of course, the best tip is to binge read the series!
As in: wait for the whole series to be published before reading it in one go!
I can’t tell you how many times I promised not to begin a series while she was not finished yet….
But I am weak willed and so tempted by all these hyped books.
All my friends seem to love them and the covers are so gorgeous and the blurb seems to fit the mood I am right in this moment and I want to be part of the “in” crowd and …. I CAN’T RESIST!
If you are impatient like me, what can you do?
Option one: re-read the prequel.
Yes but when the books are over 1000 pages and you have a schedule filled with ARCs or see new shiny books you probably don’t want to do that! Plus you already know how it ends even if you don’t recall the specifics and it could be boring or you could like it less than the first time.
Second option: go look after some fan-fic site.
Wiki fandom is one of the most populars. They often describe who is who and outline the main plot and latest developments.
If you want to know all about ACOTAR for example, you can go there: https://acourtofthornsandroses.fandom.com/wiki/A_Court_of_Thorns_and_Roses
Third option: you go to Goodreads and try to find detailed and spoilery reviews of the previous book.
Fourth option, the one that I choose: when writing your review, add a last part that you won’t publish where you describe the main events that happened in the book, who’s who, the characters development and the ending! Kind of like my personal fanfic. That way all you’ll have to do is reread these personal notes before beginning the sequel!
Now do tell me do you have other techniques to read series?
Thanks for reading!