Discussions

Discussion: Binge Reading + Waiting on Every Book To Be Out Before Reading the Series

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Hello Lovelies! I have never done a discussion post before so wish me luck!

What I wanted to talk about today was binge reading. For those that don’t know, I am a big binge reader and I typically wait for every book in a series to be out before I start to read it. I wanted this discussion to be about if that is a good strategy to have and if you guys think I should change my ways. And if you are someone that reads books as they are released, I want to get your take on your experience.


Pros To Waiting:

∴ You don’t spend months/year(s) of waiting on the next book ~ This is probably the best part of waiting for all of the books to be out. Every book in the series is right there at your finger tips!

∴ You don’t get left with a nasty cliffhanger ~ They suck! We all hate them and you are left feeling an overwhelming need to find out what happens next… Only you can’t because the next book is a year or more away. If all of the other books in the series are all ready out, you don’t have to worry about that. The next book is right there on your shelf!

∴ You don’t have to reread all of the books to remember what happened in the previous installments ~ Have you ever sat down to read the next book in a series after months of waiting, only to start reading the first few chapters and be totally lost because you forgot what happened in the last book? Well, you have some options: You either continue on and hope you remember. Or you have to reread the previous book(s) in the series over to refresh yourself. This can be a pain if this is like the fifth installment and you have to reread the first four books in the series. Then, you spend weeks of extra time and don’t get to read the book you were so excited for in the first place. When all of the books are out and you binge read them, this is not an issue.

∴ You can binge read all of the books and stay in the mindset of the world ~ There have been times when I waited for the next installment and read it as soon as it was released, to only realize that all that waiting made me lose interest in the story and/or I stopped having strong feelings about the characters. Binge reading helps with that. I am deeply rooted in the story line and my love for the characters is right at the forefront of my mind.

∴ You get to read non-spoilery reviews and see if the series goes downhill or gets better with every book ~ Sometimes, I’m just not sure about a series. Maybe the first book had a lot of negative reviews or maybe the synopsis didn’t quite sell me. But because I wait, I get to see reviews for the next books and some of my friends who I trust can tell me if I will enjoy the series. The first book might have had a lot of negative reviews, but the second and third can have glowing ones. I get to see that beforehand instead of waiting years, reading it for myself, and getting disappointed.

∴ You get to read a lot of backlist titles ~ During all of that waiting for all of the books to be out in a series, I get to read a lot of backlist titles. Some people spend so much time reading new books, that they don’t get to give older ones a try. A lot of my favorite series are backlist titles and I wouldn’t have found them otherwise.


Cons To Waiting:

∴ You miss out on a bunch of new releases and debut authors ~ There are so many times when I see a new series that I want to read or a debut author’s book that I want to support, only I have to wait years for all of the books to be out first.

∴ You have to dodge spoilers like your life depends on it ~ This one is probably the hardest!! Do you know how many times I have been spoiled for The Cruel Prince?!?! Fan art or head-cannon posts are literally everywhere and dodging spoilers is almost impossible. I am really worried that they are going to change my reading experience of the book.

∴ You might really want to read a book but end up waiting years for it (and sometimes you already have the book on your shelf and it stares at you all the time) ~ This part of binge reading is really challenging. There are SOO many newer releases that I want to read and (like The Cruel Prince) are just sitting on my shelf staring at me all the time. I am just itching to pick them up and I have to continuously remind myself that the series aren’t finished yet.

∴ You miss out on getting to talk to people about them/ you miss out on all the hype surrounding the book if it is a popular release ~ I’m constantly blog hopping and there are a lot of posts that I have to skip over because it is about a newer release that I haven’t read yet. It makes me feel bad and I’m constantly missing out on the hype train over a new release.

∴ ARCs from authors/publishers/Netgalley/Edelweiss don’t mean as much because you can’t read them ~ This is one that I didn’t really realize was a problem until I was scrolling through Netgalley. I see so many books on there that sound interesting and part of me wants to request them, but I either haven’t read the previous installment or it is the first book and I know I will have to wait a while for the series to be finished.

You spend years waiting, only to find that you don’t like the series ~ There have been a couple times that I waited years for all of the books to be out and read the first book, only to dislike it and I spent years waiting for nothing. That sucks and, even though it rarely happens to me, I get this feeling of despair every time it happens.


There are good arguments to both sides and I am probably even forgetting some more that could be added on there.

I personally get a lot of enjoyment out of binge reading. All of the books are right at my finger tips and I get to immerse myself in a world without it being interrupted. I hate cliffhangers/waiting and, a lot of the time, I am happy with waiting for all of the books to be out so that I can binge.

Have you ever heard the saying “Absents makes the heart grow fonder”? Well, I think that there is some weight to that. EVERY series that I have not waited for and read as they came out, were ones that I absolutely loved. Most of them are my favorite series of all time. I think that a part of me is like, “If I didn’t love this series, I wouldn’t spend months/years waiting for the next book”.

That got me thinking and, in the last few months, I have been debating on changing. I want to read more new releases and be able to talk about them with people. I also realized that I will spend every year anticipating more books and I can fill that gap of waiting for the next installment, with other new releases.

I’m just really scared to make that leap. I’ve been a binge reader for a long time and changing that can be daunting. I don’t know if I am going to be okay with waiting in between books and being left on cliffhangers when I’ve gone without that for so long.


This post was long winded and I hope it made some semblance of sense to you. I would really appreciate your thoughts and feelings on this subject. Should I change and is it worth it? Do you read installments as they come out or do you wait? How do you feel about your own strategy and does it work for you? Do you have any advice for me? ~𝒜𝓊𝓉𝓊𝓂𝓃 💕

Top 5 Wednesday

Top 5 Wednesday | Love Triangle Ships That Sunk

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Hello Lovelies! Today’s topic was originally Favorite Jokesters, but I decided to change it. Instead, I am going to be doing the potentially controversial topic: Love Triangle Ships That Sunk. This topic is going to be all about the love triangles where I chose the side that the main character did NOT end up with.

*Needless to say, this post will contain spoilers. Read at your own risk!*


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Twilight (Twilight #1) by Stephenie Meyer

Why don’t we start out with one of the most known love triangles out there… Twilight. I personally feel like Bella should have ended up with Jacob. Almost always go with the werewolf over the vampire if you ask me.


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∴  Unearthly (Unearthly #1) by Cynthia Hand

We are told from the beginning of this series that Clara is going to be with Christian and I was firmly on that ship. When Tucker came into the picture, I was not pleased. It felt like they fell in love over night and I was already hardcore shipping Christian and Clara. I felt like Christian understood her on a level that Tucker never could and I am still upset with how things ended.


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∴  The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles #1) by Mary E. Pearson

I think I am in the unpopular opinion section when it comes to this series. I DID NOT want Lia to end up with Rafe at all in the first book. I was firmly on Team Kaden. When book two happened, I was even more convinced that she should end up with Kaden. I spent all of book three on the edge of my seat, waiting to see who she would choose. I was SO upset when she chose Rafe. Oh, well. If Lia doesn’t want him, I certainly do!


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∴  Shadow and Bone (The Shadow and Bone Trilogy #1) by Leigh Bardugo

I stopped reading this series after book one, but I did find out eventually who Alina ended up with. And let me tell you, my opinion on this matter can be summed up with this post that I found on Instagram: *I’m going to go ahead an apologize for the language*


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∴  The Darkest Warrior (Lords of the Underworld #14) by Gena Showalter

I believe just about everyone in the fandom will agree with me on this one… GILLY SHOULD HAVE ENDED UP WITH WILLIAM!!!! NOT THE HALF-GOAT MAN!! For those that haven’t read this series, the author basically teased a pairing for eight years, tried to write their book, and then out of the blue decided that it “wouldn’t work”. This really angered her fan base. The author later received death threats over it. And if you go to Goodreads, this book has a drastically lower rating than the other books in the series. I even have some friends that refuse to read another book by this author ever again because of it.


BONUS:

I thought about it and I decided to include a couple of my TV show love triangle ships that sunk as well. Obviously, there are spoilers ahead:


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∴ The Vampire Diaries

I wanted Elena to end up with Stefan. Before you start throwing things at me, let me explain:

1) I personally believe that, while Elena was good for Damon, Damon was NOT good for Elena. She made some really bad decisions because of him.

2) I hated the way that the whole sire bond thing went down. NO ONE can tell me without a shadow of a doubt that Elena would have picked Damon without the sire bond.

3) Damon constantly took away Elena’s choices and refused to let her make her own decisions. This is not healthy and should not be depicted as such. Stefan, instead of holding Elena back when he didn’t agree with her, would help her so she wasn’t alone when she decided to do something stupid.

4) Elena ends up with Stefan in the books. It’s canon. Book canon always out-weights adaptation canon.


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∴ True Blood

SOOKIE SHOULD HAVE ENDED UP WITH ERIC!!!! I don’t know what went down in the books, but the ending to the TV show was arguably the worst ending I have ever seen. I am still really salty about it. I would have snatched Eric up and never let go if I were Sookie.


Thank you for joining me on Top 5 Wednesday! Do you agree with me on if these characters ended up with the wrong people? Do you have any that I didn’t mention? ~𝒜𝓊𝓉𝓊𝓂𝓃

2019 Wrap Ups

I Read the Fewest Number of Books That I Have Read in Years/Why I Am the Happiest I Have Been With My Reading in a While | March Wrap Up

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Hello Lovelies! As you can probably tell by the SUPER long title, this is going to be my March Wrap Up mixed with a discussion. So, let me start off by saying that I read 10 books this month. That is the smallest amount that I have read since December 2016. And you know what? I am happier with my reading than I have been for a really long time. Here’s why:

For those that don’t know, I have a lot of free time on my hands and read for the majority of it. I ended up reading 283 books in 2017 and, because I am competitive as hell, I wanted to break that record and read 300 in 2018. I was able to accomplish my goal and ended up reading 313 books last year.

Again, because I am competitive and a borderline perfectionist, I wanted to push myself even farther this year and go for 365 (or one book a day).

In January and February, I worked tirelessly toward that goal and it became a constant fixture in my life. It dictated what I read, how I read, and I blew off a lot of other stuff I wanted to do in order to read. I started reading more for work than for my personal enjoyment. I started putting off books that I really wanted to read because they had higher page counts. I also started reading a lot of short stories just to meet my quota for the day.

March started off in a similar fashion. I pushed myself and then started stressing when I got a day or two behind. I soon realized that this was turning unhealthy and sat down and had a talk with myself one night. An intervention of sorts. I decided that I was going to take a step back from reading for a few days and just stop caring what my final tally of books read was.

This proved less hard than one might think. Once I made up my mind, it was like this weight had been lifted off my shoulders. I spent days dedicating myself to improving my website and just having fun. I played Skyrim (one of my favorite games that I hadn’t played in months) and got caught up on all of the Booktube videos that I hadn’t watched.

Yes, it hurt the perfectionist part of me to read so little this month. But, the reader part of me is happier than I have been in a long time.

Eventually I craved reading a book again, so I decided to pick up a series that I had been wanting to read for months but put off because of its length. And you know what? I had more fun reading those three books than I have reading the last fifty.

My point of all of this is to not let your Reading Challenge/Reading Goals get in the way of your life and happiness like I did. Strive to meet your goals, but don’t beat yourself up if you come up short every once in a while. And, sometimes, you just need a break from something (even if it is what you love to do the most). You might find that you love it more than you ever did after you take some time away. I certainly did.

Something that I also learned this month was to be thankful. I have more spare time to read than most and I didn’t value that. I didn’t make the most out of it when I should have. I have learned from that mistake and I won’t be making it again. Time is too precious and there are too many books out there to waste my time on ones that I know are just going to be “okay” for me when I finish them. So, I have made a promise to myself that, going forward, I am only going to read books that I am genuinely interested in and believe that I will enjoy.

Okay… Now that the heavy part of this post is out of the way, let’s get into my March Wrap Up:


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The first book I read this month was Sacrifice (Drakoryan Brides #1) by Ava Sinclair. This book is a Adult Reverse Harem Dragon Fantasy. I rated it 3.5 stars and my review can be found here.


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Next, I read a lot of short contemporary romances. I decided to link them all together because, honestly, this was still when I was striving for my 365 goal and all of them were were unremarkable. I have all of my reviews for them listed down below though:


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The last few books I read for March were all a part of the Lords of the Underworld series. I had been wanting to come back to this series for months and I was so happy that I sat down and did it. It felt so good to re-immerse myself in this world and to follow these characters again. My reviews for each book is listed below:


March in Review:

Ultimately, I am really happy with how March turned out for me. I talked a lot about this above so I don’t feel the need to say any more.


A Sneak Peak Into April:

April is a month that I have been waiting for for a LONG time and I am SOOO excited for it to get here!

  • Cassandra Clare’s new book The Red Scrolls of Magic (The Eldest Curses #1) is coming out. I am getting a signed copy of this through Good Choice Reading.
  • Some RH books from different series are being released.
  • MANY changes to the autumnbookreads website are coming: WWW posts, Book Quote of the Day posts, & more unique posts.

AND….

  • GAME OF THRONES SEASON 8 IS COMING OUT!!!! I AM SO EXCITED FOR THIS YOU HAVE NO IDEA!!

 


Finally:

Thank you for joining me today. I hope you learned something from this post or found something positive in it. If you have made it this far, I really thank you. See you in my next post! ~𝒜𝓊𝓉𝓊𝓂𝓃