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 💕