I’m reading The Story of a New Name, the second book in Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Quartet at the moment. I read the last book back in November and now I’m asking myself two questions:
- Why did I wait so long to start the second book?
- Should I read the third book in the series next, or wait?
I can easily think of reasons for both sides of the answers to the second question. I had a few days off each time round, so was able to reader longer (and later). I don’t have a holiday for some time, so I should wait until then…but then it will take me nearly the whole year to finish the series! So I could read the third next, but then could I restrain myself to wait for the last book?
There’s also the point that blog readers might get bored with Ferrante Fever. But well…you know as well as I do how good she is! In 2016, I’m trying to read more of my own books (before I end up on an episode of Hoarders or the floor foundations collapse). But I’ve promised to read some great new releases, I’ve got some busy weeks coming up etc etc. There is always an excuse not to do something, to prolong the pleasure of a series…
I have a copy of book 35 of the Morland Dynasty by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles, which I haven’t read, because I think it is the last in the series (hard to find out). I’m not ready to say goodbye to the Morlands, whose fates I read back to back as fast as I could order them from Amazon! (They were crazily difficult to buy in Australia, my collecting spanned not only Australia wide, but New Zealand and Singapore too). The only other series I’ve read back to back has been Harry Potter (I discovered him at the time of release of book 4). Otherwise, I tend to read series at a more leisurely rate. This is probably because I start reading them on the first book’s release (e.g. Bunyip Bay series by Rachael Johns, Boys of Summer by Victoria Purman) or they are hard to get hold of! (Like the Ferrante books, I wanted them all to be the same cover!)
Do you feel the same way? Do you put off reading books in a series until a more convenient time? Do you wait for the next book to be released before reading the previous one so you’ve always got one in reserve? Or do you read them back to back?
And if you’d like to recommend me a series, please do. I love revisiting beloved characters!