When you loose yourself in a new book series, do you want to read the whole series at once? Or do you prefer taking your time with a series and read other books in between? I got a clear preference when it comes to binge-reading of book series and that’s what I’m going to talk about today in this Struggle Sunday article.
1. the act of reading a large amount of texts
in a short amount of time
|MY OPINION| I love binge-reading!
I love it so much if I can lose myself completely in a (new) book world and the fact I can keep enjoying it instead of waiting a year for a new book in the series to release. I love binge-reading so I can read all of the books at once, so I don’t have to say goodbye to this world so soon – after finishing 1 book – because once I’m IN a new world, I’m all-in and hate to separate from it, lol. So yeah, binge-reading is definitely something I love to do!!
Reading series which aren’t finished yet are a huge struggle for me. I hate waiting a whole year or sometimes even more for a new book to come out in a favorite series of mine. Thankfully there’s always the option to re-read all of it for example, right before a new release is due. Or you decide to wait until the whole series is complete, so you can read all of it at once. => previously published: Waiting for a release date!
- Waiting until a series is complete is something my little sister does for example. Every time I recommend books to her, the first thing she asks me is: ‘Is it a series, and if so; is it completed?’ And when I have to answer ‘No, it isn’t completed yet’ I can assume right away she’s not going to start reading it now, no matter how high I ‘jump’ to persuade her, lol. She may be the only reader out there I’ve come across who I haven’t been able to persuade to read a series after giving them my famous ‘Melissa fangirl rant’. It hurts guys, it hurts.. hahaha. She’s, just like me a binge-reader, but instead of reading incomplete series and re-read them with every new release, she just decides to wait until a series is complete and read all of it then. I just don’t have the discipline to wait that long.
| PRO’S AND CON’S of Binge-reading | It depends on how you look at it of course..
– You get all the answers to your questions ‘right away’. No more years of waiting until you finally know how it all ends.
– You don’t need to wait a year or sometimes longer – look at book three of the Ember in the Ashes for example or a new Cassandra Clare – and that’s just freaking awesome, isn’t it?
– I for one, while binge-reading, get completely sucked into a book world and if I love it so much and I’m able to binge-read it, I just get to spent more time in this world and there’s nothing better then that. When binge-reading, details from a previous book you just finished are still ‘fresh’ and on the surface of your memory which makes reading a sequel so much better I think. And if I don’t get to binge-read a series because it isn’t completed yet, I always binge re-read the previous books when a new book releases so I’m really IN the specific world and the story so I can enjoy the new book at it’s fullest.
– No more cliffhangers! Well, if you’d wait until a series is completed at least haha. But there’s almost nothing worse then ending a book with a cliffhanger and you need to wait for the sequel. That’s just plain right horror, don’t you think?
– WARNING: HANGOVER at the end of the ‘road’. When you’ve got a fairly descent reading pace you’re finished before you know it and if you love the series it almost always ends in a huge huge hugeeee hangover – with me it does, anyway. Because I just don’t want to say goodbye to this series, this world and it’s characters – god, how often this happened to me already. Why on earth you’d want to put yourself through this to end up with this huge hangover haha. But you can always re-read, right 😉 When I’ve read the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead for the first time I finished all 6 books within 7 days and a day after finishing the series I re-read the whole series again buwhaha. I just couldn’t say goodbye. I was living and breathing this world, it controlled my thoughts all day long and I just couldn’t leave this world and it’s characters behind.
– You might turn into a reading vixen. For days you’re living like a zombie. You barely eat, drink or sleep. You don’t pay any attention to your surroundings whatsoever. And god forbid if someone tries to interrupt you while reading during a binge-session. My poor hubby… And he’s got this special gift – let’s call it that but it truly isn’t a gift tho – to always interrupt me while there’s just an AMAZING scene going on right at that moment, a scene I just don’t want to stop. At those moments I’m screaming inside; “LEAVE ME ALONE! NOT NOW! PLEASEEEE, NOT NOWWWWW! WHY DO YOU DO THIS TO ME?!” at the same time I just fix my eyes on him, listen to what he has to say, give him a nod and a ‘hmmhmm’ as a confirmation and dive right back into my book again, praying this won’t happen again. – Do you recognize this behaviour? I’m not saying I’m proud of it, but I can’t help myself. When I’m ‘IN’ a book, I’m in it and don’t have it in me to patiently give attention to something or someone else outside of my book buwhaha.
– the Ideal situation is when you can start binge-reading a series which is already complete, so you don’t need to wait for a sequel. I seldom do this tho because I just hate missing out on amazing books because they don’t have sequels already. But yeah, this often means you have to wait until a sequel releases, which is definitely a CON for me because I don’t have any patience whatsoever and hate, hate, hate it if I just finished an amazing book and have to wait till the sequel is released.
– It’s over too soon! When being in a binge-reading-marathon and it turns out to be an amazing series and is becoming one of your favorites even, it’s just over too soon. As much as I love re-reading, there’s just this one time only you can read a book(series) for the first time and it’s always a sad thing to realize you’re through with that first time reading of a book(series). But I’ve got a fairly fast reading pace and if I love a series so much, I’m like an unstoppable train and fly through the pages.
My faovire binge-reading series which are already completed.
– Do you prefer binge-reading or read other books in between?