Recently, I don’t feel like I have been reading sequels. It seems like every book I pick up is the first book in a new series, or a standalone whose story wraps up nicely in one single book. This reading habit also seems to have gotten worse over the past three months, during which I have only read one sequel despite the large number that are currently on my TBR.
Therefore, today I thought I would share some of the reason why I haven’t been reading sequels, as well as some of the victims of this reading habit that I hope to stop soon!
Books can be expensive, and so I am definitely someone who likes to make sure I spend my money well when buying them. Now for some people, this would mean picking up something you know you will like, be it a new release from your favourite author, a book that appeals perfectly to your reading tastes, or the next book in a series.
However, my brain seems to want to work slightly differently.
For one reason or another, I tend to always lean towards standalones or first books in a series instead. It feels like a better use of my money to buy a new story to discover than one I have already started, despite the lack of certainity that will enjoy it. With a sequel that isn’t the conclusion of a series, I am also put off by the fact that I know I will just have to buy the next book in the series as soon as I have finished it.
Unfortunately, the problem doesn’t end when I do actually own a sequel either. As I almost never marathon series, or even read the books within a few months of each other, I often don’t remember enough details of the first book to dive straight into the next one. Which leaves me with a choice of either rereading or looking up a summary to remind of everything that has happened in the story so far, both of which mean I have an extra step before I can even start the sequel. Therefore, its no surprise that when faced with the choice of doing that, or diving into an entirely new story, I tend to pick the latter.
With that all said, as I have now realised this bad reading habit, I am hoping to start changing it. I am attempting to start convincing myself to buy sequels by only allowing myself to buy another book if I also buy a book in a series, and to stop putting off reading them just because it means spending an extra ten minutes reading a summary beforehand.
I have also set myself a little TBR, so here are five sequels that I hope to stop putting off soon!
Despite The Smoke Thieves not being a favourite of mine, I am still interested in continuing on as I have hope that the story will grow and grow throughout the books to an epic fantasy. The complicated nature of this world is one of the things that continuously puts me off reading it, as not only will I have to familiarise myself with all of the different characters and the story but also the magic system and politics of the kingdom in which they live.
I feel like this one is a combination of everything I’ve mentioned above, as this huge fantasy book is only the second in its series, with the others still yet to be released. And as I read the first book, Furyborn, last year, I know that I will have to refresh my memory of this world and these characters before I dive back in, something I just never seem to get around to doing.
This one follows on from what I said above about knowing that there will just be more books to read once I finish this one, although thankfully this books are not as long as some of the others on this list! As this is also a backlist book, I know that there is not much hype surrounding it anymore, something that, as much as I don’t like to admit it, makes me less interested in reading it as I know there won’t be as many people actively discussing it as there would be for a new release.
This one is a little different to others, as I am avoiding it mainly due its length, and furthermore because I know once I finish it, I will have an even bigger series finale in Winter to read. This is another strange reason that I am finding for avoiding books in series, as I know once I finish one sequel I will likely have another or many more left until I have finished the entire story.
This one is described as a companion more than a direct sequel, which means that this one has its own specific reasons as to why I am avoiding. Like many of other ones on this list, I would still like to refresh my hazy memory on what happened in the The Last Namsara even if it isn’t vital for me to do so, as there are so many aspects of this world I have forgotten about. As this is a companion, it is also a new story, and so despite what I said above there is a little more hesitance there as I don’t have as much of the certainty that I will enjoy it.
Do you sometimes struggle to find the motivation to read sequels? Do you tend to lean towards reading new stories or do you prefer to stick to worlds and characters you already know? Do you agree with any of my thoughts?