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Friday, November 12, 2010

Book Blog Hop

Once again, it is time for another Blog Hop.  I love discovering new blogs to follow!  I hope that you enjoy this blog and become a new follower!  Thanks to the wonderful "Crazy-for-Books" blog for hosting each week.

The question this week is: If you find a book that looks interesting but is part of a series, do you go back and start with the first one?

My answer:
First, I try not to get involved in series books, but in the young adult genre/market, that is nearly impossible.  So, when I find a new series, I always start with the first book.  If I like it A LOT, I will read the rest...if not, then I'll just stop after that one. 

Obviously, it is really important in my job to know whether the series books can be read out of order (ie: Redwall series by Brian Jacques), or MUST be read sequentially.  And to be honest, while I do read a number of book #1s, there are not very many teen series that I feel compelled to keep up with.  As long as I know the premise, I'm okay.

What about you????


Howard Sherman said...

I can dive right into the middle of a book series if the series' story
doesn't run chronologically.

That is to say, if each novel in a series is a stand-alone story (like Lee
Child's Reacher novels) then I don't feel the need to start with book one.

On the other hand, a series of books (like Richard Hatch's Battlestar
Galactica novels) can't be read out of sequence since each new book builds
upon the story of the previous entry in the series.

Happy Book Blogger Hop Friday!

Howard Sherman

Madigan McGillicuddy said...

I'm wracking my brain, trying to think of any great stand-alone YA novels that are out these days. Can't think of any. Not right off the top of my head. Seems like it's either a series, or about to be turned into a series.

I usually like to read things in order... makes things tough when there's 4 or 5 books out, and the first book is not so easy to find anymore.


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