Thoughts and other Miscellany

Musing Mondays – Series

This week’s Musing Mondays, hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading, is:

Do you read books that are part of a series?
Do you collect all the books in the series before starting? What if the series is brand new, and the only book that’s been published so far is Book one? As subsequent books in the series are published, do you go back and re-read the preceding books?

I do read series, but in the past I have generally dabbled with individual volumes. I’m making an effort to collect all current volumes of my favourite series before starting a huge read-through: Elizabeth Peters’ Amelia Peabody series and Sue Grafton’s “Alphabet” PI novels featuring Kinsey Millhone. I won’t wait for Grafton to get to Z before I start the Millhone marathon, though.

At present those are the only series I am collecting to read in order, but I do also collect Clive Cussler’s Oregon series to stave off flying-tube-of-death fear when I travel, and I have read so many of Sara Paretsky’s V. I. Warshawski series that I really should collect them and read them in order.

I’m not that bothered about brand new series – if I love the books (e.g. Alan Bradley’s Flavia de Luce series) I know I’ll get my hands on them as they come out – the difficulty of collecting a series is directly proportional to the length of the backlist. And I’m not much of a re-reader, so I probably won’t go back and re-read as new ones come out.

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