I’m not sure how popular the whole Tuesday Treats and Titles thing is–me pairing one of my characters and books with a recipe. It’s kinda fun for me until I just keep using the same books and characters. So, until I have re-released or new books to hawk, we’ll talk about reading, if that’s okay with y’all?
I love to read. Or a did until the eyes started giving me trouble. Now I love to listen to books. My dad told me that I stopped listening to bedtime stories when I was about three. He said I much preferred reading them by myself, and not out loud. Reading them out loud took too long. My mother thought I was just flipping pages and looking at pictures until I’d tell her the story written in the book. Yes, I was one of those kids.
A lot of you have heard the story about other weird stuff in my early reading habits–like starting with the As and working my way through the whole children’s secton of my hometown library all the way to the very last Z book. Granted, the library wasn’t huge but there were quite a few books. At the age of ten, Dad took me to Mrs. Lake, the head librarian, to have my name added to his library card so I could read any book I wanted. The first two I checked out were Mary Stewart’s “The Moonspinners” (because Disney and Haley Mills!) and Ian Flemeng’s “The Spy Who Loved Me” (because Sean Connery and James Bond movvies!) And yes, I was precocious. We won’t mention me thumbing through Playboy magazines (for the cartoons and Little Annie Fanny, y’all! No, really!) Are you at all surprised that I grew up to write sexy romance novels?
Anyway, that’s a long way to meander around to today’s topic. Book series. Are you a fan? Do you read them as they release or do you wait until the series is over to read them all? (Which would be tough if you are a fan of JD Robb or Nalini Singh, to mention a couple of favorite authors of mine.) As a writer, I try to bring closure to a series, which is not to say that those chararcters don’t crop up in other series. That’s the fun of my Moonstruck world! But I digress. Series. Love ’em or leave ’em? And do you reread the series when a new release comes out? I usually do because I read/listen to 150-300 books a year and it’s easy to lose track of characters, storylines, and such stuff like that there.
I bring this up because I just finished relistening to a series due to a new release and now I’m starting another series because the latest book came out today. Actually,, it’s a spin-off series but the heroine in the spin-off makes her first appearance in the first book. I’m talking about Jennifer Estep’s Crown or Shards and The Gargoyle Queen series. These are fantasy books with romantic elements. Estep does an amazing job with the rules of magic and the worldbuilding. I forget how much I like her voice until I open the series each year, because yeah, one new book a year. Which is another reason for a marathon reread/relisten. So, I’m happily relistening to “Kill the Queen.” And I totally recommend this series for fantasy fans.
The floor is now open for discussion. Series: yay or nay? Rereading: yay or nay? And what are you currently reading?