Debate: Reading a Sereis In Order a.k.a. Stephanie’s OCD

Posted May 18th, 2011 by in Discussions / 26 comments

Every reader is unique. It’s what makes reading such a personal experience. Lisa and I have figured out a lot of our personal reading quirks and one that we don’t agree on 100% is reading order.

Stephanie’s Thoughts:
I’m crazy OCD. It’s insane. Even if a string of books is loosely related, I want to read them in the correct order. I also like to have the complete series before starting it. Now this doesn’t extend to on-going series. I read all the Harry Potters as they became available and it’s the same with the Black Dagger Brotherhood. I like to stay current with the books in a series. I recently found FictFact. It’s an on-line website where you can keep track of the series that you read. It gives you the reading order and sends you e-mails when your books or authors are updated. It keeps me sane. Yeah, my habits are my own special brand of nuts.

Lisa’s Thoughts:
I used to care about reading order, but the last year or so it’s become a well conceived fantasy believing that I’m actually capable of reading every single series in order. We all know the saying: Too many books, too little time. I used to be so disappointed after going to the bookstore and picking up a few good books only to realize they were books 6, 7, 8 or whatever number of a series. I always felt obligated to read the series in publishing order to fully enjoy the latest novel. I’ve realized it’s just not necessary! Case in point, I’m currently reading Portrait of Seduction by Carrie Lofty. This book is loosely related to the previously published Song of Seduction which I read over a year ago and absolutely adored. As I was reading, I discovered another couple in the book was featured in the first book and I had completely forgotten! After the story refreshed my memory, things started coming back, but I was clueless for a good part of the book. Did it ruin the story that I didn’t remember? Absolutely not! Would the story have been more enjoyable, had I remembered all the details from the first book? Probably not so much that it would drastically change my rating of the book. Character driven series, like Anita Blake, Sookie Stackhouse, Harry Potter…those I would probably have to read in order. Only because they are a continuous story and not loosely related like most series. Anyway, I’m rambling…here’s my point: Life’s too short! Read what you want, when you want! 😀

Tell us what you think! Do you have to read a series in order?

Stephanie

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26 Responses to “Debate: Reading a Sereis In Order a.k.a. Stephanie’s OCD”

  1. Kathy

    I definitely agree with Stephanie on this!I have to read series books in order. I like to see the progression of the characters as well as avoid any unintentional spoilers.

  2. Vanessa theJeepDiva

    I with Stephanie on this. My CDO (yep I alphabetized it) prevents me from not reading in order. If it's a spin off series, I have to read the one that created the new one. I also have to have all the books in my hands before I start.

  3. Bookish Brunette

    I HAVE to read a series in order! I'm crazy obsessive about it!

  4. Barbara

    I'm notorious for not reading books in order. In truth, I started JR Ward's BDB series with Zsadist's book. Good thing because I was addicted thereafter. If I started with the first tale, I may not have continued.

  5. Book Savvy Babe

    I think it depends on the type of series…a lot of paranormal romances or romances are the story of 1 couple/1 story at a time, not really a continuation, such as the Dark Hunter series by sherrilyn kenyon. Other series, when they continue the story line, like Sookie Stackhouse or Kate Daniels, or Night Huntress, those would be a lot tougher to read out of order…

  6. Lenasledgeblog.com

    I do have to read a series in order before starting. I don't necessarily have to own them all at once to begin. I like the anticipation of reading the first and waiting on the second to be released, etc. And once I have a collection, I won't loan out or give them away. I guess that's my OCD.

  7. Kathy

    I definitely agree with Stephanie on this!
    I have to read series books in order. I like to see the progression of the characters as well as avoid any unintentional spoilers.

  8. Vanessa theJeepDiva

    I with Stephanie on this. My CDO (yep I alphabetized it) prevents me from not reading in order. If it's a spin off series, I have to read the one that created the new one. I also have to have all the books in my hands before I start.

  9. Bookish Brunette

    I HAVE to read a series in order! I'm crazy obsessive about it!

  10. Barbara

    I'm notorious for not reading books in order. In truth, I started JR Ward's BDB series with Zsadist's book. Good thing because I was addicted thereafter. If I started with the first tale, I may not have continued.

  11. Book Savvy Babe

    I think it depends on the type of series…a lot of paranormal romances or romances are the story of 1 couple/1 story at a time, not really a continuation, such as the Dark Hunter series by sherrilyn kenyon. Other series, when they continue the story line, like Sookie Stackhouse or Kate Daniels, or Night Huntress, those would be a lot tougher to read out of order…

  12. June M.

    I have found many series by picking up a book that is in the middle of it. If I like a couple of the books, I will often go back and buy the whole series and then read them all in order, but it is not a requirement. As for waiting for all of them, can not do it, even with just trilogies, if it is a fave author I have to read it immediately!

  13. jkrowyn

    I have to read a series in order of the series, and here's my downfall, if a new book is released, I go back and re-read all the previous books to refresh myself about the "world" of the series. That is why I am so far behind on my TBR pile, all those re-reads!!

  14. Lenasledgeblog.com

    I do have to read a series in order before starting. I don't necessarily have to own them all at once to begin. I like the anticipation of reading the first and waiting on the second to be released, etc. And once I have a collection, I won't loan out or give them away. I guess that's my OCD.

  15. Robin

    I agree with Stephanie. I have to read a series in order. And, I usually buy at least the first 3 or 4 books in a series before I start reading it. If I like those books, I go crazy looking for the rest of the series.

  16. Alexa

    I like to read series that are loosely related in order if I can but it is not a must. However, for series like Harry Potter, The BDB, and several others you have to read the books in order for the stories to make any sense. So ones that continue from book to book you have to read those in order which is the case with a lot of Young Adult series but not always the case with Adult Romance series.

  17. June M.

    I have found many series by picking up a book that is in the middle of it. If I like a couple of the books, I will often go back and buy the whole series and then read them all in order, but it is not a requirement. As for waiting for all of them, can not do it, even with just trilogies, if it is a fave author I have to read it immediately!

  18. jkrowyn

    I have to read a series in order of the series, and here's my downfall, if a new book is released, I go back and re-read all the previous books to refresh myself about the “world” of the series. That is why I am so far behind on my TBR pile, all those re-reads!!

  19. Robin

    I agree with Stephanie. I have to read a series in order. And, I usually buy at least the first 3 or 4 books in a series before I start reading it. If I like those books, I go crazy looking for the rest of the series.

  20. Alexa

    I like to read series that are loosely related in order if I can but it is not a must. However, for series like Harry Potter, The BDB, and several others you have to read the books in order for the stories to make any sense. So ones that continue from book to book you have to read those in order which is the case with a lot of Young Adult series but not always the case with Adult Romance series.

  21. Stephanie @ Once Upo

    There seems to be quite a few for each way of doing it doesn't there? That's what I love about reading. No one can tell you how to do it. 🙂 I also have another quirk. I won't read the same genre back to back if I can help it. I find that if I read too many of the same type of book (even if I REALLY want to) I get burnt out too easily. @JeepDiva – I so thought about putting CDO in the article instead of OCD but didn't think any one would get it! I call it that too!

  22. Stephanie @ Once Upon A Chapter

    There seems to be quite a few for each way of doing it doesn't there? That's what I love about reading. No one can tell you how to do it. 🙂

    I also have another quirk. I won't read the same genre back to back if I can help it. I find that if I read too many of the same type of book (even if I REALLY want to) I get burnt out too easily.

    @JeepDiva – I so thought about putting CDO in the article instead of OCD but didn't think any one would get it! I call it that too!

  23. Cait

    I will always always read a series in order. and then I get annoyed when the details are recapped for those who haven't read them in order..aha.

  24. Cait

    I will always always read a series in order. and then I get annoyed when the details are recapped for those who haven't read them in order..aha.

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