1. Reading habits: I have several high fantasy series on the go. This is because fantasy is my first love and I really want to read it all the time! The last couple years, though, I have been relying too much on the library and the library lacks a lot of high fantasy authors that I love. So, really all I have to do is read my own books. I just can't seem to actually do so! This means that I haven't read the next book by Terry Goodkind, Robin Hobb, Sara Douglass, Raymond Feist, Jack Whyte, etc, etc. It is also a page thing... I find this year I am sticking to books in the 300 page range because I keep putting longer ones to the side. For example, the newest Robin Hobb and Sara Douglass... I started both of them and still haven't finished either of them! And, I was insanely excited about the new Sara Douglass!
2. Disappointment: I think one of the reasons I stall sometimes on reading the next book in series is because I am worried that it will ruin the series for me. Take Jack Whyte, for example. I have loved his series so far, but then I started seeing blog posts about how the series sort of slows down and isn't as good anymore. So, I keep looking at the next book and agonizing over what I want to do. I will finish the series one day, but I am really slow about it. This works other ways, too. I didn't love the newest Ariana Franklin this year as much as previous volumes in the series. When the new one comes out next year I will likely read it quickly because I am hoping the series will get better again.
3. It is the End: I should have thought this out more and came up with more creative ways to word my points, but anyways... Sometimes I put off reading a book because when it is done, the series is done. Next year the last book in Carrie Ryan's series is out. I think this is part of the reason why I haven't read the newest Sara Douglass and I still have to read the third book in the Robin Hobb trilogy I have on the go. I have other books to read by both authors, but still... I loved the story and characters and I really don't want to have to say good bye!
4. Fear: Okay, this is actually another part of point 2. The best example is Kelley Armstrong. I was loving her Women of the Otherworld series. Then, I read Dime Store Magic. Words cannot describe how much Paige drove me crazy in that book. I stopped reading the series because I was worried that I wouldn't like the next books... I got over it, though! I just need to put some distance between me and the annoying character. That being said, I still haven't read Industrial Magic (the next book after Dime Store Magic). I actually plan to, but I misplaced my copy so I have been reading the later books instead. Paige has grown on me, but I will never reread Dime Store Magic. I would like to pretend that book does not exist!
5. Spoiler-Alert: The best example of this is Mockingjay. I was seeing people talk about it everywhere and I wanted to read it on my own terms before anyone ruined anything for me. I don't love this trilogy as much as other people, so if it wasn't for twitter and blogger I probably would have waited to finish.
6. I Hate Waiting: Sometimes I wait to read books until it is closer to the next book coming out from the author. Especially if there is a really long wait involved. I just make it so there is a more even wait involved. Sometimes I can't do this, though, because I am too excited about the book.
Which brings me to the last one I can think of...
7. Excitement: There are some series that I can just barely wait to get in the mail before reading the next book. One good example is Fables. I started that series last January and I have read every single book in the series since. Now I have to wait for the new ones to comes out, but when they do I am really excited! There is also Patricia Briggs, Ariana Franklin (even though what I said above about the more recent book), Carrie Ryan, Kristen Cashore, Kelley Armstrong, and many other authors.
So, now that you know I am crazy... Why do you read or don't read all the series you have on the go?