Random Ramblings: Talking about random thoughts on books, blogging, myself, the world, etc. Anything under the sun~
There are SO MANY book series nowadays and there are more and more coming. I personally find it so hard to keep up with all of them. My main problem with each book series is that I usually have to wait a long time before I can even read the next book. When I see a book series, I always ask myself “Should I read this now or should I wait for the series to end first?” and it’s a question that is always hard to answer.
I do both actually. There are times I would buy the first book already even if it has been the only that has been released. But there are other times that I would wait for the whole series to end. It’s such a big conundrum for me. And I personally think that there are benefits to each.
For choosing to follow the series as it comes out one by one over the years, one can be part of something bigger. For example, during the time Harry Potter came out, a lot of people were into the book that they would even line up for the release. Everyone would be talking about it and all that. I was not part of that though because I wasn’t allowed to read Harry Potter back then, but I feel like I missed something. This was actually a point my brother gave me when I told him I wanted to wait for a series to finish before buying the books. There’s more to it than just reading. There’s a possibility of connecting with others all over the world.
Another perk for following a series is that the first people to buy the book/s get something extra. I see a lot of promos where you get merchandise for pre-ordering or something like that. The one I personally received was the Alex extra short story in Lauren Oliver’s Requiem. I’m not sure if the short story was released elsewhere because when I found out about it, Lauren Oliver said that the story would only be found on the first hardcover print of Requiem. So I totally went crazy because I love the series and I really really love Alex. So I really made sure that I would get that book, which I did.
Now let’s go to the other side~
Completed book series have box sets that are sometimes cheaper then buying each book separately. Also, it helps that the boxes look so pretty and they keep the books intact. haven’t actually bought a series box set yet because I’m usually too poor to spend that kind of money in one go, but I compare prices and box sets normally come out better. I’ve only bought one (the Divergent-Insurgent set), and it definitely came out cheaper and I got a little extra. But it’s not complete yet so I don’t think it counts for this side of the team. Haha!
Buyers also have the option to get the books in paperback or hardcover (most of the time anyway). I personally prefer getting paperbacks for book series because there are so many and getting the hardcovers will easily empty out my wallet. I do have hardcovers though. Anyway, most of the time, when a book has been first released, it will only be in one format – either paperback or hardcover. And each one of us has our own preference so of course we would need to wait it out.
And then there’s the change on cover art. I HATE it when that happens in the middle of a series because I want them all to look the same. I’ve been a victim to this already where I buy the first to second book and then the cover art suddenly changes. It’s one of my personal frustrations. See my cover of Across the Universe by Beth Revis. I don’t know if any of the sequels have the same cover art as this one, but I surely haven’t found one.
Also, it just so happens that some re-prints also have extras while the first ones do not. For example, Starters by Lissa Price. Not only did this book change covers, it also has the extra story in the re-print. And I love-hate it because I adore this book so much. I want to buy the new version so that it would match Enders when it comes out. I haven’t bought it yet though but I really plan to. Plus I already saw it and it really is pretty.
In the end, I think that there is really no safe answer to this problem. If you were rich, maybe it would be okay because you can simply buy all the different editions and be happy with your life. But for people like me, I can only really afford one version of each book even if I want all the others. I don’t really know what’s the best way to approach this so…
Give me what you got~