How many series are you currently in the middle of? According to my series taxonomy (Thanks, UBBV3!), I have reviews for this blog for 81 series. Eighty-one doesn’t seem too bad, and the actual number may be lower since I didn’t exclude series that I had already finished. But it’s a good ballpark number for me to visualise and try to understand.
Do I actually keep up with all of these series? No way! I have varying degrees of what we will call… Series Interest. Today, I want to talk about my different levels of Series Interest, and what questions do I ask when I decide to try and keep up with a series. Next week, I will talk about series that I lost interest in, and what I do about it.
But today, let’s talk about… Series Interest!
My varying levels of series interest are:
- Serie-ously Interested (HEHEHE)
- Not Very Interested
These varying levels of series interest will influence the following things:
- How excited I am when a new book comes out
- How much effort I put into catching up with the series (aka binge-reading the series)
- How likely I am to try and find the new books
And today, I’m going to use the chibi Anas to help me! :D
For these series, I get really excited when the prospect of a new book comes out. I won’t put up countdowns or anything, but I’ll know the date it comes out and be waiting. Patiently. Like a bird of prey. TO SWOOP DOWN AND PICK UP THAT SWEET SWEET NEW BOOK. Then I will bring that book home and tear it to pieces– Okay, this metaphor is getting weird. Moving on.
The binge probability is likely because if I really enjoyed the first book and the other books are available to me, you bet that I’ll get through those. I’ll read those back-to-back so that all the details are fresh in my mind.
As for obtaining the books, buying the whole series is very likely. I’ll recommend it to my library, actively seek it out through online retailers, I JUST WANT TO GET MY HANDS ON THE NEXT ONE.
For this level of interest, my reaction to hearing a new book is out is “Oh, cool!” I’ll probably have heard about it but have forgotten about it until I see it on my Twitter feed or see it on the shelves of the book store. The binge probability of this level of interest is “possible” because I’ll do it if the books are available right away through my library. Effort involved? If I like it enough, recommend to the library or put in a hold request for an existing library copy.
Okay, let me just clear things up: this level is NOT for “I don’t like this series!” This level is for “This series just doesn’t pull me in like I thought it would” or series that I have tried to read but have not lived up to the hype that I see. My excitement level is meh but I will never ever go up to someone who IS excited and tell them that I’m not excited. (Because really, that’s just rude.) I’ll just sit back and feel happy that my fellow bloggers are happy with something they love.
The binge probability is unlikely because I’ll really only pick this up if I see it on the shelf of my library. Like if I’m doing some surfing around the e-book catalogue or actually walking in there, maybe. At this level, one good book can be all it takes to bump it up to Interested or to just drop it down to Not Interested.
And Not Interested is the level I’ll talk about next week! Hope to see you then!
So how about you, dear reader?
Do you have different levels of Series Interest? How does that influence your reading habits?
Let me know in the comments!