Imagine this situation: a sequel comes out in a series you are reading. But it’s been a while since you that the previous book. Do you re-read the first book(s) before moving on to the sequel? Or do you read just move forward and read the sequel? (Please let me know in the comments below!)
Watching Booktube it feels like most people like to re-read the previous books in the series before they read the sequel and due to the rampant mentality that re-reading is bad and reading new books is good, it causes many a sequel to go unread. Or so it seems from the side lines.
For me, I typically don’t re-read the previous books and there are a number of reasons for this:
-I have a fairly good memory. Even if I don’t remember much about the past book, reading the next book typically give me a crash course in what happened last time.
-If I did forgot things from previous books and the next book is good it provides an excellent opportunity for a re-read of the series.
-I don’t want re-reading to hold me back. if I have to re-read several books before getting to a new one the odds of me reading the new one is reduced.
-I have nothing against re-reads and I re-read books often. However when I re-read books, I do it to re-experience the book, not to be able to move on in a series. Essentially, I read for pleasure and most of the time I feel for me, personally, that re-reads before reading the next in a series is not pleasurable and reading the next one immediately is pleasurable.
What are your thoughts on this subject? Does it depend on the series/book? Do you only ever do one or the other? Am I turkey? Did the dragon come before the egg? I would love any comment you have on this!