Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Book Discussion: How Long Do You Take to Read a Series?

I used to be eager to finish reading a series, thus binge-reading all the books one after the other in order. But lately I have found myself reading the first book in a series, and not reading the rest of the books, not right away anyway. Some of the  reasons for this: 

  1. A lack of interest in continuing (though this is pretty rare)
  2. Unable to find the rest of the books in the series at the library and not wishing to buy the rest if they can't be bought second-hand
  3. Finding a book other than the first one (happens often when getting thrift-store books)
  4. No hurry to continue right away, especially series with really long books (e.g., The Outlander series)
  5. Simply forgetting that I even began (also rare)

One thing that I have come across in my challenges in recent years are prompts for reading a duology or trilogy. In that case, I have to read all the books in the same year, though I have tended not to read the next one(s) immediately after the first one.  One prompt I have this year is "The final installment in a series." I don't yet know what book or series this will be from!

Does the above apply to you? Usually not to me, as I'm always reading something. When I'm done with a  series, I go on to read whatever I choose. Sometimes It's hard to decided what to read next, but that's true in any case (perhaps this could be another discussion topic).

How about you? How long do you take to read a book series? Do you binge or take your time?

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Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Book Buying

Is this you?

Yes, I can be this way. But in the last few weeks or so, I have not felt compelled to buy any books. Even after going the monthly book sale at our local library or stopping at Goodwill. Nothing I saw interested me then and there. I got an Amazon card for Christmas, which I used to buy this writing kit. I got a $25 Visa gift card for my birthday, which I plan to use on Amazon. I may now get another of the writing kits in this series, but am uncertain just yet. I have sen some books that look interesting, but I cannot find them at my library, but am unsure about buying them. Well, maybe if they can be found at a thrift store, though that hasn't been the case recently. One thrift store in my town I have not been visiting lately, seemingly because of lack of time or compulsion to stop in the first place.

And I certainly have more than 10 books at home to read! But I still keep going to the library when the ones I have at home don't fit any of my challenge prompts. And so many of them don't--at least right now. But they will be read--someday.

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Friday, February 16, 2024

Spring 2024 Reading Challenge

 Runs from March 1 to May 31, here at Beyond the Bookends.

Spring Reading Bingo 2024 1

    1. Read a Middle Grade Realistic Fiction: The Fabulous Zed Watson!--Basil Sylvester
    2. Read a Book Set Abroad: Apocalypse Baby--Virginie Despentes
    3. Read a Biographical Fiction:
    4. Read a Classic or Classic Retelling:
    5. Read a College Novel: Check & Mate--Ali Hazelwood
    6. Read a Friends-to-Lovers Romance: It Starts With Us--Colleen Hoover
    7. Read a Psychological Thriller: The Paris Apartment--Lucy Foley
    8. Read a Book with a Pirate: Pirate Passover--Judy Press
    9. Read a Book that Will Make You Cry: The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry--Rachel Joyce

                    Tuesday, February 6, 2024

                    Discussion Challenge: 20 Books for January


                    This may not surprise most of you who already read by blog regularly. Yes, I get a lot each month, so I was not surprised myself 🙂 Sorry, not trying to brag here 🙂
                    This was how my year in reading began for 2024.

                    I often try to listen to short audiobooks and read short e-books each month, and do so on the first days of each month, if possible. The shorter they are, the shorter time it takes to complete them and less extra time staring at screens. Exactly why I prefer physical books.

                    I don't want to have to name each book for each month, but I'd like to say that there are a few new authors I've read in the last month and year, something I may talk about more in another post.

                    Saturday, February 3, 2024

                    February Bookish Bingo

                     Here is the new card.

                    My Books:

                    1. This Wound is a World--Billy-Ray Belcourt (1 square): Audiobook
                    2. The Art of Costuming--Ruth E. Carter (4 squares): E-Book, Short Book, Puzzles/Games, Free Book
                    3. Behold the Dreamers--Imbolo Mbue (4 squares): Physical Book, Not in a Series, Book Club Read, Free Space
                    4. Watership Down--Richard Adams (4 squares): Shelf Love, Animals as Characters, In a Series, Multiple Realms/Dimensions
                    5. Sunny Song Will Never Be Famous--Suzanne Park (1 square): Book Boyfriend
                    6. Never Cry Werewolf--Heather Davis (4 squares): Library Book, Retelling, Demon/Monster, Curse
                    7. Red Queen--Victoria Aveyard (4 squares): Color in the Title, Royalty, Reluctant Heroine, Witch/Wizard
                    8. Death by Cherry Chocolate Cheesecake--Sarah Graves (1 square): Amateur Sleuth
                    9. Happy Place--Emily Henry (1 square): Pink on the Cover 
                    10. The Spanish Love Deception--Elena Armas (1 square): Spicy


                    25 squares completed on February 25