Binge Reading – Pros & Cons

Posted August 23, 2017 by Marsha in Shifter Haven Discussion / 0 Comments

Sometimes I will get really caught up in a series and not want to wait on starting the next book.  I don’t think I’m alone in that.  So instead of stopping taking the time to write up a review… I simply dive in to the next story until I’ve finished an entire series back to back.  Which is great for submerging myself in another world… not so great for timely reviews.

Over the course of four months or so I’d binge read four long series back to back.  Reviewed only the beginnings of them.  Now I’m faced with going back and reviewing three of those long series (I finally got one of them completed).  It’s not that I didn’t love them, I did, so much so that I didn’t want to leave that world.

But never again will I binge read in that fashion.  I’ll read them back to back if they’re long, older series that I want to get caught up on, that’s not an issue.  I will, however, take the time to review as each one is finished.  I won’t make that mistake again.  Now I’m left with stories that I absolutely loved and now feel guilty about not reviewing each at the time I read them.  So, no.  Not gonna happen that way again.

It’s true that I’m not one bit afraid to start (at the beginning) of older series.  I do my best to keep up to date with ongoing series and review new releases in a timely fashion for I know the value of reviews to authors.  Yet when it means that I have to start two or more years ago in order to understand an entire series that I haven’t read a word about yet, then yes I’ll go back to the very first book. (and that is true for any of my genre specific blogs not just Shifters)  The only exception to that are NetGalley reviews, those have a time frame that must be held to no matter what.

Any other binge readers out there?  How do you read several stories in a series?  I won’t give up falling into an author’s universe, but I will take the time to review each book right after reading in the future.  But like chocolate, I don’t think I can totally give up binge reading.  Nope, not gonna happen.