I love talking books with people. I remember my joy when I found RBL Romantica over 20 years ago (eak!) while searching for some new books to read. It was an online romance reader message board. Finally, people to talk about the books I love with! Nancy read the books I loved since I always passed them on to her but she couldn’t remember characters, titles or authors (she’s gotten much better) which makes discussing them a little difficult.
With the advent of social media, we got to interact more closely with authors that we loved but on the flip side, we talked less about the books we loved as a whole, it became more author specific. That may not be the case everywhere but it’s definitely the case for me. Part of the issue is, I know a lot of authors and I also work with authors, I understand how much a negative review can impact an author. So while I talk books in person when I’m with book friends, I don’t really talk books as much online, where I have loads of book friends.
I’d like to start talking books again. The great thing about RBL Romantica is they never flamed an author or a book. So I’m going to try and talk constructively, but passionately about books. I miss it. If this post goes over well and people jump in to discuss, we’ll keep discussing books. If not, there’s always food and travel. 🙂
Last week I read (listened) to the last book in KF Breene’s Demigods of San Francisco series, Sin and Surrender. I was a bit sad that this was the last book in the series, even knowing that there will be a spinoff and it made me think about other series, I loved and didn’t.
Back in the day, the go to was trilogies but since we all become so emotionally invested in these characters, 3 books is no longer enough. Every time a series I love ends, I never want it to end. Then I think about all of the book series I was once so passionate about that I lost interest along the way. Either I felt like the books were becoming too repetitious, I got bored with it, got tired of the slow pacing, or the series had some books in it that I just didn’t enjoy so it made me fall out of love with the series.
I was trying to think of some long running series that I still love and I couldn’t really think of any. I really loved Roarke and Eve’s relationship on JD Robb’s In Death books and actually enjoyed the slower pace of their relationship but I didn’t like the murder mystery part of it and that started taking up too much of the story so I stopped reading her.
Actually, I just thought of an ongoing series that I’m still enjoying, Kresley Cole’s Immortals After Dark. I think it helps that every book features different characters, so even if I didn’t love one book in the series, it doesn’t mean I won’t love the next (usually I’ll give a series another chance if I didn’t love a book in the series, unless I was really disappointed in a book).
That’s why, even tho I was sad to say goodbye to Demigods of San Francisco, to the point where I tried to listen to it slower to draw it out), I’m happy it ended before I abandoned it. Same with Ilona Andrews’ Kate Daniels series. It’s probably one of my favorite, if not favorite urban fantasies and I was not ready to say good-bye but am happy that their story was wrapped up before Ilona Andrews spun off different worlds.
What about you? Do you keep reading a series, no matter what or will you lose interest along the way? I look back at so many books and series that I loved and no longer read. I’m sort of sad about it but then I think of all of the other books there are to read and I get over it.