Oh shiny new next book in the series you are finally here!
But gosh damn I can remember practically jack diddily squat about what happened in the first book!
Oh no! Does this happen to you? It’s happening to me a whole lot more lately. Considering the amount of books I and likely many of you read in a year – how many plots, backstories and characters can one conceivably hold in our brains!? And for how long? Remember those good old school days of studying for exams? It’s something like that – you read, study the book, you remember it for oh how long really? maybe part of that year and then much of it likely passes from your brain into brain dumps land as you read the next 20 books. It’s inevitable.
So just reread it you say?
I used to reread…alot. Now a days – not so much. Why? Because there are sooo many new books that I want to read and I want to experience those new shiny books. Also, much of this has to do with the fact that I review books and there are only so many books I can fit into a year. So rereads had to mostly become a thing of the past for me. Though I do still do it every once in a great while, but honestly I really don’t have a desire to reread anymore. I guess I figure the books I REALLY truly loved will stay with me, and for the most part they do. The ‘so-so’ books definitely get brain dumped rather quickly…sometimes within days after having read said book. I kid you not there have been times when a day or two later I can’t remember character names, ouch right, they must not have made a big impression. Lol
Someone offer me a miracle solution!?
Thus I need a solution to my problem. One that doesn’t require me to reread. I used to think that my reviews were enough. But honestly my personal reviews AREN’T enough because I purposefully keep them vague so that I don’t ruin / spoil the reading experience for someone else. I find my reviews with character dossiers help me remember the best. Does this mean I need to start writing my own personal summaries and stashing them somewhere so I can have a quick Cliff Notes refresh when the next book comes around?
Not remembering poo poos on my next book parade
I think some of this might have a direct effect – the erstwhile named “SECOND BOOK SYNDROME!” Yes, the dreaded second book, will it live up to my expectations of the first!? But hell if I can’t remember much of the first other then my general feelings then isn’t that already setting the next book up at a disadvantage!?
Dish me up your delicious thoughts and remedies!
Luckily I did just find this amazing blog called RECAPTAINS! They are a team of bloggers from other blogs that all work together to do recaps of series books so that readers don’t have to reread!
Oh in case any of you really like reading Bookish and Reading Discussion posts. There is this monthly link-up for the 2015 Book Blog Discussion Challenge (Main page) January’s Linkup. This year long event is hosted by Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction and Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight! Be sure to check it out!