Thu
Oct 13 2011 8:22am

Passing the Time: What’s Your Waiting Strategy?

Clock by blue2likeyou

Are there books you just can NOT wait for? But you have to?

For example, you’re dying to read it to find out if Ethan’s really dead, or what Barrons is, or who in Elizabeth Hoyt’s Four Soldiers’s series betrayed the Soldiers, or who Julia Quinn’s Lady Whistledown is, or whatever. There’s some sort of cliffhanger the author has written into the last pages of the book that make you NEED to read the next book in the series.

But what if the next book isn’t out for a few days? And you’ve been waiting for almost a year?

Do you start another new book, then drop it when the new release comes along? Do you not start anything? Do you re-read, knowing you will inevitably drop the old friend when the new acquaintance arrives?

How do you pass the time?

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10 comments
Myretta Robens
1. Myretta
If I'm not already reading something, I'll start a re-read. But I'm obsessive enough that I have to finish whatever I'm reading (or re-reading) before I start the new book. I'm the queen of delayed gratification.
Christopher Morgan
2. cmorgan
As the true epic fantasy geek that I am, I'll reread a whole series if the next one is coming out. Which gets a little old on the longer series, pretty soon I'll be rereading a series a year out just waiting on a new release...

If worst comes to worst I won't wait though, unlike Myretta I am not a master of delayed gratification.
Heather Waters (redline_)
3. redline_
I used to read one thing at a time, but lately I've been known to drop a book I'm reading for a shinier one, even if the one I'm reading is good. I blame social media for shortening my attention span.
Megan Frampton
4. MFrampton
I am in Myretta's camp, I HAVE to finish (and as we know, I don't reread) whatever book I am reading--if I like it enough--before heading to the new shiny. That said, if the current book wavers just enough, I'll drop it like a hot potato.
maria cristina
5. maria cristina
I start a new book to distract myself from my obsession. Probably I finish it before the new arrival.
maria cristina
6. CindyS
My last big 'I can't think straight' release with Singh's Kiss of Snow. I couldn't read anything for a month prior without my brain turning on me with 'this isn't what you want!'. It's hard to explain to the slightly obsessive brain that the book isn't available. And I then start checking the stock in the surrounding book stores until the book lands - and then I call around until I find a bookseller willing to part with it (some know the 'rules' while others just don't.

Now, if it's just more of a normal 'I want' I can usually keep myself occupied with other books. Unless I hit a row of stinkers. Then I get antsy. And I will finish the book I'm reading as a rule - if I don't finish the book then I don't normally go back to it.

cindyS
maria cristina
7. Grace S
I am a voracious reader in large part due to having multiple authors/series that I am nuts about. I am always waiting for something to the point that my husband dreads Tuesdays. I have become a master at this since I am obsessive about the Diana Gabaldon Outlander series which I have been reading from the get go, with a typical 3 to 4 year wait between books. BRUTAL. They are worth every second of the reading so I revisit my friends in Lallybroch and the North Carolina colonies frequently as re-reads. At any given moment I am waiting for SOMETHING to come out from JD Robb, Lara Adrian, Christine Warren, JR WArd, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Lora Leigh, Lori Foster, Shayla Black, Thea Harrison, Maya Banks, and so on.
Louise Partain
8. Louise321
I occasionally browse the secondhand book store for old books by fav authors or old books by authors I would like try out. That's how I started with JR Ward and BDB. I hold on to unfinished series and reread them right before the release as I am doing with the Hoyt Maiden Lane series. I just finished a Susan Mallory book because she was recommended and I was looking for a contemporary (I am so much a Historical Romance reader) to branch out with. Actually was happy with it. Looking forward to some more. After all, anyone who writes conflict about a Giant Vagina deserves a chance with a another read.
Tara B
9. box5angel
I have a lot of different uf/pr series that I read, so I'm always reading something in between before the next book in a series comes out.

Also, if I'm reading a book, and a new one comes out, and I buy it, I sometimes drop the book I'm reading and go ahead and start the one I've been waiting for. But it also depends on how much I'm liking the current read or not.
Tara B
10. box5angel
I have a lot of different uf/pr series that I read, so I'm always reading something in between before the next book in a series comes out.

Also, if I'm reading a book, and a new one comes out, and I buy it, I sometimes drop the book I'm reading and go ahead and start the one I've been waiting for. But it also depends on how much I'm liking the current read or not.
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