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Feb 24 2014 8:20am

Do You Binge-Read?

The concept of “binge-reading” is already familiar to many romance readers, but now it's becoming a mainstream book release idea, with publishers staggering subsequent releases in a series just months—rather than years—after the previous book.

The benefits of binge-reading include not having to wait for the next installment, especially important if there's a cliffhanger involved, not forgetting the crucial events that will affect the current book's plot, and being able to continue reading an author or series you don't want to let go of just yet.

The downside? Authors might not produce their best work, if not given enough time to write the next book in the series, or the books (and their spoilers) will be out in the world before avid readers have had a chance to catch up with them.

Do you binge-read? What series did you binge on?

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10 comments
Kareni
1. Kareni
I hope the next article won't be about purging!

Yes, I do binge-read. In my younger days, it was Barbara Cartland books! More recently, it's been Lisa Kleypas, J. D. Robb and others.
Ann-Marie
2. Ann-Marie
I tend to binge read when I discover a series that's been out for a while. My latest has been the Argeneau series by Lynsay Sands. I also will binge re-read series (if that's a thing). Elizabeth Hunter's Elemental series is the last series I did that with. I'm not sure I'd be comfortable with binge reading a series that's designed to be published that way, mostly for the reasons you note in your post.
Jennifer Proffitt
3. JenniferProffitt
Oh yeah! I recently binge-read all of Joanna Wylde's MC series (sadly there are only two so far), all of Laura Kaye's books, and Jessica Clare. Sometimes it's a particular series and other times it's just everythign I can find by an author.
Ann-Marie
4. JacquiC
I am not a binge reader. I read one book in a series, then read a bunch of other stuff, then come back and read the next one.

So I am about two or three books into many series. I got as far as Phury's book in the BDB series, I think I've read three of the Ilona Andrews' "Magic" series, I am on the second Mercy Thompson book by Patricia Briggs, etc.

I find if I don't break up the series with other books in between, I read the next one too fast and don't really absorb it properly.
Megan Frampton
5. MFrampton
@JacquiC, I'm like you--I space them out, usually. I binge-read the Vampire Academy series, the Magpie Lord series I just wrote about, and Moning's Fever series. But usually I'm at least a book or two behind.
Carmen Pinzon
6. bungluna
If/when I discover a series that has several books out, I do binge-read it. So many series; to name a few:

1. Miles Vorkosigan by Louis MacMaster Bujold
2. Ukia Oregon by Wen Sepncer
3. Liaden Universe by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller

I also have a tendency to binge on trilogies or quartets. Most of NR's "series", I've waited until they are all out and then read in a row.
Ann-Marie
7. Helena J
I love binge-reading series, although I prefer to do it when the series has been out for a while. In one way I'm pleased when books in a series are published in quick sucession. However, I share the concerns you mention - I'd rather wait a little longer for a better book, because I can always re-read the series before reading the new one!
Ann-Marie
8. lisa k
I do binge read but at some point I reach a limit and take months and/or years off before I finish a series!
Stacey Wahrman
9. staceyw
I have always been a binge-reader, going back to my Encyclopedia Brown days. In many cases, I agree that haste, and caving to publisher and fan demands, makes for some crappy books (Which is why I gave up on some of the more popular urban fantasy series after book three or four). Recent binges? The Cut and Run series, by Madeleine Urban and Abigail Roux; The Rivers of London series, by Ben Aaronovich; Monique Martin's Out of Time series; absolutely everything by Gail Carriger.
Kareni
10. Kareni
The last few days I've been reading Laura Griffin's books. I think after I read a couple more titles, I'll have read through her entire oeuvre. I have several Cut and Run titles awaiting pick up at the library. (They will all be new books as I suggested my library purchase them and they did.) You can guess what I'll be reading soon.
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