The Summer Series Challenge has begun!
Today I have a very special treat for all of you.
She also wrote the most thorough, inspiring Summer Series Challenge Goal Post that I've seen. Go look at it while you're on her site.
Without further ado, I give you Hannah:
I'm Hannah, And I'm A Series Addict
When Lauren approached me about guest posting for the Summer Series Challenge, I was ecstatic. There are few things I love more than a good series, which is a fact that's clearly evident with one glance at my bookshelves or my Kindle collections. I am absolutely, 100% a series addict.
I did an informal count for this post, and I was shocked to find out that I own at least one book from more than 60 series. And in most cases, I've purchased every available book in that series. There's just something so comforting to me about sitting down with a bunch of books that belong together. I love knowing that I can get attached to the characters and immerse myself into their world!
How I Became Addicted
I've actually loved series from the very beginning of my reading journey. Some of my favorite books when I was younger attest to that - Anne of Green Gables, Little House, Dear America, American Girls and the Saddle Club books. Even at that age, I understood the power of a well-written and engrossing series.
So many of my childhood memories involve these books. From reading the American Girl books in bed with my mom to going to the bookstore to pick out a new Dear America book, I was addicted to the experience of reading a series. Each new book meant another adventure!
10 Signs You're Addicted to Series
If you think you recognize yourself in my words, here are some indicators that can help you determine if you're a series addict, too:
- Series outnumber stand alones on your shelves.
- You’ll buy an entire series before you've even finished the first book.
- You search Goodreads for books with the (#1) next to their names.
- You like to imagine what would happen if a stand alone you've read was turned into a series.
- You must have the next book in a series on standby so that you can binge read them all.
- You find yourself in a reading funk after finishing a series you've loved.
- When you think of your favorite books, many of them belong in a series.
- You can't give up on a series, even if you no longer love it. You have to know how it ends!
- Your calendar lists the publication dates for future books in series you've started.
- You get incredibly excited when you find out that a book that was originally a stand alone is being turned into a series.
Side Effects May Vary
The only downside to a series addiction is the side effects that may result. These may include, but are not limited to:
- Sadness: Caused by reading the final book in a beloved series.
- Anxiety: Result of being unable to immediately read the next book.
- Tunnel vision: Seen in the tendency to forget that other books exist.
- Amnesia: Manifested when too much time has elapsed since reading the previous book.
- Disappointment: Displayed when series doesn't live up to expectations.
- Obsession: Fueled by long periods of time spent with a particular series.
- Heart palpitations: Occurs when series is particularly swoony.
- Boredom: Develops when a series lasts a little too long.
- Irritability: Exhibited when series is insulted or criticized by others.
- Euphoria: Frequently the result of introducing others to a beloved series.
No Intervention Necessary
The best thing about the Summer Series Challenge is that it isn't about staging an intervention for your series addiction. Nope! It's meant to fuel that fire and inspire you to finish reading some of those series just sitting on your shelves. And that's the main reason I wanted to participate in this challenge.
Whether you're a series addict like me or joined because you needed extra motivation to finish the series you've started, I hope you're having as much fun as I am this summer. Series are, in my professional reading opinion, one of the very best parts about being a bookworm!
Or maybe as Hannah suggested, I just need another series to read.
A HUGE thank you to Hannah for this post.
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