I came up with two main reasons for my book burn.
1) The series featured a love triangle. I've come to the realization that it is not the first book in a series but the last, which can really make or break an entire triangle for me. I don't mean WHO the person ends up with, but HOW it all plays out at the end. Plus, you all know how I feel about them to begin with.
2) The longer I wait between books, the higher are my expectations. The more time I have to wait between series books, the greater time I have to analyze and anticipate what is to come next. If I read series books close together, I tend to just enjoy them and not over think about what I expect to happen in future books.
How do I avoid future book burn?
1) I am done with love triangles. I know I can't completely avoid triangles, because sometimes they pop up unexpectedly. But I don't plan on starting any more series where the description explicitly - or implicitly - says that the main character is 'torn between two people,' unless a trusted friend has read the book and told me that the description is misleading.
2) I will wait to start new series until multiple books are released. This was already a bookish resolution of mine this year, but I'm even more determined to be much more selective about starting new series. I prefer to read series in larger chunks anyway, but it will also help me get a feel for the series from others before I invest in it. I know I won't completely stop this practice, but I do want to be more careful about what I pick up.
How do you benefit?
I am cleansing my shelf of love triangle books that I don't plan to read.
I am giving away an ARC of Masque of the Red Death*
(No, this is not the love triangle series I mentioned above.)
(No, my business cards have nothing to do with this, except to show you how serious I'm getting about my dislike of love triangles. Also I'm excited because they arrived today!)
Giveaway is for US or Canada residents only (sorry other international readers!)
You must be at least 13 years old to enter
See my policies HERE
*The book is new, but does have a small crease in the upper right corner of the cover, just in case that will bother you.
SUMMER SERIES CHALLENGE: Are you in the middle of several series that you've yet to complete, although all the books are released? Are there any finished series that you'd like to tackle in one chunk? Stay tuned for details on my upcoming series challenge.