Hey dolls! For those of you in the United States, Happy Independence Day! I hope you all have a lovely holiday! I have a suspicion that July will be a month of sequel-reading for me. I’m planning on finally reading Tower of Dawn – I’ve been procrastinating reading this one for far too long! – and am hoping to make some progress with the Seven Realms and An Ember in the Ashes series. With so many reviews for books that are sequels appearing, I’ve began to wonder if individuals read these reviews if they haven’t read the first book.
Benefits of Reading Reviews For Sequels
I believe a few advantages of reading reviews for later books in a series, is that you can decide for yourself whether or not the series is worth your time and dedication. I for one, would be put off if I learned that the sequel to a beloved book isn’t amiable at all. After all, why would one bother to invest themselves in a series that is bound to end in disappointment? If however, the sequels receive much praise and positive feedback, I’ll feel more inclined than before to start on a series.
Why It May Not Be Your Cup of Tea
Confession time. I never read reviews for sequels. I don’t recall reading a single one in all my life. The lone reason being that I’m terrified to death of spoilers! It’s a recurring theme in Young Adult literature to end the first book of a series on a cliffhanger that typically involves a death or dramatic event. I’ve accidentally read the synopsis of a few sequels on Goodreads, and was devastated to learn that I accidentally spoiled myself. Since I don’t tend to read reviews for these sequels, I was wondering if any of you don’t for the same reason.
Oh, and in my reviews for sequels, I include the synopsis from Goodreads which *may* include spoilers from the first book, but I won’t spoil anything about the story aside from what’s mentioned there.
Do You Read Reviews for Sequels?
My naive self has been under the impression for years that nobody would find pleasure in reading a review for a sequel, before reading the first book. Once I began blogging however, I noticed there were some individuals who commented on my sequel reviews without having any prior experience with the series! I was absolutely dumbfounded. My whole life had been a lie!
That’s all for now! Do you read reviews for sequels? Why? Are you immune to being frightened of spoilers? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for reading!