Imagine it’s a Tuesday and you’ve just started a new book. You immediately fall in love with it and before you know it half a day later, you’ve finished the entire book and the release date of the sequel is a total of ten months away (that’s practically forever). You’re absolutely devastated for a week (or maybe a day) and then you move on and start a new book.
Flash forward ten months later and the sequel of said book comes out, You’ve been anticipating it for what seems like years and now the book you’ve been waiting for is finally in your hands. You lock yourself in you’re room and open the book and start reading, but after the first page you’re completely confused.
Every page you read only seems to add to the confusion, because you can’t remember anything that happened in the previous book. Who’s the villain? Where exactly are the characters? What’s the main character name? These are all thoughts that run through your head as you try to piece together and understand what you’re reading.
Does this situation seem familiar to any of you because this happens to me more often than you would think. I read a book, get really excited for the sequel and when that time of year comes around I discover I’ve forgotten everything that happens in the first book.
There are so many new books that come out every year and I read so many each year that all the books tend to blur together. Even if the book is really good and leaves a lasting impression (more than 24 hours that is) after a while the details start to fade and you’re left wondering “What exactly happened here?”
There is no real easy solution, I mean you could say “Ikram why don’t you just re-read the previous book, that should jog your memory?” But it’s not that simple. I mean take this example, last year I read a total of 205 book a good number of which were debuts in series or sequels. I can’t possibly re-read all of them just in anticipation of the new release, I wouldn’t get any new reading done. It’s just not feasible. Another solution would be to find spoilers for the book online but you’d be surprised how few in depth reviews there are out there. Although most of the really popular books are covered, the selection of these type of reviews are very limited; or I just can’t seem to find any.
Right around here you must be wondering, “Why this is even a problem?”. Well I am here to answer this very same question. The things is if you can’t remember anything significant that happens in the first book of the series you won’t be able to enjoy the sequel that much even if the book has all the markings of being a favorite. Is it really any coincidence that most of my favorite books are either standalones or series I’ve binge read.
Having racked my brain for hours, I have failed to come up with a solution to this problem that has plagued me incessantly. So now I turn to you. Am I alone in this or does this happen to you to? Do you have any suggestions for me on things you do to avoid this? I would love to hear your thoughts on this as well.