The book I'm reading right now is one of those future books (even though the year 1984 came and went, the book is still good!), and I've been reading a lot of those lately. I've discovered that I really like them. I think I'm going to read Divergent next (I've heard it's really good), but there are so many other great books to read! I've tried to make a summer reading list, filled with books I want to read, but most of them are a series.
This is one of my weird complaints. Not that I have anything wrong with a series at all. I've read a lot of books that were part of a series that were very good and made me want to read the rest of the series. However, the thing about a series is, it's a commitment. My summer reading list consists mostly of books that people have told me to read, or books that my friends say are good. The thing is, the only thing I know about these books is what it says on the back.
Call me weird, but before I buy a book, I usually read the first chapter. Or two. Or if it's a good book, 3. Okay, sometimes I get a little carried away in the bookstore and use my time to read a book rather than look for other books. But the point is, I like to get a good start on the book to see for myself whether I'm going to like it or not. So, when starting a series, I'm especially careful. If I buy the book, and I start it and don't like it, then what?
Okay, I guess I wouldn't have to read the rest of the series, but still. It would bother me.
So. Getting to the point. My summer reading list. It consists mostly of books that are a series, and they are mostly all books recommended to me by friends. I want to read all the books on it (obviously) but I just can't decide which one to start with. Also, my reading list is four pages long, but it has a lot more than four books on it.
(1) The first page is for the Uglies series. That has four books.
(2) Then The Matched series. I read the first book, but I forgot it. I would have to re-read it (which I hate, because the whole time I would know how it was going to end) and then I would read the other two books. I don't know, but I don't think that series is finished. Is Reached the last book, or is there going to be another one?
(3) Then there's this book called The Book Thief. It's about WWII. It's not a series!
(4) Finally, the Article 5 series, which I've never heard of but just found. It only has two books (that I know of.)
Already, that's 4 (Uglies) + 3 (Matched) + 1 (Book Thief) + 2 (Article 5). Then there's a series that I started but the next book isn't out yet, and I don't know how many there are going to be after that. So right now, there are at least 10 books that I want to read this summer, and maybe more because of series' that aren't finished. Then there's the problem of which one to read first, and I can't let myself read 2 series' at the same time, which would be way to hard to keep track of.
Why must everything have so many installments? Why can't a story just start and finish?
I'll stop now. I thing all my rambling about books has put Dusty to sleep.