Everyone knows the feeling. You are lost in a book. You come to the end, the climax of the story and then it's over. Still exhilarated and riding the high of the book, you hop online to see when the next book in the series is going to be released (because pretty much all books are part of a series these days) and you see it, your heart plummets, you are overcome by disappointment. The book will not be released for a year...
This draconian practice in the publishing industry is torture, pure torture. I am not a patient person. Nope, no one has ever said that patience is one of my virtues. I love seeing a movie or reading a book as soon as it is released. When everyone is excited about the release and there is a buzz in the air. Being a fan of instant gratification, waiting a year for a book is hell for me. It has gotten to the point that I go against my nature and do not read the books from my favorite series or authors as soon as they are released. I save them, so that I can read one book and then the next. I currently have three books in the Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series saved up to read. Luckily, Explosive Eighteen is releasing early (11/22/11), so we get two Stephanie books this year! I will have four books saved up for November!
And, because I have the attention span of the average 16 year old, unless it is a book/author I truly love, in the year between books, I often lose interest or move on to other books/things. My books shelves are full of partial series' of books. Publishers and authors have apparently taken Psych 101 and combat my attention span by offering "sneak peeks" and "teasers" for the upcoming releases. For someone like me, this practice is even more tortuous than waiting the year for the next book. When I start to read a book, I want to keep reading it. Giving me a few sentences, pages or even a chapter or two is just plain mean.
Did you all read City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare? It released April 5, 2011. I had just finished the other the Mortal Instruments books (an excellent series and BiblioJunkies favorite), so it was natural to move directly to reading COFA. The ending of this book is probably the best cliff-hanger I have ever read. I needed to read what happened next. Of course, I jumped online to Cassandra Clare's website and was horrified to find that City of Lost Souls will not be released until May 2012. Yep, that's right - more than a year after COFA was released. I wanted to scream - not exaggerating. I love your writing Cassie, so please do not take my pain as criticism! I bring this up because Cassandra Clare is the queen of sneak peeks and teasers. In fact, she does one per month (for each series, the Mortal Instruments and Infernal Devices). While I appreciate that she wants to keep the buzz around her books given the obscene length of time between COFA and COLS, it is like opening a old wound every month...
I have been fortunate this year in that most books I have come across have the next in the series releasing soon - as in next week or in the next few months. This makes me very happy. Which brings me to one of my favorite things - telling people what I am looking forward to reading in the hopes that they will love the books as much as I do.
July 26 Releases:
Supernaturally by Kiersten White
Alex Van Helsing: Voice of the Undead by Jason Henderson
Wolfsbane by Andrea Cremer
Tonight, the BiblioJunkies will be heading to Anderson's Bookstore in Naperville, IL to meet Maggie Stiefvater, author of the Wolves of Mercy Falls series, Shiver, Linger and Forever. Check out Nat's reviews from last week.