I’ve seen a few people on Goodreads who will be reading the 3rd (or sometimes 4th) book in a series, complaining about how it’s not any better than the last two (or three), or it sucks; or have marked it as to-read and say things like “I don’t even know why I want to read this after the last two” or “this book had better not be as terrible as the last two.” Upon looking at their profile, I see that they gave very low ratings – as in 1 or 2 stars – to the previous books.
My question is: WHY?! Why would you waste your time reading an entire series if you hated the first couple of books? I can understand continuing after one. But two?! Wouldn’t you realize after two whole books completely sucking that the series wasn’t for you? That it wasn’t going to get any better?
When it comes to series, if I rate the first book 1 or 2 stars, I DNF the series. Sometimes I won’t even continue if the first book was 3 stars. There’s too many other books on my TBR (um, 1800 of them) that have the potential to be 4 or 5 stars.
I’m not dissing anyone here. To each his own; I’m just trying to wrap my mind around it. Maybe it’s just me, because I’m not one of those people that HAS to finish something when they start (well, not when it comes to books anyway). If I’m not enjoying a book at all, I DNF. There was a time when I would push through even if I hated a book in hopes of it improving, but not anymore. I’ve learned that it doesn’t do any good because that’s time I threw away that I could have spent on a book I love. Life is too short to read books you hate! If it’s shitty in the first 200 pages, it’s probably still going to be shitty in the last 200. In my experience there has NEVER been a book that did a complete and total 180. If it’s just ‘meh’ in the beginning, maybe. But not if it was terrible. So, if you’re struggling to read it…