Waiting Sucks: The Woes of Loving Book Series
But I’ve just read the first book in a few new series by Dhonielle Clayton (The Belles), Tomi Adeyemi (The Children of Blood and Bone), Justina Ireland (Dread Nation) and L. Penelope (Song of Blood and Stone). Don’t even get me started on George R.R. Martin and his A Song of Ice and Fire series (that I’m not sure he will ever finish but that’s another conversation about just being frustrated that I’m not ready to have yet). One thing I know, now that the waiting game has begun, is that waiting really sucks.
So what’s my alternative?! I know that I love reading series and while it’s great to find a completed series, fall in love with it and read it in no time flat, there’s also something really compelling about finding a series at its beginning and knowing the characters from the start. One of the moments I loved the most with the Harry Potter series was the dedication at the very beginning of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. It reads “The dedication of this book is split in seven ways: to Neil, to Jessica, to David, to Kenzie, to Di, to Anne and to you, if you have stuck with Harry until the very end.” This stopped me in my tracks before I even began reading the books because I had stuck with Harry to the very end. It was 2007 and I had been reading the series since the book was first published in the U.S. in 1998. Nine years of reading, rereading, discussing and dissecting the story until it reached its completion. And I still reread the series. I still feel connected to the story (just the novels, I do not speak of the play or of movies). And a lot of that has to do with being there from the start, before the movies or midnight releases, before the costumes or amusement parks, and being able to see it grow. I wouldn’t give that up for anything.