Friday, August 21, 2015

What to do when you're waiting for the sequel

I think we all know the times when we are happily reading a new found book series and finish all the books we have in a day.  Naturally the next step is to get the next book.  Except the next book has yet to come out.  Of course you're freaking out, your mind is racing with the plot, you NEED to know what happens but the book hasn't come out!  My natural response tends to be:

17 Problems Only Book Lovers Will Understand If you’re a self-proclaimed bookworm (or a bibliophile in denial), you can probably relate to these 17 problems.
 That's when a reader's dilemma happens(I am going to call it the EW dilemma, the Eternal Wait dilemma), you want to keep reading so you don't sit and theorize what will happen all day, but if you start another series then you'll get hooked on that one and won't have time to read the new book when it comes out, or worse:  you'll forget about the new book coming out.  I have had this dilemma many times, so I have decided to solve the problem.  But I'm not always good at that, so I have recruited Ally to help with the problem solving.  Together we have made a list of things to do when you are having this EW dilemma.
1. Cry.  And let your fellow book drunkards know about your issue.  We are here for you.  We understand
2. Reread the series.  I often do this while waiting not only because it refreshes my memory, but I also tend to catch little details that I didn't the first time.  

3. Find another series by the same author.  You can read that and have a new plot to think about, but you'll still be in the same area as the other book, and you'll know when it comes out.  

4. Read a standalone book.  One that isn't too long so you can still enjoy reading but you won't forget about your book series when the new book comes out.  Here's a list of some that Ally and I have made:
The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom
Ella Enchanted
Where the Red Fern Grows
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
There You'll Find Me by Jenny B. Jones
Entwined by Heather Dixon
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
The Forgotten Beasts of Eld by Patricia McKillip
Awakening Foster Kelly by Cara Rosalie Olsen

And when your book finally comes out:  Hide somewhere where no one will find you with chocolate and a kleenex box just in case it's a sad ending and have a fellow geek of the same book on speed dial so you can freak out together afterward.  Good luck.

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  1. Hehe, cool post! I've definitely had this problem multiple times, but all I normally do is write down the series so I remember to come back to it, then go read another book. Sometimes a stand-alone, sometimes another series, I've always got books on the TBR, lol.

    BTW, I love those gifs, lol. They are so perfect.


    1. Haha, thanks. I pin them when I find good ones so I can use them later.

  2. I have had to cope like this because of this terrible thing called my favorite author decided not to release the next book in the series for three years. BUT WHATEVER. I CAN COPE. I CAN HANDLE IT. But, you're right, part of the waiting process is just to wait and keep reading and moving on. It will come out... someday.

    1. Someday, if you keep looking for it, The author will come to his/her senses and write the next book.

  3. I hate waiting for the next book in a series! I normally read stand alone books while I'm waiting.

  4. Haha! You're post is hillarious! :D Okay, so maybe my reaction to waiting for a sequel isn't that extreme, but I can still relate to the anticipation. ;)

  5. Great ideas, the waiting part is horrendous. I am reading 'The Night Circus' right now and I am loving it.

    1. I haven't read that one, I'll have to check it out.


  6. Hiya, your blog is quite cool! I read a book and I REALLY need the next series...It's kinda getting annoying now, but thanks for the tips they were great!

    My blog link ~ (You can check it out if you want to :D)

    Rukiya XX

    1. Thanks! I'll definitely check out your blog!

  7. Haha! Love it!!!! BTW...Ella Enchanted has a sequel called Fairest...though they both could still be considered stand alone novels:).