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Is there anything more agonizing to a rabid book lover than re-reading a huge long series of books that one loves in order to read the latest one in the series and finishing it only to remember that not only have all the story lines been left hanging but the next book isn't even PUBLISHED yet?

I've spent the entire weekend (with a few breaks for walking, showering, eating, laundry) immersed in reading. I feel like I've just come up for air.

And now I have to start the book club book which we're meeting on Thursday about and try to get it finished by then, and mostly I just want to think for several days about the books I just finished reading without shoving them mentally aside to make way for a book I don't really want to read all that much.

I can't believe I probably have to wait more than another YEAR to find out what happens.

AAGH.

What are you reading right now? Does it have a sequel? Is it out already?
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Aside from that, was it worth it to re-read them before the last one?
And then DRAT, about waiting for the next. Drat, drat, drat. Maybe next year you should just re-read this last one?

Yes, it was. It was a long time ago I re-read them last :) And I agree, I think for the next one, I will only re-read the latest...though we'll see :)

Yepyep been there done that lol! So frustrating! I am currently reading a serie that is completely new to me and am in book 4 of 12 so got some ways to go luckily. Which serie were you reading ? :)

The Outlander books by Diana Gabaldon. She just sucks you in completely! But having to wait ANOTHER year is just pure torture.

I've heard about that Serie. She's started to write it several years ago right? I have been meaning to pick it up but somehow never got to it. Will definately add it to my to-read list now heh.

What series is it?

I'm rereading all my Jane Austen books at present. I've been on a binge of Austen-movies all weekend all triggered by seeing the handsome Jonny Lee Miller as mr Knightley in Emma on SVT duriing Christmas.
Apparently he was in Mansfield Park too so ...

Preparing the iPad with Colin Firth'a mr Darcy for next week's bustrips to work.

The Outlander books by Diana Gabaldon :)

Oh, I love those! At least the first two books - after that .. not so much. But I still have and buy all the books. Although I haven't read anything after The Fiery Cross.

I have A Breath of Snow and Ashes. Was there another published after that?

I have to say, the first time I read them, I didn't like Voyager or The Fiery Cross, but after re-reading them and continuing, they have REALLY grown on me, so give them another chance.

Yes, there is a new one out in trade paperback since about 18 months back: An Echo in the Bone.

That's interesting you should say that.

I loved the two first and I really enjoyed the third when they meet again. But once they arrive in the new world I somehow find it a bit weird that he is (relatively) old by then and he's still running around in the woods as strong as ever and it somehow doesn't add up to the image I have of men in their 50s (40s?) in the new world in the 1700s.

And I also have a really hard time liking Brianna - but I do enjoy that story line at the same time ...

I might give it a go.

I read The Hunger Games over Christmas. They're YA but very, very good. They are very graphic (violence and death) but so very good. I definitely recommend those. It's a trilogy, but it's completed and all available in paperback. (I can lend them to you because they were a bit hard to find at my library. I don't think they're available in Swedish.) (And having written all that I realise you may already have read them ... ah well)

We've read all the Hunger Games books (the first one was the Little Book Group pick the time before last). I enjoyed them but agree with you about the violence. My kids LOVED them, and raced through all 3. ;)

The Hunger Games ARE available in Swedish. That's what I'm reading now...and loving them. (I picked up the first one after Liz mentioned them.) It's been a long time since a book grabbed me and wouldn't let go. I'm on the second one now (Fatta Eld) and find myself going to bed earlier than strictly necessary just to be able to read without distractions.

By the way, reading about your Jane Austen binge has me thinking about reading them next. I know I read a couple of them but I'm pretty sure I've missed some along the way.

I have them in English if you want to borrow them, Geena :) (Jane Austen, I mean)

Well, she's only finished 6 novels (Pride & Prejudice, Sense & Sensibility, Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion) but there are a few short stories and anthologies published I suppose.

I've read P&P a few times (both for pleasure and then again for school) but I don't think I've read the others more than once. But then I've seen the movies so many times, it's like I have read them - so I wanted to re-read them to see how much they differ from the movies/tv-series.

The Hunger Games was amazing. Everyone I've talked to liked the second book best, but I think the first is my favourite. You're in for a ride if you have both the second and the third book left. Enjoy!

Also, meant to say, that I didn't care about Brianna and Roger's story at ALL in the 3rd book, the first time I read it, and was annoyed that they kept taking time away from Claire & Jamie's story, but stick with 'em: worth it :)

You're really selling them to me ... I might start those next. After all I have A Breath of Snow and Ashes unread on my bookshelf.

From Megsie

I love re-reading a good series. Which one is it?

I am still reading "Linger" which is the sequel to "Shiver." It is a YA book and I am enjoying it. But it has been neglected since school started again... :(

Love week-ends lost in a book...lucky you!

Re: From Megsie

I've just finished reading the Outlander books by Diana Gabaldon. Was waiting for nearly 2 years to buy the latest in mass market paperback and finally gave up and borrowed it from a friend. But the next one isn't planned for publication until 2012. AAGH.

(Anonymous)
Mary Ann (aka Joy) here

(After this, I am just going use my real name, Mary Ann.)

I read: Does it have a sequel? And I swear I read bloody sequel! I re-read it and saw I had added the bloody! Ah well. How is that for putting words in your mouth?

Re: Mary Ann (aka Joy) here

Sticking "bloody" in randomly is rarely a bad thing! :D

(Anonymous)
Re: Mary Ann (aka Joy) here

You are bloody right!

Sorry, you made me do it! :o

I've been reading a lot of non-fiction lately, but Emily has really been enjoying the "City Of..." series. The first one is City of Bones if you're looking for something new to read. I've never read Outlander. May have to give it a whirl.

That sounds familiar, I'll check it out, and maybe I can get my kids on to it, too :)

(Anonymous)

Rachel loves The City of series and has reread it twice already. I enjoyed it as well. :)

As to the Gabaldon series..... Have you read her three other books about Lord John? Rachel got them for me for Christmas and I whipped right through them as well.

Seester

Yep, sure have :)

Also, YES! Whirl away! Good times guaranteed!

That happened to me twice this past summer: Connie Willis' Blackout followed by the sequel All Clear, which wasn't released until October. And then I took a chance on Jasper Fforde's Shades of Grey, and really enjoyed it (not as much as Willis), only to find out that the sequel isn't coming out until 2014. I think that's just not fair. How can an author release books in a trilogy five years apart? I'll be 44 by the time he releases the third, and I doubt I'll care as much then.

I can't wait to read All Clear, but I'm hoping for paperback soon!

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