A couple of weeks ago, the NetGalley gods approved me for Blood of the Earth. Which is a BIG event for me. Not only is a book from Faith Hunter, it is also a book from the Berkley Publishing Group, and getting approved by them is always a celebration worthy event. They publish some of my favorite authors, so, it’s the group I secretly wish one day being able to be pre-approved.
It also made for a new feature on the Steven and Sonia Show that can basically be resumed like this:
Me: I GOT APPROVED FOR BLOOD OF THE EARTH
Steven: No. No. No. You haven’t read Jane yet. You can’t read it.
Me: What? Of Course I can. Why not? It doesn’t has Jane
Steven: Is a spin-off, you need to read the series first
Me: But it’s a different main character
Steven: It has spoilers for some characters from Jane’s
Harpies harrumphing are dangerous. Just saying
And that has me thinking. Is it really that bad? Okay, so, order is important. It also may not be an issue. When I first read Moon Called, I got so hooked that I simple binge read every single Mercy Thompson book that was published by then. After River Marked, I was in need of another one. So, naturally I searched goodreads and discovered to my delight Mercy had a spin-off. Wait, what? In between books? IT HAS A READING ORDER AND I FAILED IT?!
After my book OCD instincts stopped screaming at me, and after reading Alpha & Omega, I have to admit that… it didn’t matter. Because the series have characters in common BUT can be read on their own.
Maybe for cases like Vampire Academy and Bloodlines, order is something important. But. Is it that different from reading book and prequel that is published and intended to read after said book?
I’m still kicking myself for not reading Heroes of Olympus when it was being published. And why? Because I had two Percy books to read at the time. And guess what? I still have Last Olympian to read, and now I lost the Rick Riordan train completely and what’s worse, everybody read them but me, which means I also missed the chance to be completely excited with them.
And the list goes on. There is no reason to read Infernal Devices before or after Mortal Instruments. Yes, they have Magnus in common. But the time-frames are so different they can be different series.
Or, like the Midnight, Texas series. Charlaine Harris picked minor characters from her various series and wrapped them all into a perfect blend and a totally new world. I haven’t read the Lily Bard series, does that mean I should have waited to read Midnight Crossroads? I don’t regretting it. And I will read Lily Bard eventually.
In conclusion, I’m still not sure what I’m going to do. What I do know, is that every time I look at Blood of the Earth cover my finger starts itching to select that book on my kindle app. One of this days I may succumb to temptation.
The Harpie Wants To Know
Do you read books out of order?
What about Spin-offs?