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Read the entire series from start to finish. 59 38.31%
Read until fed up, read another book, and return. 52 33.77%
Read one book from series, then another, and return. 33 21.43%
Read two or more series at once. 10 6.49%
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Old 02-17-2013, 10:40 AM   #106
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My longest series is the In Death books by JD Robb/Nora Roberts (futuristic police procedurals) - I eat them like candy, both in paper, e-format, and audio.
I've read the first 19 novels (including the shorts) and I do like them. I have #20 up on deck soon but I've a few others to go before I get to that.
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Old 02-17-2013, 11:37 AM   #107
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I do not mind reading an unfinished series. I might never get to read it otherwise. I could die, the author could die, the publisher could go bankrupt and probably other things as well.
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If I die, then I won't care. If author dies ... been there (WoT). Publishers can be changed.
For me waiting few years/decades is worth escaping unpleasant experience of the cliffhanger.
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I read ideally from start to finish but of course there are a lot of unfinished series like the dresden files as an example which I have to wait for and in those cases sometimes I would set my current book aside temporarily for the one I've been waiting on.

I'm mostly a series reader it's rare I read a standalone novel I think the last one I read was "Ready Player One"
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Old 02-18-2013, 08:41 AM   #109
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If I die, then I won't care. If author dies ... been there (WoT). Publishers can be changed.
For me waiting few years/decades is worth escaping unpleasant experience of the cliffhanger.
For me life is a journey not a destination.
We will all die so that isn't even a parameter in this case. I have no problem reading an unfinished series. I will come up with my own conclusion of how things would have gone down, if it bothers me that much. It usually doesn't though. I just enjoy what I have in front of me.
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Old 02-18-2013, 09:56 AM   #110
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Hm. I jumped from First King of Shannara to The Diamond Throne (Elenium), so from one series to another, but I read through to Ruby Knight in one go, and intend to move on to The Sapphire Rose after that. So it seems to depend on the series, and if the story is finished at the end of the book or not.
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Old 02-18-2013, 10:52 AM   #111
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I actively avoid series where it's really a multi-volume book, with each individual volume not really ending - David Eddings' Belgariad is a good example of that. I stopped reading the Dresden books when they started endind on cliff-hangers. Thank you, I'll read them when it's finished - maybe.

Other series, where each book stand on its own (the Lois Bujold books, or the In Death books), I love.
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Other series, where each book stand on its own (the Lois Bujold books, or the In Death books), I love.
Ditto.
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Old 02-20-2013, 06:22 AM   #113
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same here.. I usually am excited to read the first few books and after a while I do get tired of it... but even so, I never get tired of reading them especially if I really love how the story goes
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I tend to read until I get fed up with it and then move on to another book, hoping to return to the series at a later date. The problem with that method is, is that if I am really fed up/bored with the series when I stop, there is little incentive to restart it. Or, as has happened, I've completely forgotten about the series and only go back to it years later.

However for series that I do love, I tend to devour whatever books are in print, and then let it lie fallow, letting a few new books in the series to be published, so I can really stay in that author's universe for a while once I pick up the series again. Then I'll do a re-read from the first book through the current one.

For series where there are an insane number of books already published, like the Honor Harrington series, I'll maybe restart the series at about four books before the current one. For the Liaden Universe series, I do a complete re-read of all the books (just because I really love those characters).
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I tend to read until I get fed up with it and then move on to another book, hoping to return to the series at a later date. The problem with that method is, is that if I am really fed up/bored with the series when I stop, there is little incentive to restart it. Or, as has happened, I've completely forgotten about the series and only go back to it years later.
Get an account at http://FictFact.com and you can put in what books of a series you have read. Then when a new book is released, you get notified. So maybe a new book in a series you've stopped will get you back to reading it.
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