As you may have noticed from the kind of stalkery weird way I pop up across over internet, I like to comment on blogs! It’s fun to discover new books, get to know you awesome people, and covet gorgeous blog designs. Also enter all your giveaways, but let’s not go into confessions like that right now.
But what happens when a blogger reviews a sequel of a book I haven’t read? Do I comment something unintelligent like, “That looks kind of awesome even though I’ve never heard of it before and frankly I have no idea what you’re talking about in your review because it obviously has to do with the first book.”
Or do I back away quietly and not comment at all? Thus saving showing the world my naivety on the unread series.
It’s one of life’s difficult questions.
Personally, this difficulty isn’t going to stop me reviewing sequels. If I love a series, heck yeah, I’m going to review it! This year I’ve reviewed Unhinged (Splintered #2), Blindsided (Transparent #2), Ignite Me (Shatter Me #3), Cress (The Lunar Chronicles #3) and Fragments (Partials #2).
Although, if we take a good long look at that list…these are ALL the sequels I’ve reviewed. I’m the kind of read-one-book-and-then-move-on type reader. But if I did read lots of sequels I would absolutely review them. Review what you want, right?!
My comment stats were interesting for those reviews, though.
The review of Unhinged hit 23 comments, while Fragments got doozy of 5. Ignite Me was pretty fair with 13 comments and Cress went insanely wild with 22 comments! Blindsided, which nearly NO ONE had read still hit 20 comments. Although, I confess, I actually spent most of the review talking about pop tarts. It was a lively discussion.
What can we take out of this? Everyone is addicted to Marissa Meyer and we all love The Moth. And if you talk about food in your review, you’ll get comments. I love food.
But the cake of the matter is: if our blog readers haven’t read the first book in the series, the sequel-reviews aren’t going to make sense.
And also SPOILERS. It’s incredibly hard to write a sequel review without spoiling something from the first book(s).
I think there’s a happy medium. If we have a lot of sequels to review, maybe we could make sure we have at least one standalone or first-in-a-series review to go up that week too? We need to help our our random visitors, right?!
I’m very interested in YOUR thoughts on this.
Cait has an affinity for mushrooms. It is this intense need for all fried fungi that leads Mime to say (in a Saruman voice) “Mushrooms have rotted her brain”. Cait knows this isn’t true. She’s just a Hobbit at heart. Besides her indulging in Hobbit tendencies, she’s been editing her novel and tweeting about her sociopaths. One day she’ll write a book about nice people. But it is not this day.