I don’t know about you but my book memory seems to have gone to pot. I think maybe I read more series than I used to and it gets so hard to remember the ins and outs of them all. I often start the next book and feel lost. Who is that character again, how did the last book end and on and on until it slowly (painstakingly slowly) comes back to me.
In an ideal world, I’d reread the first book. But in that world I have all the time in the world to read. Actually in that ideal world, my memory would also be photographic and would file all the important details in an index for me. Sadly the real world that I have to live in is not so time accommodating and my brain is not so accommodating either!
Surely I’m not alone in this? What I would love is a one page summary from an author before each new book in a series. This would get me right back into the feel of the book before I even start. And I know a skilled author recaps a little to help ease us in but I like the idea of an actual recap. Seriously, I think this should be a thing! Why is this NOT a thing?!
In the meantime what I currently do is :
· Check recaptains whose motto is ‘saving book series one book at a time’. Their nifty recaps have saved me from hours of confusion
· Or just muddle though as best I can. Eventually it all starts to ring bells.
But I do think as publishers and authors seem keener than ever to push series at us, then they should help us out a little. The best recap of a book that I ever read was Maggie Shiefvater’s recap of The Raven Boys. If you haven’t read the recap, you should; it’s illuminating and also hysterically funny. But it also hammers home to me that the ideal person to recap is an author, they know what’s important and what isn’t.
I’m currently in the middle of about 30 series. Don’t ask me why, it sounds like madness to me and made me want to cry when I counted them all. But I doubt I’m alone in this. So I don’t think it’s any surprise that it gets harder and harder to remember all the characters and all the plots. So come on publishers and authors….throw us a bone!
Bookish Chat: Would you like to see recaps like this written by the author? How do you remember all the details of previous books? Are you in the middle of dozens of series like I am and why do we do this to ourselves?