I’ve had this problem for a while but I’ve hesitated to admit it. See, the thing is, I am terrible at reviewing books in series. When I do find a series that is worth reading in full, it often means that I love it enough to keep picking up the next one but it also means I love it enough to where I want to talk about every detail. this becomes a bit of an issue when it relate to blogging about said books. I feel as though I need to have a pass code protected section of my blog with some key phrase readers would only know if they’ve finished the current book in whatever series I’m reviewing. that way, I could have my regular review and then the spoiler section with no possible temptation for those who are prone to seeking out easy spoilers but will actually kick themselves for it, later, if they look ahead.
Part of me knows that I need to just get myself on Twitter with some sort, any sort, of consistency because there are always bloggers out there or at least readers, who have read whatever book I want to talk about and it’s much more sane to ramble on with those folks than it is to try to figure out some elaborate forum system that is super James Bond password protected. But then I have another issue: if I can’t really write freely about the plot of the book, what’s the point of the review? I always feel as though I need to say things like,” Well, it’s hard to explain if you haven’t read this” or what have you. I mean, I’ve largely gotten away from doing that for the most part but I still feel like I want to say that.
So, I guess the purpose of this post is a request for suggestions. Do you leave people to their own devices and simply discuss the details from past books assuming those who haven’t read the first won’t venture forward to that specific review? Or do you keep it short and sweet and vague while everyone else catches up? What’s your personal, serial review style?