Let’s talk about reviewing books in a series. Do you review one book at a time as you read them? How do you keep from repeating the same things about the characters and world in your review? Do mini reviews instead? A top 10? Or do you just do a series overall wrap up?
I struggle with reviewing subsequent books in a series. The world is unchanged, the characters are the same (though with more development) and I find myself saying again and again how awesome X is and how fun Y is. Like recently I’ve been gobbling up the Charley Davidson series, but my reviews are quick since what can I really say about the books that isn’t a spoiler about the plot of that particular story and hasn’t already been said in my previous reviews? I’m leaning toward doing a series review or skipping some books and just doing one here and there. The series reviews would be hard since the book details using the Ultimate Book Blogger Plugin (affiliate link) are set up for individual books. I’ve been doing a book here and there but not in order, but it still doesn’t seem to be working for me too well. So I’m curious how other people do it. Or, how our readers want to see it. Do share your thoughts!
I haven’t really reviewed many books in a series, but this is an interesting question. I do think that having to describe the same set up for multiple reviews isn’t very enjoyable to write, or read. I like Julie’s idea of a series review, but that requires having read the entire series. I tend to read the first book of a series and then get around to the others at a much later date instead of reading all of the books at once. Or if I’m waiting for the other books in the series, there is a big gap in time between reading books. If I were to be reviewing the books in a series, I’d probably link to the previous reviews, write a brief plot summary of the current book, and then add the reasons why I like the current book. But yes, that’s probably repetitive after a while. That’s why we need some suggestions from our readers.