So that question might not be worded quite the correct way, but in a nutshell, what I mean is books that are in a series, whether it be a duology, trilogy, or an even greater amount, can get quite confusing, especially when the release dates between each new installment can be about a year.
Personally, I read about 150 books a year. That's quite a bit, and sometimes, the amount of time between when I'm able to read the next one can be pretty lengthy, mainly because I have a ridiculous amount of books. This was a problem for me even before I started blogging. Short of rereading the whole series of books before the new one comes out, I've found only one other alternative. The Recaptains is a book blog solely devoted to recapping what previously happened in the book before the one you're about to read. It's a great tool, and extremely thorough, but I always seem to forget about it. (See? I can't even remember to look it up conveniently located on the internet. Clearly, I have memory issues!)
Anyways, I saw someone tweet this weekend about book recaps, which really sent my mind in a tail spin. You know how on pretty much every single tv show you've seen in your entire life how they say 'previously on this season of....insert tv show here'? Well, wouldn't it be cool if they did that for books?!
IT WOULD BE WICKED!
It would save me so much confusion. The majority of books I read in a series, well to be honest, I have an extremely hard time connecting to because I can't for the life of me remember what the heck happened in the last book. Minor characters are given a bigger role and I don't even remember them being in the first book. I wish I could reread the books previously published in the series, but the fact is I just don't have the time. I wish I did, but the time I do have to read is devoted to books I have yet to read or new releases, because I kind of have this thing about rereading (i.e. I'm not a fan. Occasionally I'll do it, but hardly ever!).
At the beginning of the year, I read the final installment of the Ashes trilogy by Isla J. Bick. I had to push through the entire thing despite only knowing maybe an 1/8th of what was actually happening, which wasn't surprising because all of the books in Bick's trilogy are carefully woven together with a ton of freakin' main characters. Don't get me wrong...it's brilliant, and my brain hurts even thinking about how she managed to write it, but the point is when I finished the book, I found this clever little thing at the very end. I'm telling you, I'm pretty sure it was the last pages of the book even after the acknowledgements. It listed all the characters and what they had previously done in the other books and so on. It was awesome! What wasn't awesome was the fact that I had no idea about it until I had powered through roughly 600 pages!! If it would have been conveniently placed at the beginning, that would have been heaven.
So the point of all that mess of rambles is that I think it would be epic if each book in a series put a little previous book recap, just because I'm old and can't remember things. Of course, I could see the problem being that someone would not read the previous books and just read the recap in the new one, but if they do that then they are dumb, because they are missing out!
Do you think it would be epic to have a book recap printed at the beginning of new books in a series? No? Why or why not? I'm really curious to see what everyone else thinks about this!