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December 5, 2013 • Cee • Discussion

three c'sWell, guys, did you ever have an intricate system for reading series (especially for series that has more than five books)? Like say you’ve been waiting for the fourth book and the publishing date is approaching, you decide to reread the previous three books to refresh your memory of what happened?

The only time I had an actual reading system was when the last three Harry Potter books came out. (You’ll understand why this was a one-time deal.)

The Harry Potter series was a big part of childhood. I remember trying to read the first book to my little sister. I wanted to prove the awesomeness of Harry Potter to her, but she was having none of that. Ha. She’d interrupt, talking about mundane things because it was apparently far more interesting than wizards and magic. I remember when I was ten, a staff member at my summer camp read Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and I was completely enthralled by the story. I have very fond memories of reading it.

But this reading system…it was a fucking failure. Plain and simple.

(I was at first like the guy with the thumbs up, but soon I became the girl facepalming.)

It was face-palming worthy.

It started with the fifth book – Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix. I generally do not buy books on the day it hits the shelves, but for Harry Potter, I made an exception, and thus began a tradition of buying the remaining books on the day it was released and a semi-complicated plan of how I read the books.

The steps were:

  1. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (book 5) releases on a weekend in 2003. I get up a little earlier than I usually do on a weekend and force my mom to take me (and my sisters) to buy the book at Barnes & Noble.
  2. Once I bought the book, I return home and don’t read it. (Yes, you read that right. I do not read it.)
  3. I read Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (book 4) instead because I wanted to refresh my mind on what happened in this book.
  4. After I finish, I go to read Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (book 5), but I stop myself. A light bulb goes off in my head. I decide to wait until the next book is out to read it.
  5. A couple of years have passed. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (book 6) is finally released. I go to the bookstore and buy it.
  6. I put away the newly bought book on my shelf and read the previous book Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix (book 5). (I would’ve read Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (book 4), but I remember what happens in that book so it’s unnecessary.)
  7. Once I’m finished, I wait until the next book comes out.
  8. I wait a couple of years and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (book 7) is finally released. I go out and buy it.
  9. At this point, I would read Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (book 6), BUT I run into a problem. It was something I did not factor in – my laziness and my forgetfulness. FACEPALM!
    • For the life of me, I could not remember what happened in the previous book – Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix (book 5). This problem could’ve been solved if I reread it so I could read the sixth book. But you know what I did instead? I said fuck it. I gave up. The reason: I am goddamn lazy. I realized I had to read three thick books and I was not feeling up to the daunting task. Even though Harry Potter is one of my favorite series, lazy teenage-Cee was shutting down and saying “nope.”

  10. I put the three books away on my bookshelf, its pages still pristine. I have not attempted to finish the series since then, which was six years ago. It’s disappointing I never finished the series. I know I should read them, but mehhh.
  11. I will allow you to side-eye and judge me. You can even laugh at me. (I do it all the times. ;D)

THIS WAS NOT A GOOD READING SYSTEM. What was my teenage self thinking? (She was obviously crazy.) I really don’t understand why I thought this was a good plan. This reading system did not make any sense! I could read the books at any time, but I chose not to. WHY? I DON’T KNOW. It was doomed to fail. My friends told me it wouldn’t work, and it didn’t, but I was being stubborn and refused to see the neon lights. *sigh* It’s somewhat embarrassing, but I find it an amusing story.

Since then, I pretty much avoid putting too much thought in the way I read series. I don’t want another failed reading system. ;D

Did you have a reading system that you use for series? Something that either worked or didn’t? What did you think of my Harry Potter one? Pretty useless system, right?