My wife and I are reading The Millennium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson. I read The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, read a few other books, then read The Girl Who Played With Fire, and am now reading a few other books, before I start The Girl Who Played With Fire.
My wife on the other hand, has gone from Book 1, straight to Book 2 and is now on Book 3. She does not like to read anything else until she has finished.
We are both enjoying them immensely. Reading reviews of the books, many people thought that both books were quite slow, and took a couple of hundred pages to speed up, but I was hooked right away. The first book starting with the delivery of pictures, with one missing drew me in and the introduction of Lisbeth Salander had me staying up late, just to find out what she would do next.
I feel it is important to cleanse my palate with other books before reading the next instalment.
My logic is this:
After Book 3, that’s it! – We know sadly he is dead, and although there is an almost complete book 4, problems surrounding Larsson’s long term partner and his family means it is very unlikely to be published. I am enjoying them so much, I don’t want to overload myself, and I want the tease of knowing there is another book, but I have to finish another few books on my list before I can read it.
I feel that cleansing the palate is important. I would not want it to appear as one big book, and stepping away from it for a short period, allows me to build up tension, to forget a few things, so that when I go back I get to discover it all over again.
Also, you get used to a writing style. Stieg Larsson has his own unique style (filled with coffee and sandwiches), and reading three books back to back in my opinion, would result in my finding the next book I read unusual, as they drink water and not coffee!
Even reading the first two of the Ian Fleming, James Bond books, I didn’t read them back to back. I read a few other books in between.
I rarely read a book a second time, and if I do it will be many many years before I pick it up again, whereas my wife has a memory that within a year she will have forgotten the story and could read it all over again.
Obviously, each person is different and they choose to read whatever way suits them, but what would you do?