Let’s Talk Bookish – SHOULD YOU REVIEW A SEQUEL, WITHOUT READING THE FIRST BOOK?

Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme, created and hosted by Rukky @ Eternity Books and Dani @ Literary Lion, where we discuss certain topics, share our opinions, and spread the love by visiting each other’s posts.

You can find more details about it here.

I think I will keep it short and sweet this week: no, you shouldn’t.

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We’ve probably all read a sequel unintentionally once in our lives. Recently, I read an Agatha Raison book but it was the 10th in the series, except I did not know that when I picked up the book. There are also some series that can definitely be read in no particular order – although I think it’s preferable – like the Hercule Poirot novels, or Emile Zola’s Rougon-Macquart series.

But most series need to be read in orde so that they can be understood, I think. And that’s especially true if you want to review book that’s a sequel. How could you give an informed and complete point of view of the story if you don’t have the first half? To me, it doesn’t make any sense because I always like to know everything about anything and often feel like I actually don’t know enough about what I write about. So I could NEVER review the sequel of a book I haven’t read, no matter how much I enjoyed the former.

Similarly, it might be harsh but I wouldn’t trust the review of someone who didn’t read the first tome(s) of the series. Even if they claim that the sequel is the best book ever written, I know that I would want to read the beginning of the story – but what if it’s horrible? Or maybe, they’ll think the sequel is terrible because you actually need to read the book before to understand what’s going on. It’s often in the first book of the series that you get acquainted with the characters and the author’s style, and grow to love them.

What do you think? Do you agree or are you a bit more laid back than me? I would love to know everyone’s thoughts on the topic! If you do too, you should definitely check Rukky’s and Dani’s posts to find out more.

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