For those of you new to the term, in the gaming world, I’m what you call a completionist. Someone who can’t just pick up a game for the sake of enjoyment, who must complete every single level and sidequest, talk to all the characters, exhaust every dialogue option, complete all of the challenges, max out on my level and collect all the secret weapons. It’s time consuming and some would say pointless, but there’s a certain sense of satisfaction that I get out of completing 100% of my games.
How does that translate in bookish terms? A book completionist, would be someone who must read every series in order, read all the companion novels and novellas, even if you don’t enjoy the series much. Yes, it’s terribly time consuming to read series that you aren’t totally loving anymore, especially in this book day and age where every new book is a part of a series.
Since starting a book blog, I’ve had to curb the completionist in me and bid adieu to those series that just aren’t drawing me in. It’s not something that I like to do, because I still wonder whether it gets any better, or whether I gave up too soon. Like with City of Bones which I gave up after the 3rd book, I wonder if I would grow to understand the hype as the series progresses, or if I would ultimately turn back and go “I could have read something better”.
With so many books to read and review, being a completionist is hard. I may not read series in order. I may only read one book in a series, and it won’t even be the first one. I may abandon a series too soon. I may skip those companion novels and novellas. That’s what I’ve had to give up, because I simply don’t have the time or luxury to satisfy or 100% a series, anymore.
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