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Book Glomming

I’m a glom reader at heart and have been for many years. If there’s a new series that I really like the look of you won’t see me buying the first book. You also won’t see me buying the 2nd or even 3rd book. I won’t buy the series until it’s complete. It may sound odd and funny, but I’ve never been good at waiting. I also hate cliffhangers with a passion.

I loved the first book in the Fever series by Karen Marie Moning, and I knew without a shadow of a doubt that it would suck waiting each year or more for the series to be completed. I had known that each book had ended on a cliffhanger — and cliffhangers need to die a painful death. I’ve always disliked them, but since watching Lost I now loathe them.

At this very moment, my glomming self is full up. I gorged entirely on the Fever series within a couple of days. And I thank the lucky stars I waited because the waiting would have keeled me. I loved EVERYTHING about this series. The characters – good and bad – the world building, the erotic romance, and Barron. Oh Barron, you mysterious broody son of a bitch. You turned out be something that I would have never had imagined from the first book, and I still don’t even know what you are entirely. Mac was a character that I really liked, and half of the time I didn’t understand or like the decisions she made, but she was a character who held her own no matter what was thrown at her.

I don’t want to reveal any spoilers because I’m sure there are readers out there who haven’t read the series yet. Fever is a series that’s definitely not a romance and I wouldn’t want it to be. But this post isn’t really about the Fever series – though I can’t express how excited I am that Iced will becoming out this year, a continuation of other other characters from the Fever series.

I wanted to ask other readers, are you glommers? Have there been series where you’ve refused to buy until the entire series is completed?

I know for a fact I’m going to wait until the new series by Moning will be completed. It’ll probably keel me more in the waiting stakes this time, but the glomming makes it oh so worth while.

By Lou

One thing that Lou loves most is her HEA in romances.

18 replies on “Book Glomming”

I will admit I totally glommed Shiloh Walker’s Ash trilogy and I am so glad that I did. I read the frustration of others when they finished book 1 and decided that I would be patient and wait. Waiting was very hard but so worth it :).

I loved–LOVED–the Fever series. Found out about it when the first four books were out, and I devoured all of them in less than a week.

The fifth book wasn’t coming out for almost a year. I thought I was going to go totally insane waiting for it. LOL!

Currently glomming Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files. I love Harry so much, and I don’t care about the wait between the books, other than that I’m always impatient for the next one.

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@E_booklover: I agree! Sometimes the wait is so worth it when you can just read the books one after the other. I totally did that with the Black Ops series by Cindy Gerard.

@Jess Haines: LOL. I’m so glad I was late getting into the Fever series. Also, when you haven’t read something, you can’t get invested – well, that’s my take anyways lol.

I love the Fever series! Karen Marie Moning is actually writing more books with Mac and Barrons, after Dani’s series.

@Stephanie K.: That’s so exciting! I would love to learn more about Barron, and see him and Mac evolve in their relationship. I’m a little curious about Dani’s series because she is a teenager, so will it be YA?

Ahhhh! I am planning on doing the same thing with the Iced book/series! I love love love the Fever series, and it killed me to have to wait inbetween books. Seriously killed me, I reread book one over and over, then one and two over and over, then one two three( you get the idea). Till Shadowfever and I could finally have some closure. I don’t think my heart can take it, so I am so going to glom. =)

I don’t necessarily wait to buy the books until the whole series is out, but I often wait until I have several books in a series before I actually start reading them. I went through Lynsay Sands’ Argeneau Family books one after the other not too long ago — something like eight or ten books I think before I took a break from them.

I waited for the Fever series too – although I listened to it on audio. If you like Barrons in print, you will have eargasms when you hear Phil Gigante’s Barrons. Oh. My.

Did you know there’s a scene from Barrons’ perspective available from KMM’s website? I bought it for $1.99 I think and I got the pdf file (which is otherwise free) and the audio of Phil Gigante and Natalie Ross (who co-narrated the last 3 books of the Fever series, Joyce Bean did the first 2 – Phil did all the male voices and Natalie all the female voices). It’s a sex scene. Its’ from Barrons’ POV.

I totally know what you mean about glomming though. I’ve just finished the Tairen Soul books by CL Wilson. I don’t think I could have managed if I hadn’t been able to read all 5 at once 🙂

Yes I remember the scene from Barrons POV, when he won the alpha showdown I think was when she wrote it. Loved it!

I am just like you .. but I buy the books as they come out and save them til I have them all. I totally agree about cliffhangers. Not when the next book won’t be out for sometimes a year!!! I loved the fever series too, read thru it in days.

@Lexi: Heh, welcome to the book-glomming club *grins*

@readinrobin: The only downside when it’s a huge series is they all tend to blend into another. I did that with the Cindy Gerard Black Op series, and I noticed just how similar the characters were and I noticed the author’s tone of voice a lot more.

@Kaetrin: Omg, I NEED to hear a sample of this audio! And Barron’s sex scene from his POV? *dies*. The Tairen Soul series was so wonderful. I was one of those that had to wait for each book, and it was hell. Have you read the Waprize series by Elizabeth Vaughn? If you enjoyed the Soul series, I think you’ll like Vaughn.

@TrishJ: I was glued to The Fever series and read it within three days. I think that was a record breaker for me. lol

Yes!! I’m a serial glommer. I did it with the Fever series, I’m doing it with Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series, Kiersten White’s Paranormalcy and about five or six others. I hate cliffhangers with a passion. My friend Cait finally got me to read the Night Huntress series but only because the latest book was almost out by that time.

It’s so sad. 🙂

I am a different kind of glommer. If I like a book by an author, I want the whole backlist. I can buy books in a series for years, and not start reading them. But I have to have the latest one as well, for when I do start reading.
I have read the first Fever book, as I absolutely loved her Highlanders, and well, did not like it all that much. So when I heard there was an evil cliffhanger in the second book, I did not read it. I recently bought the 5th book, and now I plan on reading the rest back to back. I loathe cliffhangers.
I have been reading JD Robb for years now, and I read the new book as soon as it is available. I try to keep up to date with the series I love and follow, I don’t hoard them. But the more authors/series I like, the more difficult it is to keep up with everything, and find room for new authors.

I’m a glommer, too! When I discovered Suzanne Brockmann’s Troubleshooter series, I couldn’t even wait to check them out from the library – I just downloaded them onto my e-reader, which was a considerable expense. I definitely glommed the Fever series.

In general, with series I love, I will re-read the preceding books before the next one comes out to get the ‘full effect’. I love being caught up in a familiar world with characters I love. Even if an excellent new book comes my way – like something from my waitlist at the library that I have to read within a certain amount of time – I’ll be resentful toward it for interrupting my glom.

@Barbara: I’m so happy to see such fellow glommers! Have you read Frost’s spin off books? I’ve only read one. Yes, I’m waiting for a bunch of them to be released. *grins*

@aurian: The danger of backlist titles is the impulse to get them all. I’ve yet to read the Highlander books so I’ll have that series to enjoy. I loathe cliffhangers and whilst I can see why authors have them, it’s oh so annoying waiting for a resolution which can take a year or so longer. Sadly, I gave up on the In Death books a good few books back. I bought and read each one for so many years, but in the end I found the series to be stale and a little boring.

@Sara: I did that last year for the Psy-Changelling series by Nalini Singh. Knowing that it was Hawke’s book, I had to re-read and catch up on the characters and story arcs just to build up the tension again. lol yes, the pesky TBR pile. There always seem to more books that you must get – despite knowing that there’s a big pile already waiting for you.

@Lou: Yes, I’ve read the Warprize series – I read all of them at once too! (do you have any other recs for books similar to Tairen Soul/Warprize – I loved both series).

i glommed on Night Huntress as well. I’ve read them all but it was only the first couple that NEED to be read at once because the first book doesn’t have a HEA (what’s UP with that??) and is kind of cliffhanger-y.

I read (and love) the JD Robb books but I don’t mind reading them as they come out because even though they’re part of a series, each book is a complete story and (theoretically) the series could end at the end of any of the stories.

As to the Barrons audio, I’m pretty sure there is a sample on KMM’s website. In fact, here’s a link https://www.karenmoning.com/store/index.php?option=com_wbnanocart&Itemid=65 (you’re welcome :D)

@Kaetrin: Unfortunately, I’ve not come across any books that are similar in tone to C.L Wilson and Elizabeth Vaughn. I’ve not read the books yet, but there’s the Light Blade series by Kylie Griffin which is fantasy romance but with demons. It’s on my TBR pile.

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