Today I’d like to talk about a huge book pet peeve that I have: hidden series books. By this I mean the book you pick up, look at, decide sounds interesting, take home and go to add to Goodreads and then discover that is part of a series, and it’s not the first book. But nowhere on the exterior of the book is this mentioned.
This immediately makes me upset. Now I have a book that I can’t start because I believe that series books need to be read in sequence. Most of the time you can’t pick up a series book in the middle of the series without missing large important pieces of information conveyed in previous books. Even when it’s a long series, you don’t have the same feel of the characters and overall connections if you missed the first few books.
Several times in the last few months I have accidentally acquired middle of the series books, and I’m not sure what to do with them. Am I interested enough in the series that I will go out and acquire the missing books prior to the one I got? Should I just read the book I got and hope I can figure things out? Or do I turn around and get rid of the book and consider it a sad mistake?
Regardless of what I do, I am still upset that the book does not tell me that it is part of a series. I think that if a book is not the first book, then either the front or back cover should clearly state that it is part of a series, and what book number it is. Or it should be on the first page or two, because I have two books right now that I cannot find mention of the series anywhere. That is very frustrating and misleading. What do you think? Should series information be on all covers (front or back)?