A post on George Kelley’s blog the other day about John Mortimer’s final Rumpole of the Bailey novel, Rumpole Misbehaves, garnered several responses, including mine, about reading a favorite series but stopping before the last book to “save” that one for later.
It’s not an uncommon practice, and I do it myself, perhaps more often than I should. Does it make any sense to not read something you know you’re going to like just because you know you’re going to like it? Put that way, no, probably not.
Yet I have done it with several series, and not just the final book, either. I have the last two Charlie Resnick novels by John Harvey in the “saved” category, and the last four Cadfael novels by Ellis Peters, and – though I don’t think the series has ended – the last couple Nameless books by Bill Pronzini. I’ve got one by Ted Wood, two by Edward Marsdon in his Domesday book series, and quite a few other saved books.
I even have a few Perry Mason, Mike Shayne and Shell Scott books that I’ve not gotten to because I don’t want there to be none left to read. It was all I could do to bring myself to read the final William Kent Krueger Cork O’Conner novel, Heaven’s Keep (reviewed here) but there are some things I can’t resist, and WKK novels, like fudge brownies or rhubarb pie, fall into that group. Besides, I found out there is going to be another O’Conner novel. Eventually.
It may not make sense to save a book to read another time, especially if there are a lot of other books in the To Be Read pile and lots more you’d like to reread at some point. But I’m not he only one who does it. No, others do it too. How about you? Is there an author or series you “save for later”?