I'm talking about how do you read the final book of a beloved series?
I find that I'm personally a mixed bag. Case in point. I LOVE The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. I binge read books 1-5 pretty much back to back because they were all out, couldn't get enough. And then I look up the final book and I'm all, wait what?! 2 years until City of Heavenly Fire comes out?! How is this possible?! Now...I pre-ordered the book...and I'm just not chomping at the bit to read it. It's sitting on my shelf. What happened in the last book? Should I re-read? I didn't bring all my other books with me to San Diego so should I just dive in? I WANT to be excited about this book but for some reason, the long wait just dampened my excitement. Sad face. (Sidenote: I'm actually getting excited to read it so I hope I will soon.)
Another example? The All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness. That final book ALSO took two years since the publication of book 2 to come out...this book? OMG PREORDER, GIVE ME THE FIRST TWO SO I CAN RE-READ AND BE READ WHEN THE BOOK OF LIFE IS AT MY DOORSTEP. What's the difference? I have no idea. I think I just love those characters SO HARD that any time away from Matthew and Diana is time I will miss them.
So it got me thinking...
Do you read all final books the same?
Do you consistently savor?
Or immediately devour?