Just a Random Post ~ Book Order OCD

Posted March 9, 2015 by Michelle in discussion posts / 18 Comments

JARPJust a place for me to post random questions to tell you my opinion and to see what you think.

Do you read books out of order?

I have a serious OCD, I can not read books out of order, I don’t care if you can read it alone or as a series I can not read it unless I read the first one first. I can’t watch movies out of order and I CANNOT read books out of order.

It recently just happened to me, I didn’t know a book I requested from Netgalley was part of a series, it was not listed as a series, no numbers or name of the series in parenthesis, nothing! So I assume the book is a stand alone only to find out that the book is the second in the series but why wouldn’t you put a number on it? Even if you consider it a book that can be read on it’s own don’t you think its up to the person reading the book to determine that, especially if they are a crazy OCD number person like me? I also have issues with books that have way to many prequels to the point that you have no idea what book to start with first. There is a series that I am dying to read and the only reason I am not reading it is because there is no number 1 it can be read however but I just can’t I need to read the first one first. It’s very frustrating but I can’t explain how uncomfortable it is to read a book I know isn’t the first one. It’s like I develop a panic attack. I know you all think I’m nuts but this is just how I am lol I  have serious OCD issue with number order 🙂

Some people don’t care about reading out of order but  I wont even touch the book if I haven’t read the first one.

Are you ODC about the order of your books?


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18 responses to “Just a Random Post ~ Book Order OCD

  1. I’m the same way, Michelle. I get a little upset if I happen to read books out of order – and it happened a few times. But I don’t let it happen if I can help it. 🙂 And I always, always read the book before I watch the movie. I can appreciate a movie for what it is…but it’s been my experience that the book is always better. 🙂

    • I try with the movies, however, for example, I DNF the Hunger Games so I watched the movie instead, probably should have DNF that too. 🙂 Glad I am not the only one the need to read on order!

  2. I don’t read out of order either. I have in the past, but then I immediately figured it out and read everything before that book just to make sure I didn’t do it again. Novellas don’t bother me though. I tend to read them last just because I’m not a fan of a ton of novella stories being in the mix.

    • Novellas I prefer to read after the book but there are some that need to be read before but I hate that they don’t tell you. One books, thank goodness, I read the novella first by accident but in my review I made sure to state that the novella needed to be read first since the book description didn’t state that.

  3. Oh I hear you, it drives me crazy! I also don’t care if the books have nothing to do with each other if it’s a series it needs to be read in order..I have on occasion read out of order but it drives me crazy when I am doing it. Like right now I am listening to How to Seduce a Scoundrel but I forgot I haven’t read the second one..so all I can think about is how I haven’t read the second one yet!! I think I am going to have to quit listening to this one till I have read the second as I have it I just forgot about it. 🙁

    I have gotten to where when I see a book on netgalley or edelweiss that I look it up on Goodreads, etc to see if it is part of a series or not before clicking cause I have gotten myself in the same kind of trouble you have. 🙂

    • That happened with Tear me Apart. I think you got that one too. It never said a book two so I requested it and it happened with a middle grade it wasn’t until after I downloaded that I realized it was a book 4. I just get so disorganized and can’t connect with the characters properly if its out of order.

  4. Hi! I am a major OCD reader when it comes to series! However, some books, like the Nancy Drew stories, don’t necessarily have to be read in order because the plots don’t continue from book to book. I want to read Sue Grafton’s alphabet line of mysteries, but I’m kind of scared to get started because I MUST read them in alphabetical order! Also, the Stephanie Plum books I want to read in order as well as Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles…I could go on and on!

  5. I also dislike reading a series out of order, even with romance books where the different books in a series follow different characters I still like to read them in order as it’s more fun that way as you recognize the characters from the previous books.

    Also I have read a lot of review policies over the time and most bloggers dislike reading a series out of order.

    Like Katherine mentioned there are some series with multiple orders, like the Star Wars movies and I think both orders have it’s good points and both lead to a very different viewing experience. In those cases I think it matters less which order you follow, although I still want to follow one of the orders, doens’t matter which.

    • Now star wars is slightly different, since that needs to be watched backwards. You can’t watch the new ones first you have to watch the old ones then the new ones even though it’s not in the correct order. For me it makes more sense like that.

      I think that is also one of my review policy’s if its not I will have to change it lol

  6. I am the same way! Or…well, sorta. I *need* to read the series in order, but I can enjoy them out of order. I just prefer not too.. I think my problem with NOT reading books I request is worse with my books out of order OCD. Does that make sense? lol

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  7. It depends. I used to be a die hard you read the series in order person but NetGalley changed that. I read a lot of mysteries and for the most part order doesn’t matter too much. Given the choice I’m going to read the series but it doesn’t make me squirm quite as much as it used too. What do you do with Chronicles of Narnia which has 2 orders? The order of the story itself and the publishing order? That threw me for a loop for awhile!

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    • Yes those are like the Grimm stories by Jace Cameron. It has so many prequels and main story and pre-prequel it’s frustrating because I don’t want to just start anyplace. I hate being confused when I read something and reading out of order always makes me feel like I’m missing the strong connection but that’s just me 🙂

  8. I used to be super OCD about reading out of order and now not so much. I think for me it really does depend on the type of series: UF–no way I will read out of order), Romance –depends on the series, Mystery –depends on the series but usually have no problem reading these out of order as each is usually a stand alone case.

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    • Welcome back! I hope you enjoyed you break. Romance is one of those that tend to not add the numbers and you find out like three books in that it’s a sort of series. Those I can sort of handle as long as I don’t know 🙂