Everyone is always talking about how being the last person to read a popular book series is the worst thing to happen to them, but I like to disagree. Granted you can get caught in the spoiler game, but as long as you stay out of the tag and don't have shitty friends that give away endings, I think you can avoid them.
Also if you're on tumblr you can always use Tumblr Savior to blacklist certain books (I did this with Blood Of Olympus). So if you're good at avoiding spoilers or just don't care about being spoiled, there are some advantages to being the last person to read a series.
You know your friends whom are always crying, "Why do I have to wait a million years for the final book?!?" Yeah, jokes on you suckers because I didn't start reading this series until the last book came out! One of the biggest advantages to being the last to read a series is that there is no annoying time period where you are sitting around waiting for the next book.
I think this might be one of the reasons that I do end up reading series so much later than when they originally came out. There is no impatient waiting for the next book, so I can just blow through the series as fast as I care to. I rather binge read a series than have to wait in agony for the rest of the series. (Do you hear me George R.R. Martin?)
No Forgetting To Finish That Series!
As you all should know by now, I'm pretty awful at keeping up with all the series I am in the middle of reading. Part of this is because I start reading a debut book and I don't realize that it is a series. Since the next book isn't out yet I tend to just forget about it while I try to finish reading the other books on my list. By the time I remember about the series it's already finished so I can binge read the rest of it right away! Win-win!
If you buy a lot of books, which I imagine is a lot of people in the bookish community, you probably like to have your books match. I don't really care about this, I mean the first four of my Harry Potter books are paperbacks and the other are hardbacks. I don't really care about this type of thing, but some readers have a strong opinion about covers and the debate between hardbacks and paperbacks. I actually have a friend that likes to wait for the paperback because they're A) cheaper, and B) she ends up preferring the version they publish for the paperback.
Sometimes for whatever reason the publisher changes the cover for all the books in a series once the second or third book is released. At times redesigns change the dimensions of the book as well. So you might have the first book in the original cover, but the second book is different in both size and cover. Again, I don't really care about this but some book lovers do, so sometimes it is a good thing to wait until the series is over so you can have the whole series looking all pretty on your shelf.
Don't get me wrong there are definitely some disadvantages to being the last person to read a series, but I actually don't mind it at all. I'm also the type of person that is not too bothered about spoilers. What is your take on this? Do you like to read series after they are already finished or do you like reading them as they get released?
Happy Reads Everyone!