While it officially launched last Friday, I still want to take a second to tell you about an awesome, amazing and seriously fun project that has been in the works for the last month or so. I should note that all of those adjectives also apply to the three ladies who dreamed up this project and helped make it a reality - Amber, Betty and Judith.
Before I started blogging, I'd often start a series and binge read them all in the span of a few days or weeks. I was usually late to the series, so most (if not all) of the books in the series would already be released. For example, that's what happened when I finally read The Hunger Games trilogy.
Now that I'm blogging, I know about new series just as they are being released. As reviews pop up and bloggers start raving about them, I just can't wait for all of the books to be published. I HAVE TO START IMMEDIATELY! That's all well and good until the book is finished... and then I have a year or more until the next one is released. With so many books floating around in my brain, I rarely remember where the previous book left off when I go to pick up the next book in a series.
Because I love re-reading, I've typically just gone back and re-read the previous book(s). Sometimes, I look forward to revisiting the beginning of the series all over again. But there are also series that I just want to jump back into without starting over. So, what do you do if you really can't remember what happened before?
I've typically done one of two things:
1. Ask someone else who has read the book to remind me of what happened.
2. Dive right into the new book - hoping that the memories of the previous books will return as I read.
The new project started with a Twitter conversation between Betty, Judith, Amber and I discussing this very annoying issue. What to do when you want to continue reading a series but can't remember what happened before?
That's when we decided it was time to stop whining and come up with a solution. So, we decided to start a blog dedicated to spoiling books on purpose... or saving series! Rather than review books, we RECAP them.
Since this is a dilemma for readers all over the world, we knew it was time to put on our superhero capes and the Recaptains were born!
We - Amber, Betty, Hannah and Judith - solemnly swear to protect the world from literary amnesia and serial killers. We swear to protect our fellow human beings and to spread the love for books. We don't believe in fear. We have faith that the world can be better, and will be better.Be sure to check our Archives to see all the awesome series we've saved so far! If you run to the Recaptains only to find that the series you need isn't listed, feel free to use our Series Saving Advisory System to Request a recap. If you want to help the Recaptains fight crime faster, Contribute a recap of any book in a series we haven't saved yet. You'll get to be a superhero and get a button for your blog! Finally, don't forget to follow us on Twitter to stay-to-date on all of our adventures.
Want to know a little more about my fellow superheroes and their particular strengths? Well, I'm more than happy to introduce you to these three fun, talented and crazy awesome ladies!
Amber is the powerhouse behind Books of Amber, and she blazes through recaps like no other! She lives in the English countryside, so of course I'm super jealous of that fact. Who do I need to pay to get my own British accent? I don't what impresses me more - the number of series she's read or the fact that she's prepared to recap them all. Seriously, her memory is WAY better than mine. Another fun fact? She's the genius behind the blog name. I know - you just wish you had her skills.
Betty is the sassy and smart lady blogging at Book Rock Betty. She's your go-to source for making your life natural, green and toxin-free. She also knows how to swoon over boys with tattoos, tell you what she's really thinking and be one hot, rockin' mama. That's right, y'all! She's book rocking AND raising two adorable Baby Bettys who like to pretend to be Ewoks. So, sorry, but Betty wins at life. Mr. Betty lucked out when he got this lady for a wife!
Judith is the talented girl running Paper Riot. She's the reason the Recaptains blog looks as AMAZING as it does. Want something designed? Judith makes it happen... and makes it prettier than you could have even imagined! She speaks Dutch, and she can teach you lots of crazy cool words. Like winkelwagon. Want to learn how to say that AND what it means? Guess you'll have to ask her. She's so smart that you'll feel bad you only know one language (and don't tell me if you do too because I can't have any more multilingual friends reminding me that five years of Spanish got me nothing).
Hope you love this ideas as much as we do! With The Recaptains, you'll never again have to re-read a book before picking up the next one in a series. We're saving series one book at a time!