"If you find a book that looks interesting but is part of a series, do you always start with the first title?"
The answer to this is very easy for me. Yes. I always start with the first title. I might buy the second or third book, but then I have to buy the first book or get it from the library. I LOVE series. SOMETIMES, however, it's not quite clear that the book is part of a series, particularly if it's a loose association and it doesn't say "Series X, Book 2" on the side. THEN I read the books out of order and it makes me kind of grumpy.
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