"If you find a book that looks interesting but is part of a series, do you always start with the first title?"
I suppose I am a bit anal about needing to start the first book of a series. Sadly, I have missed out on quite a few series this way. When I first started blogging last year I kept hearing about the Sookie Stackhouse series and the Blue Bloods series and unfortunately, I was too far behind to catch up on them. Also my students really love the Bluford High series, which I have never read either, but because they continually read them I recently purchased all of them and hope to get them read so I know what all the fuss is about.
"What is you usual monthly budget?"
To be quite honest, my book budget is non-existent and totally out of control. I see a book I want and off to Amazon or Book Depository I go. I stop at a store and if it sells book, I am drawn like a magnet to those shelves and rarely come away without picking up one, two, or more. I do, however, have a completely rational justification for my addiction. After reading the books I buy, I take most of them to my students so they too can read them.
OK, I am off to find out what the rest of you lovely bloggers have said about your book budgets and how you handle series. See ya soon!