March 21, 2013

Recaptains Assemble!

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!

Our mission?
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 idea 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!

 RECAPTAINS ASSEMBLE!

26 comments:

  1. I followed your blog button the other day and fell in love. I don't often finish series. (I'm soo bad like that) But when I want to, I almost always forget what happened, don't want to re-read it, and need help. I'm SO going to you gals the next time I have a problem.

    Have you reviewed Hunger Games yet? I stilll haven't finished book 3.

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    1. YAYYYYY! Oh Juju, this makes me so happy! I'm glad this will be helpful to you. You'll definitely have to let us know if you need recaps that aren't listed. We're still working hard on filling up the Archive!

      We have not recapped Hunger Games yet, but it's on our list. We should be getting to them soonish! We decided to prioritize newer series and those with books releasing soon (rather than those with all books released/older series). But we will definitely be recapping them!

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  2. This is great! There are SO MANY series books that I've started and by the time I get to the second (or third) book, I can't remember what happened. Some books are really good at recapping (without OVERLY recapping), but a lot of the time I just can't remember ... I'll definitely have to bookmark that page!

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    1. Thanks Kristilyn! Yes, some books are better at recapping. I almost wish books in a series had a page at the front that said "In the Last Book" kind of like how TV shows recap the episode from the week before in the first few minutes of the new episode. That way you could skip it if you remembered what happened in the last book but could read it if you didn't! Sometimes I get annoyed when the first few chapters in a book spend a lot of time recapping IF I've recently read the previous book.

      So glad you think it's helpful :)

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  3. This is such a great idea! I know a couple of girls tried something similar, Series Sisters, but I haven't seen an update on their page in about a month. It'll be a great resource once you ladies get some submissions in!

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    1. Thanks Kelly! Yeah, we did our best to build up the Archive before launching and have a schedule now of all the recaps we want to write and when we want to write them by :) Haha! And we have already gotten a few submissions which has been so exciting and helpful! I think it will be even better as more contributors help us out!

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  4. I'm a bit overly emotional today because this made me tear up. I love my fellow Recaptains so mu-uh-uh-uh-uchhhhhh.

    I really need to do a post like this. Veronica Mars is taking up way too much of my time right now. GAHHHHH.

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    1. Haha awwww! I want to say "YAY!" but I'm not cheering for the tears... just for all the love! Seriously, so glad to have met you three ladies and have become friends through this. Can't imagine this being any more fun :)

      VERONICA MARS! OMG. Don't read or write blog posts. Just watch Veronica. Seriously. I don't blame you one bit! I watched them last spring for the first time and got SO addicted. And then had major TV show hangover because THEY ENDED TOO SOON. *sob*

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    2. awwwwww.... seriously..... ALL THE WARM AND FUZZIES. you girls are the best. i knew the idea was great, but i had no idea how much fun i would have, or how awesome you'd all be!!

      amber- you better include some excerpts from the live bloggin you did while watching our accent videos. hahaha AND... still waiting on yours ;)

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    3. I LOVE YOU! And I also cried a little but like Betty said: I feel so warm and fuzzy inside! You girls are the bestest <3

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  5. I heard about this project the other day and I think it is awesome! You ladies are providing a great service for the rest of us. And now I've found three more bloggers to start following. Yay!

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    1. Oh thank you so much! And I'm so glad I got to introduce you to such awesome bloggers! I seriously love these ladies, and I'm so happy that you're following them now, too.

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  6. This is such a cool idea. I have been doing I call them character folllow alongs with the Cedar Cover series by Debbie Macomber so I can keep what is going on in the book straight.

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    1. Thanks Rachael! That's so cool that you're doing something kind of similar for the Cedar Cover series. Some series just require you to take a few notes so you can keep everything straight! And feel free to contribute if you think that series should be listed and included on the blog :)

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  7. I love this !! It's amazing... I often have to Google things from previous books while I'm reading the current one because I forget little pieces; Recaptains will eliminate this entirely :) So excited for your new project!!

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    1. Oh yayyyy! Thank you so much! We've all done the same thing, so that's why we're so excited about the blog. It's solving a problem we often have, and we hope that other readers will love it and use it too! You're too sweet :)

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  8. I love this idea and I can't wait to utilize it again and again! Y'all rule.

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  9. This is a fun idea! I hope that people will use it a ton and also mix in some occasional re-reading too. :)

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  10. Basically this is the COOLEST idea ever. I love it as someone who doesn't re-read series books before diving right in. :-D

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  11. Yeah, this is such a cool idea! I'm also Dutch, so I know how to pronounce winkelwagon, muhaha.

    Mel@thedailyprophecy.

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