I love books, it’s the reason why I spend hours sitting in front of the computer sharing my thoughts with you, promoting authors, and doing all these bloogy things (I know that’s now a word).
Series are fun and they have their pros and cons, just like everything else in life. I like series because they allow me to really know the characters, and not only that, the characters tend to evolve more over time. Sometimes a story is SO GOOD, that it takes a few books to really develop it.
Lately, it seems that about 70% or more of the books being published are series. This can be overwhelming, and it’s gotten to a point that I’m hesitant to start yet another series. Why? Well, for three reasons: 1) If I don’t like the first book, I don’t feel like reading the rest of the series (too many books to read!), 2) I can’t seem to keep track of all the series anymore!, and 3) it often takes a year or more for the next book to be published, this means that we often have years invested on a series. Also, some series overstay their welcome. Does it happen to you that you lose interest halfway to the series? This happens to me, especially if the series is more than, say… six books long. I can think on a few of those, but my intent is not to criticize, so instead this is a list of my favorite series:
|There's a lot more than these!|
Now, lets talk about stand-alone books. Some of my favorite books are stand-alone stories. What I like most about them is that I don’t have to wait years for the ending (especially when they end in a cliffhanger). The downside is that sometimes these books are SO GOOD, that I don’t want them to end. I know, I know, it seems like I can’t make up my mind, right? (Do you pity hubby right now?) Here are some of my favorite stand-alone books:
Are you a person that must finish a series? Do you judge each book independently or the series as a whole? What are some of your favorite series? How about stand-alone books?