Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Series or Stand Alones?

I have been reading for a long time and have never, until recently, actually read a series of books. Or so I thought.

I have always been addicted to James Patterson, Dean Koontz, Robin Cook, Tess Gerritson, Johnathan Kellerman, etc and have always read their books in no particular order. I never even thought that the books had to go in a particular order and I never seemed to be lost in a book because of that.

Until I started reading YA books and getting involved in the book community on youtube did I realize that some books are meant to read in a certain order and that James Patterson, Johnathan Kellerman and Tess Gerritson were all authors that had "series" of books. I guess you learn something new every day.

I was very excited about this and so proceeded to buy a bunch of different YA series. But then after the first one in about 3 of the series I remembered how I was and I would grab a different book to read next. Because, you see, I have a short attention span and change my mind so quickly that I can't sit through reading each book in a series, one after the other. But now I keep looking back at the other books in the series that I "started" and know I should get back to them and finish it, but now it feels like a chore and the more I think I should, the more I don't want to.

Which leads me to this you like books in a series or stand alone books?

I guess if I read a new series that just came out that would be different because then I would have to wait a while until the next one was available.

I have discovered that I much rather like stand alone books and so will in the future buy only stand alone books or series that have just come out.

Until next time, Happy "reading"....


  1. I prefer stand alones.There are many series that i like but most of the books end on cliffhangers and i am sick of them!By the way i see you have a widget for last sacrifice,which is cool!Looking forward to your next review.

  2. I don't mind either way. It's at the point where it's about my opinion on the books. There are some books I wish were a series, but are standalone. And if I decide I don't like a series, I'm teaching myself not to feel pressured to finish the series. Even if I DO like a series, I'm at the point where I feel more like "I'll get to them when I get to them," like the rest of my books, unless I'm particularly passionate about it and have to go start the next book NOW.