Series or Singles?

We meet again dear readers!

I enjoyed finding out more about you all from our last post. This week I was thinking we could discuss our opinions on book series and whether we appreciate them or would prefer one instalment of a story.

I have previously discussed my lack of literary patience when it comes to series of novels. I do love them, but I like to only ready them when I know the series has already been concluded. Harry Potter being a famous example. My bestie still mentions how hard it was for her to wait for the next book. I read the entire series in little over a week, University courses all but forgotten at the time, as I lived in their literary world and mourned with them in the end.

So for all the series which I mentioned in our previous post: Hunger Games, The Maze Runner, I neglected to mention the Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare (I LOVED THAT SERIES) I only read them after they had been concluded.

The only instance where I had not followed my rules was when I was tricked into a new book by a friend and had not realized it was a part of a series. Oh how my impatient literary heart scorned said friend. This series was The Waterfire Saga by Jennifer Donnelly.

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Now look at those covers! Fun fact about this series: Disney approached the author to write them. How amazing is that?!

They are fantastic and I definitely recommend them to readers who love this genre, especially now that they are finished (*insert wink-y emoji here).

What is your preference dear readers: one or many?

I shall leave you here literary lovelies and look forward to hearing your thoughts on how patient you are with series novels or if you too might prefer the one-off stories, as I have a tendency to lean towards.

xo

Honestly Austen

Postscript: You should read the Infernal Devices Series now! Go! Fast!

25 thoughts on “Series or Singles?

  1. The Infernal Devices is probably my favorite Cassie Clare series. I couldn’t even finish TMI because I couldn’t stand Clary ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ™ˆ but I’m the same, I prefer waiting for a series to be complete before reading it. Patience is not my strong suit when it comes to books ๐Ÿ˜‚

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    • I feel the same way about breathing a sigh of relief when you find a good standalone! I do love series, but I need them to be complete or as close to it for my own piece of mind. I know itโ€™s a bit silly, but it is true. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. I do like that sires by Jennifer Donnelly I read the first book still looking for the second one i’m dying to find out what happens next. I actually like reading some series but not all.

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  3. I absolutely love series because often I have a hard time finding books to read that I’ll like and with a series I can keep reading what I like.Series are better to me because you kinda have something to look forward to after you finish the first one and move onto the next.I think series are nice because some authors take the same stories but kinda put them through other perspectives (wonder/auggie and me). I love/hate it when I get left on cliff hangers so it’s nice to have those at the end of a book and keep reading on in the next books.

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    • That is a great perspective on series! I really enjoy it and never truly thought of it that way as I jump from book to book and find myself sometimes not finishing a series for quite some time. I also love when the next book takes on the view from another character! I too love/hate cliff hanger endings, but found when I wrote my own book that it was exactly how I wanted to end it.

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  4. I like both singles are good because they can be quicker reads than a series and series are good because you have lots to read and you donยดt run out of books to read

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    • I think as an author it must be nice to be able to continue your story on past one book and provides the ability to really flesh out a great plot. Sometimes I wonder how difficult it might be and what the author’s initial intention was when they started the story. Great comment!

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  5. I like singles like because I cant wait for another book in a good series so i’m just reading, “The Hate You Give” I’m only about 4-5 chapters in but it’s a really good book.

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  6. I like the single books because I like to just read that one book then pick another. I do like series but it depends on the first book. I really like cliffhangers because I just pick the book up again and then get left on the cliffhanger again. I like single books just for a short story or just that one story to be held of that adventure. I love series that are about adventure like the Everlost, Everfound, and Everwill.

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    • I haven’t heard of Everlost, Everfound and Everwill, but after reading your comment I think I might have to look into them. I love that you mention that liking a series depends on the first book for you. I completely agree. Sometimes I find that the second or third book in a series can lose the initial “magic” I felt was in the first!

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  7. I personally don’t mind if I have to wait on a series. I usually just go read another series or a novel until the next book is out. I also don’t really care if the book’s part of a series or a single. It just matters that I like it.

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    • This is such a great perspective! I would love to adapt it for myself and will try to for the future. If the book ends with a cliff hanger, do you feel like you anticipate the next one a little bit more – or – are you still fine with waiting patiently?

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  8. my thoughts on series is that it can get repetitive and boring after a while of reading about the same characters and the same plot. I enjoy single books more even if it leaves me on a cliff hanger .

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    • This is such a great perspective I feel! There are often times when I too feel that there is a bit more repetition than what I feel is necessary for the second or third books. I also love how you enjoy single books even if they leave you on a cliff hanger. You are a strong of heart reader!

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