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Series books vs. Non-series books

April 16th, 2009 by Debbie's World of Books

So I thought it was just me thinking this until I came across a similar comment at Stephanie’s blog that a lot of books lately are a part of a series. I’ve read some great books that are parts of a series but I am also an impatient reader who cannot wait for the next book so it drives me crazy. I can usually handle trilogies but when they start going longer than that I’m like “Come on!” especially when I had it stuck in my mind it was a trilogy (Blue Bloods by Melissa De La Cruz). I think what gets me most is when I think a book is a stand alone book and then I get to about 20 pages from the end and realize it’s really only book 1 (The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins).

I really do not recall especially young adult books being like this when I was younger. Granted I was reading things like The Baby-sitter’s Club and Sweet Valley Twins which were series but each one was usually a stand along story with no cliff hangers. Or books by authors like R.L. Stine or Christopher Pike which were great individually. I do remember being impatient to get the fourth book of the Vampire Diaries series by L.J. Smith.

Anyways, just my random rant/thought as I’m on vacation and waiting on pins and needles for the next book in a bunch of series.

What is your ideal series length? A trilogy, something longer, who wants a series-give me a stand alone book?

Some of the series I’m waiting on are:

  • Blue Bloods by Melissa De La Cruz (hopefully next one is out in October 2009!)
  • House of Night by P.C. Cast (I’m taking my time on this one since I know the series isn’t complete)
  • Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead(next book due out in August 2009!)
  • Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris (next one due out in May 2009!)
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (next book due out in September 2009)
  • Jack West series by Matthew Reilly (next book due out in October 2009)

I’m sure there are others I probably just forgot about.

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8 Responses

  1. Katie

    I really like reading series lately, because you can get so invested into the characters. But sometimes it’s overkill when they go on too long. Trilogies are great – but I still sometimes want MORE if it’s a really good trilogy!

    I do hate not knowing that a book is the first in a series when I read it! I like to plan things out ahead of time, especially if the next book is not coming out for awhile!

    I’m looking forward to the next Sookie book (I’m just reading #8 now), and of course Vampire Academy, and The Hunger Games. I’ll be reading the next House of Night book too, although I’m not AS excited about that series anymore. I’m very excited for the last book in the Wake series, and looking forward to the follow up to Wondrous Strange too. Oh, and the next book in the Morganville Vampries series! Ok, I’m looking forward to a lot I guess!

    I do like to read stand alone books in-between all of these series, just to break them up a bit. Sometimes it can get intense.

  2. dsuzuki

    I totally forgot about the Wake series. I think the next one isn’t out until 2010?

  3. tee

    I like trilogies… It seems everything is a trilogy these days as long as it leaves me satisfied with the ending… I just finished Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments trilogy and LOVED it… However, I hate the waiting.. I rather like stumbling across a series after a couple of books have already come out.. That way I can read them one after the other… lol…

  4. Katie

    yes, I believe the 3rd book in the Wake series comes out in 2010. That’s a long time to wait!!

  5. dsuzuki

    LOL. I agree, I love when you find a series that is already fully published.

  6. Carrie K.

    I like discovering a series after it’s already been out. I read Harry Potter that way – and also Twilight, though I did have to wait a couple months for the last one. When I discovered the Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes series by Laurie R. King last year, I thought I’d hit the motherload – a whole series already out! And a new one out soon. I’ve only read the first four, but I love them.

  7. Monique

    I don’t read series unless all the books are already out. The only exception was Harry Potter. I get too impatient to wait for books or I forget that I read them. So, I try to read series that are complete (when I read them).

    I don’t mind long series either. The one that I am currently reading has 13 books (The Vampire Huntress Series), and I am only on book 4. But I just started reading series books, so maybe in time I will grow a preference.

  8. dsuzuki

    For the most part I get impatient and read all the available ones and then can’t wait for the next one to come out. The one exception has been George RR Martin’s series. He takes forever to write his books and they are huge. By time the next one comes out I have to re-read the earlier ones. So I finally gave up and said I would just wait until they all came out and read them then.

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