Thoughts on : Book series, the eternal struggle

Hi bookworms, how are you? I hope you’re having a wonderful week! Today, I’m coming back with a new bookish discussion – I know, it’s been a while, I’m trying to get inspired these days, but it’s hard sometimes! So I’ll let you grab your cup of tea while I make myself one, and let’s get to talking!


When I look at my shelves, I see books. Obviously, Lots of them. But, when I look closer, I see that there are two different kind of books. Standalones, the ones pilling up next to each other, More than this keeping company to Solitaire, even though they’re both very different genres -I know, I’m not sorting by genre, or anything for that matters, I’m cruelly missing PLACE, send help. And there are others, that can’t be moved, because they belong next to each other.tumblr_miem2zdtsv1rvn11po11_r3_250 The Hunger Games series, The Maze Runner Series, The Divergent Series, the Gossip Girl series…and I could go on and on and on endlessly.
This invisible force keeping them together certainly is the power of book series. They need to be next to each other, or I’ll probably have an attack.

Looking at all these different books certainly makes me wonder. What makes me pick up a series, rather than a standalone? Without thinking too much, I’d say that, most of the time, I pick books at random, regardless of if they’re series, or not. If a synopsis intrigues me, I will add it to my TBR, and probably read it, even if sometimes I’m annoyed to notice that it’s YET AGAIN another series I will probably end up following. However, there are times when I stop my convulsion to add MORE AND MORE AND MORE BOOKS to my TBR, and wonder. It bothers me, always to read series. Because once you start, you’re quicksand. You keep going down and down, giving happily all your money away because you NEED to know what happens next. supernatural-booksAnd sometimes, you regret it. Because series can drag on and on and on and ooooon indefinitely, and you’ll end up poor and bothered because it wasn’t what you expected at all, what you signed up for when first adding this book to your TBR. With standalones, this inside struggle isn’t making me as insane. Because it’s one book. No big commitment, just one story, that could be amazing, and make me want to read all of the other stories this particular author wrote. And that’s it.

Now that I’m thinking about it, I’m finally noticing the real question here : What makes me KEEP on reading a series when I could just read a bunch of standalones? When you take a second, look at your shelves, you probably remember the long agony of waiting for a sequel to be released.


How long you waited, only to read the book in a single day, and having to wait again to read what happens next. On days like these, I’m just thinking I should stop.

BUT, hey, isn’t waiting for another book to come out a delicious feeling taking place in your gut? The anticipation, the strange looks from others while you’re crossing out days on your calendar awaiting for a book release like you’re awaiting for Christmas? Ah, the eternal struggle of series. It’s sometimes hard to bear. But some series are just too good. The suspense is just so strong. Quicksand, yes, but I’m okay with going down. tumblr_lzo8akavq51qzado8o2_500

Just for that christmasy feeling you get when THE NEXT BOOK IS FINALLY HERE, well… I wouldn’t give that up.


Look at your shelves: do you own more standalones or book series? What do you think about book series? Could you only read book series, or would you rather only read standalones? Do you have LOTS of feelings awaiting for a new book to be released? Don’t be shy, let’s talk together in comments!

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22 thoughts on “Thoughts on : Book series, the eternal struggle

    1. That’s a very good idea, I should do that, too! This way it would avoid me being frustrated while waiting for a sequel to come out. But sometimes, it’s too hard to wait to start a book that just seeems SO good, haha! 🙂
      Thank you so much for stopping by Alice! 🙂

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  1. Ooh love this post! 🙂

    I tend to read a lot of series as well and honestly, I just randomly see a book that I like and I’ll pick it up and read it; only to find out later that it’s part of a series. I think that so many books coming out these days are going to be series and that’s kind of sad!

    I do like standalones though and I wish more awesome sounding books were just standalones. I don’t care if they have to be 1000 pages in order to be a standalone, lol!

    I actually had to make a list of all the series that I have started and haven’t finished and a list of the series that I want to start.
    It was a REALLY long list and it is just growing.

    Honestly, I think it’s just that all these authors are just putting out series books instead. So I don’t necessarily think it’s US that pick a series versus a standalone, it’s just every single book these days is going to be part of a series.

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  2. I think you perfectly captured the feeling of NEEDING to know how a series continues and the ache of wanting that spot next to the previous installments on your bookshelf filled! I definitely feel that way every single time …

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    1. I’m so glad I’m not alone feeling that way! It’s the worst, and the best feeling at the same time, it’s so hard to explain…I can’t control myself sometimes when I want to read a sequel, but then I’m annoyed that ALL books need to have a sequel…I’m a conflicted kind of person, haha!
      Thank you for your comment! <3<3

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  3. I’m a big series reader. Probably because I find most fantasy, paranormal, and sci-fi books are series. It makes complete sense though with all the necessary world building and time it takes to do that. Since my default genre is fantasy and paranormal, I own a lot of series (I like to collect every book in a series if I can). Like you mentioned I hate seeing my series separated but I guess it can’t be helped because of the way my books are currently arranged. And strangely, for me, even if I don’t like a series all that much I’ll continue it just to see if it gets better. I hate to miss out I guess. 😛 However, if the later installments proves to not improve for me, I’ll probably just drop the series. Anyway, nice discussion post, Marie!

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    1. You’re so right, it makes sense for these genre to grow mostly in series, because of all the world-building – and I have to say, sometimes the world-building is so impressive in those stories! You have such courage, haha, I’m not that eager to continue a series if the first book didn’t impress me that much. There are so many books to read out there, it’s hard to decide to continue a series, or start another one…! 🙂 Thank you so much Summer! ❤

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  4. I really enjoy series because there are more books for the author to really develop the world and the characters… but you’re definitely right in saying that you need to commit to spending money on more than one book. It’s also a massive commitment to wait years for the books to be released.

    I probably have more standalones on my shelf because I read a lot of contemporaries and adult fiction. I’m slowly getting into more YA fantasy so the series are starting to build up now. They look super pretty together on my shelf though 😀

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    1. This is what I love about series, too! We can get to know characters more, and worlds…but sometimes it’s a struggle, having to choose between stopping, or keeping on buying a book series.
      We’re the same! 😀 I definitely have some series on my shelves, but lots of contemporary, too. I need to get into YA fantasy, because I’ve seen loads of these around, and they seem really good! Any recommendations to where to start? 🙂

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      1. The problem with series for me is that I like to marathon them. So if a series is already finished, I’ll buy all of the books before starting… which means that I need to persevere even if I don’t like the beginning of the series…

        I’m still pretty new to fantasy so I don’t have any unique recommendations that you haven’t heard of… I liked The Infernal Devices, Throne of Glass, Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children, The Lunar Chronicles (Sci-Fi). I also recently read The Grisha trilogy which was addictive but not the best – the world is amazing though! And I’ve heard that Patrick Ness’s Chaos Walking is amazing.

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      2. Aw I understand what you mean, and I guess marathon series is a way of stopping the frustration I can feel, when I have to wait for a sequel! 🙂 Thank you so much, I’ve heard of those books, yes, but not so much about The Lunar Chronicles and The Grisha, I need to both check them out! Patrick Ness’ trilogy is on my TBR, I can’t wait to finally be able to spend some money on them 🙂 Thank you so much Jenna! 🙂

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      3. Omg you really have to read The Lunar Chronicles! It’s probably actually my favourite series of all time (well… except Harry Potter). It’s got a crazy cast of characters and the plot is so unique, even though each of the books is a retelling of a fairytale.

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  5. Oooh, I loved this discussion, Marie! I completely know what you mean about feeling anticipation for the new book! I was completely that way with the Bloodlines series, but after that, I haven’t preordered a book since. I suppose to be really excited about a sequel is rare for me. :I

    Looking at my own shelf, I have a whole section dedicated to Vampire Academy and Bloodlines! But looking at it as a whole, I think I have more standalones than series. I have a section dedicated to Murakami, and a bunch of ‘classics’ that are standalone too.

    I like the idea of standalones. You read the book in its entirety in one, and they’re easier to review because there’s no ‘or maybe it’ll be developed further in the sequel’. So a lot of the reviewing of standalones isn’t too hypothetical or tentative, which I like. ^_^ But of course, a series allows you to be super invested in characters and the story. Finishing HP was a relief but it was also very satisfying. So I love a balance of both! 🙂

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    1. I get the feeling. I find myself less excited about the sequel of a series, than I used to be before. I haven’t felt the craziness and the compelled feeling to pre-order the next installment in a series since the last Mara Dyer book, and it was what, a year ago or something. Maybe book series are becoming too common, so the feeling is gone, haha.
      You’re so right about reviewing standalones. I feel like my review is more complete, you can talk about a world and characters while really knowing, well, the whole story! 🙂
      Thank you so much for your comment!! ❤ ❤

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      1. Hmmm that’s an interesting idea and I think there’s some truth to that! More so, some books really suffer from that second book syndrome so there’s excitement but also ‘greaaaaat please don’t ruin this great book and its potential’! X’D

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  6. I own a lot more series then standalones! But a lot of the series on my shelf are the first in a series and I’m just not-so patiently waiting for the sequel to be released. I love series over standalones because I feel like I don’t have to say goodbye to my favourite characters, the romance, the world. Whereas with standalones, I fall in love with the book and characters and just want to keep reading about them but then it’s all over! And I’m left feeling unsatisfied.

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    1. You’re right! There are some characters we can’t forget, and it’s so sad when we have to leave them after only reading one book with them. And sometimes it’s so hard to wait on a sequel to be released, I’m not that patient either, haha, so I even end up forgetting about it, and checking it out months later. Of course, then, I totally don’t know what happened in the first book… struggles, haha!
      Thank you so much for stopping by, Amy! 😀

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  7. Ah the struggle! I prefer standalones because I can’t wait a year plus for the next book… actually what really happens is by the time book 2 has come out I have forgotten what was so special about the first one so I either have to reread the first one or move on. nine times out of ten I move on because who has the time when my TBR list grows faster and faster!

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    1. I understand, having to wait for the second book to come out it sometimes so annoying! Especially when you forget what happens in the first book. You’re so right, we have so many books to read, sometimes we don’t feel like reading a book again. Maybe you should wait for all the series to come out, and then pick it up, then there’s no waiting 🙂
      Thank you so much for your comment!! ❤

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