Series vs. Standalone

I used to always only read books that were in a series. I was in the mindset that I wanted to be with characters a long as possible – more was always better, right? Well recently, I’ve been leaning more towards standalone books.

I’m not exactly sure why I’ve slowly gravitated more towards standalone books. Maybe it’s because I don’t want to feel committed to finishing a series during my busy last semester of college. Or perhaps it’s because I started book blogging recently – I’ve noticed that reviews of later books in series aren’t very popular, and that a lot of people are only interested in a standalone or first-book-of-the-series book review. Hell, it could be a combination of both, or even a mix of reasons that are more subconscious.

That being said, I know that it’s very likely that I’ll go back to prefer reading series. I don’t think the preference that I have on this topic will ever be permanent. Both reading series and reading standalone books have their pros, so I thought I’d list out some of them for us to discuss!

 

Series Pros:

  1. The reader gets to spend more time immersed in the world. This is especially great when a book is a really good read and the reader is able to look forward to more books.
  2. Character development is usually more pronounced and complex since there’s more time for characters to make mistakes, properly fall in love, or just simply experience life.
  3. Going off of individual character development, the reader can also connect with and understand a lot more characters, while standalone books tend to just focus on the main character.
  4. The reader can explore more of the world that the author built since characters are going on more adventures.
  5. The fandom can be prolonged since there’s more content to discuss and books are typically released over a time frame of one book a year.

Standalone Pros:

  1. It’s easier to remember what happened at the beginning of the story and to connect the dots – foreshadowing, obscure characters, and quick references are much easier to recall.
  2. The story usually isn’t dragged out with filler scenes. The book gets straight to the point without keeping the reader in limbo.
  3. There’s no cliffhanger, unless the ending is intentionally open-ended as food for thought, or the author wants to keep the book open to a potential sequel.
  4. Readers don’t need to wait years for the full story to be released, as I discussed in my post The Struggle of Waiting for Book Releases.
  5. There’s no pressure to buy other books in the same format – a standalone book doesn’t need to “match” other books on the bookshelf, while a lot of bookworms feel the need to have books in a series be either all paperback or all hardcover.

 

There are different reasons for why reading a series can be more satisfying than reading a standalone, and vice versa. I used to think that I’d always prefer to read series, but time and different circumstances have proved my past self wrong. In addition to the reasons I mentioned, what are some other possible reasons for a changing preference?

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It’s possible that preference depends on the genre that the reader wants to get immersed in. For instance, fantasy books tend to work better in a series so that more world development can take place. Harry Potter is a perfect example for this – it worked amazingly as a seven-book series. On the other hand, contemporary reads tend to be standalone books since there’s usually not that much that can happen, unless bad things keep occurring. At that point, the contemporary book can turn into a hot mess.

Now let’s take a step back. Let’s say that a reader knows his or her preference when it comes to reading a series or standalone. Even then though, there’s variation within series and standalone books that the reader can have more  of a preference on. For instance, story length can be a factor. A series can be anything from a duology to a 12-book marathon (*ehhem* House of Night series). Similarly, a standalone book can be anywhere from 150 pages to well past 800 pages.Would a reader who prefers standalone books for its shorter length then say that they prefer a typical duology to a 1000-page standalone?

Really, there are a myriad of variables that can be taken into account when deciding whether to start a series or read a standalone. There are definitely more than a few reasons that influence this preference that I haven’t even touched on.

 

Chime in with your thoughts! What do you currently prefer – reading a series or standalone? Have your preferences changed at all over time? What factor(s) do you think is most influential on your preference?

83 thoughts on “Series vs. Standalone

  1. shiviigoesrawr

    If I have to be completely honest, I gravitate more towards series now. I used to read only standalone novels but now I prefer series because in my busy and mundane life, staying a fictional world for as long as possible is great relief. But that being said, I’m always excited by standalone novels and they are always my go-to when I’m craving lighter stuff because standalone novels tend to be lighter.

    1. Jorelene @ Page Chronicles

      That’s a great point! While staying longer in a fictional world can be seen as a commitment, it can also be seen as a reprieve from work. That’s another perspective that I can try taking on when super busy! As you said, standalone novels tend to be lighter, so I’ve been mostly focusing on reading standalone books when busy.

  2. Alice | Rapture in Books

    Great post.
    Personally I hop between reading standalone books and series almost weekly. I have a nasty habit of reading the first book in a series and then leaving the rest for weeks, months or sometimes years at a time before I’ll pick them back up again – but by then it’s been so long since I read the first that I need to read it again anyway.

    It’s something that as I’ve got older I’ve picked up – I used to sit and devour a series in a week or two now I tend to prefer standalones. They’re easier to tunnel through at speed and a hell of a lot simpler to read without remembering who everyone is.

    On the flip side I like sitting there and developing a bond with the characters in a series provided there’s something there for me to bond to.

    Depending on when it is and what I’m feeling like I’d take a standalone or a duology/trilogy over an epic series without hesitation. They’re so much easier and I don’t feel so indebted.

    1. Jorelene @ Page Chronicles

      Thank you!

      I really dislike reading the first book in a series and not returning to it until much later, when I forgot most of it. I’ve done that a few times, and each time I regret the break that I took from the series because I feel like I’m wasting my time by re-reading the first book to get caught up with the story. I think that’s why I feel like a series is more of a commitment – I try my best to read most, if not all, of the books in a series if they’re all out already.

      I agree with your point about standalone books being easier to get through! I think it makes things simpler for me when I’m already busy with everything else in life. I’m looking forward to going back to reading series though once my busy period passes!

  3. jonquilaries

    I’ve read more standalone titles in recent years, though there have been a few exceptions, particularly in historical fiction (such as Phillipa Gregory’s Tudor novels). I find that the longer a series goes on, the more likely the story or characters lose their charm. I read up to book six or seven in Terry Goodkind’s Sword of Truth series; by then I didn’t care if everyone lived happily ever after or died during an apocalypse. This can be directed at Goodkind himself: he seemed utterly at a loss of what to do with the characters. Each novel was just another prolonged series of events that kept his characters apart. I lost interest. This isn’t always the case with other series. I think that, as a reader, I am not looking for long term commitment right now. Standalone titles satisfy my need for immersion.

    1. Jorelene @ Page Chronicles

      I completely agree! That’s probably another reason why lately I’ve been preferring standalone books – I went through a period where I read a lot of series, and a lot of them seemed unnecessarily prolonged. I still love reading series now when the later books are still exciting and new events unfold, but I prefer reading standalone novels now.

  4. Womanupke

    I prefer a stand alone. I want to be done with the characters once I finish with the book, I don’t want a cliff hanger or a dragged out book that goes to three books when it was just worthy of one. I read mostly romance and after we are done with the falling in love, I don’t care for much else.
    I am OK with series where each book is a stand alone within a similar theme and no mention of past characters.
    I am also sometimes like series where the main characters are new in each book although I am annoyed by the older characters being inserted in the book from time to time.
    I don’t like a series with the same characters in every book and they go on and on.
    I gave up on Outlander after book 3, the characters were older and I didn’t care what they got up to after book three, those books were huge anyway, how interesting can it be?

    1. Jorelene @ Page Chronicles

      That’s actually the main reason why I haven’t started Outlander yet! It’s an eight book series, and each book is massive. I couldn’t see myself stay immersed in it for too long.

      I agree that series are usually more interesting and fast-paced when new characters are introduced! Otherwise, whatever happens in later books can seem stagnant.

    1. Jorelene @ Page Chronicles

      I’m looking forward to reading more series once I become less busy – I kind of miss reading them since I’ve been reading so many standalone books now. I think it may be because I’m entering the mood where I prefer fantasy. Thank you!

    1. Jorelene @ Page Chronicles

      I really enjoy those types of series too! We get to explore more perspectives, and it’s always fun seeing previous main characters and secondary characters. I’m looking forward to starting The Lunar Chronicles for this reason!

  5. Marie @ drizzleandhurricanebooks

    What a great, well-developed post, I loved reading it! Even if I love both, I tend read more standalones, because, well, they’re less commitment, and sometimes when I start reading a series, I feel almost forced to keep on going, because it frustrates me so much to just, leave things like that, ahah. That being said, I love how a world, characters, can develop way more in a series, as well! 🙂

    1. Jorelene @ Page Chronicles

      Aww, thank you so much! I definitely get what you mean – I feel that sense of obligation to continue reading books in a series, even if I didn’t enjoy the first few books that much. It’s hard to just leave a series without knowing how things turn out. Since I don’t have tons of time now to dedicate to reading, standalone novels are much more appealing!

  6. Hilary @ SongsWroteMyStory

    I find that I read a variety of both, but I always seem to enjoy standalones a bit more. I find that I get more bored with series, maybe just because you spend so much more time with the characters and plot and setting. I can’t read more than one book in a series at a time, usually having to put another book between series instalments so I don’t just start hating the whole thing.

    I think the preference for standalones comes from a preference for conciseness. Is an author able to tell a story in a limited amount of space? If your characters, world, and plot are developed well enough, this really shouldn’t be an issue, I think. Obviously this doesn’t work for every book and series, but for the most part it works.

    1. Jorelene @ Page Chronicles

      Whenever I start a series, I actually feel the need to read all of the books. It might be because I don’t feel completely resolved otherwise? I wish I could take a break between books in a series like you do – I might be able to read more series that way! I’ll think I’ll try doing that from now on.

      That’s very true! Standalone novels usually tell the story more concisely than a series, especially if the story doesn’t have much development. It’s always frustrating when a series feels like it’s being unnecessarily dragged out, especially when it’s obvious it could’ve all just been one book.

  7. Cover2CoverMom

    Great post! I prefer standalone books, however I have been picking up more series. I get frustrated with series, especially long ones, that by the time the next book has come out, I’ve already forgotten what happened in the previous book(s)… ((I’m looking at you Outlander – I love the series, but I have yet to read the most recent book because I have forgotten the details of the 7 previous books)) I have to REALLY love the books to get into a series. If I am not totally in love with the first book, forget about me reading the second. If I am going to invest my time in a series, it has to be a damn good one lol

    1. Jorelene @ Page Chronicles

      Thank you so much! Yeah, that’s something that frustrates me to no end – forgetting what happened in earlier books while waiting for later books in a series to be released always irks me. That’s why I try to only read series that have most, if not all, of the books published already!

  8. klari.boo

    Sometimes I like stand alone novels more because the pain of waiting for the next book in a series is too much. That or with series I read them after all the books have been published.

    1. librarygurl

      I have been thinking about this too, especially with A Song of Ice and Fire in consideration. I was reading another series and the author just dropped it after the third book, which was clearly not the last book. It was frustrating to see her simply say she didn’t have time to even think about the next book.

    2. Jorelene @ Page Chronicles

      I do the same with series! I really dislike waiting years for later books in the series to be released, especially since I tend to forget details of earlier books. So I try to only start series with most, if not all, of its books already released.

  9. sassgasms

    I’ve actually always been a fan of stand alones, simply because of my impatience in waiting on the upcoming books in a series. However I do love series books when I’m drawn in from the first book or if it’s been a series that has been around for a while so when I start one I can easily finish it. I think my attention span stops me from getting to read a lot of series books unless I absolutely loved the first book! I also like series books that even though they all connect, you don’t necessarily have to read the titles in order to get what’s happening in the current (my slight ocd will force me to find the first one though.) I think it’s my commitment issues! I am afraid of getting so invested in a book series and then having it turn out to be the worst ending ever! (Looking at you Unearthly series).

    1. Jorelene @ Page Chronicles

      Ahhh yeah, I remember how Unearthly was a disappointment. I don’t think I even made it to the end because someone told me how the ending wasn’t the best.

      I also try to read series that are either fantastic starting from the first book, or series that are already completely published! Otherwise, it’s hard for me to continue, or even start, a series. Haha, I totally get what you mean about commitment issues – it’s always worse when a series has a bad ending compared to a standalone.

  10. librarygurl

    For me, and this could be age, I don’t have a preference. I want the story told and if that takes 8 books or 1 book, I don’t care. I just get annoyed when authors drag out a story for too long. Then it is clear they are doing it to string us along and make money.

    1. Jorelene @ Page Chronicles

      Yeah, it’s usually very obvious when a series is intentionally dragged out just so that readers will buy more books! It’s always really frustrating, and I usually stop reading and then simply seek out the ending of the series. I find that the ending isn’t that great or mind-blowing whenever this happens.

    2. Stefanie

      I think you are definitely onto something here! I think this is the most important reason on whether or not I like the books to be a standalone or a series. If the story stays strong and there’s no excessive stuff happening, it may as well go on for 20 books. But if there’s only enough stories to fill two books, or even one, just stick to that. But it is true that in series you are able to find out so much more about everything and everyone and how the world works. But if it’s all boring or there just that and nothing else happening, that’s just bad form.

  11. Kourtni @ Kourtni Reads

    I think I generally prefer series. I’m not totally sure why – I think it’s probably because I like being with the same characters and world for awhile, especially when I really like those characters and their story. But there are a lot of things that can annoy me about series, like when it ends up being really long and therefore reading the series would be a big time commitment (this is the main reason why I haven’t read The Mortal Instruments yet) or when I have to wait for the next book to come out. I also get frustrated if the series drags on forever and the last few books end up being terrible because the author wanted to keep writing that series but didn’t really have anymore to say/write.

    I think I’m actually more likely to read series but more likely to buy standalones, if that makes sense. If I buy the first book then I feel like I need to buy the whole series and that it needs to be in the same format (this is killing me because I want to have Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs but I own the first two books in paperback and that one isn’t out in paperback yet). Whereas with a standalone, I can just buy the book and not feel any other obligation, you know what I mean?

    Great post!

    1. Jorelene @ Page Chronicles

      I completely understand you when you say that the big time commitment is the main reason why you haven’t read The Mortal Instruments series yet! I started reading The Mortal Instruments series a few years ago before the later books came out – waiting for new releases was such a struggle. I ultimately dropped it before reading the last book in both The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices series. I want to get back to reading it now that there are more books out and even a new spin-off series, but there’s just so many books to re-read in order to get caught up. I don’t know when I’ll ever get around to reading those.

      It’s also easier for me to buy standalone books compared to series! I always want my series to be in the same format, and like you, I’ll be stubborn and not read a new release unless it’s in the same format of the other books that I have. I think that’s another reason why I’m preferring standalone books now – a lot of good series that I haven’t read are either too new to have many books out, or the format types just aren’t available.

      Thank you so much!

  12. Madeline @ The SFF Bookshelf

    I have always preferred series rather than standalone novels. I want to stay within the world the author has created as long as I can. However, I would like to venture into reading more standalone novels. I have a couple of my bookshelf at the moment that I am looking forward to reading. The one I am looking most forward to reading is “Uprooted”, when I hear is really good.

    1. Jorelene @ Page Chronicles

      I heard Uprooted is really good too! I really want to buy it, but I just think the US cover is so not… pretty? I’m not sure what the right word to describe it is. So I’m trying to buy the UK version of the book from Book Depository, but it keeps going out of stock before I can buy it! I’m looking forward to reading your review on Uprooted – I might cave and just buy the US version if it’s super good!

    2. veeshee

      Uprooted is definitely worth the read – it is one of the few fantasy novels I felt was done really well as a standalone! The speed and flow of the novel was quite good and it was easy to love the protagonist, even though it was a short amount of time (short time, in comparison to the time length in a series).

  13. Lauren @ Wonderless Reviews

    I have such a contradicting and mixed relationship with series and standalones.

    My attention span and memory loves standalones because I don’t need to worry about committing myself and my preferred genre is horror/thriller and most of those standalone.

    That said, when done right, I love series because I become so attached to my favourite characters and I never want to leave them. I also love details and want to learn as much as I can about what’s happening.

    1. Jorelene @ Page Chronicles

      I agree with all of your points! I love both series and standalone books, but right now I prefer standalone books because I don’t need to commit as much to them, and I’ve been in the mood for contemporary lately. At the same time, I love fantasy, and those can be done really well as a series!

  14. opinionatedbookish

    This post is so great and detailed! Personally, I prefer reading series because I get to immerse myself in the world and spend more time with the characters I love. But at the same time, standalones are great because everything gets neatly wrapped up at the end. You don’t have to worry about your favourite characters dying in the next book!

    1. Jorelene @ Page Chronicles

      Thank you so much! Yeah, that’s definitely a huge plus of standalone books – everything wraps up nicely without cliffhangers! It’s really an awful feeling when you don’t know if your favorite character is going to die in the next book, but you have to wait another year or two for that book to be released.

  15. Mystery Date with a Book

    If I had to choose between a series and a standalone, I’d definitely go for the series! If the story is good making it into a series means you get to enjoy it for longer 😀 But I’ve read a lot of great standalones as well… So I guess it depends on the story.

  16. daniellethamasa

    I’m usually a fan of series, but in the past I have found some series that should have ended with book 5 or book 7 and somehow are on book 15 and it feels like the author doesn’t know how to end the series and start with something new.

    Right now I’ve been reading a lot of trilogies or quadrilogy/quartets…also duologies. They give you a little bit more character development and such without making you dive deep into a 12 book series and the waiting game that goes along with it.

    Overall I just like to read and if the synopsis sounds interesting then I’ll read it, regardless of if it is a standalone or the beginning of a series.

    1. Jorelene @ Page Chronicles

      Yeah, it’s usually pretty frustrating when a series seems to go on forever. When I get into that situation with a series that I enjoy, I try my best to read all of the books since I want to see what happens to the characters, but at a certain point the plot can get repetitive or redundant.

      My favorite series length would probably be a trilogy! I think that’s a good length for the story to properly go on for. A duology is also a lot of fun to read since it elaborates off of and wraps up the first book.

      1. daniellethamasa

        Quads and Quints are good too. Of course with High Fantasy or Epic Fantasy I’m fine with 7-10 books in the series. Because of all of their worldbuilding I expect a bit more content.

  17. Michelle @ Addictively Turning Pages

    This is such an interesting topic!! I love this post! Currently, I’m a huge fan of both standalone and series. However, I have gravitated towards smaller number book series like trilogies or duologies in the recent years because I find they’re easier to catch up on. I actually read the House of Night series, but because I had to wait a year between each book, I haven’t actually finished House of Night (I left off at Book 10). With so many books in the series, I guess I didn’t find it worth it to start at the very beginning to finish the series. I think in this case, with large book series, picture perfect scenarios would be to marathon all the books when they are all out.

    I also find with series I’m more likely to lose interest in a year, (unless you write like Sarah J Maas then I would never forget about her upcoming books :P). BUT. Series are so much more development and awesome and there isn’t just ONE book but many!! It also looks amazing on your shelves. 😀

    Standalones are perfect for quick reads. Still got the amazing stories, and characters you find in series, it’s just that they’re, in my opinion, to a lesser scale. I definitely read both standalone and series at the same level but I do prefer the lengthy series where I can enter the book worlds again and again. I guess it all depends on my mood and what I’m feeling I want to read! 🙂

    1. Jorelene @ Page Chronicles

      Thank you so much! Good job on making it so far into the House of Night series! I think I stopped reading at around book 7 since it became too long for me. You make a great point about how book marathons are more appropriate for reading long series. That’s a reason why I haven’t finished the last books in The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices series – they took too long to come out, so it was harder get caught up with the plot. Although book marathons would be best in these scenarios, it’s unfortunately hard to plan them since a lot of series lengths are initially undetermined.

      Series really do look gorgeous on bookshelves since they usually have a common theme. I especially love it when the book spines are matching and create a larger picture! I mean, a lot of standalone books have pretty covers too, but series definitely stand out more. <3

      I agree that choosing between reading a series and standalone book depends on mood! There are times that I want to be completely immersed in a world for as long as possible, then there are times that I want to just read a nice story and be done with it soon. Haha, I think I switch between these moods fairly often. 🙂

  18. Krysta

    My main problem with series is that it seems many series don’t need to be series–they were just turned into series because it’s easier and cheaper for publishers to market sequels. Just about everything seems to a series anymore when the story could have been a nice, tight standalone instead of a meandering quartet.

    1. Jorelene @ Page Chronicles

      I completely agree with you – there are some series that are obviously dragged out and could have been perfectly great as a standalone. That’s probably my biggest gripe about reading series, but I’m lucky to not come across these types of series that often!

  19. Lyra Gill

    For fantasy, I always prefer series because I want to experience more of the new world and I want to get to know characters better, but for contemporaries, I prefer standalones. I can’t really explain why, but I feel like if contemps end up being more than one book, we get unnecessary drama that just distracts from the story and there’s nothing more that I hate!

    This is my first time stopping by your blog and it is AMAZING. I’m definitely following, and good luck on your last semester in college! 🙂

    Lyra @ Defiantly Deviant

    1. Jorelene @ Page Chronicles

      I’m so glad someone else feels like series and standalone books are more appropriate for certain genres! I also really dislike the unnecessary drama in contemporary books when they’re prolonged – just let the characters be happy!

      Aww, thank you so much!! 🙂 <3

  20. lonestarjake88

    For me, it honestly depends on my mood and the author. For instance, I love Gilbert Morris’ Through A Mirror Darkly (standalone), but his series of YA novellas, The Seven Sleeper Series, which I read all 12 three times as a kid, was/is amazing.

    1. Jorelene @ Page Chronicles

      I agree that mood plays a huge factor in reading a standalone or series! You make a great point about the author also influencing preference – I hadn’t really thought about that. If I like an author, I’m more likely to read their books, regardless of whether it’s a series or standalone!

  21. veeshee

    Harry Potter was the love of my life back when it first came out and it sparked an interest in reading series over standalone books in me as a child. But now, I usually prefer standalone to series. This is mostly because I find series to be time-consuming and I hate having to wait for the next book. Take Game of Thrones, for example. I am impatiently waiting for the last two books to come out but while I’ve been waiting, I’ve forgotten what happened previously. Now, I have to go back and reread them in order to remember. Although rereading can be fun sometimes, I find that I remember snippets so I just end up skimming and it stops being enjoyable when I do that.
    Another influence for why I prefer standalones over series is because I have difficulty blogging about books in a series. I always wonder if I’m giving too much away when I write about the second book in the series and I find that I censor myself a lot in those kinds of circumstances.
    This in no way means I won’t be reading any books in a series – I am currently reading the third book in the Stephanie Plum series and the fourth book in the Pendergast series (if you are into thrillers and crime fiction, then give those two a try, haha!).

    1. Jorelene @ Page Chronicles

      Waiting for books to come out in a long series is really hard! Like you said, it’s easy to forget what happened previously after waiting so long, and it becomes less fun when you have to re-read books just to remember details. I have friends who are fans of the Game of Thrones books, but have told me about how frustrated they are that there haven’t been any new releases lately.

      Yeah, I completely agree – it’s a lot harder writing book reviews on later books in a series since it’s difficult to gauge what would be considered a spoiler and what wouldn’t. I therefore keep my book reviews of sequels very vague.

      I’m usually not the biggest fan of thrillers and crime, but I get into that mood every now and then! Thanks for the recommendations – I’ll definitely check out the Stephanie Plum and Pendergast series! 🙂

      1. veeshee

        I think my problem when I review a book in a series is this doubt about whether I should even be doing this? Not only is there that spoiler aspect but I’ve always been the kind of person who likes to be introduced to a series and then left alone to discover the rest of the books. It almost feels like I’m depriving people of that when I’m talking about each book, even if it is vague because I’m also explaining my own feelings on the book!

        1. Jorelene @ Page Chronicles

          I totally get where you’re coming from – I get that feeling too sometimes! That being said, I still write book reviews on books in series because I want to be able to either encourage or warn readers who are interested in knowing how a series plays out.

  22. Zoe

    For me, it depends. I think there should be as many books as needed to tell the story. If the author can get the point across in one book, that’s great. If they need more than one book, that’s okay too. It’s just a balance of making sure that the books don’t feel like filter and that they’re not so short that they’re rushed. Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous discussion! <3

  23. Jackie G.

    I typically prefer standalones or the rare duology. That doesn’t mean I avoid series at all though. I actually start A LOT of them, but most of the time I do not advance past book one. It’s not because I hate waiting for release dates, or I’m concerned about buying in different formats. I just have to be presented with something pretty spectacular to want to continue on, and sadly that doesn’t happen that often. Especially since most series are way, way too long. Harry Potter was the first series I ever completed, and I re-read it often because I want to be submerged in that wonderful world along with my favorite characters. Typically, 7 books is way too long for a series, but…I mean, it’s Harry Potter. Otherwise, I start to get discouraged by series with more than three books. The next series I ever completed was the Twilight saga– less because it was amazing and more because it was such an influential book at the time, and I was curious. Aaaaand…. I haven’t finished a series since.

    1. Jorelene @ Page Chronicles

      Oh wow, that’s so interesting! I’m actually very likely to continue books in a series, even if the first book wasn’t spectacular. Usually, I’ll decide based off on reviews of next books or just off of my own curiosity of wanting to know what happens. It’s hard for me to just drop a series without knowing the ending of it! That’s probably why I’m currently reading standalone books more, so that I don’t get stuck in a series for too long. Maybe you should try out reading a whole series one day, even if the first book wasn’t amazing – you might be pleasantly surprised!

    1. Jorelene @ Page Chronicles

      I was absolutely obsessed with Vampire Academy back in high school! It was a series that I read for hours on end, without a break. I tried out Bloodlines, but it didn’t appeal to me that much unfortunately. I’ll need to check out The Medaldiction Trilogy! 🙂

      1. irena_bookdustmagic

        I get what you mean. I loved Bloodlines, but mainly bc of Adrian and the world. I loved it, but VA is sooo much better.
        I hope you’ll enjoy Stolen Songbird and the rest of the series once you get them.

  24. The Belgian Reviewer

    I like standalones more. Every time a complete new story and new characters. I’ve been disappointed too often when it’s a series and a second book can’t compete with the first because that first one was the best. Being able to compare books is dangerous.

    1. Jorelene @ Page Chronicles

      That’s a really great point! Books in series just ask to be compared to each other, simply because it’s so easy to do so. It can be really disappointing when a series doesn’t live up to its potential and go downhill, so standalone books can definitely be more reliable in that aspect! 🙂

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