If you’ve kept a keen eye on my Twitter, you probably noticed that I’ve been asking for good standalone recommendations. (Also thank you for looking at my Twitter, I love talking to y’all on Twitter, so hit me up!) Now, why have I been doing this?
To tell you the truth, I am wary of starting series. Most of the really popular titles out now are part of a series. Ignite Me and Cress were all over Twitter a while back, as an example. I haven’t read Scarlet, the previous book to Cress, so I can’t join in the glee. I haven’t even touched the Shatter Me series because of the mixed things I’ve heard about it.
So what’s up with me and starting series? Well…
1: I like binge-reading series because of book amnesia.
I’m more likely to pick up a complete series with all the books available to me. I can have bad cases of book amnesia, and when I go a while before reading the next book, I might forget some important plot points. I mean, I read Cinder last year and although I have a decent grasp of what happened, some references in Scarlet might go over my head.
The same thing might happen with my new copy of Froi of the Exiles, so I might have to refresh myself with the first book.
2: I don’t like books that end with cliffhangers.
When a book in the series ends with a cliffhanger, I can be found yelling internally. When a book in the series ends with a cliffhanger and I have NO way of getting the next book, I can be found yelling externally.
To solve this problem and to spare my throat, I like to read completed series. If I can borrow it as a set and finish them one after the other, that’s great. At least I will spare myself the anguish of turning the page and realising “… That’s the end. NO. NOOOOOOOO! I DON’T HAVE THE NEXT BOOK NOOO!”
3: I would like to review the series as whole.
I know that reviewing each book would allow me to build up a bigger buffer. However, if I reviewed each book separately, I would have to continually say “spoilers for [previous book]” and only people who’ve read the previous book can safely read my review. By reviewing the series as a whole, I can kind of avoid spoilers and just give my readers an overview of the series.
But, there are certain situations where I have to start off a series. Maybe it’s a review copy, or maybe it’s something that I’m REALLY interested in. I suppose I shall save that post for another day, yes? 😀
So, what about you, dear reader?
Do you prefer series or standalones? Do you share my hesitations about series?
Let me know in the comments!