One or Many?

Tangentially related to this post: My new Kindle arrived this week!
Tangentially related to this post: My new Kindle arrived this week!

Today’s topic came to me via Booking Through Thursday, a site that poses a book-related question once a week. Today’s topic is:

Series or Stand-alone?

I would say I tend much more heavily towards series – and I think I always have. Starting with Beverly Cleary’s Ramona books and continuing on to series’ like Anne of Green Gables and Little House on the Prairie, and the Nancy Drew mysteries, I grew up reading book after book about the same characters, which trained me to get attached – I need to know more of what happens to them. If a stand-alone book has compelling characters that I really love, I am always sad to put them back on the shelf without any more of their story.

I do have one gripe about series books, however – often, they  get to a point when they’ve outgrown what the author originally intended, but keep going on and on because they’re popular. Two series I’ve been reading for years – Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander books, and Jasper Fforde’s Thursday Next novels – are at (well, past) that point, but I still can’t quite give up the characters. Which, I suppose, contributes to the problem.

What about you? Singles or series?

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2 thoughts on “One or Many?

  1. Common Loon July 20, 2012 / 7:29 am

    Singleton. Then I only stay up one night to devour it. I enjoy enjoy a series, but I don’t pace myself well and sacrifice too much sleep…not good.

  2. Mom July 20, 2012 / 9:07 am

    I’m a stand-alone reader. Even if I have several books by the same author on my “shelf” at the same time, I mix up reading them because I find the events, characters, and problem solving become too much the same and often predictable.

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