This week’s Musing Mondays from Should Be Reading asks…
“This week’s musing asks…
Do you read books that are part of a series? Do you collect all the books in the series before starting? What if the series is brand new, and the only book that’s been published so far is Book one? As subsequent books in the series are published, do you go back and re-read the preceding books?“
I haven’t read that many series of books. I prefer stand-alones. Most books in a series feels incomplete to me, like the story is just a set-up for the next installment. I am impatient by nature and waiting an indefinite amount of time for the conclusion does not suit me.
The only series that I have completely read is the Harry Potter series but that’s because I was a kid back when the first book came out. Everyone I knew was reading it so I did and then of course the rest is history. I did re-read the first few books a lot but not because of the publication of the new books. I re-read them because I loved them so much.
There is one book that has interested me in recent times is Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. But knowing that it is a part of a proposed series of books kind of put me off from reading it.
Very good answer. Some of the series books do seem lacking. I didn’t realize Miss Peregrine’s was a series!
Thanks! I haven’t read Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children myself so I can’t be sure but that’s what I’ve been told by more than one reading friend.
I like both stand-alone and series. I do understand your point of view.
I prefer stand alones. I do read reading detective series like Miss Marple or Poirot. But those can also be read as stand alones. It’s okay even if haven’t read any of the other books. Interlinked books that cannot be read on its own don’t interest me much.
Hmm, I didn’t realize that about Miss Peregrine….I haven’t read it yet, though.
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Well, that is what I have been told by more than one reading friend. Of course, it may depend on how one interprets the ending. One of my friends say that it is not exactly an open ending. It could lead to more stories but it can also be seen as a stand alone. I haven’t read it myself so I can’t be sure. 🙂
Great answers! 🙂
Thank you! 🙂
Good answers. 🙂
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I understand where you are coming from.
I love series because you get to relive the characters over and over again – even if the next story isn’t solely focused on them! – I do hate when it takes awhile for an author to release the next book in a series! I am also impatient – so I try not to start reading until they are all out! 🙂
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I sometimes do that too. If possible (say, if it’s a trilogy), I wait for the series to wrap up and then I start on it.
I prefer stand-alone ones too, because books in series means i have to buy ALL of them.
Yes that is definitely another factor. We like the first one then we must have the rest. We readers are a greedy lot, aren’t we? 😉