Thursday, December 15, 2011

Book Chat: Series vs. Stand-alone books

This book chat is hosted by Misty over at The Book Rat.

Well, in my case I always go for a good story and I don't mind it's a series or it's only a book. Having saying this,  I definitely prefer stand-alone books. I've had some disappointments reading series.

With the series, I think the author writes a first amazing book and then the publisher offers him or her an enormous sum of money (and I totally understand) that they don't reject it. I am not saying that it always happens in this way but it feels like this. I've only read a few series and in all of them I think the first book is awesome and then the rest is worst and I could be happy with only the first one.

The series I've read are:

  • Ender's game by Orson Scott Card. Incredible first book. I liked it so much that I bought the book. The second book was ok, the third one was horrible and the last one was ok.

  • Memorias de Idhun by Laura Gallego. Well in this case I have to say I'm ok with the three of them but I'd like the author had shorten the books because I think the story could be told in less pages.

  • Dragonlance chronicles by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman. I loved the first but the rest, they were worst and at the end of the book nothing happens! I think it'd better if only there was one book.

  • The wolves of Mercy Falls by Maggie Stiefvater. I like the way Maggie Stiefvater writes and I want to read more of her books, but I'd prefer if it was only the first one. The first one is just perfect.

Books I'd love they would be a series.

  • Anna and the French kiss by Stephanie Perkins. I love the story but I want to know more, at least a bit more but that's not gonna happen :(

  • Never let me go by Kazuo Ishiguro. I'd love to know more about the main character.

Well, this me but about you? :)


  1. I feel the same - most series have a stellar beginning, but then each book after seems to just water everything down and not hit the mark.

    As for Anna and the French Kiss, even though it's not a series at least there are companion novels - you can at least recapture the feelings and the fun of it, just with new people. :)

  2. yes, now I want to read Lola and the boy next door. I hope it is as good as Anna and the French Kiss but less sexual tension, pleeeease :)