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Friday Coffee & Bookish Speaks – Stand Alones Vs. Series.

I’m still on a break from coffee so I’ll be drinking a Lavander Chamomille tea today.

What are you drinking?

So I’ve been giving this some thought lately. There are a lot of series out there. Maybe it’s just the books that I am reading, but it seems like a majority of the books I read are a series. It’s bumming me out a little. I would like some good old fashion stand alone books.

When it’s a series the story doesn’t feel done with one book or at least the author doesn’t think so.  Sometimes I think the book is complete and the author has made it a series. There is one time I read a book that needed a sequel and the author had no intent of doing so. She did end up making the sequel which I have not read #readershame. It was necessary. Other than that exception, does there really need to be so many series out there?

I want more stand alones. I want to read a book and feel like I accomplished something. I don’t want to have to wait for the next release or have to work the next books into my already crazy reading schedule.

Do you have any good stand alone suggestions? Do you get overwhelmed with series?

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  • Karen Blue September 25, 2016, 6:32 pm

    I hear what you are saying about sequels. Sometimes it just feels so unfair. I have a love/hate relationship with them myself. I like the idea of reading all the books in a series in a row, but I haven’t been able to do that much.
    I admit to sometimes feeling cheated when I finish a book and it is not part of a series. I usually want more if it is a good book. So I am totally torn.
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    • Jessica September 26, 2016, 8:28 pm

      Yes it can definitely go both ways I just finished a book that was part of a trilogy and I was happy about it because they will feature more of the same characters. Sometimes I just want to be finished in one book. It is really a toss up.

  • kimbacaffeinate September 26, 2016, 7:52 am

    I agree. I don’t mind series that are companion novels..like those typically in romantic series. All the books involve one family but each has its own romance. Even thrillers are duologies or trilogies now!
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    • Jessica September 26, 2016, 8:31 pm

      I’m reading a trilogy where they are all childhood friends and they are romance book. I say that I am hooked.

  • Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight September 29, 2016, 12:42 am

    Haha, I have to disagree. I’m a series girl. Love ’em! And I get frustrated at all the standalones I keep finding :-P I especially get frustrated at how many series out there are actually just a group of standalones with different characters in each because now I have to check the blurbs for the second book every time I come across any series just to see if the characters are the same or different. Standalones are just kinda forgettable to me, whereas series allow me to get deeper and more invested in the characters, and that’s what I like. You could always just find completed series and binge read them! :-P
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    • Jessica September 29, 2016, 10:34 pm

      Yeah. That’s an idea completed series. I just get overwhelmed with how many series I get caught in the middle of and have to wait for the next release.

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