Over the past few months I’ve noticed something about my reading habits. Whenever I finish a book and find out that its in a series I feel a little bit frustrated and annoyed. It’s not that book series are a terrible thing! In many cases I’m ecstatic to find out that a story isn’t done yet so that I can spend some more time with my new favourite characters. For example, Harry Potter, The Infernal Devices, Vampire Academy, The Taker, and The Hunger Games are all series that I can’t get enough of! Rather, I find myself frustrated when I’ve enjoyed a book (note the word “enjoyed” not “fallen head over heels in love with”) and discover that I’ll have to read two more books to find out what happens next. Then, after the second and third book do get published, I feel guilty every time I see them at the bookstore for not having read them yet. My list of books that I want to read is already long enough! Adding more and more series to my to-read pile is just going to make it worse!
So, I need your help fellow readers! Here are some of the series I’ve read over the past two years that I have yet to finish. In each of these cases I’ve liked the first book, but I just haven’t felt compelled to pick up the second one yet. If you’ve finished reading any of them I’d love your opinion on the ones that I should actually read or skip altogether. Also, if there is a series that I haven’t listed here that you think I would fall head over heels in love with…then let me know!
Side note: After finishing this post I realized that all of these books are YA series. I wonder if Adult series tend to function more as standalone books? For example, Sophie Kinsella’s Shopoholic series. You can read the first three and not feel bad for avoiding the rest because each book has its own conclusion to it! Does that make sense? Thoughts?