Meme: Musing Mondays

Posted 23 August, 2009 by Li in Meme / 5 Comments

Today’s MUSING MONDAYS post is about book series…

Do you prefer to read stand-alone books, or books in series? Do you stick with a series the whole way through or stop after the first instalment? Are there any particular series you enjoy?(question courtesy of Elena)

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It doesn’t matter to me, really; if the novel catches my attention, I’ll read it 🙂 The books I read that are in series however usually comes from the fantasy genre; in such cases, I find myself keeping to trilogies, probably because it’s easier on the wallet and the bookshelf (probably why I prefer standalones these days too), lol. I’ve noticed lately that I’ve been going for standalones more often, probably because my tastes in books are expanding. But like I said, if the premise sounds interesting, I’ll go for it regardless of how many books are in the series.

For the most part, I do stick with a series the whole way, especially if I enjoyed it (and especially if they’re trilogies). There are two cases that spring to mind where where I didn’t continue in the series: George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire (dunno why I haven’t gotten around to the rest of the series (probably has to do with the gritty realism in the novel—I’m not going to spoil you the series if you haven’t read it or are planning to but something happened in the story that shocked me because I didn’t expect it. Suffice to say it was my first taste of the new trend in the fantasy genre) but I think it’s time to get around to catching up) and Scott Lynch’s The Lies of Locke Lamora (which was a good book btw). Oh! I’ve also stopped reading the Shopaholic series (I didn’t enjoy Shopaholic and Sister that much, should’ve stopped at Shopaholic Ties the Knot).

Favourite series that come to mind (this is excluding trilogies as I would start naming a ton of books) include Pratchett’s Discworld novels and Keyes’s Kingdom of Thorn and Bone quartet 🙂

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5 Responses to “Meme: Musing Mondays”

  1. Fantasy novels seem to really work the series format eh? I’m guessing because they spend so much time having to explain a whole new universe/reality that it just makes sense to spread the story out.

    Another series that really stands out that I forgot to mention in my own post is the Tomorrow, When The War Began series by John Marsden.

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