Monday, October 20, 2014

Discussion: Continuing a Series

In the book world, series have become almost expected when a new book comes out. When a standalone book comes out every now and then I actually rejoice! Why? Because that means that the book will actually be wrapped up and I don't have to spend 2 years trying to get answers! With so many new series popping up out of the woodwork, it's hard to decide which series I want to start.

I'm an extremely picky reader, if I am not 100% invested in this book won't have any motivation to continue the series. The first book in a series is kind of an extended job interview for me.

Source: SecEd

I've had this happen to me for a number of books. If I like a book (like, not love) I probably won't be motivated to continue the series ASAP. This basically means that any 3 star or 3.5 star books. See, I told you I was picky. I can probably count the number the series that I have finished from beginning to end on one finger. In fact, let's list them below. 



7. I HAVE COMPLETED 7 SERIES IN MY ADULTish LIFE TIME. You want to know how many series I have started? 68!!!! I actually counted on GoodReads and I kind of felt sick to my stomach as the number kept increasing. o.O


Now granted, some of these are series that are still coming out say for instance: 



but still, 6 series titles does not make up for the other 62 series that I have started reading. A lot of them are series that I have no interest in continuing because the first installment didn't pass the "interview." 

And on the flip side, some of these unfinished series are from titles that I absolutely adore. "So Amber, what's your excuse for not reading them?" You may ask me. That's easy, I suffer from Book ADHD. This usually happens when the series surpasses three books and it has been five years or more since the initial installment. I get distracted, easily. There are so many new books to get excited about, these books kind of get neglected. 




 I love you Dark Hunters and Chicagoland Vampires,  but I'm already like four books behind and I don't think I can make it back on this wagon. ):


My attention span can only take so many books. Seriously, I have been reading Dark Hunters since I was 15. THAT'S OVER 10 YEARS OF BOOKS. I JUST CAN'T. I also started The Chicago Vampires series about six years ago, well before I discovered book blogging and got to interact with fellow bloggers and authors about upcoming books. AND THERE ARE SO MANY. 


What about you? Do you have to finish any series that you start? What are some series that you are anxious to finish? Let me know below!


17 comments:

  1. I used to be on top of my series but LOL I've lost them now. I've started pretty much everything and finish pretty much nothing. Alright, so I've finished a far few but it's nothing compared to the amount I've started, especially since nearly everything is STILL ONGOING. Which is pretty horrendous for me considering the fact that I have no memory at all. That means, when fabulous sequels come out, I'm sitting there wondering "what happened again?" It really disrupts my flow. I totally understand this problem though. They're are so many new and shiny things coming out so it's understandable that things you're behind on suddenly become mundane in comparison. Great post!

    Jess @ My Reading Dress

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    1. OMG YES! My memory is so short-term, anything after 6 months my mind completely blanks on whatever happened in the previous book. I need to write myself a little recap after I finish an installment!

      Thanks! <3

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  2. I never make a decision on any series until the end of book two. First books can be difficult with setting the world etc. I have been meh about so many first books in series that I absolutely adore now.

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    1. See that's smart, I'm just super impatient!

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  3. Way to count how many series you have actually finished! I'd be too afraid to see my total. LOL I usually give 'em a 2 book chance because the first installment is often heavy in the world-building department, and if it's the author's first kick of the can, well you can't except it to be perfect. You should definitely give Neill's CV novels another go. :)

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    1. I actually did not think that I was going to be THAT behind on some series I started, like not at all! Stupid blogging world introducing me to so many new books and series! *grumbles* AND YES I want to finish CV terribly! I'm still on Book 6, I'll catch up....eventually!

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  4. Ha, yeah, I used to finish a lot of them (this was before book blogging, so I'd be waiting so impatiently year to year for a new instalment) now with book blogging, I can't be bothered doing that so I read the first book, wait until the series is finished, now I tell myself I'll read them altogether, and then there's like 6 books and do I? Nope. THERE'S JUST SO MANY BOOKS, so unless the series are review copies I try avoid them until I get a break and read my books, which I'm doing now.

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    1. Yes, pre-blogging made finishing a series so much easier because you weren't visually accosted by all of these cover reveals and ARC reviews!

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  5. Not really; don't read every book in a series

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  6. I almost always get hooked in a series and have to read to the end. If I didn't like a book, I usually don't finish it and so won't go on. If I don't like the first book, I won't go on for sure. But if I like it enough to go to the 2nd book, and it is a trilogy, I'll usually finish it out just to know. Often the 3rd book is better than the 2nd, and definitely worth having struggled through to get to it.

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    1. I find that I have a lot of trouble with the third book of a trilogy, I'm rarely like "YES, T HIS IS WHAT I NEEDED TO HAPPEN." :/

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  7. Ugh, I hate series. I tend to start them and just...never finish. And sadly it's not just the ones I don't care about. There's been quite a few that I was DYING to get the sequel and then didn't read it right away and it sat there...and sat there...and now months (sometimes years) have passed and I STILL haven't read it. Sad, right? I just shy away from series for some reason.

    I am sad to see Iron Fey and Hunger Games on that list, though, because I've finished both and LOVED them. (In fact, book 4 of Iron Fey was my favorite of the whole series!) I read the second book to Daughter of Smoke & Bone and LOVED it, but the 3rd book is still sitting on my shelf waiting for me. *sighs*

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    1. Irony Fey and Hunger Games I actually did finish. I was so surprised at how I gobbled up The Iron Fey series, I think I read all the books in like a week in a half. o.O Did you read the companion series? I couldn't quite get into it.

      I really enjoyed the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series, but I had a problem with the ending. I t didn't seem....complete to me.

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  8. See, that's why I tend to read tons of reviews about a series first. That way I (mostly) won't be disappointed, although they do spoil me the fun in discovering a brand new book by myself. But well, I like myself on the 'safe' side of the road :D

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    1. lol I'm finally realizing that I'm a lot pickier than a lot of other reviewers. There are many books on GR that have gotten an average of 4 stars and so I picked up the book with the quickness, and end up giving the book a 2.5. >.>

      But yes, it's always nice to know what you're getting in to!

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  9. I rarely finish any series I start. I think I counted eight. But there are so many series where I've just read the first book! I have a problem with waiting for subsequent books because I tend to forget what happened in the first ones. That's why I lost interest with the His Dark Materials series and the Abhorsen series; I enjoyed what I read of them, but by the time I got to the second or third books, I'd forgotten too much of what came before.

    I like stand-alone novels, but they don't seem to generate the same frenzy as series do. Maybe that's why there seem to be fewer of them (especially in YA).

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    1. Ha, you've got one up on me! I think I read the first book in teh ABhorsen series like ten years, and I am not interested in trying to recall what happened.

      Maybe standalones don't get the same publicity? Publishers know that they can get you excited for 3 years or more, but a standalone probably has less buzz for a shorter period of time.

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