In case you don’t know, I am a hardcore completist, it can be a tv show, a movie series, a book series, or even a collection of thingamajigs. It irks me when I start something and discover that it’s not the real first part. And sometimes even if I want to give up in the middle I can’t because, again, I feel anxious when I don’t finish something I started. It may sound silly, but for me it’s not because sometimes it tends to feel exhausting AND expensive. Why expensive? Because I don’t start a series without ensuring I have every book or movie or show with me. I don’t like waiting for the next installment because the momentum wears down. (If your wondering if I’ve ever dropped a book, yes I have dnf-ed one book, ONE.) This is why it takes me a bit of time when deciding what book to read next. I love to binge-read a book series, but I have to admit sometimes standalone books are better, especially when I don’t want to bother myself with deciding on what series to commit to.
Let me share some of my dilemmas:
Case 1: I’m still in the middle of finishing The Mortal Instruments series because I have only read until City of Glass, and now I’m feeling a bit lazy lately because I stopped and got into a different genre lately. Don’t get me wrong, I will still finish the series but right now I don’t know when that will happen.
Case 2: Another issue I have with any series that isn’t complete yet is when the next book comes out I tend to forget what happened with the previously that’s why I make myself see the whole thing before finally delving into the newly released installment. Just like when I first read Shatter Me, and after how many months the next books came and guess what? I totally forgot what happened. Or when a new season of Game of Thrones comes out, and you know how long they want their fans to wait.
Case 3: BUT there are times when a different need to re-read a series comes to me which happened before I read Penny Reid‘s Beauty and the Mustache. In case of this series I am not complaining one bit because I FREAKING LOVE this series. It may be one of the few book series I will never mind re-reading a million times. I wanted to re-read this to re-live the feels I got from the previous books. I wanted to compare the feeling I got from the previous book to the latest book. It sounds like a tedious task, but I don’t mind it one bit especially if it’s an author or a series I love. And for the record, it never fails to deliver the same feels and humor I got from reading the first. AAAAH~~Case 4: There are also times when standalone books satisfies me. Times when I don’t mind it not having a second book because having a sequel might bring down my expectations instead.
These books were standalone books that I loved. They brought me feels and emotions and with just one book I was already satisfied. I might have needed more from the characters because I fell in love with them but the endling or epilogue sufficed my hunger for more.
Case 5: Although standalones are good, especially when I need a quick read, I have to admit there are standalone books that I feel needs more, do you agree? Like when the ending was rushed, or when there’s sudden info dump at the last part, and your left hanging and wondering what the f just happened.
I think this is an internal debate some bookworms will never resolve. Because at the end of the day we still end up reading what we feel like picking up. Standalone or book series.
How about you? Are you a completist? Do you mind not reading an entire series from the beginning? What standalone books do you think needs a second or third book? What series do you think should have stopped at book 3 or 4?