So, of late, I have become quite wary about starting a new book series. This random realization struck me, when I was looking at my Goodreads feed for book recommendations based on what I recently read (loved the last recommendation for The Good Fairies of New York). It seems like my most of my feed has suggestions of books that are part of a series. And I am extremely reluctant to click on any of them to even just get an idea of what they are about.
It now feels like every series is a huge commitment. Once you start a series, it’s nearly the only thing that plays on my mind. Finish book 1, get on to the next one soon, quickly get to the end of book 2, get to the next one, find out how the series ends. It’s a long journey. And as I already have a lot of things on my plate, a series taking up so much of my time feels wrong.
What makes it worse is the fact that most books that are part of a series are quite big. And the stories sometimes drag, just because they have to be spread over the three books. And add to it the fact you never know how the series is going to end even after you have invested hours and hours in it. This really wears me out.
One such book with which I had a slightly sour experience was The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Loved the first book, liked the second one, and felt the third was pointless – after a month of reading it. Had a very similar experience with The Maze Runner too!
Right now, the only series that I have on my Reading List is The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey. While I quite liked the first book, my hopes are not too high for the second or third in the series (lest they come crashing down). Now when I see a series, I quickly scroll through to find a standalone book.
Are there any series that you would recommend? I’ve loved The Lord of The Rings, Artemis Fowl, Princess Diaries, and yes, even the Inheritance series. Do let me know if there are any series that could possibly break me out of this new mind-set that I have developed.