Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jana @That Artsy Reader Girl. She provides us with prompts to write a bookish list. Personally, I don’t participate every week, just once in a while when I like a certain prompt.
This week we got “Freebie: come up with your own topic”. I’m going to tackle a personal reading problem of mine this week. My topic is: Book series I wish were standalones. Book series and I usually just don’t get along very well. First books are fine, sequels are the real problem. I’m almost always disappointed or lose interest somewhere along the way. So today I’m discussing some books that sound great, but I haven’t picked them up because their part of a series.
BOOKS THAT SOUND GREAT BUT … ARE PART OF A SERIES
- The Folk of the Air series by Holly Black
- The Darker Shade of Magic series by V.E. Schwab
- The Three Dark Crowns series by Kendare Blake
- The Conqueror’s Saga by Kiersten White
- The Wayward Children series by Seanan McGuire
- The Fablehaven series by Brandon Mull
- The Strange the Dreamer series by Laini Taylor
All of these fantasy series all sound very interesting and everyone and their dog loves them. I will get to most of these someday, I’m sure. Don’t worry. It’s just that I feel like I would have read a bunch of these already if they were standalones. I get that fantasy needs a lot of worldbuilding and stuff. But… Big fantasy series = me taking forever to read them and probably DNF-ing it somewhere along the way. I never even finished the hunger games series. My problem is that bad.
8. The Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff || This is the only series of this list where I actually own the first book. Have owned it for at least 3 years, tried to read it twice and put it on my TBR countless times. The thing is, sci-fi isn’t a genre I usually enjoy. It’s too complicated, I get confused, I feel dumb. Maybe if it was a standalone book instead of a series I wouldn’t have given up on it so fast.
9. The Millenium series by Stieg Larsson || I have always been interested in this one, but there just kept being added new books. Even ones by different authors I think? That’s just a mess in my eyes. It just sounds like a cool story, but I don’t want it to drag on and on and on and on and on…
10. The To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before series by Jenny Han || Romance is really not my thing. Usually, I stop liking fantasy series because the romance starts being overwhelming. However, I have always liked the idea of this one with the unsent letters … and now there is also a movie. It’s just very daunting to start such a long romance story.
Those were my picks for this Top Ten Tuesday prompt.
What do you think?
Have you read any of these books?
How do you feel about book series?
Thanks for reading and I hope you have a wonderful day!