top ten tuesday stars

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.


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  1. The Folk of the Air series by Holly Black
  2. The Darker Shade of Magic series by V.E. Schwab
  3. The Three Dark Crowns series by Kendare Blake
  4. The Conqueror’s Saga by Kiersten White
  5. The Wayward Children series by Seanan McGuire
  6. The Fablehaven series by Brandon Mull
  7. 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!

17 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday #13 || Book Series I Wish Were Standalones

  1. I feel like To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is a pretty fair and simple look re: romance novels. Because it’s humorous and cute and coming of age and all that, but I do feel like maybe you won’t be fully keen on them. They’re quick reads, though, so if you ever do get around to it hopefully you like it! I’m totally with you on a few of these. Great topic choice!


  2. Fablehaven looks really fun- that’s a series I’ve thought about trying a few times too. Three Dark Crowns I really like, and I hope you do if you try it! The Holly Black series is another one I want to try, but just haven’t.

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  3. Schwab’s Darker Shade of Magic series is at the top of my favorite fantasy list. Each book is just as good as, or even better, than the one before it. Outstanding characters. Hope you give it a try!

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  4. Ahhh I have SO many books that could fit in this list!! Hunger Games is a big one for me–it just seems really repetitive, at least Catching Fire. Maybe a duology would suit it better? Anyways, great topic! 🙂

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  5. Illuminae would have made a perfect stand-alone (maybe with some additional wrapping up at the end), and the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo… It took me ages to read the 1st book and I’m not interested at all in the sequels.

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  6. Great list! I’ve got back into series over the past year after being disappointed by sequels for so long, too, and I think a good standalone is still better than a series for the most part. I’d definitely recommend The Cruel Prince and Strange the Dreamer, though. 🙂 Strange the Dreamer is a duology and to be honest both books read like two halves of one huge, epic novel, and if you’re put off by series I’d recommend trying The Cruel Prince once The Queen of Nothing has been released. I found The Cruel Prince and The Wicked King so easy to binge read, so I think it’s the kind of series you could burn through easily.

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