Not to sound biased or anything, but… I LOVE BOOK SERIES!!!
Okay, that might have been a bit extreme, but seriously I love them. I am a fairly emotional person when it comes to books and the stories. I get very involved with the characters and their struggles and victories. Which is why I enjoy trilogies, sagas, chronicles, or whatever you chose to call them.
HOWEVER! There are some downsides to reading a series. As a perpetually impatient person, I am completely against having to wait for the next book to come out. This is where the “pro” of a single title comes in. Where there is a wait for the next book in a series, that does not happen with a single title. It is straightforward. The book has a beginning, a middle, and an end. You know what you are getting with a single title.
A con of a single title is the rush of the storyline. Everything seems to happen so fast, and there is less of an indepth development of the backstory. A series can allow for an intense storyline with great details because it has multiple books to incorporate those details.
Both single titles and book series have opposite pros and cons. It all comes down to preference and what we are willing to deal with. As I said before, I am a very impatient person, but I enjoy the long drawn out storytelling process. I like having a single book as the beginning of a story.
Here are a few of my favorite book series:
- All of Christine Feehan’s series (Sorry! I couldn’t pick just one)
- Dark Series
- Ghostwalker Series
- Leopard Series
- Shadow Series
- Torpedo Ink Series
- Sea Haven Series
- Drake Sisters Series
- The Twilight Saga- Stephaine Meyer
- Bridgerton Series-Julia Quinn
- Fallen Series- Lauren Kate
Here is a list of a few of my favorite single titles:
- Lair of the Lion- Christine Feehan
- Like Water for Chocolate- Laura Esquivel
- Pride and Prejudice- Jane Austen
- The Turn of the Screw- Henry James
Choosing a single title or a series takes some research. One of my biggest pet peeves is to pick up a book and begin reading it only to find out that is a book in the middle of a series *Facepalm*. Another is to read a book that is sooo good only to discover it is a single title. I definitely learned my lesson in that aspect. So be sure to check the book out before reading it to make sure you know what you are getting into. A little research never hurt anyone.
Whether you like single titles or book series the goal is the same: to have an enjoyable reading experience. Which do you prefer: single titles or series? What are some of your favorite series or single titles? I love to hear from y’all!
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