Booking Through Thursday – Serial?

Btt2 This week’s Booking Through Thursday:

Series? Or stand-alone books?

 

I don’t really mind either way. I’m very happy to read stand-alone books (most of the reviews on this blog are of stand-alone books), but I also love a good series – see The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (book 2, book 3), I’m a big fan of Sue Grafton’s “A is for…” series and I’m getting into Clive Cussler’s collections.

Two problems with series:

1. I want to read them in order. But I refuse to buy new books (second-hand is fine). Therefore I have to either connive to get them out of the library in the right order, or I have to collect the whole set before I can read them. I’ve read the first few Grafton novels about ten times because I keep starting the series and then not being able to proceed (I get stuck around F most of the time).

2. Back-detailing/spoilers. Some of the time you need to know what has happened in a previous book to put this book’s content in context; for example, the start of The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest makes no sense if you haven’t read The Girl Who Played With Fire. Really it should have been written as one enormous volume.

But if you’re just not ready to let go of a great cast of characters or some fantastic writing, knowing that there are more waiting to be read is a great solace.

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5 thoughts on “Booking Through Thursday – Serial?

  1. Matt 24 March 2011 at 9:17 pm Reply

    Most series have to be read in order, or you’ll miss some biographical details.

  2. Sally 24 March 2011 at 11:00 pm Reply

    As long as the story is good I’ll read it whether it’s a stand-alone or a series. I have to read books in order too.
    I have the Stieg Larsson books on my tbr pile will have to get to them soon.
    Sally.
    http://theelifylop.blogspot.com/2011/03/booking-through-thursday-10.html

  3. Shirley 24 March 2011 at 11:55 pm Reply

    I recall when as an elementary student I would borrow the Anne of Green Gables books for my mom to read (I didn’t take to them at that point. Give me horse books!) and they had to be in order. That was frustrating, as I remember, as they weren’t always available. See my answer here.

  4. Belle 25 March 2011 at 12:08 am Reply

    Great answer – don’t you think if it were all in one volume though it would be impossible to carry around? hehe. Also it might deter a lot of would-be readers.
    I was wondering why you don’t buy new books? Is it for environmental reasons?

  5. jenclair 31 March 2011 at 3:31 pm Reply

    While I prefer to read a series in order, I’ve read many out of order and still loved them. Read Stieg Larsson’s out of order and loved each one!

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