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A series, a sequel, and a standalone walk into a bar. . .

I don’t HATE book series. Not really. I just don’t like them that much.

This wasn’t always the case; when I was younger I LOVED them. That was all I read; the Boxcar Children, Nancy Drew, Redwall, Harry Potter, various quartets by Tamora Pierce. They were all wonderful series, but after a while something happened to me.

I realized that every single book in the Redwall series was the same and that realization changed my view of books/series forever.

Since then I have looked upon series with suspicion. I ask myself, “Is this going to be worth the time I need to put into it?” The only series I can say to have read lately was part of the Discworld series by Terry Pratchett, and even those have grown tiresome. Over time my dislike of series extended to even reading multiple books by the same author. My dislike grew so much that I refused to even buy another book by the same author EVEN IF IT HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH THE FIRST. I would only do so if the book really and truly appealed to me on its own (the amount of times I have picked up an Ian McEwan novel only to return it to its shelf is astonishing). I’m a hesitant reader and so I adopted the philosophy of “Why read the same author over and over again, when I can enjoy so many other voices I’ve never heard from before”.

Why am I telling you all of this?

Because I want you to know that when I say I am excited for these next couple of sequels/books I really mean it.

Magician's Land

 

1. The Magician’s Land (The Magicians #3) by Lev Grossman
Expected pub date: August 5, 2014
Published by Viking

First, I’ve been following Lev Grossman’s blog (which is awesome and you should go read). Second, I absolutely loved the first book and the second almost as much. I’m very much excited for the third installment. In fact, I can’t recall a time in recent memory when I have so eagerly awaited a sequel (let alone a three-quel!) In case you are unfamiliar, The Magicians series follows our twenty-something anti-hero of sorts, Quentin, as he discovers the dangerous realities of the Narnia-like fantasy world he’d loved as a child. Readers of Harry Potter, The Chronicles of Narnia,  and more will LOVE this series and its gritty urban-fantasy twist on familiar childhood series.

Landline2. Landline by Rainbow Rowell
Expected pub date: July 8, 2014
Published by St. Martin’s Press.

Rowell moves to adult fiction in her upcoming novel about a woman who is able to reconnect with her husband in the past via a magical old landline phone. I love the fact that there’s going to be a slight fantastic element to this story, while still dealing with the very real emotional problems that Rowell deals with so well in all (or at least the two I’ve read) her novels. It’s not a sequel or part of a series, but Landline will be the third book I’ve read by Rowell, and I’m more than okay with that.

 

Hollow City3. Hollow City (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children #2) by Ransom Riggs

Published January 14, 2014
Published by Quirk.

I’m not quite done with the first book, so I don’t even want to read the summary of this one yet…but needless to say I’m really looking forward to continuing in the world of Miss Peregrine and her peculiar children.

EDIT: I just  finished this book and I’m even more excited than I was before. 

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Final thoughts:

Most people seem to prefer reading series. Why is this?

Also, is there any one else (like me) who doesn’t necessarily enjoy reading series/multiple books by the same author? (I, for one, have come to the conclusion that I am just never going to read A Song of Fire and Ice.) I’d love to hear from you.

Also. . .  Don’t forget to check out and enter to win a copy of EVERNEATH by Brodi Ashton.

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7 thoughts on “A series, a sequel, and a standalone walk into a bar. . .

  1. As I’ve gotten older I have also gotten a bit tired of series. I don’t think I’ve gone to the same extent as you but I definitely now seek out books that aren’t a part of series anymore and am hesitant to begin new ones. I just don’t have the time in my life to be invested in the time it takes to read a series. The only time, other than Divergent and my friend’s books, that I have read series in the last few years has been when I read the first book only to later discover it is in a series.

    1. I’ve gotten a lot better recently. . . but yes! That’s exactly what I’m saying. They’re very time consuming. Sometimes I accidentally read one that’s part of a series, but unless it really captures my attention I don’t go on to finish them.

  2. Lol, I’m not like that at all. I love series! BUT only if they’re planned from day one. I don’t like sequels when they’re written as an after thought to the success of a first book.
    But I love reading multiple books by the same author even when they’re not in a series. If I love a book by someone, I’m reading every book by them. I know what you mean about feeling like you’re reading the same book over and over again. I felt that way with John Green’s other books.

    I’m about 1/4 of the way through Miss Peregrine’s on audiobook. So far I’m not that into it. I don’t know if it’s just because it’s an audiobook and my first time listening to a fiction novel. I may hold off and wait to grab a copy to read.

    1. You really need to get a physical copy of Miss Peregrine. The photos add so much to the reading experience, I can’t imagine listening to it with no pictures to accompany.

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