When I first started reading YA fiction, the only books that I read were parts of series – and I was remarkably good at keeping up with their release dates. Part of this can be attributed to Twilight, the gateway book that got me into reading young adult titles at age 14; I had almost exclusively read adult mystery novels to that point and had no idea which books were considered “good” choices, so series seemed like the safest bet.
Recently, though, I’ve been finding it difficult to read anything that isn’t a stand-alone novel. I can’t keep track of all of the sequels that are coming out — and, more than that, I just don’t have the motivation to continue reading many of them because I don’t remember what happened in previous books and can’t be bothered to look it up. A quick look through my to-read list (a scary process, given that there are more than 800 titles on it) highlights this: the majority of the books on my TBR are part of a series, with only ~25% of those being the first book in the series, but more than half of my recent reads were stand-alone titles.
I’m sure I’ll get back into reading series eventually… but, for now, I like the idea of immersing myself in completed stories that don’t have cliffhanger endings.
Does the idea of starting a new series fill you with dread? Do you prefer series or stand-alone titles? Let me know in the comments below.