As you know, I thoroughly enjoy reading books. And throughout my life, I’ve read quite a few books. And these books include series as well as stand alone books. Both have their perks.
- We have more of a story line than we would in a stand-alone.
- We can see more character development.
- We have more time to spend with characters that we like.
- We also have more time to see how relationships grow/turn out.
- But, if we don’t like the series, then we have to spend more time with characters/a story line that we don’t like.
- We may want things to move along quicker than they are.
- It can be a quick read: get through it and we’re done.
- If it’s not our favorite, we don’t have to spend as much time with characters.
- We can have some instant gratification with plot points, characters, and relationships.
- But, if we like the characters/story line/relationships, we don’t have as much time to spend with them.
There are probably more to these lists that I am leaving out, but I think through these, you guys get the point.
Series and stand alones have their pros and cons. And I can see the value in both of them. But sometimes, I’m in the mood for a series more than I am for a stand alone (or vice versa).
And I’ll share with you guys some of my favorites from both.
- The Lord of the Rings trilogy
- The Inheritance Cycle
- Percy Jackson and the Olympians
- The Chronicles of Narnia
Favorite stand alones:
- The Things They Carried
- All The Light We Cannot See
- The Kite Runner
- A Thousand Splendid Suns
What are some of your favorites?