Series vs. Stand Alones

Hey, guys!

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.

Stand Alone:

  • 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.

Favorite series:

  • 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?



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