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December 6, 2013

Discussion: A Million Series, No Time

Yeah, my TBR is pretty legendary.

Recently I've felt a little weary of series because I know I don't have time for all of them. I feel torn because if a book is a standalone, I'll often find myself wanting more of the characters but when it's a series, I never keep up with the next books. The only series I actually kept up with and finished were the Hex Hall series and the Unearthly series. They're both some of my all time favorites but lately, even when I like the first book, I won't pick up the second one because there's always another series I'd rather start.

This happens a lot at bookstores. I'll be looking around and I'll see the sequel to a book I enjoyed but end up buying the first book in a new series instead. I feel like I already know that world and I want new worlds. But I've been sticking more with contemporary since most of them are standalone books. I also get a little frustrated because some books don't even need sequels yet there they are, being released a year apart.

I know a lot of us (especially book bloggers) suffer with this (Mel talked a little about this in her post, Life of a Reader) and I want to know how you deal with it. Do you keep track of the series you want to finish during the year? Do you keep track of their release dates and stalk the stores? I need a new system to help me out next year because I really do want to finish/continue my series.

This gif relates how I feel about series so accurately. When I hear of a new series I feel like throwing everything but then I pick the book up and add it to my infinite shelves. You can't expect me to just LEAVE IT THERE.

Here are just a few of the ones I want to continue:

Everbound (Everneath, #2) Shadow Kiss (Vampire Academy, #3) Unbreakable (Unraveling, #2) Asunder (Newsoul, #2) The Essence (The Pledge, #2) Requiem (Delirium, #3) Onyx (Lux, #2) A Radiant Sky (A Beautiful Dark, #3)
Siege and Storm (The Grisha, #2) Insurgent (Divergent, #2) The Evolution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #2) The Scorch Trials (Maze Runner, #2)

I could sit here ALL DAY and the list would be infinite but there's no time for that (I need to go pick up a sequel)! What do you think? Do you like all the series coming out or do you feel like there should be more standalone books? What first book have you loved but still haven't read the rest for lack of time?


  1. Oh gosh I totally know what you mean!! I'm awful at finishing series… I have so many unfinished ones that I really just need to pick up and read. But I have this weird thing where I can't read books in a series one after the other, I have to space them apart (except for the HP series, I read those all at once because how can you not??). So for me it can take years to finish just one series!! I think in 2014 I'm going to have a goal to finish at least 5 series that I've started.

    Some of the ones I have to finish are: Allegiant, Bitterblue, Spellbound, The Sweet Far Thing, and sooo many more.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog by the way! :)

  2. I love finding new series but I try to ration them out so I dont get too frustrated with them and also I do like variety in what I read so I want to explore new worlds too. It can take me a while to get through a series but I like knowing there's always a book to fall back on.

  3. You are totally right, I think as book bloggers we are always excited about new releases and new series and tend to neglect the old ones, no matter how much we enjoyed them. You should read the VA series though, I enjoyed that one :)

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    Jeann @ Happy Indulgence