Happy Saturday and waking up this morning something that came to my mind which I wanted to talk to you about.
Series worth keeping!
I believe you all know what I’m talking about, there are series that you love that much that once the next books comes out, you drop everything just to get your hands on this one. Then, there are the ones where you liked the first one, but somehow the excitement got lost while waiting for a year to get the next book. Actually I had this discussion with one of me Bloggy friends Heather from Buried in Books when I featured “Wings of the Wicked” by Courtney Allison Molton on a Waiting on Wednesday, which is the second book in the Angelfire series. This was what she said in her comment
I loved the first in the series. I remember how much I loved it. But one of the things about having to wait so long for the sequel is that I lose interest in the sequel when there are so many other books out there I want to read. I’m kind of like that with this one. I remember loving it and thinking Ellie was such a great female character. But now, I’m just so-so. I just wish publishers wouldn’t wait so long to publish the sequels. I’m sure once I start reading reviews my excitement will grow, but until then, I’m just not excited. - Heather, Burried in Books
She couldn’t be any more right about her statement and after her comment I though hard about this one. Usually, we have to wait for a year to get an update – a full year! During this time, often the love you felt for a story just cools down and finally there are other books which seem so much more exciting than to go back.
Also, since we are all reading so much, sometimes a story gets blurry and it’s hard to get back into the story. It’s easier to get a series back to back – that’s when I’m excited most, when I’m able to read one book after the other.
I really wish more publishers/authors would release stories more closely to each other. Just like with the “Blood Rights” series by Kristen Painter, the first 3 books were releases October, November, December! That was so freaking awesome! Another example are the Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Hearne. For me, this is a way of really getting people hooked to a story! The next series that comes into my mind is the 13 to Life series by Shannon Delany - while she’s not releasing her books (or more precisely St.Martins) in a 1 month tonus, at least her books only have around 6 month in between.
For me, there are a few series for which I’d drop everting just to get my next “fix”. The Fallen series by Lauren Kate is such an example – I just love the story, for this story I wait and as soon as the Rapture comes out you can be sure I have it on my Kindle! Also, whenever Jaenine Frost is releasing a book, I have to have it -now! Oh and then there is Julie Kagawa, for her I’d drop everything instantly – I love that much and her stories and her writing are incredible! Angelfire by Courtney Allison Molton is one of the other examples that are a little more recent.
On the other side, there are series which I loved at first but then my lost cooled, down to a shrug when it
came to the release of the next one. A series that I never finished although I loved the first two books is the “Wondrous Strange” series, and I even have the third book, but somehow there are books I’m just more excited about reading… Nightshade by Andrea Cremer is also on my list, I liked the first , liked the second but… I just don’t care enough to read the last one. Series that just fell of my shelf were “Matched” and “Delirium” - I remember when I ended the first books I couldn’t wait to get to know what is next – now *sigh* I know I probably won’t follow… Another series which I loved but ended up dropping was *cringe* the Shiver series by Maggy Stiefvater – I love this author, I love her writing but, I never ended up reading “Forever” – and it hurts me even admitting it!
So my friends, tell me! What do you think about Series releasing back to back and having to wait for a year to get the next “fix”? Which series are “Keepers” for you and which are the ones that fell of your shelves?
I’m looking forward to hear what you think!