Hi guys, welcome to Book Munchies’ Musing about Things: A Discussion (Post). Inspired by memes such as Should Be Reading‘s Musing Monday & Caffeinated Book Reviewer‘s Caffeinated Confessions (etc.), this is a Book Munchies discussion post, where I’ll be rambling about (mostly) book-related things and hopefully you guys will join in on the fun too (:
So today’s topic is: series, standalones, and companion books!
aka. the long wait. Unless you’re smart enough to wait for the whole series to be done, than it’s the binge/marathon read.
I love series because we get to see more of that character and that universe, but sometimes its also super frustrating. I think as of late I’m a bit tired of series just because the YA universe went a little crazy with the trilogy. The wait between books is usually frustrating because most of the time the book ends up being a cliffhanger (rant about cliffhangers another time) and than we have to wait foreveeeeer (aka a year but it always feels longer than that) for the next book.
Also, there’s always that chance and fear that the next book just isn’t as good. And sometimes when authors stretch it to three books, I feel like book a lot of times ends up being a filler/big lead up to the finale, but doesn’t actually contain it’s own story. I definitely like that during the big explosion of YA dystopia trilogy. Though, thankfully this last year and this year, I feel like it’s been really good for solid or even better sequels. I’m also happy that most authors are turning towards doing duology instead of trilogy.
I don’t read a lot bigger sagas (aka more than 3 or 4 books). I couldn’t image having to wait so long for a series to end. Though, I guess I’ve started the Throne of Glass saga and that’s suppose to be at least 6 books, eep.
This is I think I’m going to try cutting back in series reading, or at least pick series that are done. Though…I already started The Winner’s Curse and it’s killing me that we have to wait a year for the next book ): My main problem is, as I’m waiting for the next book in a series, I end up starting another one during the wait, and than I have to wait for that one, and it just ends up being a crazy vicious cycle. sigh.
All by myself~♫
I’m definitely appreciating the standalones! I feel like standalones are perfect for contemporary but it’s so much hard for fantasy/sci-fi/dystopia/paranormal etc., which is understandable but sometimes I wished there was more standalones for those types of book. I mean, a lot of the more classic reads are standalones. Ie. I just read Day of the Triffids which is totally is (post)apocalyptic/sci and it’s a standalone and it was fully developed with lots of good thinking questions. Oh and there was Vicious by V.E Schwab. A cool superhero book that was standalone, yet totally fulfilling in all my needs.
Let me tell you, it’s nice to only have to read one book to get everything you need. It’s so satisfying.
They have their own identity but they’re also like best friends, together forever.
The companion books. I think these are almost my favourite. Mostly because because we get more of the universe (and even possibly of the characters we loved in the first book in the background) and each book can be it’s own standalone. That’s nice. For example, I’m totally loving The Starbound series by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner because These Broken Stars is a fantastic standalone in a really cool universe, but now we get more of that universe without having to ruin the happy ending for the couple.
Though at the same time, I still have to suffer through wait most of the time because usually there’s also a little teaser about the next books or we’ve met the characters already and I so badly want them to have their own books.
I’ve notice companion books are most popular with romance novels. Which can be fantastic! Because I always want those awesome friends/sibling etc. to have their happy ending, too (: I also really enjoy the Anna and the French Kiss series by Stephanie Perkins because those are cute companion books were we still get a bit of Anna and Etienne.
So what are your thoughts on standalones, series, and companion books? Are you sick of series, too? Or still totally loving it? Have you been trying to read more standalones? I have, especially with the slew of delightful new YA contemporaries.
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