Rebecca of Just One More Page asks:
Today’s MUSING MONDAYS post is about book series…
Do you prefer to read stand-alone books, or books in series? Do you stick with a series the whole way through or stop after the first installment? Are there any particular series you enjoy?(question courtesy of Elena)
I would much rather read a series than a stand-alone book. I do read stand-alone's but when I get the warm fuzzies at the end of the story, feeling like I really got to know the characters and involved in the story, that's when I wish it had been the start of a series. But for some stories, all good things must come to an end.
Do I stick with a series the whole way through? Yes, IF, the first book really captured my attention.
I love series and have read a billion of them from J.D. Robb's (aka Nora Roberts) In Death Series to Nora's multiple romance series such as Chesapeake Bay or Macgregors. Then you have Elizabeth Lowell's The Donovan series to Roxanne St. Claire's Bulletcatchers. And Thomas Wayne Batson's young adult fantasy series The Door Within to Ted Dekker's Paradise to Terri Blackstock's stories such as Cape Refuge and the Restoration Series. Oh and how can I forget Bodie and Brock Thoene - their A.D. Chronicle Series and Zion Covenant and Zion Chronicles are just amazing. You can't read just one.
My interests are pretty eclectic from romance to romantic suspense to paranormal to mysteries to science fiction/fantasy to christian to thrillers.
Most of the time when I discover a new book and find out it # such and such of a series and it's by an author I've never read before, I'll try to go back and read the first books so I can follow the storyline better. Some series books are designed as stand alones, but I still prefer reading from the beginning. Of course, you sometimes run into the situation that their writing left a little bit to be desired at the beginning, but really improved with the next few books. So in that instance, it turns into a good thing that I read the book out of order.
How about you? Do you prefer Series or Standalone?