*sings the lyrics*
But I'm not a patient person. And when I hear about another series, I cringe inside because I know there'll be long waits and it could be more than just a trilogy! Think about it. If it's a 6 books series, for instance, that probably means it'll take SIX YEARS to end! Who wants to wait that long for the books? No one! Again, I know that it's how the publication process works. But that's a lot to invest in!
And I find myself not wanting to invest in series right now. I continually start them, have to either wait to buy or borrow the sequel or wait until it releases, and then the process just keeps repeating. Until I'm in the middle of so many series, trilogies, and duologies that I don't even remember 90% of what happens in them. That becomes a problem when I finally get my hands on the sequels and I end up having to make the awful decision of whether or not to reread the predecessors or just dive in half-blind. Because I don't have the time to just continually reread books in a series that's probably not even finished, not with all of the ARCs I have to read and all of the amazing standalones out there right now. Standalones are so appealing to me because I can read the book and it's done after I hit The End or Epilogue. I don't need to wait around for a sequel that I might not even be that interested in.
Sure, there are some standalones that I wouldn't mind if they were made into a series. There are some books where I love the characters so much that I just want to keep reading about them. But that doesn't happen very often. Most of the time, I'm quite happy with how they end and I feel that the story is whole as it is and doesn't need anything more added to it. It's over. The End.
Do you want to know how many series enders I read this year? SIX (that doesn't include the series that follow separate characters and only loosely connect. Those I consider standalones in the same story-line). Do you remember how many came out? A LOT! Do you want to take a guess at how many series I'm in the middle of at the moment? I don't either, because I know it's going to be a high number. In the last couple of years, I've read more series starters than I can even count, less sequels than I wanted to, and very few enders. And do you know how many of them that I remember pretty clearly and wouldn't need to do a reread before I kept going? Maybe like one or two.
There are quite a few that I want to read but find myself continually pushing them back down my TBR list. Throne of Glass, The Winner's Curse, Falling Kingdoms, Exquisite Captive, Talon. And I think it's mostly because the series aren't finished yet. I don't want to become invested, start the series, and then give up on it. Sure, there are some that I've become so invested in that I don't mind the waits, the ones whose characters I adore and just want to keep reading about forever. The ones that are the exception to how I feel about series. The Raven Cycle, The Remnant Chronicles, The Lunar Chronicles. But there is a reason that list is so much shorter. I just don't become invested in that many series.
But the biggest reason why I'm over the waits for series is because all I want to do is binge them! I love binge-reading a series! I get to be immersed in the world for days or weeks, I remember every single thing that happens because I read the books one after another, and I think it's a much deeper experience because of all of that. Sure, in a few days or weeks, depending how long it takes to finish the series, it's gonna be over. I'll probably have a horrible book hangover, too. But I'd so rather do that than wait for months or a year for the sequels. And binge-reading is what I want to start doing for all the series from now on. Unless, of course, not all the books are out yet. In which case, I don't know what I'll do since I want to read the books but have no patience to wait years for all of them to be published.
I've been thinking about this the past few months and how I'm just tired of series. I keep looking at how many are on my kindle shelf and desk, and I just want to cry. I don't want to become invested in a story only to find out it's part of a 6 book series. Unless the series is friggin' amazing and everything I never knew I wanted, then I'm not going to continue it for a long time. Maybe not even after the final book gets published. And I start so many, forget about them, and by the time I finally pick it back up, I don't remember anything about them. I'm just tired of series, and I find myself more eager to wait until all the books are out so I can binge them.
Is it just me or are you guys sick of series too? Are you a patient person who doesn't mind the waits or do you prefer reading the books one after another?