This is my bookish confession: I struggle to keep up with books series. For some reason, even if I enjoyed one or two books in the series, I still have problems finishing it. I struggled to finish The Raven Boys, Monsters of Verity, and The Lunar Chronicles. Right now, I’m behind on The Illuminae Files, Forbidden Hearts, The Wrath and The Dawn, and a couple others series that I like. Then, there are series I abandon after one or two books like the Stephanie Plum series, A Court of Thorns and Roses, and Shades of Magic trilogy. Finally, there are the series I want to read or I have on my shelf, but I’m so intimidated that I even don’t bother. So, why am I the worst at finishing book series?
1. TOO MANY BOOKS
Three or more books in a series is a long-term committed relationship. I can barely keep up with the books on my TBR, so the thought of reading more than three books, and keeping up with all of it is a bit much. Not every book needs to be stretched over the span of 5-7 books. Sometimes, it’s okay to leave it at one or two books.
2. TOO MANY PAGES
The sheer volume of the book can be intimidating. What I’ve noticed is that the first book in most series is about 300-400 pages. The sequel could be anywhere between 500-600 pages, but by the time you get to the third book that monster is so big you can use it as a weapon. That is quite an investment. It’s painful when nothing happens for long periods of time because then I start thinking about how that bad boy could have been cut by 100-150 pages.
3. LONG WAIT
A lot can happen while waiting for the next book. Let’s be honest, momentum carries a series and when you lose it, it’s hard to get it back. In 1-2 years, my reading preferences may change, I may forget details and what I liked about the series, or I may become more invested in another series. Often this happens when I binge read a new (to me) series. HOW IS MY HEART SUPPOSED TO GO ON AND ON AND ON UNTIL THE NEXT BOOK? I need to fill that void with something, right?
Don’t you just hate it when absolutely nothing happens in a series? Or feel like a third of the book could have been cut? Or that the characters are stagnant and they become insufferable with each book? It’s such a disappointment to be in a committed relationship with a series and this happens. Sometimes, you just have to part ways or take a break.
Do you struggle to finish series like I do? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for reading!