Have you ever finished a book then wondered what would have happened next in the lives of the characters if the story had continued? I certainly have. Over the last few years, I have found that I enjoy serial novels far more than stand-alone books.
When the stories are that good, I don’t want them to end. Some of my favorites are Daniel Silva’s Gabriel Allon series, Mark Henshaw’s Red Cell series, Diana Gabaldon’s famous Outlander series, W.E.B. Griffin’s Men of War series about World War II, Ann George’s hilarious Southern Sisters Mystery series, Mary Kay Andrews’ Eloise (“Weezy”) Foley trilogy, Clive Cussler’s Issac Bell series, Stuart Woods’ Holly Barker series, David Baldacci’s Camel Club series, and, of course, Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Millhone series.
Everyone who enjoys reading has read a few books where they were disappointed to reach the end. On the other hand, there’s a lot to be said for stand-alone books. If you can’t devote the time read a lot, you may choose not to be involved in a series of 8 – 10 (or more) books. If you prefer to read a wide variety of genres, you may also prefer stand-alone books.
In our neighborhood book club we read only stand-alone books. Not everyone can make it to every meeting, so this is probably best for this group.
Which do you prefer? Series or stand alone?