I recently read a great blog post over at Book Revels that listed 25 stand-alone books to read after series burn out ... series burn out? What's that? Personally I love the trilogies and other series that are being published today. Many of them have great character and story development that grows over the series. In fact, I love series so much that I had to really think about the last "stand-alone" book I even read. Even harder was one I had both read and liked.
When an author writes a stand-alone book the plot has to move fast without being rushed and the characters need to feel dimensional and grow without the book feeling character-centric. For many authors this isn't in the cards - for many readers, this isn't a preferred style.
The only recent read I can think of that I enjoyed was "The Night Circus" ... I'll blog more on that later. But it is one of my favorites :)
I wanted to list out more books, but I'm really obsessed with series, plus it seems like all that is being written these days (probably the publishers see it as a way to make more $$, but I won't vent about evil publishing houses right now). Almost every book I've reviewed in the last two years falls under a series, at least the ones I've truly enjoyed do :)
I'm challenging myself to add a stand-alone book to my Fall Reading List. I choose "Scorpio Races" by Maggie Stiefvater as recommended by Book Reveals. I had looked at this book before, but didn't check it out from the library BECAUSE it wasn't in a series. What happens after I fall in love with the characters and the book ends? It is over. Those characters are finished. Sigh, not sure I can handle this emotionally, but I'm going to make an effort.
However, if you are looking for some great stand-alone reads, check out Book Reveals' list. There are some fantastic YA and Adult lit titles on there. What are you looking forward to reading?
Thanks for linking to my post! I recently bought The Night Circus, so I'm glad to hear you enjoyed it!ReplyDelete