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Nowadays lots of books are part of a series and I feel like start more series than I finish. I’ve even seen reading challenges for finishing series. I start lots of new series each year and have no problems with starting a new series, unless the series is very long. The amount of series I actually finish is much smaller though and I thought it was interesting to think more about which factors play a role in whether I continue a series or not. If you want my general opinion about series, whether I like them or not and how I decide whether to start a series check out my post about series from last week.
Which factors play a role in whether I continue a series or not.
- How much did I enjoy the first book? Probably the most important factor in deciding whether to continue a series or not, is whether I enjoyed the first book. In most cases a 4 or 5 star means I will want to continue the series, a 1 or 2 star rating means I won’t and for 3 star ratings it usually depends on the book. The more I enjoy a book, the more likely I am to continue a series, but for some books I enjoyed, but didn’t love the other factors can play a big role in whether I will continue the series. Also things like how much I am invested int he story, characters and world plays a role in whether I will continue. Sometimes a book can be great, but not have me feeling like I need to read the rest of the series. I also have had a few instances were I loved the first book or first few books and then am in no hurry to continue the series and not sure I ever will, like Delirium by Lauren Oliver, years back when I read it I loved the book, but while I own the second book I have no urge to continue the series at all. In general though the more I enjoy a book the more likely I am to continue the series.
- How much did I enjoy the later books/ last book I read in the series? If I have only read the first book, this will be the same as above, but in some cases a series starts out meh and get’s better and in some cases a serie starts out great and then get’s less good. In those cases where the overal enjoyment of the books changes as the series progresses whether I will continue a series is a result of how much I enjoyed the first book and later books. If I really enjoyed the first few books and only slightly less enjoyed the most recent book I will probably continue the series as overal it’s a good series. Once the last two or three books where not so good or around the 3 star I might start doubting whether to continue a series. Or if I give a later book in a series a 2 star rating I probably stop the series or give the series one more chance by reading the next book.
- Do I own the next book? Usually I only buy the first book in a series and I first read the first book and only then consider buying the second book, then read the second book and buy the third etc. It has happened a few times that I already own the next book in the series and this can influence my descision of whether to continue the series or not. If it was a good book and I already have the next book changes are higher I will continue the series as I already own the next boook anyway and it would be a shame not to read it. If I really enjoyed the first book I will continue the series no matter if I have the next book in a series, but for those series where I doubt to cntinue or aren’t sure, having the next book can make me more likely to continue the series.
- How soon do I buy/ read the next book? The sooner I buy or read the next book the more likely I am to continue the series. The longer ago it is that I read a book in a series the less likely I will continue. I know some books I read years ago and haven’t continued the series and by now I simply lost interest as it has been so long ago. In some cases I might take a long break from a series, but still want to continue. It depends a bit on the book and series and how much I enjoyed it, but in general the sooner I buy and/or read the enxt book in a series the more likely I will continue the series.
- Is the book memorable? With this I mean how long a book stays in my memory. There are books I loved that still feel fresh in my mind and I can still easily recal how much I loved those books and get excited about thsoe books again. With some books I might have loved them when I first read them, but after a while I just sort of forget about them or they aren’t at the forefront of my memory. If the first or recent book in a series I read left a memorable imression I am likely to continue the serie ven though it might take a while for the next book to get releases. While when a book is less memorable or left less of an impression the more time goes between reading the bok and buying/reading the next book the less likely I am continue the series.
- Price/ availablity of the next book. If I can get the next book in a series easily or for nice price the chance is higher that I will pick up the next book. I even had some series where I wasn’t sure I would continue the series and then got the next book in the series for a nice price and decided to give it a try. I also have given up on series when I can’t get the next book in the series. I can’t buy books on amazon, so if a series is/went amazon exclusive I probably won’t continue the series as I can’t buy those books. For most series this won’t be an issue, but there are series I stopped because of this. If I really enjoy a series I probably will do my best to continue it even if it’s difficult to get ahold of, but if I really can’t buy the book because it’s amazon only then I can’t continue the series unless I can get a review copy.
- Is the series by an author I know? If I already know the author and have enjoyed soem of his/her books I am more likely to cotninue a series. This is because I feel more connection with that author and their books, but also becasue I know what to expect. If one of my favourite authors starts a new series and the book is just okay I probably still continue the series as I love this author their books in general.
- How long till the release of the next book in the series? This one is only relevant for series that I am up to date with, so I have read the most recent book there is and have to wait with continuing the series. If the wait for the next book is very long it might diminish my enthusiasm for the series or I forget enough about the book that I amnot sure if I want to continue the series anymore. Ofcourse with books I loved this one doesn’t matter as much and I don’t care how long I have to wait, but for those books I am on the fence about whether to continue the series or not this might be the factor that makes me decide to give up on the series.
- Can I get the next book for review? Again this mostly influences my descision when I am not sure whether to continue a series or not. If I can get the next book in the series for review, I am more likely to continue the series as it’s easier and cheaper to get the book. And a series I might continue can suddenly get bumped to the top of my reading list as I got a review copy. I probably won’t say no to review requests for later books in a series if I enjoyed the first book.
- Do the future books in a series feature the same main character? This one can go either way, if I liked the main character I might not be as enthousiastic to continue the series if the next one has a different main character. If I didn’t like the main characetr, knowing that the next book has a different main character will make me more likely to continue the series. If I liked most things about the book no matter if I liked the main character or not, this factor probably won’t influence my descision of whether to continue the series at all.
- What do reviewers say about later books in a series? Sometimes the opinion of other bloggers or reviewers can help sway me towards continuing or not continuing a series. When people say a series get’s better as it continues or I hear good things about later books I am more likely to conitnue. If bloggers or reviewers say the series get’s worse or goes in a direction they don’t like or the ending was disapointing this might make me less likely to continue a series. So reviews and other people their opinions can also help me decide whether to continue a series or not.
In most cases I decide more on a feeling of whether I want the next book than have these factors consciously influence my descisions, but I like thinking about issues like these and figure out which reasons and factors play a part even if it’s a small part. So my thought process isn’t as complicated as it might seem and in general my enjoyment of the books I read in a series so far will be the most important aspect in the decision. When I am not sure whether I want to continue a series or not, those other aspects can really push me towards continuing or not. So most cases how much I enjoyed the books in a series so far will be the deciding factor, but the other factors can certainly play a role in my descision as well.
At which book am I most likely to stop with a series?
I don’t have any stats, but in general I feel I am most likely to stop with a series either after the first book or after the first 2 to 3 books. With stopping after the first book it’s often the case that I either didn’t like it enough to continue the series in the first place or I just sort of forget about the series. In some cases a series starts out good and then after a few books I lose interest in the series or the series goes into a direction I don’t like.
Sometimes stopping with a series is a conscious decision, often when I read the first book and don’t like it enough to continue the series. In some cases I plan to continue the series, but eventually for some reason never do. Usually thanks to one of the factors above. One example of this is the Delirium series by Lauran Oliver. I loved Delirium, the first book in the series. The second book wasn’t released in paperback yet, eventually I bought it or pre-ordered it, but I didn’t feel the love and ethousiasme for the series anymore and that book still stands on my bookshelf unread. I know I loved Delirium, but I can’t feel any excitement for reading the rest of the series, so it’s hard to decide to pick up the book then, when you lost that excitement.