By Heather A.
I have a problem of not finishing books in a series. (Or in the case of many romances, starting on a random book in the series.) To recap my life based on books: I’ve completed Harry Potter, the Percy Jackson Series (and 4/5 of the spin-off), and the Twilight Saga. The most recent trilogy I remember reading is MaddAddam by Margaret Atwood in 2014. Have there been others that I finished? I’m not sure!
So what went wrong? Two theories.
First theory: waiting for books to come out and then prioritizing other books before the next book in the series. The conundrum that comes from this is the need to re-read the books in the series so I can remember what happened before, but not having the time to spend re-reading when I’m running a book blog/ focusing on reading books for challenges (why I stopped reading The Strain Trilogy by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan). For example, I want to re-read Red Rising and Golden Son by Pierce Brown before the third and final book is released this month. Combined with the yearly release schedule, I forget what happens with whom, and who has betrayed who after each year (why do you think I write reviews?).
In the case of Shatter Me by Tareh Mafi, I loved the book when I read it, even buying a copy for a friend for Christmas last year. She and I both went on to buy the rest of the series, but for some reason, I was not able to pick it back up again like she was. I thought that maybe buying the entire series would provoke me into completing it, that was the thought process behind purchasing The Southern Reach Trilogy by Jeff VanderMeer. I loved the creepiness of the first book, I love how each of the books are packaged. I am willing to read all of them. I don’t regret my purchase, and yet, I am still prioritizing other books before finishing it.
My second theory is more straight forward: I don’t want to finish the series because it’s not good. This really applies to The All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness–book two was such a waste of time– and the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris, though my interest despite bad reviews still lives. And this also applies to Maximum Ride and any series written by James Patterson. And the Divergent Trilogy (sorry!).
Is it such an issue for me that I prefer the solidness of a stand alone novel above a series? Or subconsciously, am I dreading THE END? I remember talking with a friend about not wanting to read all the books in a series back to back because then I would be too much “in the world.” I’m calling bullshit on myself. In our anticipated reads for both 2015 and 2016 I was and am anticipating the next or final book for many series’s. I want to finish them and get them off my damn TBR shelf.
Does anyone else have this issue? Or am I just suffering from a case of Series Fatigue?