A few weeks ago when planning for a giveaway hop I ran into a bit of trouble. The hop was for a giveaway featuring book by debut authors. I wanted to pick a book I had read last year and loved, so I went through my 2013 reads, just to make sure I wasn't missing anything. I thought I'd have loads to choose from, but was very surprised. I could only find a few books by debut authors I really enjoyed!
Most of the books I read, I realised, were a part of a series. Most of the series I read last year were not debuts, or if it was a debut series, I had read middle books last year. I realised I would probably have to choose a stand-alone book.
There were very few stand-alone books I had read to include in my consideration. I decided to look into my 2013 reads further. I had only 17 stand-alone books read in 2013 out of 94! I never realised before how few stand-alones I read. I'm constantly in the middle of one series or starting another.
I suppose I just enjoy series more, in general. I love having that extra few books to get to know the characters, and for the story to develop. There are very few stand-alones that do this adequately in my opinion. Two that come to mind are Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell and The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black. These both had marvellous stories with characters that I thoroughly enjoyed.
Perhaps the reason I love to read series so much is the connection I feel to characters. It can be very hard, at the end of a book, to let go of favourite characters. With series there is no need to do this right away, not until the very last book.
However after reading both Fangirl and The Coldest Girl in Coldtown in the past few months, books I enjoyed immensely (even more than a few of my favourite series), I want to read more great stand-alones. Entering and leaving the world in one book sounds fantastic at the moment, no waiting a year or more to find out what happens, knowing that what you've read it it, there's not more to know.
So this is where you all come in. I'd love to read more stand-alones but don't have any idea where to start. What are your favourite stand-alone books? Let me know in the comments below.
Do you read mainly series or stand-alones? In general which do you prefer? Let me know in the comments below!