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This week's question...
Series? Or Stand-alone books?
I like them both. The first series I recall reading was the Trixie Belden mysteries. Childhood memories also include The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew mysteries. Where would we be without those?
Today there are several famous and fabulous series too including Harry Potter (J.K. Rowling), Twilight (Stephanie Meyers), Chronicles of Narnia (C.S. Lewis), Anne of Green Gables (L.M. Montgomery), Jurassic Park & Lost World (Michael Crichton), culinary mysteries by Nancy Fairbanks, Mitford series (Jan Karon) and so many more. Don't you just love a series that draws you in, making it a part of your life, so that you simply must get the next book and soon! You actually count down to the release of the next one! I think it's the whole anticipation thing.
I also enjoy stand alone novels like Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte), Black Beauty (Anna Sewell), The Pelican Brief (John Grisham), Fire Starter (Stephen King), Granny Dan (Danielle Steel), To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee) and so many, many more! The great thing about a stand alone is it is a shorter time investment. They're great for something new and original to read. It's often nice to have everything tied up neatly at the end so there's no frustration knowing you have to wait a year to read the next one.
So, to make a long answer short, I love them both!!! Sorry, I simply cannot choose. It depends on the series, my mood, the author, and available time as to whether I feel like a serial or stand alone read. I'm just that complicated.
How about you? Do you have a preference? Stand Alone or Series?