A bit ago I saw Destiny from Howling Libraries in an instagram caption ask people if they buy full series before reading the first book. She mentioned knowing her taste and that it mostly was working out for her. That got me thinking, how does it work out for me?
For the most part I try not to, but sometimes I find myself owning a whole series before having started the first book. Its a problem. I have full series on my TBR shelf that I still haven’t started yet. Some are completed. Others are not because they haven’t all come out yet. Or in some cases I feel like having the first three might be enough for a start binge.
Some of My reasons for Buying Full Series Are:
- I can binge read it if I love the first book
- The price is cheap, and I’ll never find them cheaper so I am saving money
- I must have matching editions/covers and they might be hard to come by on a later date.
- My feeling tells me I am going to love this.
How Is It Working Out for Me?
Now this requires me to dig a little in my memory but that is the beauty of having book shelf tours from 2015 onwards. I can see how I had some things on the shelf and try and remember when I started reading certain series. Much fun.
1 Farseers trilogy by Robin Hobb = LOVED
I got books 1 and 3 in a sale and then hunted down the same edition through various book stores because I couldn’t find it online. Before I even ever read it. I know I’m insane.
2 Eon duology by Alison Goodman = Okay
This duology was okay to me. Dragons you know but there were some things that bothered me like the magical cure of a disability. Still a decent read.
3 The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Addams = LOVED / Okay
I mean, it depends on the book but I loved the first 2 for sure and the next three were a bit less love for me. Still I really adore it and I need to reread the first book sometime.
4 The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare = LOVED
I got these when the hype of Cassandra Clare was on an all time high over on Booklr and I think I might have read City of Bones, but I might not have. All I know is that I got the box set for this one. And I loved it so much more than I did The Mortal Instruments.
5 The Darkest Powers by Kelley Armstrong = LOVED
I really ended up enjoying this so much more than I thought.
6 The Iron Fey Series by Julie Kagawa = Meh
I got these cheapish in a package at the supermarket a Summer many years ago and I was not much convinced by the plot or the characters. I still read all four though. I haven’t touched the spin-off/continuation.
7 Talon by Julie Kagawa = Meh, not continued yet
I got the first 3 books when I found them signed and have since read the first book. Dragons yeay but I am not very convinced by the first book and I am still not sure if I want to continue with this series.
8 The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater = LOVED
The first two books in this series are two of my favorite books and the other two were good too so yes, loved for sure.
9 The Archived by Victoria Schwab = LOVED
These two books were so much fun and I still hope that some day we will get that third book. One can dream.
10 A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin = LOVED / Okay
I have an up and down relationship with this series. Up because I love a lot of the things but down because I don’t care for certain characters and that does take the joy somewhat out of some of these books. I got them in a boxset so that is why it is on this list.
11 Inheritance by Christopher Paolini = Meh / DNF Series
Eh. I went out of my way to get these cheapish. Then I read Eragon and then I got the last one. And then I just could never get myself to pick up the second book. These were definitely a no even though there are dragons…
12 The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis = Meh / Not Continued Yet
Okay I am ducking here. These just don’t seem to be for me and especially The Horse and His Boy got much hate from me. I don’t know yet if I want to continue. I got them in a large bind-up because husband was read these books for bed time as a kid.
13 The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien = Okay
I got the books all in one go though seperately because as a teen I found the bind-up to thick to read haha. Its been a long time since I read them. I don’t think I love them but I love how much love they inspire in others.
14 The Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan = LOVED
I guess this one is a bit of cheat since I had already read PJO entirely but still its a seperate series. I got the box set when the full series was published for my birthday and I was so pleased.
15 The Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead = Meh/Okay / DNF Series
Eh. I had such an up and down battle with this series. I got the boxset just before the movie came out. Read the first 3, liked it well enough, hated the 4th, okay on the 5th but then I could never get myself to pick up the 6th one and that was a chunker.
16 The Morganville Vampires by Rachel Caine = Meh / DNF series
Vampires are rarely any favorites of mine with books but I thought these looked fun so i bought them for cheap whenever I found one. I had like 5 or 6 of them, not in order. I read the first one and then dnfed the second one. I could not get through that second one.
17 The Reckoners by Brandon Sanderson = Meh
I am ducking again here. This whole trilogy didn’t end up working for me. I thought at some point I would get the Sanderson magic but nope.
18 Wings of Fire by T. Sutherland = Meh / DNF Series
I got the box set of the first 5 because, hello, pretty dragon covers. I read the first book and liked it well enough. The second was okay but I realized how much violence and blood there was in this for a middle grade and that put me off from reading the rest.
19 The Chronicles of Chrestomanci by Diana Wynne Jones = Okay
I got the bind-up books for the first 4 on my birthday a few years ago. I only read the first 2 but I am planning on continuing for sure. There is something interesting about the setting and it is Diana Wynne Jones you know.
20 Half Bad by Sally Green = Meh / DNF Series
Another book where I got the whole series, read the first and then realized I was just never going to pick up the rest. Oops.
21 In Death by J.D. Robb = LOVED
I got quite a few of the books in Dutch before I finally read the first book. I really enjoy this series. They are great books to read in between all my fantasy.
So of 21 books I had 9 as LOVED, 3 as Okay and 9 as Meh/DNF/Not Continued Yet.
So that is about 55-60% where it works for me and with the rest it did not. I think the reason for that is that it took me a while to read some of these and my taste has changed over time. With some I read the first one, with the intention of reading the second, never got around to it and then lost interest all together. Because I found other books that worked so much better for what I liked in that moment. Better books for me.
Those Unread I Have for the Future
Here is still some book series that I have full or a good portion of that might revisit for a post like this in the future. Clearly I have a lot of reading still to do…
Spellslinger by Sebastien de Castell (Books 1-3) / The Summoner by Taran Matharu (Books 1-3) / The Kingkiller Chronicles (Books 1-2 + novella) / Temeraire by Naomi Novik (Books 1-5) / Serafina by Robert Beatty (Books 1-3) / Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi (Books 1-3) / Abhorsen by Garth Nix (Book 1-5 + novella) / The Conquerer’s Saga by Kierstin White (Books 1-3) / Lightbringer by Brent Weeks (Books 1-3) / Draconis Memoria by Anthony Ryan / (Books 1-2) / Avalon by Mindee Arnett (Books 1-2) / The Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson (Books 1-2 + novella) / Chaos Walking by Patrick Ness (Books 1-3) / Kingmaker, Kingbreaker by Karen Miller (Book 1-2 + prequel) / Duivel by Adrian Stone (Books 1-2) / Splintered by A.G. Howard (Books 1-3)