Series Vs. Standalones | Book CHAT

Hello fellow booklovers! So the title is a bit vague. Why you ask? Short answer only answer is that it’s catchy and short. What exactly do we mean by this fabulous catchy title?

‘Do you prefer series or standalones?’

(which is also short…but oh well…😃)

If you know us well you can already see the outcome to this discussion – if not, then you will by the end of this!

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So on a random day, one of us (Shanya) was scrolling through Goodreads (aka a place to discover new/old books and a place that would make your TBR (to be read) pile expand almost instantly) and had discovered something interesting…or rather found something missing. So obviously I, Shanya straight away mentioned this to Tanya (yes, as twins, we are joined by the hip and can read each others thoughts) and decided to make this into a discussion!

While there are options to filter/find books via genre, title and author, there is not one to filter books between those that are accompanied by other books (series) and by others that are not (standalones).

And we thought…what if someone out there wants to read series…or standalones? It’s great that there are 40 genres to choose from – fantastic even, it’s truly a great help in finding books that are your style! But what if you want a quick read…or a long one? What then? Well, Goodreads being Goodreads they also have an option for that…somewhat.

Goodreads developed a sub-section for genres called “shelves” – where people like us can create new type of sections to categorise books in. One problem – there are around 15,000 original shelves. And 2 of them are labeled with Series and Standalones with 1,250 results for both of them. So perhaps our concern that, there is no solid option to filter books from standalones and series is, no big deal…yet we feel that with these options you can filter the books you read, from:

  • Quick reads and Long reads – which can easily help you choose a book in the time you have allocated to read
  • Brief descriptions and Detailed descriptions – which also can help pick books that you prefer as (usually) standalones may contain fewer descriptions to get to the point
  • And even for different genres – that is if you were to generalise the books you have read…for example, more (popular) standalone books are usually contemporary books (from our research on Goodreads).

And essentially finding and filtering books that you prefer from experience – for example, liking (extensively) John Green’s or Rainbow Rowell’s books would suggest that you tend to like standalone books. Whereas, preferring the sci-fi or fantasy genres may suggest that you tend to prefer series, for example books by J.K. Rowling or Suzanne Collins.

Of course these factors are not a definite…but yup it can help filter the results that lean more towards your preference of books.

Now by the looks of thing we did go off on a tangent, but we can say the title itself was kind of vague and therefore what we mentioned above is relevant to find your preference. So we guess the meaning to our title can be the added:

‘Do series and standalone deserve to be a filter option?’

(the answer is yes, obviously)

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So onto what we generally prefer – series or standalones?

We like both.
And we’ll tell you why.


unimpressed reading GIF by SpongeBob SquarePantsOffers us quick reads and just like many others we too have read the ever great The Fault in Our Stars’ by John Green – which we found to be cute and sad as expected from the contemporary genre. Standalones are books we know, that (usually) won’t require us to be bamboozled (quite pleasantly might we add, but can drain your energy especially if you are already exhausted or have a short time to read) by the intense world-building you usually get in the fantasy genre (and coincidently in book series) thus can allow us to focus on the plot and for some even the characters. And generally are less time consuming (unless you’re to read a Stephan King book – where the page count can go into the thousands). Plus, these standalones would be rich in imagination, as it would be unique due to it not having a sequel etc. A recent favourite standalone can be The Little Princewhich we have done a review on recently as our comeback!



Offers us long reads that require our full attention or (through experience) details can be missed that can be a gamechanger to the ending! In our previous posts, you would learn we love ourselves some world-building and Sarah J. Maas’ book series’ are perfect example for that (that is if you stick to the series long enough ;)). Good series would usually through time (or even from the start) develop their fictional world, plots and characters. However, series also can take a lot of time to read and a great dedication is a must, when committing to a series. As most series there is that standard wait of a year till the next book is published. Which can be excruciating. Don’t you agree???

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*Us readers waiting for the next book in a series*

The one we (tend to) prefer is however (with supporting evidence from statistics/memory)…SERIES!

As most of our read books consist of series and as fantasy books (if you haven’t figured it out yet from past posts it’s one of our fave genres) are generally series and are rarely standalones…

Want to read more on this topic – if so we searched for you guys and found a more pros & cons of series and standalone books discussion.

So what do you guys prefer? Series or standalones? What do you guys think about series or standalones favouring particular genres?

Ciao from The Twins 😉


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  1. Great post! I love both too, but I would actually lean towards standalones – I don’t know, I kind of like the lack of commitment that comes with it haha! That being said, if there’s a great, really immersive series, I usually fall in love with that, too! It’s just so hard to choose!!

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    1. Thanks! 😊 Standalones are great to read when you don’t have much time and won’t require you to wait (excruciatingly) for the next book! Totally agree that standalone books don’t require much commitment which can be sad when it gets to the ending though…perhaps that’s why we lean more towards series 😆

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      1. Haha that’s what we do too!!…It takes us forever to shorten our TBR because we also reread series we just loved!! You can see the problem with that, now can’t you?

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  2. Hello,
    I actually thought about this just yesterday, and came to the conclusion that I prefer books that are standalone in general, but series are also good every now and then. 🙂

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    1. Hi! 👋 For us standalones are great to read when we’re limited in time and just cannot afford to commit to a series at the time! But generally we love to read series to see the build up of the plot/character/world…and because the endings are prolonged! 😀

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    1. Thanks, that means a lot to us!😊
      We can totally see the appeal for standalones (we like our fair share of them) – but it has to be series for us. Usually if we like a fictional world we don’t want it to end, so in a series it is prolonged!

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    1. Thanks, it means a lot to us! 😊❤
      That’s probably why we usually stick to series – as we hate endings which can be prolonged in a series. With standalones, you have to say goodbye way too early!

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  3. This is such a great post! 😀
    I think I tend to prefer standalones, because I am the worst at keeping up with series and I like having a proper conclusion to my books as well. Plus, I’m a big contemporary lover and these are mostly standalones, so.. there’s that 😀 That being said, I really enjoy series, too, when you get to stick with some amazing characters and world for more than one book, that’s amazing, too 😀 I’d pick standalones, but only because I read more of them (and I don’t know how to keep up with series, and I’m the worst at remembering them, and the commitmenntttt haha), because series are also quite awesome 😀 I think, really, in the end, it depends on the kind of book I’m reading 😀

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    1. Thank you, it means a lot to us! 😊❤

      We like standalones but then there is the ever dreaded ending…which we cannot accept especially if we’re already invested in the book! Like we don’t want it to end!! So we read standalones but we have to be prepared to give it up…as the imagination would be, in the end be short lived…for our big appetite! LOL 😅
      So in the end we read both – and love both – but it is the ending that we want to prolong we take the long route!
      And yes it TOTALLY DOES depend on the book you’re reading – different writing, plot, characters, world and imagination – everything is just too unique for us to be too judgmental/decisive.

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      1. Oh yes, I get that – sometimes we want the book to… well, NEVER ever ends, especially when we love the characters so, very much. I guess I’m okay though when the end is, well….. okay, and NOT open AT ALL. Otherwise, when I don’t know clearly how things end for the characters, well.. that’s the worst 😅😅

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      2. Yep the love for characters and the world just makes it all the more difficult to part from it!

        Those endings can really be the worst! Especially when the author even states they won’t be continuing the series/standalone at all! So there’s no hope…which can also get you in a slump!

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      3. YES, I hate it when it happens… I just need a conclusion, a proper one, I hate being left waiting like that, forever, hahaha. It’s very frustrating.

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  4. Lately its getting harder for me to find series that are completed. Because the longer I wait, the less I will remember. I really want to start The Name of the Wind, but the third book isn’t out yet. And what’s worse is there’s no release date. So I do like series more, but I try to mix it up. 🙂 Great post!

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    1. Oh my we kinda get that!! There are literally so many series out there but come to think of it there are some that are not completed! Granted the next book in the series usually has its’ publication date. It is healthy to mix it up – we usually do so when we feel like we need a break from a series which usually entails more of our time and energy (as there is always almost a guaranteed death).
      Thank you, it means a lot! 🙂

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