It s not a series, is it?

Apr 02, 2013
I answer a lot of questions throughout my day. Being a librarian, that is hardly a surprise. What was surprising to me (when I first started, especially) was the question that I get asked often is: It’s not a series, is it? It’s an understandable question. Some people love series. I love series but sometimes, you don’t want to wait for your story to be finished. You may not be in the mood for anticipation. There’s something to be said for not having to wait for the rest of the story. For me there is something wonderful about the snap shot of a life that you can only get from a stand-alone book. I find that life is made of little moments. The great thing about a stand-alone book is that you get introduced to the characters at moments in their lives when their story gets interesting. You slip into their story for such a short amount of time. The story is unfolding for you page after page. There is a feeling that something is going to change. Series arguably do the same thing but it seems intensified. There isn’t the benefit of multiple books with which to stretch out the story. By the time you reach the back cover, the story is told. Stand-alone books can be refreshing. There is a pace and timing to the story that often just sucks you in. I remember waiting for Mockingjay to come out and everyone wanted a single story to tide them over in the few weeks before the release. In those times, a stand-alone book can be so refreshing. There are no loose ends to worry about. (By the way, in those few weeks before Mockingjay, I was suggesting The Deadly Sister by Eliot Schrefer — it was just as engaging and exciting as the book everyone was waiting for!) Often, I find that people just need a break from series reading. These days, the stand-alone book I most often recommend is Skinny by Donna Cooner. Some people don’t want to have to commit to a whole new series. They just want a great story. Books like Blubber, Nothing’s Fair in Fifth Grade and The Dollhouse Murders accented my childhood reading. They were gems that I found in my local library that I would return to over and over. Being as curious as ever, I once again ask the welcome visitors to the OOM-iverse: What is your favorite non-series book?