"The Twelve Vampires of Not-Christmas" for the next twelve days, with a giveaway of Redemption for every day between now and June 12, so head over there each day to see who made her Top-12 list, starting with No. 12 and working up to No. 1. Click HERE and leave a comment to win! (Oh, and did I mention she's giving away a Kindle?)
Now, here at Preternatura we aren't talking about vampires today. We're talking about standalone novels. Specifically, the fact that there aren't very many.
I have mixed feelings about that. I love series. LOVE LOVE LOVE series. In fact, I'd estimate ninety-plus percent of what I read is part of a series.
But, and it's a big but, I'm pretty anal about not reading series out of order, which means if I get an ARC or see a book I find intriguing and it's number three...or five...or eleven...of a series, I often reluctantly pass it by because my reading time is so limited. It's why I've missed out on the by-all-accounts awesome series by Jennifer Estep and Ilona Andrews. By the time they hit my radar, I was so behind I knew I'd never catch up. I made an exception based on you guys, and finally dug into Jeaniene Frost's Night Huntress series last fall, although I got busy with my own writing and haven't progressed past number four. (They're waiting, though.)
Some series are on my automatic-buy list: Black Dagger Brotherhood, Mercy Thompson, Dresden, Sookie...the usual suspects, in other words. Some closed series--like Twilight, for example--I finally succumbed to peer pressure and bought all the books and read them at once. The Hunger Games trilogy is in my TBR pile. (Okay, once a TBR pile tops 250 titles, it's no longer actually a "pile," is it?)
But sometimes I want a book to read without committing to a whole series, and I have trouble finding something.
Anyway, what do you read? Are you a series person? Do you wait until a series has a few titles out before you dig in? Do you find standalone titles very often? Any standalones you could recommend? Inquiring minds want to know!
And head over to Susannah's website to see who made #12 on the 12 Vampires of Not-Christmas list, and leave a comment to win Redemption...and a Kindle.