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Why I Love Wednesdays...Series OR Stand-alone Novels

By Bookaholic @BookReflections
Reflections of a Bookaholic
I am returning with my new feature... Why I love which takes place on Wednesdays. Today's proclamation of love concerns our whether we love book Series OR Stand-alone novels.
Why I Love...Stand-alone novels
Oh in this world of series, I have to separate myself from the book pack and admit I love love love stand-alone novels.  I wish I had bookish reasons for my preference but honestly, my worst personality traits (or the ones I'm willing to share) contribute to this bookish obsession.  First, I am horribly impatient.  You mean I have to wait a year for the next book in a series?  Ummm...nope...don't like it.  Second, I don't like to be bossed around.  You mean you are going to make me buy an incomplete book with an open ending so you can force me to buy your next incomplete book with no answers?  Uhh... I want to pass.  Lastly, I have a horrible horrible memory.  I'm supposed to remember a book 12 months later?  I pretty much have to reread the last book so I can remember all the pertinent details.  Oh the pressure!!  Plus, with all the awesome books around, I don't want to take the time to reread books.  Oh it works for some people but not me.  When I know what is coming, it just isn't as fun for me.  Okay all joking aside, I can read a series if all the books are already written or if I don't have to remember the details in previous books (e.g. The Stephanie Plum series).
But what I really love is a well-written stand-alone novel that makes me smile with glee at the end while making me want to cry in despair because it is over.  I think it takes a considerable talent to draw a reader in, tell a story, and wrap it up in a reasonable amount of time without any gimmicky cliffhangers.  Although it can be bittersweet at times, I prefer to get to know more/different characters each time I read.
Ahhh..but I know that it's not that simple and I know some series (Harry Potter) do a great job of giving me all the things I like in a stand-alone in a series format.  But I need to pick right?
Which types of books do you love? Feel free to create your own post and link up.  Don't want to create an entire post?  Tell me your favorites in the comments.  Thanks for stopping by for another week of Why I Love Wednesdays!!

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