06 June 2012

Would you recommend the 1st book in a series if ...


Dear fellow bookaholics, today I need your help! When I was creating my "Good books I read" list a few days ago, I stumbled over a little issue with two of the books I indcluded to the list. Two of the books I read and enjoyed in 2012 are first books in a series. And I loved these first books in both series, but had some serious issues with book #2 in one series and didn't enjoy books 2-4 in the other series. 

I'm wondering if I should let these two books stay on my list or if I should remove them. Sure, I enjoyed reading them. But recommending the first book in the series feels like recommending the whole series, and that's something I can't do in these two cases. I take recommending books seriously and want only to recommend books I have no doubt about. 

I think I need a new perspective on this situation. So please let me know what you think. Should I keep the two books on my Good books I read list because they were great even though IMO the other books in both series are not that good? Or should I remove them? Or do I think way too much about it?


Edit: Thanks to all your wonderful input I found a solution for my problem. As recommended by you, I added a little note to both books so that readers will know that I had some issues with the other books in the series.

Thanks so much for helping me to not get crazy over this! :)

22 comments:

  1. I would. First books in the series can generally be read as a stand alone and if you really enjoyed it then I'd definitely recommend it.

    I'd just mention that I wasn't a huge fan of the other books in the series.

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    1. That sounds like a great way to deal with it. Thanks so much for your input! This whole thing is driving me a bit crazy. :)

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  2. I'd keep them on the list, you did like them after all. Also everyone can make up their mind themselves, if they want to continue a series after picking up book 1 or not. Either you go with your gut when it comes to buying a book or you look at reviwes to help decide, either way it's up to the reader so don't fret. You can state however, how you feel about the other books in those series to make it clear your recommendation doesn't extend to the whole series.

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    1. I think I will do what you and Kate said, leave the books on the list but note that I'm not recommending the whole series.
      Thanks so much for your input!

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  3. I think you should let the 1st book on your list. If someone wants a recommendation from you then you can tell that the 1st book is great and the others aren't. But sometimes a 1st book in a series still can be great to read. And so the one who reads it can decide for her/himself if she/he wants to go on with the series. ;)

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    1. That really sounds logical, guess I thought too much about it. ;) That tends to happen with me.

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  4. Yup, agree with eveeyone.

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    1. And I will do exactly what you all recommend. :)

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  5. I would still keep the first book on my favorite list. Or I'd make a different list, something like "Favorite first book in a series". It wouldn't matter if you liked the rest of the books. And usually with series I think it's quite difficult to like all books. There will always be one or two that will disappoint you.

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    1. True, I already read a lot of first books in series I loved more than all the books that came after.

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  6. Keep them on the list - otherwise, you are essentially depriving people of finding a great read, right? And a note that you didn't enjoy the rest of the series seems like a fair way to let people decide for themselves if they want to continue.

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    1. I agree, I love that you all helped me with deciding how to handle these two books.

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  7. Lol, I agree with all the others here. After all, you really liked those books, so keep them on your list. But I would also note (for myself and for others) that the next book(s) are not as enjoyable. Do you intend to keep reading both series? Are they YA or a different genre, or do you have this issue with only one kind of books?

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    1. I finished one of the series and didn't really like the books after the first one. And I will stop with the other series after book 2. One series is fantasy, the other contemporary.

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  8. I think you should keep them, but add a comment so we know you only liked the first one! And perhaps someone else likes them, even though you didn't!

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    1. Thats exactly what I did a few minutes ago, I added a little comment so readers will know everything they need to.

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  9. I have read many first in series and have later been disappointed in the next. I am always willing to take a good recommendation for a first in series, even if the second is not so great, as long as the first book is not dependent on the second to complete the story. ie: No big cliff hangers.

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    1. Makes sense. I think you could read both books without reading the other ones, but something would still be missing.

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  10. I would absolutely do so. There's actually one such series that comes to mind immediately. I LOOOOVED the first book and would recommend it to anyone who would listen. The second book? It's a solid book, but paled in comparison with the first, in my humble opinion.

    On the flip side, I've also recommended a first book even though it was sort of "meh"....all because the second is amazing. Kind of a "if you can make it through the first book to the second, it'll be worth it".

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    1. I actually would have less issues with recommending a first book that is just ok book when the second is fantastic, I'm weird that way. :)

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  11. I would recommend them. I think people tend to add all the books in a series on their list if they meant them ALL, and besides, people might read the first book based on the list and decide to check out the second...but that doesn't mean it's your fault if they hate it. But hey, they might like it too!

    -Lauren

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    1. True. I actually know some people who liked #2 in the first series I was talking about, and I know a lot of people who loved the second series.
      I added a little note to both books that says that I did have some issues with the other books in the series. I think that's the best way for me to handle it.

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