Booking Through Thursday: Serial

The question at Booking Through Thursday this week is:

Series? Or Stand-alone books?

I could cop out and say, Both. But I’m not gonna do that.
Instead, I’ll say This but also That…
I prefer stand-alone books usually.
Except… for genre fiction, and then I’m a sucker for series.
Why stand-alones?
With general fiction, series tend to bore me by book #3. Apparently my attention span is a problem. (In fact, usually sequels* bum me out. Why do authors seem to want to throw a horrible wrench into the works in book 2? Why torment the poor characters you allowed to be happy at the end of book 1? Why?!)
Why series?
But with mystery (and, to a lesser extent, romance and science fiction), I get all overjoyed about series books and feel kind of bummed if I’ve encountered a stand-alone.
* Witness: books 2 that depressed me badly: Loving Chloe by Jo-Ann Mapson, Big Cherry Holler by Adriana Trigiani, and Belong to Me by Marisa de los Santos (I actually liked that last one, just not what it did to the central characters’ relationship)

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