I recently finished reading the first Landover book, and though I know it’s part of a series I’m not feeling totally inclined to read the rest of it. Magic Kingdom For Sale–Sold (the book in question) was fun, but I’m not really interested enough to read any more of the books. That got me thinking.
What makes you continue reading a book series? A cliffhanger at the end of the first book? Characters so engaging that you want to read more about them? Unanswered questions? (Something else?)
Those are all things that make me continue a book series, even if I didn’t particularly like the the first book (for example). On the flip side, the absence of those things makes me not want to continue reading a series. Sometimes a definitive ending in the first book makes a sequel seem unnecessary, even.
What makes you stop reading a book series? There was something like this over at Smart Bitches, Trashy Books the other week. What makes you stop reading a series? Or not continue one at all?
I guess my main question is: what makes a good book series? What do you think?