The Last Book of a Series

Reading the last book of a series you’ve fallen in love with is an emotional task: you want to read quickly because you’re excited. But you need to pace yourself because you don’t want it to be over… Sure, you can re-read it. But you can never again re-experience it for the first time.

You have fallen in love with characters, grown to despise others, even changed your mind about a few…. Since they are living inside of a series you’ve known them for such a long time; 3 books, 4 books, 5 or 6 books perhaps– you’ve been through so much together.

Every day you look forward to the time you get to spend with them; whether it be 10 pages or 6 chapters.

You are tied to the characters as if being dragged behind a carriage, and you cannot let go or turn the course aside.

When this book series is over you will indeed start another… You will meet new characters; however, as you meet these ‘new characters’ you will indeed find yourself comparing them to the ones from your last series.

Connecting yourself to a new series of characters can make you feel like you are deserting the ones you already love. It can seem unbearable; but as Magnus Bane said, “You endure what is unbearable, and you bear it. That is all.”

Characters you love will never leave you.

“One must always be careful of books, and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.” -Tessa Gray (Infernal Devices, Trilogy)

… and I love reading books that become movies, but I hate waiting for the movie to come out once I’m done with the book. Geek Problem.

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-Elizabeth

**Artwork by Cassandra Jean.

4 comments

    • I can’t wait for City of Heaveny Fire next month. There will also be a series timelined after the Mortal Instruments, and another timelined after Infernal Devices (about Tessa and Will’s children). So excited.

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