Discussion – Mismatching series

Some of my series don’t match. Every time I walk past my bookshelf, my heart breaks a little. Call me superficial, but I love the sight of matching series on my shelf. Surely I am not the only one in this situation?

Why don’t my series match? Several reasons.

1. I couldn’t find the book in the same edition anywhere.

I loved the format of the first two books in the Mara Dyer series. They are floppy paperbacks, meaning that I can lay them flat without cracking the spine, aka the best kind of paperback in existence.

mara dyer

When the third book came out, I looked everywhere I could think of, but I couldn’t find it floppy paperback style 😦 I couldn’t wait to read it, so I ordered it in the regular paperback. I thought this way they would at least match a little. Wrong. The format doesn’t match, the colour doesn’t match, the size doesn’t match.

I love this series, but I hate seeing it on my shelf. I haven’t purchased the fourth book in the series that came out recently because my local Waterstones doesn’t have this in the floppy style. Anyone have a link to where I can find it?

2. I couldn’t wait to buy the next book

I loved To All The Boys I Loved Before, and when PS I Still Love You came out, I couldn’t wait one day to buy it. I was still a poor student living in Belgium at the time, and I was limited to buying whatever version was cheapest from Bookdepository (free shipping!)

to all the boys i loved before

Unfortunately for me that meant that PS I Still Love You came in the Simon & Schuster edition, while I owned the Scholastic edition of the first book in the series, resulting in the atrocity pictured above.

These books aren’t even next to each other on my shelf because it makes me too sad.

I didn’t actually like PS I Still Love You as much as I had hoped, and I haven’t purchased the last book in the trilogy yet. If I had to pick, I’d go with the Scholastic edition.

3. I am an idiot

This is by far the most common reason that my series don’t match. I get too excited about a new book in a series that I love, that I forget to check the specifications before I order.

anna and the french kiss

I don’t know how anyone else feels about Speak editions, but I am most definitely not a fan. I really don’t like the spines on these books. The Usborne Publishing edition of this series is a lot more aesthetically pleasing.

Now I know that these books are not the most expensive, so I could easily buy them again in the correct edition. However, I have no intention of rereading most of these series in the foreseeable future, and I would much rather spend my money on new releases.

I have taken measures to avoid this kind of heartbreak

My bank account disagrees, but to avoid heartbreak in the future, I made the decision to only buy series in hardback. This way I will never be disappointed when the next book comes out because they will always match.

Unfortunately my idiocy knows no bounds and I have already rebelled against my own policies when I purchased Scythe by Neal Shusterman from Waterstones a few weeks ago. I saw it, loved it, and told myself I could wait for the paperback edition of Thunderhead to come out. Wrong. I can’t wait, so I’m preparing myself for another mismatching series.

Let’s chat

How do you feel about mismatching series? Do you take any measures to make sure your series match, or are you not bothered by mismatching books on your shelf?

12 thoughts on “Discussion – Mismatching series

  1. I love to have all my series matching, mismatch series drives me nuts! Mostly because I arrange my bookshelves by book height and if they’re different sizes I can’t put them together. In the grand scheme of things it really doesn’t matter, but it matters to me!

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  2. I was nodding so, so much throughout this post! I have actually been blessed by mostly same size series (apart from That One Pesky One which drived me up the darn wall), but I know what you mean! It’s physically painful to see 😦
    Great discussion! 🌻💛

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  3. I’m not massively fussed about mismatched series because I don’t always group series together on my shelf, but there is something very satisfying about having a fully matching series, especially when it is a big series, like I have the whole mortal instruments series matching which does look really pretty on my shelves! 🙂

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  4. I hate when this happens! I think hate mismatched sizes and formats even more than mismatched covers! I wish there were just a standard size of all books. My bookshelf would look so much more aesthetically pleasing that way. And I so get what you mean about the wait. I have the first three books in the Shatter Me series in paperback but I couldn’t wait for Restore Me to come out that way so now they don’t match and I hate it! Great post!!


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