Hello book lovers, time for a weekly bookish opinion! This week: Mismatched Series. When I say mismatched, I’m talking about the series you own that is all paperback except that last book in hardcover. I’m talking about the series where you have half in one form of cover art and the other half in different art. This, my bookish friends, is one hair-pulling dilemma I find myself faced with sometimes. Yup. I am one of those people who cannot stand mismatched series (even though I own a couple). Sometimes, I’m pretty sure a little piece of me dies when I am forced to purchase a mismatched book.
For example, my Divergent series is mismatched. The first two books are in paperback and the last book is hardcover. Another example is my Vampire Academy series. The first three books are in the bright color while the last three books are in a darkened, muted, matt color. *Let the hair-pulling begin* So, why? Why even put myself in this dilemma? Well, sometimes there is no great option. In these cases, it was either buy the book mismatched, or don’t buy the book. Then the question kicks in, “Do I want to wait (x amount of time) to read this book or do I need to have it now?” In my mismatched series cases, I needed to read them. Right then.
Okay, so how do we fix this problem?
Well the options are:
- Wait to buy the book until you can find the matching one (as mentioned above)
- Buy the book and deal with it later
Alright, dealing with it later can seem like it might take shelling out some more money. Well it can, but maybe not as much as you might think. Here’s my suggestion for anyone that has a mismatched series and wants to right the wrongs:
- Decide which part of the mismatch you want to keep
- Take the mismatched items you want to replace and put them up for sale, donation, giveaways, etc. – this can be the part where you make back some money to put down on the new matching books. If you take the mismatched books to a used book store, or amazon, eBay, etc. you can make some of the money back that you initially spent (especially if they are still in good shape).
- Use any extra money from selling the mismatched books to buy the matching ones.
There you have it. My simple advice for fixing a mismatched series! What are some of your tips and tricks to fix a mismatched series? Does it bug anyone else as much as it does me? Thanks for reading this week’s opinion!