Bookish Opinions | Mismatched Series

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.

IMG_20160319_105103For 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:

  1. Wait to buy the book until you can find the matching one (as mentioned above)
  2. 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!

2 thoughts on “Bookish Opinions | Mismatched Series

  • May 28, 2016 at 2:08 pm

    If there is an easy solution to this problem I need to know it! I am with you on this. I hate when my series doesn’t match, however I have somehow managed to mismatch quite a few of my series, AGHHH!

    If fact I am having a dilemma at the moment with my Mercy Thompson series, I have the first 8 books already, the first three are the pocket edition, the rest of them are the normal size paperback (so it is already mismatched), however book 9 came out a few months ago in Hardback only!! The paperback doesn’t come out till Jan next year, and waiting for it has so far been pretty hard, especially since I keep seeing it in my local bookstore and I have read review for it and it is meant to be really good!!

    • May 29, 2016 at 4:45 pm

      The struggle is real sometimes! I recently bought both A Court of Thorns and Roses and A Court of Mist and Fury in hardcover (which I wanted in paperback) just so they would be matching. I hope you can fix your mismatched ones soon! Would you be able to get any money for the mismatched ones at a used bookstore to put towards matching ones?


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