The Statistics of Book Series (YA)

August 6, 2014 Discussion 11


My favourite things are books and science. (And my family and friends, my job … and other things).

But yes. Books and science. (And maths. And chocolate.)

I’m focussing!

I thought it would be interesting if I looked at how my ratings have changed for book series over the years I have read them. Rating books is something I’ve only implemented recently, and I want to see whether they’re actually helping me gauge how much I liked a book or series.

There are graphs! I thought it’d be great to see the trends visually. I’ve only picked series that I’ve completed recently – if I tried to graph up every series I’ve read we’d never finish here.

Here’s the first one:


Image 1: My ratings of YA series (Divergent, Under the Never Sky, The Grisha, Blood of Eden)

I was loving Veronica Roth’s Divergent series (the blue line) until Allegiant (no surprises there). In contrast, I thought the later books of Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi and The Grisha by Leigh Bardugo were better than the first. Under the Never Sky is an amazing post-apocaytpic/dystopian series, I think everyone should read it. Ditto The Grisha trilogy – it’s one of the best YA fantasy series I’ve ever read.

Unsurprisingly, I really liked Julie Kagawa’s Blood of Eden series (the orange line) – I gave each book 5 stars! I love that world and its characters 😀


Image 2: My ratings of YA series (Shadowfell, Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Everneath, Shatter Me)

I didn’t expect that trend with Juiet Marillier’s Shadowfell books (blue): when I look back on them all I can think about is how much I loved them all. But apparently I thought the middle book was the strongest of the series. This is another set of books I highly recommend though, and they’re written by an Australian author!

Of course, I have loved every single one of Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone books! It’s awesome seeing that solid green line! If you haven’t read this series, you’re totally missing out!

Ha! That orange line is Tahereh Mafi’s Shatter Me series – my enjoyment of those books really took a dive. I didn’t like the way that series went – it became more about the love triangle than about the rebellion and that annoyed me. Brodi Ashton’s Everneath books fared better, but I fluctuated with the ratings because I didn’t really understand or like the protagonist.


Image 3: My ratings of YA series (The Night Creatures, The Selection, Pure, The Clann)

I remember that I loved all of The Night Creatures series by Marianne de Pierres. Looking back, however, I do agree that the second and third books of the series were stronger than the first: there was so much we didn’t know in the first book that it made it hard to love it.

I enjoyed each book in Kiera Cass’ The Selection series better than the one before it, mainly because I knew what to expect and got used to the kind of books they are. Similarly, I liked the later instalments in The Clann series by Melissa Darnell. I think that sometimes I go into a series thinking it’s going to be one way, and it takes me a while to warm up to what the books really are.

In contrast, my enjoyment of the Pure series by Julianna Baggott decreased after the first book! I think I was swept away with the world-building in Pure, but in the later books I was able to focus on the characters and the plotting. That’s not to say that I didn’t like the characters or the plotting, it’s just that I remember being enraptured by the world of Pure in the first book because I’d never read anything like it.

This has been fun! I guess it’s great to sit back and take stock of what I’ve read recently, and visually see how much I’ve liked (or not liked) a series. It’s also interesting to see how my ratings have changed over time. There are many factors in how I rate books – not only things like how much I enjoyed reading it and liked the characters, world, and plot, but also things like what was going on in my life and what else I was reading around that time. For example, I am less likely to enjoy a book if I read three books in the same genre or with similar plot-lines just before it.

I also think this is also a cool way to recommend books: you guys can see exactly what I thought about each book in a series and how it compares to other series. I hope you liked this post 🙂 I plan to do another one when I can on non-YA books 😀

11 Responses to “The Statistics of Book Series (YA)”

  1. Cassie

    Oh my gosh, I love this!
    Maths and books…YAY!!
    I get what you mean about the Shatter Me series…I haven’t read the last one yet, but I’m not expecting to enjoy it as much as I did book 1.
    And I agree that Under the Never Sky got better with books 2 and 3.
    I’ve read Everneath 1 and 2, and I’m half way through 3, but I definitely liked the first one the best.

    I’m tempted to do one of these now.

    • Shaheen

      O0o0o Do0o0o0o ittttt.

      Everneath will always be problematic for me because the protagonist basically wanted to get back to Earth to spend time with her dad, brother, and boyfriend, and then when she does finally escape, for 6 months or whatever, she spends all that time traipsing between two boys and I can count on one hand the number of evenings she spent at home appreciating her family. Like, it was her biggest regret in everything, and then throughout the whole series she’s just not spending any time with them.

      I get why that happened in the narrative sense, and she DID have a lot going on, but I just never got over that aspect of the story 🙁

  2. Rochelle Sharpe

    I think we have fairly similar taste. I agree that all the DoSaB books were amazing. I also thought the Divergent series plummeted with the third book. Yes, everyone should read Shadowfell, and the Night Creatures series. I have Under The Never Sky and The Immortal Rules on my shelf, looks like I will have to bump them up the to-read list. This was really great, thanks for sharing.

    • Shaheen

      Under the Never Sky is SUCH a good series – the original UK/AU covers totally missed the point of the books, but the new ones are amazing. The Immortal Rules is great as well! I didn’t like Kagawa’s Fey series, so I was surprised that I loved this one.

      I hope you get to read them soon, and love them!!

  3. Kristy @ Book Nerd Reviews

    Amazing post 🙂 Very interesting. This is a very cool way of visually seeing your thoughts on a series (especially when your enjoyment levels changed).
    I can’t wait to see your next one!

  4. Emily @ The Loony Teen Writer

    Pretty graphs! For someone who hates maths I do love them. Although I suppose because someone else has already gone to all the effort 🙂 I agree about the Divergent series – hated Allegiant SO much. But there are a lot of series there that I haven’t read, so I’m definitely adding some of the four- and five-stars to my TBR 🙂

  5. Gina @ Behind the Pages

    This is such a cool post! You can definitely see the differences between them all. Ohh, Juliet is my fave author of all time! Definitely need to read the Shadowfell series soon :)I was a bit funny with the DOSaB series, I did love it as well, but the first one was definitely the stronger book for me. Damn, I really need to read the Under the Never Sky trilogy now 🙂

    • Shaheen

      Hello!! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

      I think the second book is my favourite in the DoSaB series, but I love them all really! Hahah, everyone’s saying that about Under the Never Sky. I think the covers don’t really suit the books, so people get a but confused about what to expect.

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