Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Top Ten Best Sequels Ever

Top Ten Best Sequels Ever
 (Feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish)

Now, the key to a good sequel...the author respects the fact that you, the reader, should be responsible enough to remember what happened in the first installment, thus negating the need to recap for the first two hundred pages before diving into new action.  (This is a sore point.)

I've mentioned this before, but just in case you're new to TheGnomingLibrarian, I'm terrible at reading series.  Terrible.  I read and enjoy book number one, but I very rarely move on through the rest of the volumes.  I don't like to wait.  Inevitably I will have to re-read a book to remember enough to continue, and who has time for that?  There are too many other shiny books to choose from.  So I couldn't come up with 10 great sequels, but I decided to fill in with books I really, really, REALLY hope are as good as their predecessors.

1) Where She Went by Gayle Forman
She stayed.  She stayed because she asked him to.  Now they both
have to live with it...and make Emily CRY.

2) Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi
I heart Perry...and Veronica Rossi's terrifying, broken world.

3) Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince J.K. Rowling
Coming off my least favorite in the series, Rowling brings back
the laughter and emotion without the super angsty Harry.

4) Lost In A Good Book by Jasper Fforde
Miss Havisham...best tour guide ever.

5) The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
More of a companion novel than sequel (let's not get picky), Twain's adventure story
is a classic, and one I hope to return to sometime soon.

6) The Lord of the Rings trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien
A world so complete and so diverse that it's hard to believe it's not real.
Tolkien is a genius at setting the scene and getting you invested.

Books I on my to-read by the end of 2013 list that I hope are as good as their predecessor.  

 7) Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

8) Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

9) Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

10) Uncommon Criminals by Ally Carter

Happy Reading!!


  1. Oh Lost In A Good Book is totally one of my favourites <3 it made my list too...the entire series could have, really!

    I hope the sequels you plan to read are just as good as (if not better than) their predecessors :) I've not read any of them myself, but I've seen Crown of Midnight mentioned on a few lists today.

  2. I've seen a lot of Gayle Forman mentions today. I've actually got two of her books in my TBR as we speak. I'll need to get to them very soon :)

  3. Happy to see you included the Dream Thieves. I can't wait to read it!! Thanks for stopping by my TTT

  4. Thanks for stopping by on my blog earlier today. I love seeing you have the same layout as I have. I love it.

    Anyway, love some of your choices, too. I have read "The Eyre Affair" but none of the sequels, "Lost in a Good Book" is on my TBR pile. And how could I forget about "Huckleberry Finn", one of the best classics. Anyway, loved seeing your list Thanks for posting.

    Marianne from Let's Read

  5. I definitely did not think anyone else would have Huck Finn on their list haha! (And CoM is AMAZING! I don't want it to get too hyped up in your head so that you're disappointed...but...I have doubts taht could ever happen. It was even better than ToG)

  6. I really wanna read the lunar chronicles. here is my list http://caitstruelife.wordpress.com/2013/09/24/top-ten-tuesday-top-ten-best-sequels-ever/


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