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Top 10 Sequels I Gotta Read

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I am joining the Broke and the Bookish’s Top Ten Tuesday to share the Top 10 Sequels I Gotta Read. Really the topic is the Top 10 Sequels I Can’t Wait to Get but because of my tendency to read the first book in the series and not the rest, these sequels have all been out awhile and are easy to get and I gotta read the rest of the series!

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The Angel’s Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon since Shadow of the Wind is my favorite book of all time. I want to read more about the Cememtery of Forgotten Books, a place I could get lost daydreaming about.

The Weed that Strings the Hangman’s Bag by Alan Bradley. I loved the first Flavia de Luce novel, Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie and would love to continue on the mystery series and see what trouble our young, mischevious detective gets into.

The Magician by Michael Scott. The Alchemyst was one of the first books I read on my oldest son’s recommendation. We both love mythology and I really enjoyed the first book so would love to read the rest.

Kiss River by Diane Chamberlain. Keeper of the Light was the first book in this trilogy so I’d like to read it and see where it goes.

A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. So I read The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes which is #3 in the series so I really want to go back to #1. I love Sherlock Holmes.

Son of a Witch by Gregory Maguire. I had such mixed emotions about Wicked, there were parts that were just way out there and tedious and then much of the book that I loved. It ended on a good note for me though so I would like to continue in the series.

Allegiant by Veronica Roth. I LOVED Divergent, thought Insurgent was good but didn’t meet my expectations that Divergent set and with all the disappointing reviews of Allegiant, I just never desired to pick it up. I’d like to finish the series though I will have to reread all three in order.

The Likeness by Tana French. I had a meh review of the first book in the Dublin Murder Squad series, In the Woods. I was not emotionally invested in the characters and the book dragged to a disappointing ending. What I did LOVE was the author’s beautiful lyrical prose. The way she set a scene was mesmerizing and with all the great reviews of her latest book The Secret Place, I kinda want to give the second book in the series another chance.

The Girl with No Shadow by Joanne Harris. I was mesmerized by the book and movie Chocolat and am hoping the second book can maintain that whimsical and engaging feeling. I started this book once but I need to give it another go.

Fairest by Chandra Hahn. I love twisted fairy tales or fairy tale retellings and was pleasantly surprised by the first book in the series, Unenchanted. I had gotten Unenchanted for free on the Kindle and flew through the story of a plain, jane high school student and her relationship with the hot, popular guy in school. It was a fun read and I’d love to read the rest of the stories.

What sequels are you looking forward to reading? Share your recommendations or your list with me!

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18 Comments

    1. I’m going to join the Finish the Series reading challenge next year and Shadow of the Wind series is at the top of the list! Glad to hear you liked The Angels Game as well Melinda. Thanks for stopping by!

  1. I was among the rather few that didn’t hate Allegiant. Of course, I need to say that Divergent was BY FAR my favorite book in the series. I discussed in my review how we get started into these books/series that have such interesting concepts–being separated into factions, participating in a game of survival where it’s kill or be killed…etc–but then over the series the books turn political and it’s about overthrowing a corrupt government. I think that’s where they’re going wrong. I love Tris and Four, but if we had swapped to another character going through the initiation for another faction, I think that would have been more interesting and enjoyable to read rather than it turning political. But maybe that’s just me. I definitely know what you mean though. Allegiant just wasn’t as bad as I think everyone made it out to be, but it depends on what you look for in a book I guess. Hope you find time to finish the series at some point.

    SP & STS
    Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know

    1. Well I am glad to hear you still enjoyed Allegiant Sandy. I think I am going to join the Finish the Series reading challenge for next year but first up I will finish Shadow of the Wind.

    1. Oh good, I look forward to seeing what you would like to read. Just for curiousity sake, what series would you finish first? Thanks for stopping by Crystal!

  2. I loved The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, so I agree. Would love to read the sequel. Wanna know about that mother. Also, as you know, I read Chocolat’s sequel, The Girl With No Shadow (here it’s called Lollipop Shoes). It’s different from Chocolat, and while some didn’t like that, I could appreciate it. Also read the last in the series. Gotta get those reviews up.

    I love the name Son of a Witch…my kind of humor…so think I will have to add this to my list. The Fairest and The Magician also sound yummy. There goes my budget!

    1. I know Son of a Witch cracked me up too. My MIL is born on Halloween and my hubby lovingly teases her that she’s a witch…but that makes him a Son of a Witch 🙂 oh man, you have me wanting to read the rest of the Chocolat series. Thanks for stopping by. If you find more hours in the day, please send some my way, I can’t read fast enough!

  3. Unenchanted looks like my kind of book! Never heard of it!
    YES to the Allegiant one and YES to the Son of a Witch. Read both and they are great.
    Thanks for all the new recommendations, too!

  4. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed by Son of a Witch. I know what you mean about having mixed feelings on Wicked–so much was wonderful, but I would have taken a red pencil to a few scenes that were needlessly upsetting to read. Nonethless, Maguire is a terribly inventive writer and spending time in his imaginative worlds is worthwhile and thought-provoking.

  5. I need to finish the Divergent series. I also want to read more of Tana French, although I’ve only read the fifth in the series (The Secret Place) and since you weren’t crazy about the first in the series, I’m not sure whether to go back and read the earlier books or wait for another to be released in the future!

    There’s a 2015 reading challenge that I’m going to join to finish up some series, in case you’re interested too: http://socratesbookreviews.blogspot.ae/2014/11/finishing-series-reading-challenge-2015.html

    1. Me too. Hmmm…maybe we should do a Shadow of the Wind readalong for our Travel the World in Books reading challenge :). Would you join us? Maybe not till march since we are doing Poisonwood Bible in January.

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