Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. The feature was created because The Broke and Bookish are particularly fond of lists (as are we!). Each week a new Top Ten list topic is given and bloggers can participate.
Today’s Topic: Top Ten Best Sequels
Unlike the stereotype, these sequels will rock your world!
1. Prodigy by Marie Lu
I greatly enjoyed Legend, but I might argue that Prodigy was even better! It is rare that I like the second book more than the first. I wonder if I was just more into the world that Lu created after the second book. This second book is incredibly good.
2. Living with Jackie Chan by Jo Knowles (Warning: This is a companion book, not a sequel.)
Oh, look, I cheated again. I just read this book a month ago, and I absolutely adored it. It is a companion book to Jumping off Swings and is told through Josh’s voice. I don’t care if it isn’t technically a sequel, it is going on my list.
3. Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore (The third book in the Graceling realm—Does this count?)
I disregarded food and sleep while reading this book. It is one of my all-time favorite reads. If you haven’t gotten lost in this series of companion books, do yourself a favor and read them. They rock.
4. The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman
His Dark Materials will always hold a special place in my heart. I read the first book in college in a literature course about Hell and the devil, and I couldn’t stop there. Each book was excellent.
5. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
I really enjoyed both The Hunger Games and Catching Fire, and I secretly wish they never became a movie series because the craze seemed to water down how truly great these books are. I was hooked to this second book, so I thought it was deserving of this top ten list.
1. Hattie Ever After by Kirby Larson
I loved both Hattie books, but the sequel actually resonated more with me. In both Hattie faces circumstances that most woman wouldn’t face in the early 1900s; however, in the sequel, Hattie really grows up and finds herself. I also loved that in this one she was going after HER dream.
2. Son by Lois Lowry (the 4th book in The Giver quartet, but technically the only true sequel to The Giver)
The Giver has been my favorite book for 20 years now and I have always been fine with the ending, but when companions came out and finally a series finale, I couldn’t not read them. Though some people found that the end of the series was a bit too wrapped up, I loved finding out what happened to all of my favorite characters.
3. The Ask and the Answer and Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness
This series is just so epic and the two sequels of Knife of Never Letting Go are just as intense as the first.
4. Red Glove and Black Heart by Holly Black
I love this world that Holly Black came up with and Cassel’s adventures are just as addictive in the sequels as the first.
5. The Trouble with May Amelia by Jennifer L. Holm
Like Hattie Ever After, this is a sequel that while I really liked the first, I found the sequel to really hit home for me. I think it once again has to do with our protagonist growing up.
What are your favorite sequels?