Hi readers! It’s time for another round of Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This time, we’re talking about sequels. I was surprised to find that I had difficulty coming up with 10 sequels I loved. I love stand-alones and series, but book 2 tends to fall flat compared to the first (and third). But here are the sequels I enjoy.
1. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: While I was sucked into Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, I didn’t become obsessed with the series until book 2. Even as a kid, I loved dark stories, and the Chamber of Secrets won me over.
2. The Lord of the Rings: The most epic sequel of them all… although it was divided into 3 volumes, it wasn’t exactly a trilogy. For a long time, I operated under the assumption that The Hobbit was actually a prequel to LoTR. And in a way, it was… Tolkien did rewrite a portion of The Hobbit after releasing LOTR, bringing Golem’s ring into proper focus.
3. Where She Went: Gayle Forman took a risk with this sequel to If I Stay, but it definitely paid off. Where She Went is everything that I had hoped New Adult fiction would be (and still hope it will eventually become).
4 .The Last Little Blue Envelope: I know this book got a lot of flack, but I actually loved it more than the first book. I loved the mystery of the final letter and the new love interest much more than the last.
5. Little Men: I don’t remember much about this book, honestly, but I do remember reading it obsessively as a kid.
6. Rebel Angels: The best book 2 in a three-parter I can remember. Rebel Angels served as more than just a vehicle between books 1 and 3. It introduced Simon and Sarah-Rees Toome, set Gemma’s character path, and deepened the story, the fantasy world, and the characters of Felicity and Ann.
7. Prince Caspian: I honestly don’t think there was a disappointing Narnia book… well… no, I take that back. I didn’t like The Last Battle. Really, C.S. Lewis, Susan doesn’t get to go to heaven because she likes lipstick and boys?!
8. The Boy Next Door: I’m a sucker for romantic comedies, and I’ve loved Meg Cabot’s writing since I was about 12. Boy Meets Girl and The Boy Next Door both had me snorting with laughter and melting… all while running on the treadmill. Now that’s a marker of a good book.
9. Through the Looking Glass: Yet again, I actually liked this book better than the first when I was a child. I can’t remember why now, but I think it was partially because I had to imagine it for myself instead of relying on Disney cartoon images.
10. America Again: And last but certainly not least, Stephen Colbert. What I love about his books is that they are so accessible. I can laugh about them with my friends who love the Colbert Report, but I can also talk about Colbert’s points with my grandpa. I like talking politics, and I LOVE laughing at politics, so what’s not to love about this book.