Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Top Ten Sequels? How about series!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

In trying to think of ten sequels that were amazing, I kept coming back to series that I enjoy. Sometimes the third or fourth book is better than the sequel. I suppose something about the sequel made me want to continue reading, in most cases though, it is the series in its entirety that I love.

1.  Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkein - I love his world of Middle-Earth and I think the third book was the best. It is the book where I fell in love with my all-time favorite character ever; Eowyn.  I love it so much I even created another book to make it a series for my NaNoWriMo project. Now that is devotion.

2. A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin - I read the first five books in one summer and that was no small feat. I love this world and all the crazy characters within. Please, George hurry and write the rest! Please!!

3. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling -  Numbers three and six were my favorites but I loved them all. The wolrd of Harry Potter was well described, written and imagined. One of the resasons I love six is because we see Harry and Dumbledore together piecing together the mystery of Voldemort and the villain's whole backstory is amazing. I love this series.

4. Graceling Realm Series by Kristin Cashore - Graceling is an amazing book and definately one of my favorites. Fire was more of a companion book to Graceling and again, I love it. Bitterblue tied both books together and I can only hope that the author keeps writing about this world. It is so interesting and I believe there are many more stories out there to be told about it.

5. Dublin Murder Squad by Tana French - This is a mystery series done differently. Each book centers on a different person from the Dublin murder squad. They make cameos and appearance in each others novels briefly. Each mystery tackles a different issue and affects the detective personally in some way. Each book is original and amazing. I love this concept and I enjoy reading this series.

6. The Bess Crawford Series by Charles Todd - Another mystery series that I really enjoy. This mystery series is set during World War I which is an era that has been popularized most recently by Downton Abbey. Bess has decided to help the war effort even though she is a woman of means. She becomes a nurse and becomes embroiled in different mysteries surrounding soldiers she meets and other strange circumstances. This is written by a mother-son team which is interesting and I swear I am under 40 but for some reason I love this series!

7. Last Apprentice Series by Joseph Delancey - This series will have ten tomes by the time it is finished, which should be in Spring of 2014. I can't say that the series should have been that long but I have been compelled to read every, single one. This series is about the dark and all creatures that reside in it. It hearkens to old tales and fables about ghosts and boggarts and has even delved into some greek mythology as well. A scary tale with historic echoes.

8. Abhorsen Series by Garth Nix - Again, with most of these series, I love the first book and enjoy the ones that follow. Sabriel was such a good book and set in a very interesting world. It is not a book htat has found a large audience but those of us who have read it, love it!

9. Across the Universe Trilogy by Beth Revis - I have not read a lot of Science Fiction but I want more books like this. It reminds me of Battlestar Gallactica in that there is a ship fullof people looking for another Earth. I daresay, this is a common theme among Science Fiction books. The alternating narratives give a fuller picture of what is going on. I want more books like this.

10. The Century Trilogy by Ken Follet - Follet caught my attention with Pillars of the Earth and I have to say I am enjoying this trilogy so far (number three won't be out for a while). The first book covered World War I and book two covers World War II. I like historical fiction and Follets books are good because you get some historical background throughout different parts of the conflict with a large cast of characters.

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