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Book series are “in” these days, which is both exciting and frustrating. There are some characters about whom I could never read enough, but it’s frustrating to have to wait for the next book to come out. But good things come to those who wait, so I’m being patient and saving up my money for some great sequels:
1. All Souls Trilogy (Deborah Harkness) – I loved A Discovery of Witches, and can’t wait to read more about Diana and Matthew’s adventures through time, and learn more about the world that Harkness has created.
2. Pink Carnation series (Lauren Willig) – The Secret History of the Pink Carnation was amazing, and I was all set to lose my mind while waiting for the next one to come out. Turns out the series has been around for awhile, and there’s actually nine books already published (plus some in-between books that cover smaller plot points). I love swashbuckling stories!
3. Thursday Next and Nursery Crime series (Jasper Fforde) – I would read an entire book about a character’s brushing his or her teeth, if it was written by Fforde. His series are some of my all-time favorites, and even though One of Our Thursdays is Missing just came out this year, I’m already gearing up to read whatever’s next.
4. Discworld series (Terry Pratchett) – I read The Wee Free Men without realizing that it was part of the Discworld series; I’ve also seen film adaptations of The Colour of Magic, Hogfather, and Wyrd Sisters. I’m officially obsessed, and I’m planning on reading the entire series.
5. Nikki Heat series (Richard Castle) – I’ve watched “Castle” since episode one, and read the first in this series, Heat Wave, when it came out. But I haven’t been able to find a copy of Naked Heat in stock at my local Barnes and Noble. So it’s on my list of books to buy online.
6. The Lost Heroes of Olympus series (Rick Riordan) – I’ve read all of Riordan’s mythology series so far, including the first in this series, The Lost Hero. The next book, The Son of Neptune, is set to go on sale on October 4th, and I know I’ll be picking up a copy that weekend.
7. The Seven Kingdoms series (Kristin Cashore) – I’ve read Graceling and Fire, and have been chomping at the bit to get news on when Bitterblue is going to be available. This is probably the book I’m most looking forward to.
8. Kingkiller Chronicle series (Patrick Rothfuss) – The Name of the Wind was…I don’t even really have words for how awesome it was. It’s been a long time since I’ve read such well-developed and entrancing high fantasy. The second in the series, The Wise Man’s Fear, was just released this year, and I need to get a copy.
What “next in the series” book are you looking forward to the most?
6 thoughts on “Top 10 Tuesday: Sequels I’m Excited to Read”
Everyone is raving about The Name of the Wind. I have it on my shelf but I haven’t gotten to it yet. I think I start panicking that I won’t like it cause my expectations are too high. I need to get over it and pick it up!
I didn’t really know a whole lot about the book when I picked it up. I had seen a review of The Wise Man’s Fear, and was interested enough to check out The Name of the Wind. As I said in my post, I was completely bowled over by the complexity and the beauty. I think it seems even more amazing of a story in comparison to the YA fantasy I’ve been reading recently.
It’s a great story. I’m sure it’ll pull you in, just like it did me. 🙂
I read the Discworld Hat Full of Sky (sequel to Wee Free Men) and loved it. I want to read more, too.
Concerning Harry Potter 8. I think my daughter’s felt that the very end of book 7 skipped a whole lot of time. They want the details of what happened between age 17 and 32. I’m with you. Things have to stop somewhere.
My copy of The Wee Free Men actually included both Wee Free Men and <A Hat Full of Sky. And I think I liked that story the best. 🙂 I also just bought a copy of Hogfather at the bookstore the other day. I’ve seen a film adaptation of it, and it’s my favorite so far — I figure the book’s even better than the movie.
There was a lot of time skipped in the final Harry Potter book, but I can’t imagine that the “challenges” faced by the characters during that skipped time were even remotely as challenging (or as fun to read about) than what happened in the rest of the series. Reading about Harry and Ginny’s trials with potty-training their kids, not nearly as awesome as reading about them kick Voldemort’s butt. :p
I have heard really good things about the All Souls trilogy.
I really enjoyed A Discovery of Witches. It’s well-written, adult fantasy, with cool characters (my favorite may be the house!) and lots of interesting stuff that I hope gets developed further in the next book. I’m excited to read more about it.