Top Ten Best Sequels Ever

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly event hosted over at The Broke and the Bookish.


This is a great topic!  But it is a difficult one for me.  I have been growing a bit tiresome of series, and often sequels are a bit of a disappointment to me.  So I improvised a bit, listing six of my favorite sequels, and four companion novels.

In no particular order . . .

Series Sequels

1.  Scarlet by Marissa Meyer.
I bet Scarlet will be on a lot of TTT posts today, and rightfully so.  I love the way Meyer is creating this series, with each book focusing on a different fairytale character.  But even though Scarlet does not focus on Cinder, she still gives us lots of Cinder time.  Does that make sense?

2.  Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling.
Actually, Harry Potter books 2-7 could be on this list, but I’m just going to focus on HP3. This is the book that hooked me on this series way back in 2000.  It shows how much planning J.K. Rowling put into this series, and that she had a master plan.

3.  The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman
Again, both this book, and the third in the His Dark Materials series (The Amber Spyglass) could be on this list. I’m focusing on this one, though, because it’s when we first meet Will, see Lyra and Will interacting together, and we learn of the Specters and The Subtle Knife.

4.  City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
The Mortal Instruments is such a fun series.  After the ending of City of Bones (the first book), I needed get my hands on this one.  And I was very satisfied.

5.  Two for the Dough by Janet Evanovich
More Grandma Mazur!  Seriously, this series is so much fun.  And although I haven’t kept up with the more recent additions (she’s up to 19, now!), the first four books are fantabulous.

6.  The Weed That Strings the Hangman’s Bag by Alan Bradley.
I adore this series, and the second book is just as totally amazing as the first book, The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie.  Doesn’t the Flavia de Luce series have the best titles?

Companion Novels

1.  Dare You To by Katie McGarry
I was so nervous going into DYT because I loved Pushing the Limits so much.  I thought that there was no way this could be as amazing.  I was WRONG!

2.  Spirit and Dust by Rosemary Clement-Moore.
RCM is a favorite author of mine.  She deserves so much more praise, in my opinion.  Although Spirit and Dust didn’t quite live up to it’s companion, Texas Gothic, it was still totally awesome.

3.  Every Boy’s Got One b y Meg Cabot
This is the third book in Cabot’s Boy series, and it’s my favorite.

4.  Romancing Mr. Bridgerton by Julia Quinn.
I’m a huge JQ fan, and of course I love the Bridgerton series.  This is the fourth book in the 8-book series.  And I think the majority of us JQ fans have a special fondness for Penelope and Colin.

About Quinn

I'm a twenty-something children's librarian at a public library in Central New York. I've long left my teen years behind me, but I love to read YA and children's books. I have two adorable dogs. Ginger is a mix between a poodle and havanese, and Daphne is Bichon Frise. Other things I love: Favorite Movie: Singing in the Rain Favorite Book: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Favorite TV Show: Monk
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18 Responses to Top Ten Best Sequels Ever

  1. Aidan Brack says:

    Prisoner of Azkaban had exactly the same effect on me, converting me from a casual reader into a truly dedicated fan. Scarlet was a wonderful follow-up for just the reasons you say – it is its own story without losing sight of the characters and events from the first novel. I can’t wait for Cress!

  2. Elizabeth says:

    I loved His Dark Materials! I’m saving The Amber Spyglass for the TTT on the 8th (best series ender) because MY MIND WAS SO BLOWN. This series was definitely a game changer for me in discovering what I love in my literature. I’ve only heard of a couple others on this list I’m going to have to go look the rest up!

  3. ChrissiReads says:

    I think Scarlet will be on a few lists this week too. It’s certainly on mine! Great choices.

  4. Gah, I think I’m the only person left who hasn’t read Cinder yet. I should probably fix that soon. And wow, I totally forgot HP3, but same! It’s my most favorite out of the 7 HP books next to OoTP. Great list, Quinn! Here’s mine!

  5. I have only read the first two in His Dark Materials series. I don’t know why I have not finished. I think because the ending of the second one stressed me out. Scarlet is on my list as well (as it should be). I can’t believe how good that book was. Amazing. I have also been seeing a lot of The Prisoner of Azkaban this week. That makes me happy!

    Great list,

    ~Sara @ Just Another Story

  6. kimberlyfaye says:

    Scarlet made my list, too. Several of your other picks are on my TBR. One of these days I’ll get around to actually reading them… 🙂

    My TTT.

  7. Yes to Scarlet!

    Funny story, but HP 3 is actually the first book I read from the series, haha. I hated the hype around HP and I refused to read it, until I got HP3 for my birthday. Being a booklover I decided to give a shot and from that day, I’ve been a huuuuuge fan 🙂 So, I’m very thankful my aunt got my taste right 😀


  8. Chai says:

    Yay to Prisoner of Azkaban! I feel the same. And I really need to start Scarlet soon. Been seeing that book quite a lot in this week’s meme and I’m excited! Wonderful list!!

    Here’s my TTT 🙂

  9. Liesel Hill says:

    City of Ashes made my list too. And I’m glad to hear that DYT is so good. I haven’t read it yet but can’t wait to get my hands on it. 😀

    My TTT

  10. Jenna @ Rather Be Reading YA says:

    I haven’t read Cinder yet, but I keep seeing it appear on various lists and blogs almost every week. I guess I really need to read it. Good choice in Two for the Dough. I haven’t read the latest books either (I think I left off around 14?) but those early ones were really good.

  11. Debra says:

    There are some amazing books on this list! Great choice! Scarlet is one of my favorites. Thanks for stopping by my TTT.

  12. leydylaura says:

    I need to read Dare You To

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    Leydy @ OUaT & Redcarpetendings

  13. Scarlet – so many have said they like it as much or more than Cinder…I will be reading it soon…hopefully I find it great too.

  14. Hannah says:

    Oh my goodness, I completely agree on Scarlet! I love that you knew it was going to be on a lot of TTT posts this week. Seriously, I was on the fence about Cinder but FELL IN LOVE when I read Scarlet.

    I also liked but didn’t love Pushing the Limits, but I ADORED Dare You To! I just read it last week, and I’m still thinking about it this week. I think I just loved Beth & Ryan more, and I’m so glad Cassie & Betty pushed me into reading these books. So good!

  15. Daphne says:

    yay for meg cabot! i loved the second book in that series, too. also, i agree w/ HP, of course, though I picked GoF. & i also picked Romancing Mr. Bridgerton! sigh, Colin 🙂

  16. wooohooo DARE YOU TO!! <3<3<3
    what have i learned from this week's top ten tuesday??? i need to read CINDER. i can't take it anymore. i feel like i'm the last one! i haven't read many of the others. i'll have to look them up on goodreads.

  17. I LOVED Scarlet..time for Cress!!

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