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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Great Sequels

toptentuesday[2]The original meme from hosting site The Broke and The Bookish was: “Top Ten Best Sequels Ever”. I have a lot more reading to do so picking “my favorites” or “best ever” seems final to me and I am not a huge “sequels” fan. Yes, sometimes I wish a story wouldn’t end and hope the author will give readers a snippet into what happens next but to be honest, I am getting burned out by the sequel trend. So I went on Goodreads to look over my catalog and to my surprise there were some great sequels that I really did enjoy.

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Living Dead in Dallas (Sookie Stackhouse #2) by Charlaine Harris was one of the few series I have read in its’ entirety-and there are 13! Yes, I did like them more than Twilight, sorry.

Catching Fire (The Hunger Games #2) by Suzanne Collins was a fantastic sequel but didn’t like #3 as much.

The Girl Who Played With Fire (Millennium #2) by Steig Larsson was edgy, dark and gripping. Lisbeth Salander was such a bad-ass but the books wore me out and never got to #3.

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Joy School (Katie Nash#2) by Elizabeth Berg. No cliffhangers, plot twists or dramatic elements. Just a coming-of-age story about a young girl growing up without a mother and having an abusive military father. This was Elizabeth Berg’s only trilogy and True To Form (#3) was also excellent, rounding out the series.

Where She Went (If I Stay #2) by Gayle Forman. I think I may have liked the sequel better in this series. I loved hearing from Adam and of course the HEA.

Point of Retreat (Slammed #2) by Colleen Hoover. Again, I enjoyed hearing from the male POV, Will. Haven’t gotten to the third installment yet…as you can see a pattern here…I get burned out by sequels.

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All Over the Map by Laura Fraser. This is probably one of my favorite memoirs! It’s the sequel to An Italian Affair and it had me bawling at the end. I loved the adventure and self discovery of Laura. People compare it to Eat, Pray, Love but there are nothing alike and this book came out before. So there!

The Other Boleyn Girl (The Tudor Court #2) by Philippa Gregory. WAY better than the movie and I actually enjoyed it more than the first book.

The last two are more of a novella than a sequel. I am a huge fan of the novella.

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Flat-Out Matt (Flat-Out Love #1.5) by Jessica Park. This was one of the few books where I HAD to read the sequel after finishing the first. I wanted to hear more from Matt, Julie, Finn and Celeste. My dear friend, Ms. YKWYA texted me and I quote, “That was one of the best ending chapters in a book I’ve read in a while”. Yep, she was right!

Uncharted (On the Island #1.5) by Tracey Garvis-Graves. Again, I couldn’t wait to hear what happened to some of the characters from the first book. Bones?! Sooo good!

So, are you a sequels kind of reader? If so, please pass on some recs in the comments below. Thanks!

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