|Said busy-ness MAY have involved making chocolate chip cookie pie...|
It's still Tuesday in the US though, so it totally counts, right?! RIGHT. Time to link up with The Broke and the Bookish!
Redwoodian - Alysia Gray Painter
OH MY GOD, THIS BOOK. I enjoyed Wilfair, but Redwoodian was what had me squeeing all over the place like a deranged fangirl. Fabulous from start to finish.
Harry Potter - J.K. Rowling
Yeah yeah, I'm totally cheating here. But they just keep on getting better and better. There's a reason why (with the exception of the epilogue) Deathly Hallows is my favourite.
Where She Went - Gayle Forman
I enjoyed this a lot more than If I Stay, which I felt spent far too much time detailing who Mia was before her accident. Plus, I went into it knowing that there was a sequel, which made Mia's decision pretty clear. This, on the other hand? Focusing on the aftermath and how serious accidents affect the people AROUND the victims? So much ugly crying.
Discworld - Terry Pratchett
Yes, I'm cheating again and going with an entire series. But for me, the first book - Colour of Magic - is actually one of my least favourite of the series. I didn't fall in love with it until Guards, Guards, which I think from memory is book 8.
Lirael - Garth Nix
I love Sabriel, but this sequel is so amazing. Lirael has no idea what she's doing, and has to muddle through as she goes along with only a sort-of dog for assistance.
Catching Fire - Suzanne Collins
I loved The Hunger Games, but this book? OMG. I read it in a couple of hours and then spent the weekend raging around the house because my copy of Mockingjay hadn't arrived yet.
The Two Towers - J.R.R. Tolkien
Much as with the films, The Fellowship of the Ring features a lot of set up for the books ahead, and The Two Towers is where stuff starts getting REALLY good.
The Lollipop Shoes - Joanne Harris
Published as The Girl With No Shadow in the US, I loved the sequel to Chocolat SO MUCH MORE than the original book. It's completely and utterly fabulous, and I really wish they hadn't done the weird date change in the film version of Chocolat so that they could make this into a movie as well.
Little House on the Prairie - Laura Ingalls Wilder
I got the complete box set of Laura Ingalls Wilder books for my sixth birthday, and while I remember enjoying Little House in the Big Woods, it was this that made me obsessed with pioneer stuff to the point where I spent the next couple of years wearing a bonnet everywhere I went during summer (thank you, Black Creek Pioneer Village for selling bonnets).
The Ask and the Answer - Patrick Ness
It wasn't an easy read a lot of the time, but this book was phenomenal. The relationship between the two main characters is handled so brilliantly, and while they often make infuriating mistakes, it's a nice reflection of the fact that everyone makes mistakes, even if they're fictional.
What are your top ten sequels?