Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Ten on Tuesday: Top Ten Sequels

Okay, so it's Wednesday in Australia, but I was busy last night and didn't get a chance to write a post.
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?

K xx

11 comments:

  1. I read The Color of Magic a while back, it wasn't my first Discworld novel but I thought I should try and give it a go from the start. Didn't like it very much though. I blamed it on my English not being too good at the time and that I maybe should give it another try.

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    1. There are basically a whole stack of little sub-series within the Discworld books. And you don't really need to read them in order to understand them. Colour of Magic was definitely not one of my favourites. As I said, it took until about book 8 before I was a full-blown Discworld convert!

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  2. I haven't read many of these series so now I'll have to check them out.

    I think each Harry Potter book got better as the series went on.

    The Two Towers I think is everyone's fav. It's mine fore sure!

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    1. Harry Potter definitely got better as the books progressed. And you're probably right about Two Towers!

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  3. I had a dream about "The Bling Ring" last night, since I watched it before bed, but then it transformed into a dream about the chocolate chip cookie pie you made. This is true. I was considering if the amount pictured was too large a slice to consume in one sitting, but dream Alysia said it was okay and I should go for it. So I ate it and it was everything a chocolate chip cookie pie should be, with bells and whistles on.

    Then I had some stress dreams. Chocolate chip cookie pie, why did you leave me? Why???

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    1. This dream sounds magical and makes me very happy. Except for the stress dream part...

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  4. Two more quick things:

    1. You are so kind to "Redwoodian" -- thank you thank you thank you!

    2. I needed some Chris Lilley to start this day off right. Chocolate chip cookie pie dreams AND the wisdom of Ja'mie King? It's a good day.

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    1. 1. You're totally welcome. I wouldn't say it if it weren't true!
      2. Yeah, that's a pretty fantastic combo to start the day. All you need to add now is a dose of Black Books to make it completely perfect!

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    2. Uhhhh, how'd you know "Black Books" was my other obsession? :)

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    3. MAGIC. Or we've established some sort of mind-meld. Those are the only two possible explanations.

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    4. I returned to this conversation to type these two words: Dylan Moran. Thank you and goodbye.

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