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It’s been a while since I’ve written a blog post, and by a while I mean twenty-four hours. Such is the life of a blogger doing a monthly challenge. Today’s letter is B. And I’m excited to be talking about something I love today–the best book sequels! While there are certainly some terrible book sequels out there, there are also some amazing ones that are well worth your time.
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In honor of Sequel Day (which I’m not sure is a real thing but it sounds good), today I’m going to be sharing my top 10 favorite book sequels ever written. To qualify for this list, the sequel had to be published after the first book in the series, and it also had to be good. So without further ado, here they are!
1. Doctor Sleep by Stephen King
I loved this so much more than The Shining. It was a great follow-up to the original book, and I loved getting to see what happened to Dan years later.
2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling
This book was so bittersweet–it was absolutely amazing, but I didn’t want it to end. The conclusion to the Harry Potter series was simply perfect. This book was an amazing end to an amazing series. I don’t think any other book has ever made me cry so much (except maybe Mockingjay).
3. Hunger Games: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
I have to admit that I wasn’t sure how this book could live up to the first two, but it absolutely did. Mockingjay was an intense read, and I loved every minute.
4. The Restaurant at the End of the Universe By Douglas Adams
This book perfectly continues the humorous misadventures of Arthur Dent in space. If you’re a fan of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series, you won’t want to miss this book.
5. The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman
This book made me want to be part of the Owens’ family. I loved the aunts in Practical Magic, but I fell in love with them in this book. It was a great sequel that stayed true to the original while still expanding on the story.
6. Once Upon a Grind by Cleo Coyle
I was so impressed by how well the fairy tale aspect was woven into a modern day New York coffeehouse mystery. And then there’s a pseudo-Tinder app called Cinder. So, well done.
7. The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien
Tolkien’s epic masterpiece is one that is definitely worth reading more than once (I’ve read it multiple times myself). It’s rare that a book can completely immerse you in another world, but that’s exactly what happens with this book.
8. Murder, She Wrote: Trick or Treachery by Jessica Fletcher and Donald Bain
I love Murder, She Wrote. I love Halloween. And I love Jessica Fletcher. So, it’s no wonder that I love this book. It’s a Halloween-themed mystery, and it’s one of the best in the series.
9. The Savior’s Sister by Jenna Moreci
Yes. I loved hearing Tobias’ side, but Leila’s tale is so much more dark and adventurous. It’s thrilling to see her grow as a person and queen. Plus, the banter between her and Tobias is hilarious. If you loved book one, you’ll love book two even more!
10. Pride, Prejudice, and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith
I hate Jane Austen. I know. Unpopular book opinion. Burn me at the stake later. But this version is the best thing to happen to someone like me. How do you make any story better? Add zombies. That’s how. Plus, there are many new scenes (like zombie mayhem). If you’re a fan of Pride and Prejudice, you HAVE to read this book.
So there you have it–my top 10 book sequels of all time! What are some of your favorite book sequels? Let me know in the comments below!
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