Top Ten Tuesday: The Best Sequels Ever

This week's Top Ten Tuesday on The Broke and the Bookish is all about sequels. THE BEST SEQUELS EVER, to be precise. Now, this is gonna be tough. I don't read a lot of series, and when I do the books tend to blend together. If I make it to ten it'll eventually just be any sequel I've actually read. Look, I'm sorry, but I don't really do sequels!

1. I gotta go with pretty much the whole Harry Potter series, though I think 4, 5 and 6 were my favourites.

2. The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole by Sue Townsend. I read this whole series as a child, and I loved them all. Adrian is totally pathetic and messed up, but man are the books funny.

3. Going Solo by Roald Dahl. This was the sequel to Boy, and both books together are his memoirs. In Going Solo, obviously, he learns to fly a plane - solo. I don't really remember much else except I liked it.

4. The Deptford Trilogy by Robertson Davies. I read all of these books and remember enjoying them all - I can barely remember what it was about though, much less which book was which. But I read all three, which would suggest that the second one was good or I wouldn't have made it through!

5. Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. Okay, so this won't make my list of favourite books anytime soon, but the series worked pretty well as a series. So it's going on the list.

6. Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien, obviously. Well, I mean, you just have to include it, don't you? Though honestly? I think The Hobbit was probably my favourite.

7. I enjoyed all of the James Herriot books that I read - I guess technically they're a series, though loosely so.

8. The Edge of Reason by Helen Fielding. This one was the sequel to Bridget Jones' Diary, and I love both of them. Can't WAIT for Mad About the Boy to come out next month!

9. Pigs in Heaven by Barbara Kingsolver. I think this was the sequel to The Bean Trees - both brilliant.

10. Okay, I admit it, I'm out. So I guess you can fill in here any of the other series I read - Agent 21, Sookie Stackhouse, The Dark is Rising, Alan Garner, Tales of the City... and probably some more I can't remember!


  1. I really want to read Casandra Clare's books. here is my list: http://caitstruelife.wordpress.com/2013/09/24/top-ten-tuesday-top-ten-best-sequels-ever/

  2. Okay, I guess you already know the Adrian Mole books! :) Haha, glad you like them too. Have you read the whole series?

    1. Haha! Yep - blame the British parents for that one. I haven't read all of them - I started reading them when I was about 9 or 10 and they weren't all published yet. I tried to read the others as they came out, and I think I got as far as The Cappuccino Years, but it was difficult when it had been so long between books. I plan to go back and read the whole series, start to finish! Love them.

  3. I'm glad to hear that you liked The Mortal Instruments enough to put it on your list, because I've been dithering about getting into it or not--it looks so interesting but I've brushed up against too much so-so YA fiction lately!!!

    1. I completely agree. YA fiction is hit or VERY big miss, in my recent experience! If you enjoy supernatural plotlines and mythology, the Mortal Instruments series does have some interesting creatures and worlds. Fair warning, though, it also has a LOT of teen drama and more than a few points in the story that caused me to go, "Really? *That's* where you're gonna take this?" The first few books were better than the 4th, which is where I stopped reading. They're not top of my list, but were pretty easy to read and entertaining enough!


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