Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday {15}

This is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  Every week there is a different top ten topic.  You can find the list of topics here, both past and upcoming.  This week is:

Top Ten Best Sequels Ever

1.  The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis.  This whole series was amazing.  I will always love it, and I cannot wait until Little D is old enough for chapter books so I can share this amazing world with him!

2.  Infatuate by Aimee Agresti.  The first in the series was pretty good, and not too predictable, which is always wonderful.  The second one was even better, with more twists than the first.  Good work, Ms Agresti... I can't wait to see what the third installment brings.

3.  Rose in Bloom by Louisa May Alcott.  I've loved L.M. Alcott's books since I first read Little Women and Eight Cousins.  Rose in Bloom is the sequel to Eight Cousins, and it is quite possibly my favorite L.M. Alcott book {although I think I read the beginning of Little Women every Christmas}.

4.  Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer.  Yeah.  I know.  "Really, Kari?  Don't you have a Twilight book on every list you make?"  Well, this is one of the series that I actually re-read every year, I enjoy them that much.  And this is my favorite title out of the series.

5.  Whence Came A Prince by Liz Curtis Higgs.  I have a love-hate relationship with this entire series.  I really do like the story {which is based off of the story of Jacob and his wives Leah and Rachel}, but since I know the story that its based off of, it makes the books kind of predictable.  I honestly had to sit back and digest this for months before I actually like it, because {even though I know what's going to ultimately happen} I'm heartbroken for each of the characters and the sad things that happen to them.  Even the ones that I really disliked throughout the first book or two, I come to feel sorry for them in the end.

6.  City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare.  I know I said on another TTT that I had yet to finish this series because of how book 4 ended.  Well, I finally picked it up off my TBR pile and decided to read it {mostly because my SIL and I were going to see City of Bones in the theater a while back, but were never able to and decided to read the series}.  I re-read City of Fallen Angels {still not the biggest fan of it, but Ed Westwick helped a little by narrating some of the audiobook, as I would listen to that when I couldn't actually sit and read}, and picked up CoLS right after, hoping the ending would be better.  It was... still not as good as the first three, but I'm holding out hope for the sixth!

7.  Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins.  I'm not a huge contemporary reader.  I like historical, paranormal, fantasy, etc... but for some reason not really contemporary.  Stephanie Perkins has completely changed my mind!  This book, you guys... Anna and the French Kiss was amazing, and this one is right up there with it!  I still have to add these to my physical shelves, and I will.  I'm a huge fan of hardcovers, but I will probably get the paperbacks that will match Isla and the Happily Ever After - I cannot wait to read the third installment!

8.  Rivers of Gold by Tracie Peterson.  This was a sweet trilogy, with each one highlighting one of the women's lives, and the main character in this one, Miranda, is my favorite.  She's sweet and caring, and her love interest is the nerdiest man ever!  It has "Kari will love this" written all throughout it.  And I totally did.

9.  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling.  I think this is both my favorite of the books and the movies.  Its like Harry's coming-of-age book {although, sadly, some of the coming of age is due to so many deaths}.  Plus, this is one of the books in the series that has so much more going on in it than the movie did {books 1 and 2 were almost transcribed exactly into the script for the movies}.  Each one has a little bit of my heart, but I think this is my favorite.

10.  The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien.  I found The Fellowship of the Ring moved pretty slowly for the first 100 pages or so, but after that I felt like the story took off.  RotK was quite the epic conclusion for the series {Eowyn!  You. Are. A. Rockstar.}.  The series will always be one of my ultimate favorites, and I feel like everyone should give it a chance.

What are your favorite sequels?  Are the the ends of series, or {like some of mine} in the middle of the series?  Are the purely sequels {the second of a duo}?  I'd love to check out your Top Ten!


Kelsey@TheLostBookReports said...

Eclipse is my favorite sequel from the series too! Can't believe i didn't think of adding it to my list! Also, will have to check out Rose in Bloom!

Kelsey@TheLostBookReports said...

Eclipse is my favorite sequel from the series too! Can't believe i didn't think of adding it to my list! Also, will have to check out Rose in Bloom!