Top Ten Tuesday–Best Sequels

toptentuesday2Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme which I participate in occasionally. It’s a great meme and is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish blog. Every week a new topic is presented. It’s not only fun to think about my own list, but to read what other people come up with!

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This week we tell about the best sequels ever. As usual I had a bit of trouble with this! So many books are written as a series and have more than two books. Karen and I each came up with five books. We fudged a bit and some of the books are part of a series of books. Some are also not really considered sequels. Oh well, this is what we have…lol

Jan’s Choices

The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien–I’m including the whole series (The Lord of the Rings) as the sequel to The Hobbit!


A Precious Jewel and The Christmas Bride by Mary Balogh–Mary Balogh often has books (especially her older regency romances) which have characters in one book who show up as the main character in another book. That’s the case here–Sir Gerald Stapleton is one of the main characters of A Precious Jewel and his stepmother is a main character of The Christmas Bride. These two characters’ lives are intertwined and they are both damaged characters so these two books work as main book and sequel for me!


Welcome to Temptation and Faking It by Jennifer Crusie–These two books are linked because because they are both about the Dempsey family, but Faking It is not a sequel. Jennifer Crusie says that on her website, too–but I liked these two books a lot and the Dempsey family was a great part of my enjoyment!


Agent of Change and Carpe Diem by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller–Carpe Diem does work as a sequel. It is a continuation of the story of Miri Robertson and Val Con yos Phellium. They are part of a bigger set of books which are all set in the Liaden Universe.


Archangel and Jovah’s Angel by Sharon Shinn–There are five books in this series and they are a wonderful set of books. Jovah’s Angel does work as a sequel for Archangel though.

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Karen’s Choices

(Karen only gave me a comment for her first set of books)


The Golden Compass and The Subtle Knife by Phillip Pullman–but it ends on a ridiculously suspenseful cliffhanger…and then he took a number of years to write the last one!


The Beekeeper’s Apprentice and A Monstrous Regiment of Women by Laurie King


A Wrinkle in Time and Many Waters by Madeline L’Engle


The Wolves of Willoughby Chase and Black Hearts in Battersea by Joan Aiken

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What are your favorite sequels? What did we forget?

Author: Jan

I love to read--especially mysteries, science fiction and fantasy. I also love blogging, photography, gardening, playing Mah Jonng, reading with a cat on my lap, throwing a ball for a dog, creating cards to send to family and friends, reading book blogs, using my computer.

12 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday–Best Sequels”

  1. I very much enjoyed His Dark Materials, though I think I liked the third book best 😉 You have a great list with older books, nicely done!


    1. I just finished The Golden Compass and am looking forward to reading the next two. Karen and the rest of my family have told me for ages how good the books are!


  2. Wonderful list, ladies! Yes yes yes on LOTR, the Mary Russell series by Laurie R. King, and Madeleine L’Engle — although my favorite sequel in the ‘Wrinkle’ series is A Wind in the Door. That one almost made my list. I also came *this* close to putting Black Hearts in Battersea and Nightbirds on Nantucket on my list. Jan, I need to read those two Mary Balogh books — I love her romances, but haven’t been able to find all the older titles yet.

    I was also surprised by Karen’s presence, because somehow I missed the announcement. (I just read it.) Welcome, Karen! It’s great when blogging can be a family affair.


    1. Karen and I are having fun working on this together. I don’t know how often Karen will be able to post, but it will be fun to have her contributions.

      Mary Balogh’s older books are hard to find. They’re slowly…very slowly…being digitized and I’ve found some of the originals in used bookstores, but there’re so many more I want to read, too.


    1. I agree about LOTR…lol. I agree about Jennifer Crusie. I love her books and hope she’ll write some more soon. Thanks for coming by, Jaime.


  3. I’ve sadly never read any of those books, except for The Golden Compass, which I had read in the 5th grade. I’m in college now so I sadly can’t remember anything about it. 😛
    But I definitely need to read The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. For shame that I haven’t read those two right?
    Thanks for stopping by my TTT! (:


    1. The Hobbit and LOTR are certainly classics! And I can understand why you can’t remember much of a book you read in 5th grade…lol. Thanks for coming by!


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