Monday, September 26, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Anticipated Sequels

The delightful bloggers at The Broke and the Bookish host this weekly list challenge.  If you want to quadruple the size of your TBR AND find a bunch of great book blogs to follow head on over and check them out! 

The topic this week is ten books on my fall TBR list.  This is so hard, given that my TBR list is over a thousand books long.  How about ten sequels I'm hoping to get to?  A few are new or upcoming releases, and others have been out for years.  There's no guarantee I'll get around to the whole list this fall, but I hope to get to them all at some point for sure.

1.  The Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo.
This is one book that would make it on the list this week no matter how I chose to focus it, because it is one book I am SO EAGER FOR.  After being so "meh" about the Grisha series that I stopped after the first one, I adored Six of Crows.

Really, I'm tempted to just write the same title nine more times for this list.  Instead, here are nine more sequels I'm hoping to get to soon-ish.

2.  The Inquisitor's Mark and The Morrigan's Curse by Dianne K. Salerni.
The Eighth Day is one of those books that I didn't expect much from, so the fact that it was actually pretty good made it feel GREAT to me.  I'd like to see how she continues the series.

3.  The rest of the Amulet series by Kazu Kibuishi
I've only read one of these books.  They are quite popular in my classroom, and I was impressed with the one I read.

4. The Schwa was Here by Neal Shusterman.
Not a sequel--the first book in a short series I accidentally read the second book of last spring.  Shusterman is a genius, as far as I'm concerned.  After blowing my mind with the Unwind dystology and breaking my heart with Challenger Deep, his Ansty Bonano book made me laugh out loud, repeatedly.

5.  March, books 2 & 3 by John Robert Lewis
Like the rest of the world, I was so impressed by the first book in this historical memoir/graphic novel.  I need to keep educating myself, and these books are a very engaging way to do so.

6.  The Narrow Bed, The Carrier, and Closed Casket by Sophie Hannah
Somehow I managed to read book 9 in the Spilling CID series without reading book 8, and now book 10 is out in the UK and should be here soon as well.  And she also has a second Hercules Poirot out.  I know some find Hannah frustrating or too convoluted, but I've loved every book of hers I've read.

7.  The Trespasser by Tana French
MORE TANA FRENCH!  Given that mystery great Reginald Hill has died, I am so glad to have found both Hannah and French in the past few years.  Keep writing, please!

8. Defiance and Victory by Carla Jablonski
Resistance is a solid WWII graphic novel.  My book grant let me get the next two books in the series into my classroom library.  As soon as one of my seventh graders brings them back, I'll read them--unless he hands them off to one of his friends.

9. Taking Hold: From Migrant Childhood to Columbia University by Francisco Jimenez
Jimenez has a gift for writing memoirs using clear, deceptively simple language.  His restraint and honesty make his tales of growing up in a migrant family that much more poignant.  Another book that is far more timely than it should be.

10.  Stand-Off by Andrew Smith
Honestly, I don't remember a whole bunch about Winger besides the setting and that I liked it, but I'm game to try the next book too.



  1. Oooh Crooked Kingdom, I expect to see that on every list this week, basically ;) I'd like to read Winger too, that sounded interesting, so I am glad to see you liked it! Neal Shusterman IS a genius- and I cannot believe I haven't read that book yet! I need to! Have you read the Skinjacker series? Also very good! Hope you get to read all of these soon, and enjoy them!

  2. I've been meaning to try Tana French for a while since another blogger recommended her, but I just haven't gotten around to it. I keep seeing positive reviews for her Dublin mysteries though.

    1. I've read a few negative reviews for her work, but that's pretty much true of every author, ever. I think she's amazing, myself! She, Jane Casey, and Sophie Hannah are all new to me in the past couple of years, and satisfy me in the same way that Reginald Hill and Elizabeth George do.

  3. Crooked Kingdom! <3 Today, today, today. :D Clearly this is on my list as well.
    I really enjoyed Amulet 1 as well but also have yet to continue it. Great list.

  4. Given that you so, so, so want to read CK...I hope you do. Thanks for sharing the others, too. I'm especially intrigued with Taking Hold. I think I'll look for that one today.

    Here's My Fall TBR!

    1. I started reading it last night! I was so happy when the bookstore I'd pre-ordered it at emailed me to let me know it was in. The only other time I pre-ordered something, I got my copy MONTHS after the book came out, and I'd already just bought myself a copy the regular way.

  5. I'm excited about Crooked Kingdom too! I enjoyed Stand Off, not as much as Winger but it was a good sequel.
    My Top Ten

  6. I love how you highlighted Crooked Kingdom. We're all salivating over that book. And it's out today!

  7. Closed Casket sounds awesome!!

    Here's a link to my TTT post:

    1. I was pretty skeptical of an Agatha Christie homage, but Hannah does a great job at treading the line between slavish mimicry and desecration.

  8. Stand-Off was a fantastic sequel! Happy reading!


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