Top Ten Tuesdays is a meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is
Top Ten Best Sequels Ever
1. The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien: Tolkien’s publishers wanted a sequel to The Hobbit–something presumably in the same lighthearted vein. Instead they got a very different book, but one that would change how people view fantasy.
2. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling: I love the Harry Potter series because Rowling makes each book count. GoF stands out, however, because it signals a turning point where Harry leaves the world of lighthearted magic and embarks upon a dark quest.
3. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins: The books in Collins’s trilogy never repeat themselves. Each one has a different feel and a different focus, demonstrating that the story deserves a trilogy and is not a very extended standalone.
4. The Last Battle by C. S. Lewis: Each book in the Chronicles of Narnia is unique and thus wonderful in it s own way. I singled out The Last Battle because of its terrible, unexpected darkness–something not usually associated with Narnia.
5. Anne of Avonlea by L. M. Montgomery: Imagine living during the early twentieth century and learning that Montgomery would continue writing about Anne!
6. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: If I had read A Study in Scarlet as my first Sherlock Holmes book, I may have never continued with his adventures. Holmes, however, came quite a ways over the years.
7. The Chestnut King by N. D. Wilson: The final book in the 100 Cupboards trilogy contains more darkness and pain than I expected from a middle grade series.
8. The Elusive Pimpernel by Emmuska Orczy: The adventures of the Scarlet Pimpernel continue with the stakes raised!
9. The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey by Trenton Lee Stewart: Part of a highly original series with a memorable cast.
10. Little Men by Louisa May Alcott: A great way to show the Little Women grown up while still focusing on childhood adventures.
18 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday (66): Best Sequels Ever”
Oh I loved Anne of Avonlea so much! I adored her…cousinsish I suppose you’d call them? As well as Paul…I really need to reread this series, it’s been years! I’ve never heard of The Mysterious Benedict Society, etc. but it has a very interesting title – I’ll have to go look it up.
The twins, you mean? And, yes, Paul is a good character, but I only vaguely remember him. I might have to reread the series, too!
The Mysterious Benedict Society is a great middle grade trilogy that follows four talented kids as they solve mysteries. It’s a lot of fun!
I glad to see Anne of Avonlea on a few peoples lists now. I hadn’t thought about but i really liked that series! I had the collection but lost it when I was a teenager unfortunately.
Here is my list: http://caitstruelife.wordpress.com/2013/09/24/top-ten-tuesday-top-ten-best-sequels-ever/
I love the Anne series because it isn’t often an author follows a character through so much of her life. We actually get to meet Anne’s children!
Yes that’s not often in books. Wish it was.
I’m totally there with you on Catching Fire it was actually my favorite book in the trilogy.
I’m so excited for the upcoming movie!
I am actually more excited for Catching Fire than I was for Hunger Games. I can’t wait to really see what everything looks like!!
Ah yes, I couldn’t agree with you more about Catching Fire, Harry Potter, and The Lord of the Rings.
Great choices!! Catching Fire made my list as well. My favorite HP is Prisoner of Azkaban.
My favorite HP is Prisoner of Azkaban, as well!
Avonlea – YEA!
Yeah! It’s good to see all the Anne fans!
I don’t know how I forgot LOTR.
Oh, Sherlock, great choice!
Didn’t know Scarlet Pimpernel had a sequel.
And of course… HP. 🙂
Here’s my list if you’d like to check it out.
The Hobbit and LotR are so different I think it’s easy to forget sometimes LotR is actually a sequel. 😉 And I was amazed to find out The Scarlet Pimpernel has sequels–something like ten of them! And then there are two books about one of his ancestors and I think another one about one of his descendants! I want to read them all!
It always astounds me how different The Hobbit and LOTR are in terms of narrative tone 🙂 Great list!
Me, too! But I love it! 😉