Top Ten Tuesday (66): Best Sequels Ever


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

  1. Elizabeth says:

    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.


    • Krysta says:

      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!


  2. meganmoffat says:

    I don’t know how I forgot LOTR.
    Oh, Sherlock, great choice!
    Didn’t know Scarlet Pimpernel had a sequel.
    And of course… HP. 🙂
    Fantastic list.
    Here’s my list if you’d like to check it out.


    • Krysta says:

      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!


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