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.