Top Ten Sequels I Can’t Wait to Read! (Top Ten Tuesday)

It’s Top Ten Tuesday again with the Broke & Bookish!

This week, we’re sharing upcoming sequels we REALLY want to read!

As you may know, many books in the world of YA (and even Middle Grade) are series books. There might be two or three or four or even more books in one series. Take Inkheart, for example. Girl of Fire and Thorns. The list goes on. So when you start a novel, you may not be saying goodbye to its characters at the end. That can be a good thing.

But it can also be a bad thing.

It can be frustrating to wait for the sequel to a book you absolutely love.

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Seriously. A year is a long time to wait.

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I can relate to this with the first two books I share below. I’m DYING to get to these sequels by Marie Rutkoski and Danielle Paige.

And those are just the beginning….read on to find out what other sequels I’m most excited about reading!

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The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski

(The Winner’s Curse #2)

The Winner’s Curse was one of my favorite reads of 2014, and probably my favorite high fantasy read of the year.

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The Wicked Will Rise by Danielle Paige

(Dorothy Must Die #2)

Dorothy Must Die was one of my favorite debut reads of 2014!

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Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman (Seraphina #2)

I just got the first book, Seraphina, and am already excited about the sequel!

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Winter by Marissa Meyer (Lunar Chronicles #4)

I just finished Cress a few weeks ago and I CAN’T WAIT for this to be out. The world needs Winter now!!! Reworked fairy tales are some of my favorite kinds of stories and I adore the Lunar Chronicles. Can’t wait for this one. We’re in trouble though. This isn’t coming out until November 2015. What is to be done??!?

 This is almost too much, so I’m not going to think about it.

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Of course I can’t wait for this one too, which is out sooner than Winter, so that’s a good thing.

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Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke

by Anne Blankman (Prisoner of Night and Fog #2)

The first book in this series was FABULOUS!! YA Historical fiction at its finest, in my opinion. This one is coming out soon so I will be jumping up and down when I get a hold of it.

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The Stars of Summer (All Four Stars #2)

by Tara Dairman

If you read my post about Tara’s book from The Midnight Garden’s Blog Tour, you will remember how much I loved All Four Stars #1! An ARC of this will be coming my way soon so I’m VERY EXCITED!

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And now for a few of the coverless sequels!

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The Ninja Librarians #2

by Jennifer Swann Downey

Ok, so there isn’t even a GoodReads entry for a sequel for this middle grade fantasy, but there must be one soon!! I loved the first installment in what I expect is going to be a series, so we need #2!!! Time traveling Librarians who are ninjas. That’s all I need to say.

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The Time Traveler’s Wife #2 by Audrey Niffenegger

Somewhere out there, Niffenegger has said something about a follow up to TTTW in which we find out more about Henry and Clare’s daughter, Alba. I need this!! But I may not be getting it anytime soon because GoodReads doesn’t even have an entry and my only evidence was a segment of the book that was published in a special edition of TTTW.

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The 5th Wave #3 (The 5th Wave Series)

This is coming out in August 2015. I just finished the second book in the series, but I really can’t wait to find out what happens to Cassie and her band of friends and whether they survive the alien invasion.

What sequels are you most looking forward to? Share your links as I want to know!

This weekly meme is hosted by The Broke and Bookish—check out their fabulous blog if you haven’t yet.

Here’s what they have to say about Top Ten Tuesday: “Top Ten Tuesday is a fun weekly link-up in the community where we provide a prompt and other lovers of listmaking join in on it with their own top ten list. Feel free to have less than 10 or more if you need to at times and put a spin on the topic if you need to! Just please link back to us if you are participating :)”

**Thanks to What Sarah Read for reminding me how much I enjoy using gifs in my posts!

 

 

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I Want to Re-Read

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This weekly meme is hosted by The Broke and Bookish—you can check out their blog here.

This week, it’s the Top Ten Books I Want to Re-Read! Some of these are favorites, and they’re books I will probably be re-reading until kingdom come. They are from a mixture of genres—children’s, young adult, and adult, so enjoy…

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1. Anne of Green Gables Series

Anne of Green Gables is one of my favorite books of all times, and I never get tired of L.M. Montgomery’s series about Anne Shirley. There’s always something new I take away with every reading. With the approach of fall, I think I might have to pick up with Anne of Windy Poplars right away though (the fourth in the series).

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2. Little House on the Prairie Series

I have the yellow boxed set of these books and have been planning a re-read FOREVER! It’s time I sat down with Little House in the Big Woods and started.

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3. The Time Traveler’s Wife

Another one of my favorites, and a well-loved fantasy I never get tired of.  Definitely easy to pick this as one of my top ten.

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4. Her Fearful Symmetry

I didn’t like this title as much as Time Traveler’s Wife, and there were very strong reactions to this one, but ever since I finished it, I have known I would need to read it again. There were points in the story I found myself asking: What just happened? Why did she do that? How can this be? In order to get some answers, perhaps a re-read is in order.

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5. I Capture the Castle

Another one of my favorites—the book and the film! I adore Dodie Smith’s style in this book. There are laugh aloud moments that no fan of Anne of Green Gables should miss. A classic that will always be on my favorites shelf and is such a fun one to read!

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6. The Invisible Bridge

I love historical fiction, and I read a lot of it. This one, set during WWII, is so good! If you haven’t read it, please check it out! I haven’t re-read it since the first time I finished it, so it’s about time I enjoyed it again. Loved it.

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7. The Historian

The suspense and intrigue in this one is fantastic. Some readers loved this, and other didn’t like it so much. I couldn’t put it down and ate the book up over several days. I especially enjoyed the geography covered in the book—it also might make you do a bit of research on Vlad the Impaler. But don’t take my word for it. Check it out.

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8. Hitty, Her First Hundred Years

This was a favorite of mine as a young reader, and a book I’ve been longing to return to again. I have several paperback copies of this one, and it’s definitely a classic of children’s literature that earns a spot in my top ten re-reads.

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9. Our Mutual Friend

I love Charles Dickens, and though there are other novels I’m equally in love with, I have been wanting to read this one again. I have a fond memory of reading this for a 19th century British lit. undergraduate course, and I remember our discussion was so enthralling and my reading of it was so enjoyable, I am definitely ready for a re-read.

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10. The Woman in White

I admit it. I’m a fan of Wilkie Collins’s sensationalist fiction. I first read The Woman in White while studying in London for the first time, and I remember not leaving my room in South Kensington for a few days. I accidentally stumbled up on the book at a bookstore on Charing Cross Road, picked it up, and have been thankful for this serendipitous book meeting that came my way one London afternoon. I also have the graphic novel of The Woman in White, and never get tired of the story.

Are any of these on your re-read list? How did you come up with your titles? How many of these do you think I’ll get to in the next three months??

Uncovering the Secrets of Jellicoe Road (2006, Melina Marchetta)

Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta (2006)

Suggested age range: 15 and up (Harper Teen, 419 pages)

Rating: 5/5 stars

Source: Library

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

“Whatever is now covered up will be uncovered and every secret will be made known.”

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I finally read it!! During Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-Thon!! And it was amazing!!

The Book: A tragedy took place on Jellicoe Road. Friendships were forged and flowers were planted. Eighteen years later, Taylor is trying to piece together what happened, and how it relates to her own story of being abandoned by her mother on that same road. When Hannah, who is like a second mother to Taylor, disappears, Taylor does everything she can to figure out where she is. A strange recurring dream of a boy in a tree continues to haunt Taylor, and she senses someone following her. And then there’s her friendship with Jonah Griggs, leader of the Cadets–the social group in constant battle with her own.

Spirituality in Jellicoe Road: We all want to belong within our families, and form valuable connections with our parents, and this is a challenge Taylor encounters in the story. In addition to dealing with the fact that her mother abandoned her on Jellicoe Road, Taylor is navigating the significance of her recurring dream with the boy in the tree, who seems to important. What does it mean for her life, whether it’s her past, present, or future? This aspect in the story got me thinking about the notion of dreams as spiritual. Are our dreams important and how we do figure out what they mean? If you know me at all, you know I find dreams fascinating, so of course I was highly intrigued by this part of the book.

Who Should Read This Book: Whether you are a fan of Marchetta’s high fantasy, such as Finnikin of the Rock or E. Lockhart’s contemporary YA, We Were Liars, I’m pretty sure you will enjoy Jellicoe Road. Marchetta’s beautiful prose reminded me of the gorgeous imagery from Finnikin, while the mystery of the plot and its companion narrative made me think about Lockhart’s text. At first I was pretty confused, trying to figure out the connections between the two different storylines, but it gets easier as you go along, so don’t let this deter you.

The Final Word: This book was published in 2006, and it’s taken me so long to read it! Its unforgettable plot and spiritual dimensions, however, drew me to review it on the blog. I believe it is not to be missed—you just have to be ok with crying. Ok, maybe crying a lot.

Get your box of tissues, and step onto Jellicoe Road as soon as you can.

Have you read Jellicoe Road? What did you think??

 

Top Ten (Ok, Eleven) New Series I Want To Start

Series! Trilogies! Books, Books, Books!–Lots of them!

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This weekly meme is hosted by The Broke and Bookish—check out their fabulous blog if you haven’t yet.

Here’s what they have to say about Top Ten Tuesday: “Top Ten Tuesday is a fun weekly link-up in the community where we provide a prompt and other lovers of listmaking join in on it with their own top ten list. Feel free to have less than 10 or more if you need to at times and put a spin on the topic if you need to! Just please link back to us if you are participating :)”

This week we’re sharing the top new series (in the last year or so) we want to start. Beginning a series always carries with it a certain weight because you know that you will have to then wait for the subsequent books to come out. I just finished Cress and now I’m dying for Winter to be released! Ahhhh!!!

But, I’ll wait, and I’ll count down the days with all my book buddies. We all know the commitment series require, but we love them, and we’ll keep on loving them! So here are ten eleven series I’m hoping to start in the near future. 😀

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  1. The Glass Sentence (The Mapmaker Trilogy #1)

 

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2. Snow Like Ashes (Snow Like Ashes #1)

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3. A Thousand Pieces of Your (Firebird #1)  Ok, so this book isn’t technically out yet, but it’s one of my top anticipated for the near future.

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4. The Young World (The Young World Trilogy #1)

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5. Landry Park (Landry Park #1)

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6. These Broken Stars (Starbound #1) 

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7. The 57 Lives of Alex Wayfare (Alex Way Fare #1)

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8. Deep Blue (Waterfire Saga #1)

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9. Ilusive (Illusive #1)

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10. Elusion (Elusion #1)

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11. The Falconer (The Falconer #1)
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Are any of these series on your TBR list? Which one do you suggest I read first? Any titles you think are particularly relevant for the exploration of spiritual themes?? Looking forward to exploring your TTT lists, so do share!

Dewey’s 24 Hour #Readathon: MID EVENT SURVEY!

Dewey’s Readathon Update: Mid Event Survey

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        1. What are you reading right now?

I’m reading Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta and a graphic novel, Boxers by Gene Luen Yang.

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        2. How many books have you read so far?

I finished Cress and Bitter Kingdom but had already read quite a bit of each of those. I’ve read about 593 pages so far!

         3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?

I’m looking forward to reading the rest of Jellicoe Road and then I’m looking forward to reading The Half Life of Molly Pierce! So much book goodness!!

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          4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?

I’ve had the normal interruptions but they were all needed so I took a walk, ate dinner, etc. I’ve needed the breaks, I realize.

         5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?

I’m not participating in as many of the mini challenges as I did last time, but that’s ok. I’ve enjoy tweeting and reading some blog posts, and I plan to go back and read and visit more blogs in the following days. I’ve just really needed some good solid reading time and the opportunity to finish some books. It’s wonderful!

How are all you readers doing? Drinking more coffee and tea now that we are into Hour 13?? What books are you reading??