Each year, I add sequels to books I’ve read to a shelf I’ve created on Goodreads called ‘sequels to buy’. Then, as a fun Christmas treat, I do one big, exciting haul at the end of the year and order in all the sequels I’ve flagged to buy.
Cannot recommend this enough as an exciting (and motivating) way to keep up with series you’re reading. Some people prefer standalones, but I have to say lately I’ve been a real fan of series. There’s something so rewarding about sticking with characters for an extended period of time and really getting to know them.
Ranger’s Apprentice, for example, is one series that has meant so much to me – as I’ve read it slowly over about 10 years – and growing up with those characters brings you a special sort of nostalgia. But it doesn’t have to be such a long commitment to be a great experience!
So I thought it would be fun today to have a look through some of the sequels I’m hoping to get to soon!
1. Misrule (Malice Duology)
I read Malice recently (recently for me, so last year) and loved it. It’s a queer reimagining of Sleeping Beauty and it was executed so well. It’s a heftier book, but the characters are complex and the story is really addictive.
I’m hoping to buy this one at the end of 2022 and dive into the story to see where it goes. This story left on such a cliff-hanger and I can’t even imagine how the author is going to resolve things. As far as I know, this is a duology so I’ll have finished the story when I read this too.
2. Four Aunties and a Wedding (Aunties)
The first book in this series was super duper funny – and unexpectedly so. This is very Kevin Kwan–eque with an accidental murder and a family effort to hide the body. It’s the perfect kind of series to turn to for some good laughs and I’m expecting the same vibes from book two.
Again, I don’t have this on my shelves yet but I’m hoping to include it in my sequels haul at the end of the year. I’m sure many belly laughs will ensue with this – the main character is impossible not to love and get behind.
3. Here’s To us (What If It’s Us)
I am a long-time fan of Becky Albertalli’s work and I’m slowly reading more and more of Adam Silvera. I loved reading What If It’s Us – it’s one of my favourite queer romances and I nearly jumped out of my socks for joy when I saw they were writing a sequel.
Happily, I do have a copy of Here’s to Us on my bookshelf so now it’s just a matter of waiting for the right time to pick it up and seeing where the story will take us next from where things finished up in book one.
4. The Righteous (The Beautiful)
With the resurgence of vampires books in the last few years, Renée Ahdieh has managed to capture my heart again with this paranormal fantasy/historical fiction. I’ve had my highs and lows with Ahdieh’s work, having loved The Wrath and the Dawn beyond measure, but The Flame and the Mist utterly let me down.
Nonetheless, I loyally read her books and loved The Beautiful, which is book one in this trilogy. I’m hoping to pick up a (matching) hardcover to finish off my set of The Righteous (which is book 3) and read the conclusion. Book two didn’t quite hit the mark, but I’m hoping things will go out with a bang.
5. Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone (Outlander)
I am seriously proud of myself for catching up with this series. I’ve now read books 1–8 and just have this, the ninth book, to go. I’m anticipating, as I’m reading them via audiobook, that this will be something I get to either in the latter half of 2022 or early in 2023.
Part of me is ready to catch up and finally be on top of this series, and the other half is dreading how long a wait I will have for the tenth (and supposedly) last book in the series. I cannot imagine life with out Outlander.
6. Cytonic (Skyward)
This is another series that I’m actually quite proud of almost being on top of, the Skyward series. I’ve read books one and two and am waiting to read three purely because I’m waiting for a particular edition to come out to match my first two.
This is an amazing YA sci-fi series, and I hope to see more authors take up the pen in the same way Sanderson has to create sci-fi like this. It’s one of my favourite genres that I think is both underwritten and underhyped alike.
7. Dragonblood Ring (Blazewrath Games)
This is the sequel to the Blazewrath Games which was a highly diverse YA fantasy about dragon-riding competitions. It was action-packed and awesome, though I do expect the series to grow. I was really excited to pick up the sequel because I’m hoping the author will hit their stride in this series with this book.
I’ve already hauled a copy of this and I’m looking forward to reading it in the not-too-distant future. It’s going to be a real treat to tuck into as I enjoyed the reading experience of book one.
8. The Theft of Sunlight (Dauntless Path)
Now this is quite a special one for me. Thorn, which is book one, came out ten years ago and was one of the first books I reviewed for NetGalley at the beginning of my blogging career. It’s always held a special place in my heart as it was also one of the first review books I genuinely and heartily loved.
Seeing Thorn get picked up by the likes of international book subscriptions boxes and subsequently become best-selling and massively popular made me so happy for Intisar Khanani. It’s lovely seeing an author progress with a book you loved so much. I’m really looking forward to reading the sequel, which came out quite a few years after the first one. I hope it’s the beginning of a prolific career for Khanani.
9. Redemptor (Raybearer)
This series is one of the most incredible pieces of fantasy I’ve read recently. I read book one, Raybearer, in 2021 and was spellbound by how amazing it was. I love the creativeness of the covers for this (it took me so long to see the face on this one) and I am almost putting off reading this because I’m so excited it’s like I’m saving it for last – which is really quite illogical.
This is a pre-colonial African-inspired fantasy that will ignite your imagination with the beautiful imagery and magic systems, and also the loveable characters and addictive plot.
10. The Last Graduate (The Scholomance)
I have so much love for this series and book one, A Deadly Education. This is something I think you should really prioritise reading if you haven’t already because it is wicked fun. Imagine Harry Potter with no teachers, no supervision, but the school is trying to kill you.
It’s super unique and another great example of Novik’s immeasurably talented scope of imagination. I am convinced that I should be reading anything by her at this point (and quite frankly disappointed in myself for both not having got to this yet and not having started her Temeraire series).
11. Royal Tour (The Potion Diaries)
I’m really surprised, even now, that this book is on this list. One of the things I love about doing TBR jar challenges is sometimes books that you’ve (over time) become less excited about reading, and therefore have put off, get picked and you actually sit down to read them – and wow, you end up loving them.
The Potion Diaries (book one) was like this for me. I’d had it on my shelf for over 5 years and was not sure I still wanted to read it. But I did, and the adventure combined with fantastical elements of a kingdom whose princess has poisoned herself with her own love potion was raucously fun and unputdownable. I’m still nervous that book two *might* not deliver, but I’m hopeful.
12. Necessity (Thessaly)
To this day, I’ve never seen anyone else talk about this series. This is called Thessaly and book one is called The Just City. It is a mind-bendingly intelligent reimagining of history spliced with sci-fi. Only Jo Walton could manage this.
I actually just don’t own Necessity yet (despite having been due to haul it for a few years, not sure what’s happened there), which is largely why I haven’t finished this trilogy. It uses time travel for philosophically minded people to create there own philosophical society based of the most well-known and respect philosophers throughout history. It’s interesting, tense and perfectly bonkers in what is achieved and I would love to reread this before I dive into the last book.
13. Empire of Shadows (Bhinian Empire)
I have actually been desperate to continue this series for some years but this must be out of print, and I’ve found it impossible to get my hands on a copy of it. It’s a fantasy duology and I fell in love with the story and the characters.
The first book is The City of Dolls and I would recommend reading it even by itself because I enjoyed it so much. It’s set in a school that’s like a city where kids (essentially) learn skills that determines their place in life, and the main character is a bit of an outsider. Let’s cross our fingers that one day I find a copy of this!
What sequel are you really looking forward to reading?