I did not struggle with the topic Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm gave us this week at all on account of how many darn sequels I need to get round to reading.
The question wasn’t ‘are there any sequels I need to read’ but ‘which ones am I going to narrow this list down to?’
Some are already published, one is being published this year and one is technically a prequel. Shhh. It was written after the original so it counts.
Here we go.
Well, I did say that ‘one’ is technically a prequel.
The Rules of Magic is written by one of my ‘go to authors’ because Alice Hoffman could write about cocktail making and I’d read it.
Practical Magic was a beautiful book about sisters, magic and love and we follow three pairs of sisters who belong to the same family, just in different generations. Practical Magic was more about Sally and Gillian and Sally’s daughters Kylie and Antonia but The Rules of Magic apparently focuses on the story of the aunts Frances and Jet before they became the spinsters that we know and love.
I get the feeling that it’s going to be a heartbreaking book but somehow heartwarming all the same.
I actually didn’t need The Testaments, the upcoming 2019 sequel to The Handmaids Tale because The Handmaids Tale broke me and continues to break me and I want to live a happy life.
Don’t get me wrong; The Handmaids Tale is a 5 star read of mine and months of analysis on it as part of my English Literature A-Level only served to heighten my depth of understanding and adoration but it was a book that got under my skin and impacted me on multiple levels.
On a personal level I have spent a lot of time during the past two years being reduced down to my reproductive organs; either through medical necessity or because people will not stop asking me when I’m going to use my uterus. So The Handmaids Tale is now poignant and personal.
I want to read this and can’t wait but I’m also a wee bit scared.
Patrick Ness is another ‘go to author’ of mine after reading A Monster Calls, The Rest of Us Just Live Here and the first in his Chaos Walking trilogy – The Knife of Never Letting Go.
If we’re talking about books breaking people than that’s exactly what his does. Ness has a talent of writing clever, horrifying, sweet and heart-wrenching stories and not once does he dumb down and patronize his teenage audience.
It’s been a while since I read The Knife of Never Letting Go and the only reason I haven’t read The Ask and the Answer yet is because I am literally gearing myself up to it. You’ve got to be emotionally robust to read Ness, you’ve just got to.
My expectations are high, my hopes are high, my excitement is higher.
I fell in love with Vasya and her family in The Bear and the Nightingale and I need to see how our girl’s story unfolds in The Girl in the Tower. I was waiting for The Winter of the Witch to be published before I read this because I didn’t think my heart could handle the wait.
Well, The Winter of the Witch is now out and I still haven’t read it. Why? I actually think I’m waiting for the nights to get longer and the frost to come in…
The sole reason I haven’t read The Wicked King yet is because I genuinely am waiting for the third in the trilogy, The Queen of Nothing, to be released in 2020 because I don’t want to read this one and then wait for the longest time ever before I read the third.
It’s bad enough that I broke my rule and read The Cruel Prince last year and then gritted my teeth until this came out. By the way my rule is to not read a series, trilogy or duology until all books are out.
I break this rule all the time because rules are made to be broken. As are hearts. Apparently.
C’mon 2020 and hurry up because I really want to read this one.
What are your thoughts on the above? Am I denying myself greatness by waiting until the final books are out? Am I denying myself greatness on delaying reading those that actually already have final books out??
The ask and the answer is probably yes and yes.
Let me know your thoughts on the above and the sequels you can’t wait to get into.
Until next week!