The other day I was scrolling through my ‘Want To Read’ list on Goodreads, when I noticed something: I am terrible at finishing series. So many of my ‘Want to Read’ books are sequels that I fully intend to read some day.
I used to binge read series once I found one that I loved, but I’ve realised that I don’t seem to do that any more. I prefer a break between books in the same series, and perhaps that’s why I’ve ended up leaving so many series hanging? I feel like I have more of an ‘out of sight, out of mind’ attitude to books these days, where once I’ve finish a book in a series I forget about the series unless I happen to stumble across the next book in the bookshop, library, or even forgotten at the back of my own bookshelf (or on my ‘Want to Read’ shelf on Goodreads!).
So here are 8 sequels I still haven’t read, but mean to:
- Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
I read Cinder well over a year ago, and really enjoyed it…so I have no idea why I’ve not progressed any further with this series. I think I’m partly put off when books in a series focus on different characters, although I’m sure I’d get used to the character of Scarlet, just as I came to love the character of Cinder. Does anyone else find this?
- Half A War by Joe Abercombie
I loved Half A King and Half The World by Joe Abercrombie, despite it also changing main characters with the second book. I think the main reason I haven’t got round to reading Half A War (despite having owned a copy for over a year!) is that I accidentally ruined the big twist for myself when scanning through another blogger’s review. So now I’m kind of questioning if there’s any point reading the last book, but I think I will one day!
- Last Argument of Kings by Joe Abercrombie
What is it with me and not finishing Joe Abercrombie series in a reasonable time frame? I really love his writing, so it seems like I should have finished at least one of his series!
I think with the First Law trilogy it’s because I’m a little nervous about the final book not living up to my expectations. I liked the first book The Blade Itself but I absolutely adored the second book Before They Are Hanged, which is very unusual! I don’t generally like middle books in a trilogy as much as I like the first, so I’m worried I won’t like the third book as much as I liked the second.
- Fear by Michael Grant?
Years ago I read a number of the Gone books by Michael Grant, and really liked them, although I felt the quality declined a little the further into the series it went. That may be why I stopped reading them, but I’ve always intended to return to them…the only problem is that the story all blends into one in my mind, and they all have such similar covers that I have absolutely no idea which book I’m up to!
I feel like I definitely read Gone, Hunger, Lies and Plague, but have I read Fear, or was it just Light I had left to read? I have no idea! And its been that long since I read them I’d probably have to reread all the earlier books anyway, and rereading four (possibly five!) books is a big commitment when my TBR is so huge.
- The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski
I read and really enjoyed The Winner’s Curse a while back, but have for some reason never got round to the second book, and I have no idea why. I have heard that the ending of the series falls a bit flat, but I still intend to judge that for myself!
- Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon
I’ve really enjoyed the three Outlander books I’ve read so far, but have yet to read the fourth one, largely because I really have to steel myself for taking on as long a book as these are! However much I like the series, I know a book like Drums of Autumn is going to be a slow read for me, as it’s over 1000 pages long, and not the kind of book I find that I can devour in huge chunks.
I’ve actually had the book out of the library twice already, and have still never found myself in the mood to tackle it!
- The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss
Not so long after we started dating (almost three years ago!) my boyfriend recommended the book The Name of the Wind to me, and I read and absolutely loved it! However, I still haven’t read the sequel, The Wise Man’s Fear, largely because I feel like I’ve been saving it.
From what I’ve heard, Patrick Rothfuss is kind of another George R.R. Martin, who massively takes his time between releases, and I don’t want another series on my plate (like the Song of Ice and Fire books, or the Stormlight Archives) that I’m anxiously awaiting the sequel for, but have no idea when it’ll be coming. So I’m trying to hold off reading The Wise Man’s Fear until there’s some sign of the next book!
- Our Dark Duet by V.E. Schwab
I bought Our Dark Duet shortly after it’s release last year, and have somehow still never got round to reading it! I think that may be because whilst I thought This Savage Song was a decent book, I didn’t absolutely love it, so I haven’t felt overly motivated to get to it. I intend to read it at some point, I just don’t know when…
So which of these books would you recommend I get to next? What are some sequels you still haven’t read?