Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday: Sequels I Meant to Read in 2018 (That I WILL Read in 2019)

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly book blog meme now hosted by Jana over at The Artsy Reader Girl!

This week's topic is: Books I Meant to Read In 2018 but Didn’t Get To

Since there were a lot of books I didn't get around to in 2018, I decided to specifically go with sequels I meant to get to. Of course, there are still more than ten I didn't get to, but I tried to narrow it down. I also thought it might be helpful to include what the first book in the series is in case the sequel isn't as recognizable as the first book. Are there any sequels you meant to read, but didn't quite get to?

An Echo of Things to Come by James Islington (The Licanius Trilogy)
Book #1: The Shadow of What Was Lost
I loved the first book so much that I'm really surprised I didn't get to the sequel sooner. I think the fact that these books are so huge (700+ pages each) is what makes me want to procrastinate, but I also loved it so I really just need to read it!

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The Time of Contempt by Andrzej Sapkowski (The Witcher #2)
Book #1: The Last Wish, Blood of Elves
I've had a lot of fun with the books I've read from this series so far and I'd really like to continue. I meant to start getting around to more of these last year, but as we can see that didn't quite happen.

Buy it: Amazon Book Depository

In the Cities of Coin and Spice (The Orphan's Tales, #2)In the Cities of Coin and Spice by Catherynne M. Valente (The Orphan's Tales #2)
Book #1: In the Night Garden 
I''m trying to work my way through all of Valente's work and one of the favorites that I've read was In the Night Garden, so now I'm really excited to read the sequel. These books are a bit of a commitment for me, though, so I think that's why I didn't really get to it last year. That and my library doesn't have it so I need to remember to buy it sometime.

Buy it: Amazon Book Depository

The Forbidden City (The Dragon's Legacy #2)The Forbidden City by Deborah A. Wolf (The Dragon's Legacy #2)
Book #1: The Dragon's Legacy
I was so excited about the first book and for the rest of the year I had huge plans to pick up the sequel right away and then I managed to completely forget when it came out the next year. Sometimes I'm just not sure how I forget about books when I'm actively excited about them. I blame it on there being too many books.

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A Fortress of Grey Ice by J.V. Jones (Sword of Shadows #2)
Book #1: A Cavern of Black Ice 
I've raved about A Cavern of Black Ice so many times that it's truly mind-boggling I haven't read the second book. I desperately want to read this sequel and catch up on the entire series. I believe it's actually still unfinished so it might be fun to catch up before Jones finishes it (am I the only one to ever say that?).

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Blood of Wonderland (Queen of Hearts Saga, #2)
Blood of Wonderland by Colleen Oakes (Queen of Hearts Saga #2)
Book #1: Queen of Hearts 
I love Alice-inspired retellings and I was really pleasantly surprised by Queen of Hearts! These are also fairly short books with that nice big YA-style font, so it should be pretty easy to get through. I'd really like to get to this one in the first half of the year.

Buy it: Amazon Book Depository

The Great Hunt (Wheel of Time, #2)The Great Hunt by Robert Jordan (The Wheel of Time #2)
Book #1: The Eye of the World
This is probbaly the most shameful of the ones on this list, namely because I started reading this in 2017 and just... never finished it. I was moving at the time so I was a bit preoccupied with all of that and just sort of forgot I was reading it. The weird thing is that I was really enjoying it, so it's not as though I just got tired of it. This year I plan to finally finish it and maybe even go on to the third book, but let's not get ahead of ourselves here.

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The Splendor Before the Dark (Nero, #2)The Splendor Before the Dark by Margaret George (Nero #2)
Book #1: The Confessions of Young Nero
Margaret George always write beautiful historical fiction and I was impressed by her first novel about the infamous Emperor Nero. I remembered when this was coming out and was excited to read it, but I never had a chance to buy/my library didn't have it yet and then I just...forgot. Oops.

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Kings Rising (Captive Prince, #3)
Kings Rising by C.S. Pacat (Captive Prince #3)
Book #1 & #2: Captive Prince, Prince's Gambit
This is one of the more controversial trilogies that I see out there, but I had a great time with the first two books and think they have a lot of really interesting topics and themes in them. I've read the first two, so now I just need to read the final book! And try to remember exactly what happened in the first two...

The Rats and the Ruling Sea (The Chathrand Voyage, #2)The Rats and the Ruling Sea by Robert V.S. Redick (The Chathrand Voyage #2)
Book #1: The Red Wolf Conspiracy 
The Red Wolf Conspiracy was such an adventure and I meant to read the second one pretty soon after the first, but it also felt like more of a summer book so once that season was done I kept putting it off? I've got a full year ahead of me now, though, so I have high hopes.

Have you read any of these books? What sequels did you mean to read in 2018?

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  1. These all sound great. Happy reading!

    This is my Top Ten Tuesday post.

  2. Great list! The Queen of Hearts Saga has been on my TBR for the longest time too.
    Hope you enjoy your 2019 reads!
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  3. An Echo of Things to Come and The Forbidden City both look appealing to me! I need more fantasy anyway since I read so very little of it last year, and it's normally my favorite genre. Hopefully 2019 I can get back on the bandwagon. :)

  4. Blood Of Wonderland is one I'm not sure I'll pick up yet. I wasn't a huge fan of the first book but I'm interested enough to maybe give Blood of Wonderland a chance.

    Tina @ As Told By Tina

    1. I'd really like to see where she decides to go with the plot--I feel like it could easily go really well or really poorly.

  5. An Echo of Things to Come does sound like a good read.

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday. Thanks for stopping by earlier.

  6. I am so bad with reading the first book of a series and then stopping! Hope you enjoy all of these!

    1. Me too! I am always starting new series and failing to continue... I just get so caught up in new books. Whoops.

  7. Great list! It was only in 2018 that I got better at actually continuing with series, so you're definitely not the only one who's behind on sequels. I haven't heard of a lot of these so I'll have to check them out!

    1. I'm glad you were able to improve on that last year! I'm so bad at it, I'm definitely going to try my best to dedicate some time this year to catching up on things I've started.

  8. Blood of Wonderland sounds good! Hope you enjoy!

  9. When it comes to sequels, I'm always so behind. Well, not only sequels because I've been dying to read Queen of Hearts since it came out and I haven't done it yet. =P Hope you enjoy all of these when you read them.

    Happy readings! ;)
    Tânia @MyLovelySecret