I have a large pile of unread books on my shelves. While I get excited about all the books I can read, naturally, there are a lot of books that have remained unread for longer than they should. Some of them are sequels.
For some of the books on this list, I read the first book a few years ago and, since then, the series are complete. It’s not that I didn’t like the first book. In fact, I loved them, in most cases. But, for whatever reason, I didn’t get around to finishing the series.
Five sequels on my TBR that I need to get to are:
Dance of the Red Death by Bethany Griffith
One of the oldest books on my TBR, Dance of the Red Death is the sequel to Masque of the Red Death and the final book in the duology. The first book is a retelling of Edgar Allan Poe’s short story of the same name, set in a darkly glamourous dystopian society where a disease has ravaged the city and only the wealthy can afford masks to protect themselves from it. The main character, Araby, is still grieving the death of her twin brother at the hands of the plague and turns to drugs at nightclubs to forget it all. There, she meets two boys that draw her into a rebellion against the royal family.
I read The Masque of the Red Death back in 2012 or 2013. It took me a while to buy Dance of the Red Death. I distinctly remember enjoying the former, so I honestly have no clue why I have not gotten to the sequel. In the meantime, I won’t unhaul the books because I want to give the series one more chance. Hopefully, I’ll get to them this year.
The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simison
The Rosie Effect is the sequel to The Rosie Project and follows the couple who got together in the first book after they got married. The Rosie Project was a cute, fun read that pulled at my heartstrings. I have literally no idea why I have not read The Rosie Effect. With a third book, The Rosie Result, coming out next month, now is the time to finally read The Rosie Effect.
Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs
Library of Souls is the third book in the Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children series. When I bought it, it was supposed to be the final book. Apparently, now there is going to be another series with Jacob and the peculiar children in America. Personally, I’m not entirely sure if I want to read the new books.
I gave Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children a rather high rating on Goodreads, but that was back during a time I was discovering so many new books and not reading very critically. When I read Hollow City, it was fun, only it didn’t make me that excited for Library of Souls. I debated unhauling the books, except I want to give the trilogy one last chance before I do that.
The Invasion of the Tearling and The Fate of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
I read The Queen of the Tearling back in 2015, around the time the paperback was published and lots of people were raving about it on BookTube. I did enjoy it. I liked how it was a grittier high fantasy with some dystopian elements. I liked how the main character was a strong and flawed queen not everyone likes. I planned on continuing with the series. Only the problem I remember with The Queen of the Tearling with how the story dragged for too long in certain spots. But this series is one I plan to finish in 2019.
Thirteen by Kelley Armstrong
Thirteen is the final book in one of my favorite series yet it is the oldest book on my TBR pile. Truthfully, I think I know why I have not read this book. Not because I don’t want it to end—Kelley Armstrong has made certain that the Women of the Otherworld will never be truly over with short story collections and graphic novels. I realized recently it’s because there are problematic themes within the series that I could ignore as a sixteen-year-old but not as a twenty-six-year-old. Someday, I will unhaul the Women of the Otherworld series. Before I do that, I want to reread the first twelve books and read Thirteen at least once, because this series means so much to me.