Top Ten Tuesday #165


Hi everyone! I hope you’ve all had a good week since I last did one of these, the UK is currently in the midst of our traditional summer heatwave and I feel like I’m constantly melting which is not great! Yes, I know the irony of complaining about not enough heat in France last week, and too much heat here this week, but I am British: complaining about the weather is a national pastime.

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday, we’re meant to be talking Series I’ve Given Up On/Don’t Plan To Finish, but I very rarely give up series and I didn’t really like the alternative suggestion of Series I’d Like To Finish Someday because I’m not really mid series of that many series right now, so instead I’m going to talk about my Top Ten Favourite Sequels instead. By sequels, I’m talking any subsequent instalment of a series, not just necessarily the second book. So here we go, my Top Ten Favourite Sequels:

  1. A Conjuring of Light (Shades of Magic #3)-V.E. Schwab

Honestly the entirety of Schwab’s trilogy is a masterpiece, so wonderfully plotted, the characters are amazing, the world is brilliant and immersive, I could go on and on and on. I was so hooked throughout this book, which is really hard to do in a 600+ page book, there was high stakes action, beautiful emotional scenes, great character dynamics, basically everything I wanted from a final book in a trilogy and more. I am so excited for the new Threads of Power trilogy, whenever it finally comes out!

2. The Song Rising (The Bone Season #3)-Samantha Shannon

The more streamlined, fast paced, focused plot definitely worked for me in this book, much as I enjoyed the first two, they were quite dense, this one was much more simple and straightforward which I enjoyed. I also loved Paige’s character development as she took on her new role as Underqueen and I liked seeing the expansion of the world as we citadels in Manchester and Edinburgh. I am super excited to get to go to Scion Paris in the next book!

3. Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3)-Sarah J Maas

Without a doubt my favourite book of the series so far, both Celaena and Dorian’s emotional journeys in this one are amazing and it’s the first book where we get to see the witches, including my favourite badass Manon, plus I’ve never had an ending of a book destroy me quite as much as this one, except perhaps the ending of Empire of Storms!

4. Undivided (Unwind #4)-Neal Shusterman

Often I’ve found that dystopian books let me down in the finale, not so here. The last Unwind book was just as exciting, creepy and emotional as all the others and it didn’t have to end in a violent war for Connor, Risa and Lev to get what they had been fighting for. It was the perfect culmination to an incredible series.

5. Chainbreaker (Timekeeper #2)-Tara Sim

If any of you have been sleeping on this series, then take this as your cue to do it no longer. It has everything, an awesome steam punk world, cute clock boys and the softest, sweetest m/m relationship. Daphne and Colton both have gorgeous arcs in this book and we get to see the alternative India of Sim’s world which was really cool.

6. The Raven King (The Raven Cycle #4)-Maggie Stiefvater

AH I loved this book! Everything came full circle, the Gangsey were just amazing and I loved getting to see their beautiful friendship one more time and even though I was still left with unanswered questions after this book, I was also completely satisfied with how everything went down.

7. The House of Hades (Heroes of Olympus #4)-Rick Riordan

THERE WAS SO MUCH PERCABETH IN THIS BOOK IT WAS AMAZING! Okay though seriously, yes Percabeth’s arc is beautiful and brilliant but there is also great stuff from Nico in this book, Hazel got a really great arc, Leo got a really great story, basically it was light on Piper/Jason and heavy on the characters I actually liked, so of course I loved it.

8. The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and The Olympians #5)-Rick Riordan

This was such a good series ender book, there was everything I wanted, lots of battle action, much Percabeth (their first kiss may still be my favourite ever) and the way the prophecy that had been building since the first book unravelled was really good. Blood Of Olympus couldn’t even compared to this book.

9. The Last Stand of Dead Men (Skulduggery Pleasant #8)-Derek Landy

This is one of my favourite books of the Skulduggery Pleasant series, it and Dark Days are my top two. It’s actually more action packed and exciting than the 9th book in the series (which was the original finale, before the author started the continuation series), and we get to see all of Skulduggery’s friends working together, plus all of the Darquesse action that had been building up for the last few books comes to a head.

10. Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter #4)-JK Rowling

I know a lot of people say The Prisoner of Azkaban is their favourite book, and yes, I do love it, it’s definitely up there with the Harry Potter books I love, but The Goblet of Fire is my absolute favourite. I love the Triwizard Tournament and the Yule Ball, there are dragons and everything gets just a little bit darker, which of course I love. Plus we don’t yet have angsty Harry of The Order of The Phoenix.

Over to you! What are your favourite sequels? Have you read any of these? Did you like them? Let me know in the comments!

Next week’s topic is Red, White and Blue Covers in honour of the 4th July in the US, now obviously being in the UK, we don’t celebrate 4th July, but since the alternative is using your own country’s flag’s colours, it will still be Red, White and Blue covers I share, since that’s also the colours of the UK flags. In the meantime, I will be back on Thursday with a new book tag.


98 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday #165

  1. heather@nightlyreading 26/06/2018 / 12:14 pm

    After reading your blurb about Heir of Fire, I am more excited yet a little nervous to read it:) It is next up on my TBR for July and I adored the first two books and am hoping that I will love it just as much.

    • iloveheartlandx 26/06/2018 / 7:56 pm

      Oh the pain is more than worth it! I hope you enjoy it πŸ™‚

  2. judithcmoore 26/06/2018 / 1:43 pm

    I also loved the last Olympian. Fun story, I once fell asleep with the audiobook on sleep timer and then for some reason my alarm restarted the book and I just woke up to – I forget which character – shouting ‘kill them! kill them all!’ Was a little unnerving!

    • iloveheartlandx 26/06/2018 / 7:54 pm

      Ha ha that’s hilarious! (but yes, can also see why it’s a little unnerving).

  3. bookmurmuration 26/06/2018 / 1:49 pm

    The second book in the Spellslinger series was a great follow-up. Took the story in a new direction. I still haven’t read The Bone Season. It looks great though.

    • iloveheartlandx 26/06/2018 / 7:53 pm

      Do you mean the Timekeeper series? I’ve never read the Spellslinger series (want to though!). It’s really great πŸ™‚

      • bookmurmuration 26/06/2018 / 9:33 pm

        No, The Bone Season.
        ☺️ Spellslinger is fantastic! Can’t recommend it enough.

      • iloveheartlandx 27/06/2018 / 11:30 am

        Oh right! I definitely want to try it soon, it does sound great πŸ™‚

  4. Loretta @ The Laughing Listener 26/06/2018 / 2:02 pm

    I just finished Heir of Fire and it was SOOOO GOOD!!!! Definitely better than any of the other books I’ve read in the series so far. I can’t wait to keep going in the series! And I LOVE THE RAVEN KING!! That’s my favorite series and one of my favorite books. It completely wrecked me, but in the best kind of way!

    • iloveheartlandx 26/06/2018 / 7:52 pm

      It was like a whole another level from the first two books! I hope you enjoy the rest of the series. Yes it was amazing-all the best books do that.

  5. Victoria @ Rocky Reads 26/06/2018 / 2:34 pm

    Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire!! Yes, I love that one! And I can’t wait to read Heir of Fire πŸ˜€ Great list!!

  6. lilisblissfulpages 26/06/2018 / 3:27 pm

    “but I am British: complaining about the weather is a national pastime.
    I couldn’t help but laugh because you remind me of the characters in a Historical Romance series I’m reading where in every party, it’s said that weather is the most common topic. haha..

    ANyways, I love your twist of this week’s topic.and we’re the same, Goblet of Fire was my fave too. Though with the movies it’s my least liked,..I don’t know why. hehe.

    • iloveheartlandx 26/06/2018 / 7:47 pm

      It’s true, you want to engage a Brit in conversation then asking about the weather, I mean you might get ten minutes of complaints, but still! Thank you! I mean they did leave quite a lot out of the movie, but I still quite like it.

      • lilisblissfulpages 26/06/2018 / 8:16 pm

        And they always do that… Why not juts stick to the books. lol..

      • iloveheartlandx 27/06/2018 / 12:27 pm

        I guess cause it’s quite a big book, the movie is already 2 and a half hours, including everything would have made it even longer!

  7. Inkvotary 26/06/2018 / 3:33 pm

    Oh yeah, Harry Potter was and still is THE one series everyone is talking about one way or the other *smile* I still remember the time when I read that series about twenty years ago during x-mas. Since then I am hooked *lol*
    Hope the heat wave will go over soon, I know how it feels when it is too warm to do anything. Not to mention learning or working while it is hot.

    Best wishes
    Vi @Inkvotary

    • iloveheartlandx 26/06/2018 / 7:45 pm

      It really is! There’s certainly not going to be any series with that kind of lasting impact again any time soon, they don’t come around every day! I hope so too, I can’t stand the heat πŸ™‚

  8. Siobhan @ Novelties 26/06/2018 / 3:53 pm

    I’m with you on Shades of Magic. The two sequels keep tempting me.

    I have yet to read a Rick book, but I’d love to read his Olympian series.

    • iloveheartlandx 26/06/2018 / 7:43 pm

      I hope you enjoy them! Ah his books are so good, you should definitely give them a try πŸ™‚

  9. Angela Lawrence 26/06/2018 / 4:15 pm

    Goblet of Fire is my favorite Harry Potter book, too! I want to start Percy Jackson at some point, too.

    • iloveheartlandx 26/06/2018 / 7:39 pm

      Yay! I hope you enjoy Percy Jackson, it’s one of my favourite series.

  10. Louise 26/06/2018 / 5:25 pm

    There’s a whole bunch here I’m meaning to read. Which is good, cause now I know they won’t let me down.

  11. Lindsi 26/06/2018 / 6:38 pm

    Yes! Please finish all of Rick Riordan’s books, Harry Potter (without question), and The Raven Cycle! All of these are some of my FAVORITES. ❀

    L @ Do You Dog-ear?

    • iloveheartlandx 26/06/2018 / 7:36 pm

      I’ve finished all of them! This list is a list of my favourite sequels, not series I haven’t finished πŸ™‚

      • Lindsi 02/07/2018 / 12:45 am

        Ahhh, silly me. I guess I misread that! ❀

  12. I’m a huge “Goblet of Fire” fan as well. I’m planning on rereading the Harry Potter series and it is the book I am most looking forward to revisiting. The Yule Ball and the other wizarding schools coming together was such a unique addition to the story.

    • iloveheartlandx 26/06/2018 / 7:36 pm

      It was! I haven’t done a reread of Harry Potter in a while, but if I did do one, then GoF would definitely be the one I’d go back to first.

    • iloveheartlandx 26/06/2018 / 8:06 pm

      Yay! So much GoF love going on in these comments, I love it πŸ™‚

  13. Leslie 26/06/2018 / 7:53 pm

    Goblet of Fire is DEFINITELY my favorite book!! I also really enjoyed Heir of Fire by Maas and I’m not sure why so many people don’t like it. I always hear/read, Heir of Fire was awful. Sometimes, I wonder if I’m reading the same book as others. HAHA! I’m starting, A Darker Shade of Magic next week and I’m excited! I love your twist on this weeks topic. πŸ™‚

    • iloveheartlandx 26/06/2018 / 8:01 pm

      Most people seem to say PoA is their favourite, so I’m glad to have found some fellow GoF lovers! I think maybe because it’s a lot longer than the first two and people aren’t so keen on the witches? Honestly I don’t know, cause I loved it! Oh I hope you enjoy it. Thank you πŸ™‚

      • Leslie 26/06/2018 / 8:08 pm

        Yeah, those ‘most’ people are crazy. haha, just kidding! I’m glad that there’s a lot of people who also feel the same about GoF! Have a great week! πŸ™‚

  14. Jane @ Greenish Bookshelf 26/06/2018 / 8:27 pm

    This is such a fun twist on the topic! I loved the end of the Percy Jackson series too (it’s been years since I read them though!) My favorite Harry Potter sequels are probably #3 and #7. I just love the way it all comes together in the last book and I love Sirius and the time travel in #3. πŸ™‚ Have you read the Fablehaven series? My favorite sequel in that one is definitely #4–the twists and action are CRAZY!! For classics, I recently read the full Anne of Green Gables series and my favorite sequel was #5. I just love the details of the first year of their marriage. It’s so sweet and emotional and lovely.

    My TTT: πŸ™‚

    • iloveheartlandx 27/06/2018 / 12:26 pm

      Thank you! It’s been a few years since I read them as well, but it was definitely one of my favourites at the time-honestly the last three books in that series are all really amazing. I love both #3 and #7 as well, #3 is probably my second favourite, but #4 has a ball and dragons which are two of my favourite things! I haven’t read the Fablehaven series no. Anne of Green Gables is not really my kind of thing, but that’s great that you love it!

      • Jane @ Greenish Bookshelf 28/06/2018 / 1:10 am

        It’s hard to pick a favorite HP book πŸ™‚ If you like middle grade fantasy (which I am assuming you do as you like HP), Fablehaven is really fun. I recommend it πŸ™‚

      • iloveheartlandx 28/06/2018 / 2:17 pm

        It is! I will definitely check it out (yes I do like MG fantasy!).

  15. Just Another Girl and her Books 26/06/2018 / 8:30 pm

    Love your twist on the topic. The only book you’ve listed that I’ve read is Harry Potter, and I can definitely understand your reasoning for it being your favorite…I’m honestly not sure I have a favorite book in the series myself, I just love them all. Have a great week. – Katie

    • iloveheartlandx 27/06/2018 / 12:22 pm

      Thank you! I love them all too, but that one just stands out slightly above the rest for me.

  16. So many sequels I should get round to reading πŸ˜‚ The Percabeth in House of Hades was great 😍 and in the Last Olympian!
    Last Stand of the Dead Men is by far my favourite Skulduggery because Vex 😍 controversial but I liked The Half Blood Prince best? And the bit where Fred and George leave school makes up for all the teenage angst surely?

    • iloveheartlandx 27/06/2018 / 11:25 am

      Ha ha life spent catching up on sequels, been there, done that! Yeah, not really trying to hide my Percabeth love given that my two favourite Rick Riordan books are Percabeth heavy! Ah yes, Vex is awesome in Last Stand of Dead Men. I do love that bit, but that’s like one chapter compared to 700 odd pages of teenage angst-that book is huge!

  17. thebookishlibra 26/06/2018 / 11:30 pm

    I haven’t read many of these but totally agree with you on A Conjuring of Light.

  18. Greg 26/06/2018 / 11:42 pm

    Both Schwab and Shusterman come highly recommended from other bloggers- I feel like I need to try both of them, hopefully soon! The Stiefvater books sound like they ended well too!

    • iloveheartlandx 27/06/2018 / 11:22 am

      They are both wonderful writers, I went to an event with both of them and Samantha Shannon back in March and my fangirl heart nearly died! Yes they did πŸ™‚

  19. vendija723 27/06/2018 / 12:14 am

    I loved the entire Unwind series and agree that it didn’t flag as many series do over time. I can definitely see strong arguments for Goblet of Fire as well. And Conjuring of Light was a total 5 star read for me. Schwab is amazing.

    • iloveheartlandx 27/06/2018 / 11:20 am

      Yes, it was so good, if I had to pick a weak spot, I’d probably say the third book, but even that was still awesome! Goblet of Fire is incredible, although I do love the rest of the Harry Potter series too. Schwab is wonderful, my author inspiration πŸ™‚

  20. Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense 27/06/2018 / 1:35 am

    I really enjoyed A Conjuring of Light and felt it really gave a satisfying ending to the series. Still, I am very interesting in Threads of Power.

    • iloveheartlandx 27/06/2018 / 11:12 am

      Oh it definitely did, but I’m very happy to be getting more books in that world!

  21. danidewey 27/06/2018 / 2:37 am

    I love your list! I have had Shades of Magic on my TBR forever – I’m really hoping to make time for it soon.

    For me, I didn’t fully appreciate Goblet of Fire until I read Cursed Child. I loved it (because HP), but a whole other level of love with the latest installment.

    • iloveheartlandx 27/06/2018 / 11:11 am

      Thank you! I hope you enjoy it πŸ™‚ Yeah the Cursed Child definitely adds a whole different dynamic to that book!

  22. InkReads 27/06/2018 / 4:09 am

    YESSSS! Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire is probably my favorite! It’s so exciting and I felt it was the transition of Harry Potter as a whole series being light at first and then it went dark.

  23. mervih 27/06/2018 / 8:32 am

    I haven’t (yet) started the Shades of Magic series but I read “Vicious” from her and enjoyed it a lot. It’s great to hear that this series is very good, too.

    • iloveheartlandx 27/06/2018 / 11:07 am

      Oh yes it definitely is! I haven’t actually read Vicious yet, planning to later this year!

  24. Holly 27/06/2018 / 11:17 am

    So many great sequels on this list!! I’m really glad that you mentioned the Shades of Magic series because that’s still on my TBR… always nice to hear good things about things you’re hoping to read πŸ™‚

    • iloveheartlandx 27/06/2018 / 12:31 pm

      Thank you! Yes it is, isn’t it? I hope you enjoy it!

  25. Lin 27/06/2018 / 12:14 pm

    Heir of Fire was definitely my favourite in the Throne of Glass series too! I loved Queen of Shadows and Empire of Storms too but… Heir. Of. Friggin’. Fire.
    I’m trying really hard not to give in to the urge to re-read, I have so many other books to read! XD

    • iloveheartlandx 27/06/2018 / 12:29 pm

      It was so good! Queen of Shadows was actually my least favourite, but I loved Empire of Storms. Ah we’ve all had that feeling!

  26. CG @ Paper Fury 27/06/2018 / 12:57 pm

    AHHH ALL THE LOVE FOR THE RAVEN KING THOUGH!! It was so good and perfect and so freaking clever?! I really admire how much foreshadowing is in that series and just how cleverly all the predictions are woven together. *drops onto the floor with love for it* i can’t wait for the Ronan books (!!)

    And ACOL was incredible. I like dove into it the second it arrived in the mail.πŸ˜‚I need to reread though, because I read it so fast, I missed bits haha. And I also think some of my favourite sequels are Lord Of Shadows, Our Dark Duet, the Chaos Walking sequels, and ohhh definitely the Illumiane sequels! I’m reading Obsidio right now and mY HEART. β€οΈπŸ’”

    • iloveheartlandx 27/06/2018 / 6:59 pm

      It was! Yes, everything was really well woven together and I loved how it all came to a head in the finale, everything was just perfect. I can’t either, though I get the sense we might be waiting a while. Yes it was, and so did I, I was in the middle of something else but I put it to the side for like a month to pick up ACOL. Ha ha same, I ripped through those pages. I haven’t read Our Dark Duet yet, but I’m super excited to, and I haven”t actually read any of the books in those other series. Hope you continue to enjoy Obsidio!

  27. readingwithjessica 27/06/2018 / 3:24 pm

    GREAT list!! Heir of fire was my favorite as well. For that series I still need to read Tower of Dawn before the final book comes out. I can’t believe it’s almost over.

    • iloveheartlandx 27/06/2018 / 6:52 pm

      Thanks! Yes, it’s just such an emotional and amazing book. I actually still need to read Tower of Dawn as well, but I am also in denial that it is almost over.

  28. Iris @ Hoard of Books 28/06/2018 / 7:01 am

    Ooh! A Conjuring of Light is one of the best series finales I’ve read in a long time, and I am just SO obsessed with the series in general! (And also SO excited for Threads of Power too!)

    • iloveheartlandx 28/06/2018 / 2:16 pm

      It was so good! Me too, and YES, Threads of Power is gonna be amazing!

  29. shelfishforbooks 28/06/2018 / 12:15 pm

    Yes! Goblet of Fire is my favourite of the Harry Potter series too – I really started to hate Harry by the ending of the series; he was so angst-y and frustrated me so much! I also feel the same about Heir Of Fire. It and Queen of Shadows are my absolute favourite out of the TOG series – out of all of Sarah J Maas’ books actually. ❀️

    • iloveheartlandx 28/06/2018 / 2:16 pm

      It’s so good! It was Order of The Phoenix that I really wasn’t keen on him in, I didn’t mind him in HBP or DH, but I totally get what you mean. Heir of Fire was SO GOOD-I wasn’t actually that keen on Queen of Shadows though?

      • shelfishforbooks 28/06/2018 / 9:36 pm

        Really? What part pf Queen of Shadows didn’t do it for you? The one annoying thing for me was dealing with Chaol and his ignorance again

      • iloveheartlandx 29/06/2018 / 9:09 am

        I mean yeah Chaol was a pain but mostly it’s quite a big planning book, there’s not really much happening, so I got a bit bored.

      • shelfishforbooks 29/06/2018 / 11:48 am

        ah, yeah, totally understandable

  30. Amanda Holmes 29/06/2018 / 1:45 am

    The Order of the Phoenix might be my favorite Harry Potter, though that is partially because I started with the movie version of it, and then went back and read all the books in order.;) I also really like Tonks.

    Great list!

    • iloveheartlandx 29/06/2018 / 9:07 am

      I mean there is good stuff in there, I just couldn’t deal with all the angsty Harry! And I do also like Tonks. Thank you πŸ™‚

  31. Annemieke 29/06/2018 / 6:20 am

    A Conjuring of Light was an amazing ending. ❀

  32. lindseyhabets 02/07/2018 / 7:05 pm

    So many great sequels, I don’t know which to rave about first! I hope to get to Timekeeper very, very soon πŸ™‚

  33. Helia Reads 03/07/2018 / 11:16 am

    The Raven King is probably one of the best sequels I’ve ever read too! I love that series and I can’t wait to re-read it again.

    • iloveheartlandx 03/07/2018 / 8:02 pm

      Yes it’s so good! Me too, if I can ever find the time to!

  34. novelcravings 04/07/2018 / 4:10 am

    I like where you went with this topic! The Bone Season is a series I want to start, I have a copy on my TBR shelf so I have no excuses and yet it had been there for two(?) years. I don’t know whats holding me back but I think it is the kind of story I would find hard to put down.

    • iloveheartlandx 04/07/2018 / 7:39 pm

      Thanks! Ah well, I hope you do enjoy it when you finally get around to it, you have plenty of time to catch up, the next book isn’t coming out till 2020!

  35. Rissi 08/07/2018 / 8:44 pm

    I haven’t read any of these (or even the first books!), but I do feel like a recent sequel I liked was “Unraveling” by Sara Ella. πŸ™‚

    Thanks so much for visiting Finding Wonderland; my apologies it took so long to visit your blog.

    • iloveheartlandx 11/07/2018 / 12:09 am

      Oh they’re all really good! I haven’t actually heard of that one. No worries, I like comments no matter when they come!

  36. ich lese 10/07/2018 / 3:07 pm

    I really enjoyed your take on this prompt!

    • iloveheartlandx 21/07/2018 / 7:29 pm

      Me too! Oh you should definitely give them a try. Thank you πŸ™‚

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