This week's Top Ten list from The Broke and the Bookish: Top Ten Sequels I Can't Wait To Get
1. Books 3-10 of Meg Cabot's Princess Diaries series: I snuck in the first two right at the end of my very brief entry into the YA world while I was still a teen. Didn't even realize there were more than four until very recently, but I would love to go back to see what else Mia and company experienced.
2. Helen Fielding's Bridget Jones: Mad About The Boy: This one snuck right past me. I actually found out by accident that there's a third Bridget Jones book while writing researching the romance genre for my presentation in Forms of Fiction. While I accidentally found out some of the plot, there's enough I don't know about to make me want to read this one when I get a chance, especially since I'm now an adult and can somewhat relate to Bridget more than I could when I read the first two as a middle schooler.
3. Books 2-???? of Cecily von Ziegesar's Gossip Girl series: only read the first one and caught some of the show's first episodes, but I missed this trend completely. They seem like the kind of books I'd want to read in between harder, school-required novels. There are at least fifteen of them plus a couple of spin-off series, so if I do start this, I'll be at it for awhile.
4. Louise Rennison's Confessions of Georgia Nicholson series: we loved the heck out of Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging when we got our hands on it in eighth grade...then ninth grade happened and suddenly, it all became passe for some reason. I have the first couple on my shelves currently, so I'll start with those, and will hopefully find the rest at the library or at a bookstore if I make it back to Texas for winter break.
5. Blanche Wiesen Cook's Eleanor Roosevelt series: Not sure if this is a sequel per se, but I can't wait to get my hands on Volume 2. I have the first one, which follows Roosevelt until 1933, but as we all know (and as I know better after watching Ken Burns's fabulous The Roosevelts: An Intimate History) there is so much more to learn. I'd like to read the rest of the first one before started Volume 2 (looks like there's only two that go up to 1938) because I've never actually read anything about just Eleanor; it's always been about the Roosevelt family as a unit.
6. Scott Wallens' Sevens series: I have most of these, but once again, only got through the first one. There are seven in all; as of right now, I have five. I want to get the two (weeks 2 and 4) that I don't have yet and then just read them all back-to-back.
7. Cate Tiernan's Sweep series: one cool about high school was that even though I hung out with a lot of different people, many of them loved to read. One of the groups I spent a lot of time with over those 3 1/2 years couldn't get enough of Sweep. Mind you, this was when Charmed and wicca were really, really, gargantuanly big. Got into Charmed; never read Sweep. I have the first two, though. Apparently there's fifteen in all, but could easily wind up on my pleasure read list if I get into them.
8. Beatrice Sparks's Anonymous series: caveat, she said that she only edited others' diaries, but there are ten in total, including Go Ask Alice, which I've always heard is good, but haven't actually read it yet. I did read Almost Lost and Kim: Empty Inside when I was a teen and loved them, so I'll probably like the others as well.
9. Augusten Burroughs's A Wolf at the Table: does this one count as a sequel? I'll count it if only because it unearths another piece of his crazy childhood since this one focused on life with his father.
10. Jacquelyn Mitchard's No Time to Wave Goodbye: I just found out that this is the sequel for The Deep End Of The Ocean, which I absolutely fell in love with when I read it in middle school. For a long while, that was one of the novels I read once a year every year (and caught the movie whenever it came on/whenever I made a Blockbuster trip).
*Note: I know just about all of these are Y.A., but I'm on a real Y.A. kick right now as I experience some of these amazing stories for the first time. I missed out on the Y.A. wave that really hit us in late middle/early high school, so I'm glad I have the chance to go back and read what I missed out on the first time around.
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