Welcome to another Top 5 Wednesday. This week we’re talking about series where the second book is the best installment. And… I’m gonna have to shake things up a little, because this statement just isn’t true of me. Apparently. I could only come up with three answers for this. That’s it. The rest of my answers would’ve been lying or bending the rules to make it work.
So how do I feel I can talk about this topic still? By showing some statistics. This exercise might be kind of meaningless, because really it just shows that I don’t tend toward the same patterns. I tend toward honesty about whichever book was my favorite. I don’t show any loyalty to the order the book came in the series. For me at least, there’s no pattern. Let’s get into it, and you’ll see what I mean. Also, just a note that I tried to include series that I’d read enough of or finished, so that my opinion feels at least semi-authentic.
Series Where The First Book Was My Favorite:
- The Southern Reach Trilogy by Jeff VanderMeer
- The Blood Opera Sequence by Tanith Lee
- The Bill Hodges Trilogy by Stephen King
- Lilith’s Brood by Octavia E. Butler
Series Where The Second Book Was My Favorite:
- The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins
- Tales of the Flat Earth by Tanith Lee
- The First Law Series by Joe Abercrombie
Series Where The Third Book Was My Favorite:
- The Hyperion Cantos by Dan Simmons
- The Dark Tower Series by Stephen King
- A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin
- Locke & Key by Joe Hill
Series Where The Fourth Book Was My Favorite:
- The Secret Books of Paradys by Tanith Lee
Series Where My Favorite Was Deep Into The Series:
- The Sandman Series by Neil Gaiman (Book Seven)
- The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis (Book Six)
- Swamp Thing by Alan Moore (Book Five)
- Bone by Jeff Smith (Book Six)
- Sweet Tooth by Jeff Lemire (Book Six)
As you can see, it’s really random. Some series peak early, others reach a high in the middle, and some conclude really well. All of these are series I love, regardless of which book was my favorite, so even that is just blowing smoke. If I’m being honest, to devote enough time to a series to complete it, I have to love it all the way through. That’s definitely true of all of these. I don’t think this was a bad topic, but for the way I read and think about series, it didn’t suit me.
Thanks for reading this ramble and happy geeking!
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