Having trouble picking a new novel to read? Unsure about what you should read next?
Here is a list of novels, along with their sequels, that I enjoyed reading.
First novel: The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith
Sequel: The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith
The Cuckoo’s Calling was the first novel written by J.K. Rowling under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. Originally Rowling did not want the public to know that this novel was written by her, but somehow due to a slip of the tongue the secret got out.
This novel follows an unsuccessful detective named Cormoran Strike. After the sudden death of a supermodel named Lula Landry, John (Lula’s brother) visits Cormoran’s office and pleads that he take on Lula’s case. Since Cormoran has been recently divorced and lives in his office, he has all the time in the world. While most people involved in the case considered Lula’s death a suicide, Cormoran is able to solve the case and determine what truly happened.
In The Silkworm, we again meet Cormoran Stikes and learn about his success since solving Lula Landry’s case. He has been quite busy with his share of divorce cases, when a lady named Leonora Quine requests Cormoran’s help to find her missing husband.
First novel: If I Stay by Gayle Forman
Sequel: Where She Went by Gayle Forman
If I Stay follows a girl named Mia who overcomes a great hardship after a family accident occurs. Mia was a girl who had it all. She had a best friend that she did everything with, she played cello well and Mia had a boyfriend that shared her love of music. On top of that, her family was full of musicians that were supportive and always made her smile. Everything seemed to be going well one snowy afternoon, until Mia was thrown from her family’s car and everything changed very quickly. If I Stay ends with a cliff hanger and we are left wondering if Mia will make it and go on to become a professional cellist. Where She Went explores the choices Mia makes and how it will affects those around her.
First novel: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
Sequel: After You by Jojo Moyes
Me Before You is the first novel in this duo-logy that involves a woman named Louisa (Lou) Clark that lives in England with her Mom, Dad, sister Katrina and her nephew Thomas. Lou is twenty-seven years old, and she has worked at a coffee shop called the Buttered Buns for the past six years, until one day her boss breaks the news that he is closing down shop. Lou is devastated! How is she supposed to support herself, when she doesn’t have a university degree or any marketable skills? Out of the blue, Lou is contacted by a woman named Camilla who is looking for a caretaker for her quadriplegic son. Lou doesn’t seem all that thrilled with the idea, but what choice does she have?
Will Traynor was once a high-class lawyer that rode his motorcycle to work, rock climbed in his free time, and went bungee jumping on the weekend. Now, Will is confined to a wheelchair and is unable to move the lower half of his body.
This is a story of two people meeting due to unexpected circumstances and making the best out of a tragic situation. I cannot wait for the sequel to come out this fall!
“First novel”: To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
“Sequel”: Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee
This one is not a sequel to her famous novel To Kill A Mockingbird, but I did enjoy To Kill A Mockingbird and will be reading Go Set A Watchman as soon as possible.
First novel: The Magician’s Nephew by C.S Lewis
Sequel: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
To my surprise I learned that there is quite a bit of controversy over the order in which this novels should be read. I did some research and C.S. Lewis wrote the Chronicles of Narnia in one order, but wanted his readers to read this series in another order. Therefore, the novel after The Magicians Nephew is The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. I look forward to diving back into the world of Narnia.
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Until next time,