Friday, June 18, 2010

Friday Fun - Are you a fan of the glorious torture?

So after finishing yet another truly terrific book last night (more on next week's Wednesday review), I realized just how much I love the glorious torture that is the wait for a follow up novel in a series.

Yes, I said it.  My name is Kristi, I'm a book lover and a self-admitted addict. 

I've always been drawn to books in a series (Stephen King's Gunslinger, Rowling's Harry Potter, Meyer's Twilight) but today I had a funny realization that I actually love them MORE than stand alone books.  Not to say there's not GREAT stand alone books out there, because obviously that would be silly, of course there are some greats.  But there's something about the anticipation of a book and the wait for it that, I don't know, makes it feel more exciting somehow.  With a stand alone book you don't get the addiction the same way.  By the time you realize it's wonderful and you tear through those pages, you are done and alone.  I like knowing the story continues.

And apparently it sneaks into my writing.  It got me thinking about my own style and I realized EVERY novel I've ever written had the possibility of a sequel.  Some were of the obvious cliffhanger variety but my most recent, The Tutelar, I tried hard to finish in a way that would allow it to be a stand alone book with the hope that if I wanted to I could continue it later.  BUT the response from my readers was, are you working on the next one? maybe not as stand alone as I'd hoped.  LOL.  And I really tried to tie things up.  But that response meant the world to me because ultimately, I can't help myself.  Yes, I'm an addict.

And so today I'm listing all of the upcoming drool-worthy sequeals that I can't wait to get my hands on, in release date order with prequeals listed in case you haven't yet checked them out.  Feel free to drop me a comment if there's a book or series you loved that you don't see to-read list is ever-growing and somehow I don't think I'm alone in that.

So, for the love of the books, without further ado, here are the tantalizing, drool-worthy, torturous upcoming books I can't wait for:

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (Hunger Games #3)
Release Date:  August 24th, 2010

Hunger Games #1Hunger Games #2

Blameless by Gail Carriger (#3 in the Alexia Tarabotti series)
Release Date:  September 1st, 2010

#1 in the Alexia Tarabotti series#2 in the Alexia Tarabotti series

Beautiful Darkness by Kami Gracia and Margaret Stohl (Book #2, follow up to Beautiful Creatures)
Release Date:  October 12, 2010

Book #1 (prequel to Beautiful Darkness)

Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick (Book #2, follow up to Hush, Hush)
Release Date:  October 19, 2010
Book #1 (prequel to Crescendo)

No cover art yet, but on my list:  The Lost Saint by Bree Despain
Scheduled Release Date:  December 28th, 2010

Book #1 (preqel to The Lost Saint)

Hmm...I'm betting by the time these are released I would've added quite a few others to my ever-growing list of highly anticipated follow-ups!  I've been hearing REALLY good things about The Forst of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan and Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater.

Come back next Friday for a list of my highly anticipated debut novels, along with release dates!

Hope everyone has a GREAT's amazing how feeling back to normal can make everything once again cheery!  I'm hoping to get out and enjoy the sun a little! 



  1. I love series, too. Looking forward to getting MOCKINGJAY (it's on order) and read all the Twilight & Dark Tower books numerous times.

    Right now I'm finishing up the Anita Blake Vampire Hunter series by Laurell K. Hamilton. My daughter has all the paperbacks and I'm on the last one. Now I have to wait for the latest to be in paperback AND for my daughter to buy it (she will) and then read it. At least I have plenty to keep me busy until then (yeah, like Kerrilyn Sparks vampire series).

  2. The reason I like a running series over a standalone books is: the story continues, it’s like a (good) investment, the more I put into it the more I get out.

    Standalone books are like a one night stand; you hit it then quit it.
    I like a one night stand every now and then, but my heart is set on a long term relationship.

  3. I do NOT do the torture between books well. Oh no no no no. In fact, I have a tendency to avoid things I know are going to be a series until it's complete.

  4. I also forgot to mention the Sookie Stackhouse series. Big Sookie fan, too!

  5. I am a huge fan of series books, too!

    I'm looking forward to all of the titles you listed and these:

    Torment by Lauren Kate (follow up to Fallen), Demonglass by Rachel Hawkins (follow up to Hex Hall), and the next book by Carrie Ryan (sorry, I can't remember the title right now.)

  6. I am anticipating some book sequel releases too! Mockingjay and Linger and the next Carrie Ryan one.
    I also can't wait to read Fat Vampire by Adam Rex! (but that's not a sequel)

  7. I love that feeling of anticipation too. That said, I also love stand alones. It's awesome your readers are looking for the next one--a stand alone that leaves them craving more is NOT a bad thing. Of course it doesn't have to, but it can become a series. :) That'd be exciting!

    I hope you keep feeling cheery. :)

  8. I can't wait for Linger, the follow up to Shiver. That was a good book. I love a good series. Glad you're feeling better :)

  9. Hi, I'm Donna, and I'm a book addict also. No matter how satisfying the conclusion to a story, I never want it to actually end. I get that book-anticipation feeling too while waiting for the next in a series.


  10. what a neat idea! i've got one for ya... the third book to Forest of Hands and Teeth/Dead Tossed Waves.... yikes that series sucked me in. I never knew zombies could be so interesting.