Sequels that Hit the Mark
We are so excited to read the new Bridget Jones book, Mad About the Boy—despite the mediocre reviews. Then again, this seems to hold true for many highly anticipated books featuring beloved characters. Though many can be hit or miss, there are quite a few which more than live up to the expectations. Here are our picks for sequels that didn’t disappoint. And don’t forget to tell us your picks in the comments below!
This follow-up to King’s hugely popular novel, The Shining, features a middle-aged Dan Torrance as he tries to save a 12-year-old girl from a tribe of murderous paranormals. This battle for survival will please many of King’s devoted fans with its thrilling storytelling.
The sequel to Sparks’s ode to everlasting love, The Notebook, tells the story of Wilson Lewis and his wife Jane, the daughter and son-in-law of Noah and Allie Calhoun. When Wilson and Jane’s marriage begins to crumble, Wilson know it’s his fault—and is determined to make things right. Using the 50 year love affair of his in-laws as inspiration, he will do anything to make his wife fall in love with him all over again.
Our list wouldn’t be complete without this perennial favorite that follows six months in the life of the students at Plumfield School, run by Jo March and her husband Professor Bhaer. It’s a timeless tale about the joys of childhood and growing up.
We were mesmerized by Walls’ childhood tales in the riveting read, The Glass Castle. This time, Walls shares the amazing story of her grandmother Lily Casey Smith who left home at 15 to teach in a frontier town. Aside from her teaching career, Lily’s adventures include learning to fly a plane and run a huge ranch—all while raising a family. Her story is one that shouldn’t be missed—it’s a front row seat to some of the most important times in our history.
Frank McCourt’s heartbreaking memoir, Angela’s Ashes, was hard to put down—and even harder to forget. ‘Tis recounts McCourt’s incredible journey in America, capturing the immigrant experience. Starting with nothing, McCourt eventually becomes a renowned teacher. In between, he is drafted into the army and sent to Germany where he trains dogs and types reports. Upon his return, he finally gets his long desired education, enrolling at New York University. McCourt’s is a story—and a life—of triumph that is nothing short of inspirational!
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