So Many Sequels, So Little Time

Lynn: Regular readers know I’m a big fan of fantasy and science fiction. I’m so excited because I recently received new volumes from several of my favorite series. I’ve been begging for them for ages, but suddenly I have a dilemma: I desperately want to reread the first volume in these series before I jump feet first in the latest one, but I’m also crazy ready to read these new ones. Ack! What to do? Look at what’s sitting on my to-read shelf and tell me what to do:


Akata Warrior by Nnedi OkoraforAkata Warrior, by Nnedi Okorafor

I was wild about Akata Witch, and have been yearning to read more about Sunny, the American-born Nigerian girl who returns to her homeland and discovers latent magical powers. But seriously, it has been six years. Can I just jump into this? Don’t miss Daniel Kraus’s recent interview with Okorafor.






Ghosts of Greenglass House, by Kate Milford

I can’t wait for the followup to Greenglass House! Milo is once again spending the winter holiday there, in the company of very strange guests. I loved the first volume so much that I want to read it all over again!


Julia Defiant by Catherine EganJulia Defiant, by Catherine Egan.


Eerie, intriguing Julia Vanishes was one of my favorite books last year, and it hasn’t been long since I read it—surely I can leap right into this one. But there were all those fabulous twists and turns and that terrific world-building. Maybe I should quickly refresh my memory?






Tool of War, by Paolo Bacigalupi

I have no options here, since I’ve been assigned to review this book for print, and my deadline is coming right up. Bacigalupi’s first two books are seared into my brain, but I’ve wanted to reread them ever since one of my grandsons read Ship Breaker (2010) this spring.



Can you relate to my dilemma, Bookends readers? The only conclusion I’ve made so far is that I need more time to read!




About the Author:

Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan are Booklist reviewers and middle-school librarians who have chaired both ALA’s Best Books for Young Adults and the Michael L. Printz Award for YA Literature committees. Follow Bookends on Twitter at @BookendsBlog. You can also find Cindy at @cdobrez and Lynn at @482april.

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