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Second Books In A Trilogy Or Series I Plan To Read In 2021

I have started to plan my reading year for 2021. I realized that I have read quite a few first books in a trilogy or series and had not read the second book.  I usually don’t read all the books in a trilogy or series right away. I don’t know why but it’s a quirky reading habit of mine.  However, I have let several years passed since I read that first book.  Well, I’m going to rectify that next year.

I have noticed that second books (especially in a trilogy) tend to get overlooked.  It is usually the bridge book to the final book of a trilogy or the set-up to a long series.  Also, the second books tend to get criticized harder, if the first book was a critical and commercial success.  Why is that?   I’m not sure.  I think about my second novel in the Diondray’s Chronicles Trilogy, Diondray’s Journey and the same fate applies.   Well, I’m going to take a closer look at second books in 2021 and my blog image is showcasing some of those books I’m going to read.

The second books on my 2021 reading list covers Literary Fiction (Pinball, 1973 by Haruki Murakami), Science Fiction (Bright Shards by Meg Pechenick), epic fantasy (Saint Camber by Katherine Kurtz), YA Fantasy (Written in Starlight by Isabel Ibanez, The Tombs of Atuan by Ursula Le Guin, & Shadowhouse Fall by Daniel Jose Older), YA Dystopian (Criminal by K.B. Hoyle), Mystery & Thriller (Red Death by Walter Mosley & Crypt of Bone by J.F. Penn), and Christian Fantasy (Son of Truth by Morgan Busse). These books cover a variety of genres and will provide a wide perspective for my upcoming reading year.

I would like to ask what are some of your favorite second books in a trilogy or series?  Do you plan on reading any second books in 2021?  If so, what are those books?  And do you think that second books get overlooked?

Wisdom From Kammbia Book Review 70: Snow Country by Yasunari Kawabata

Sometimes in reading a novel for the second time, you will not get the same feeling when you read it previously. This is the case for Snow Country by Yasunari Kawabata. Snow Country is considered to being Kawabata’s masterpiece.  And for many reasons, I agree with that assessment. However, as I’m getting older, I realize… Continue Reading

Wisdom From Kammbia Book Review 62: The Ancient Child by N. Scott Momaday

I have shared many times on this blog I read for story, characters, setting, and what an author is trying to say about life. Story is my reading language.  I don’t put down many books once I read them.  However, if there’s no story, I’m out as a reader.  I will admit that I don’t… Continue Reading

Wisdom From Kammbia Book Review 58: Alburquerque by Rudolfo Anaya

One of the great joys of reading fiction is when you get a novel that makes want to read on after you finished it.  There are a lot of novels I have enjoyed reading, but once I close the book or eBook (these days) then I’m done with it.  Well, Alburquerque by Rudolfo Anaya is… Continue Reading

Wisdom From Kammbia Book Review 55: The Wind That Lays Waste by Selva Almada

I finished Women in Translation Month 2020 with reading The Wind That Lays Waste by Argentinian author Selva Almada. The Wind That Lays Waste tells the story of Reverend Pearson and his daughter Leni traveling through the Argentinian countryside.  Their car breaks down and leads them to a shop owned by an old mechanic, Gringo… Continue Reading

Wisdom From Kammbia Book Review 53: The Housekeeper and The Professor by Yoko Ogawa

The Housekeeper and The Professor by Yoko Ogawa is my first read for Women in Translation Month 2020.  It is the story of a single parent housekeeper and her relationship with a former mathematics professor that can not take care of himself after a serious accident a few years prior.  The housekeeper has a ten-year-old… Continue Reading

Women In Translation Month

August is my favorite month of the year.  It’s a birthday month for me and my kids.  I have always looked forward to August and usually the hottest month of the year especially here in South Texas.  However, I want to celebrate my favorite month a little different in 2020.  We are dealing with a… Continue Reading

Wisdom From Kammbia Book Review 45: Eva Luna by Isabel Allende

“Words are free, she used to say, and she appropriated them; they were all hers.” That sentence from early in the novel, Eva Luna, by Isabel Allende captures the spirit of her protagonist.  Eva Luna is a spinner of tales and the stories from growing up poor on the streets of an unnamed South American… Continue Reading

Wisdom From Kammbia Book Review 44: The Ancestor by Danielle Trussoni

There is a popular meme where a guy is walking with his girlfriend and another woman walks past them.  He turns to check out the woman’s backside to the dismay of his girlfriend.  We have used the meme for all kinds of things, including how readers have always succumbed to new book fever. The girlfriend… Continue Reading