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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?

Marion’s Favorites: Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin Documentary

I just finished watching a documentary on Ursula K. Le Guin, the great writer of Imaginative and speculative fiction. I know that Le Guin has categorized and championed herself as a science fiction and fantasy writer.  After watching this documentary, I get why she has embraced the genre as where she belongs. However, I believe… Continue Reading

Wisdom From Kammbia Review 51: Pacific Edge by Kim Stanley Robinson

Kim Stanley Robinson is one of the science fiction writers I have read throughout my reading life.  He joins Octavia Butler, Greg Bear, and Robert Silverberg as the science fiction writers I have found interesting and thought provoking to read. Pacific Edge is the third book of The Three Californias Trilogy and a book that… Continue Reading

Wisdom From Kammbia Book Review 50: Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler

I want to update a review from 2012 for one of my all-time favorite novels, Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler. Parable of the Sower is the story of Lauren Olamina, a teenager growing up in a grim LA suburb where their gated community provided a semblance of a normal life while anarchy reigned… Continue Reading

Wisdom From Kammbia Book Review 36: Binti Home by Nnedi Okorafor

Can you ever go home again? Binti Home by Nnedi Okorafor attempts to answer that question. Binti returns home after a year away on a spaceship at Oozma University. She brings her friend, Okwu, for support. However, the homecoming does not go as expected and the family treats Binti like a pariah. She discovers a… Continue Reading

Wisdom From Kammbia Book Review 31: Ascending by Meg Pechenick

What if you were the only person on a spaceship with an alien race? You were the person groomed to speak an alien language and take part in an intercultural exchange between planets? You would want to do it in the first place? If you did, how you feel about it? Excited? Optimistic? Groundbreaking? Or… Continue Reading

Wisdom From Kammbia Book Review 20: Recursion by Blake Crouch

                I rarely read the “Summer Blockbuster Read” or “the book everyone is reading now”. However, I have seen Recursion by Blake Crouch all over book social media (Goodreads, Litsy, and Instagram) and people giving it high praise. Well, I stopped reading the Long Price Quartet by Abraham… Continue Reading

Wisdom From Kammbia Book Review 4: Nightwings by Robert Silverberg

Robert Silverberg has become my favorite old school SF writer and I have read 6 books during his most prolific period of 1967-1976, beginning with A Time of Changes, Downward to the Earth, Tower of Glass, To Open the Sky, The Man in the Maze, and Nightwings. Nightwings is a short, mournful novel that follows… Continue Reading