Top Ten Tuesdays #8: Top Sophomore Novels

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly blog hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

Today’s theme is about an author’s sophomore book and I’m going to try and list some that are just as good or even better than the original. Granted most of my  books will probably be the second books in a series as opposed to an author’s second book.

Kiss the Girls1. Kiss the Girls by James Patterson

Technically this isn’t Patterson’s sophomore book, but it was the sophomore book for his very popular Alex Cross series. Patterson doesn’t hold back with his antagonist and when I read the book, I loved the bad guys far more than the good guys. This is certainly a time where having a strong bad guy can really make a mystery/crime novel reach that next level.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

Now I’m not going to say this book was better than the first book, but it definitely lived up to the first one. The thing about these particular books is that Rowling did a fantastic job building upon each sequential book. And truth be told, had she never written this one, I may never have even read this series. I say this, because it wasn’t until I saw the movie version of this book that I did read the series and become a diehard fan.

New Moon3. New Moon by Stephenie Meyer

Though I know this is actually the third book she wrote (since Breaking Dawn was the first), this is still the sophomore book for the Twilight saga. Yes, I will mock Twilight, but the truth is I really loved these books when I first read them. I was still in my early 20’s and was lost after leaving the military. I loved the idea of really living in Bella’s head, especially during this particular book. Say what you will about Meyer’s work, but you could feel the emotional turmoil Bella endures when Edward leaves her and that’s what makes this book so great. It forces the character to somewhat grow and become her own person without him. I’m a sucker for these kinds of torturous moments.

The King4. The King by Tiffany Reisz

After the Red Years ended (for me) on such a sour note, I was wary about reading the White Years. The Saint turned out to be a spectacular book and The King was just as good, with the exception of the (however small) inclusion of one character I despise. It was great to see Kingsley path to becoming the King of the Underworld.

The Wedding5. The Wedding by Nicholas Sparks

The end of the Notebook leads you to believe both Allie and Noah die together. But in truth, this sequel reveals that Noah manages to live for several more years. This is imperative as he helps one of his family members plan a huge surprise vow renewal ceremony, after forgetting his wedding anniversary the year before. It also helps to show that despite the generational gap, true love comes in all forms and is still obtainable, you just have to work hard to keep it.

At First Sight6. At First Sight by Nicholas Sparks

This is one of my favorite and least favorite books by Nicholas Sparks. Paired with True Believer, this particular book takes place afterward and you find Jeremy moving to Boone Creek to be with Lexi. Their love story isn’t perfect and they discover there are bumps along the way to happiness, including hidden secrets and bouts of mistrust. But things get even more complicated after they discover Lexi is pregnant. Turns out there is a threat of the amniotic band disfiguring or possibly killing the baby if it attaches to it. This was an extremely emotional read for me, for I was pregnant with my youngest son at the time I read it and I could relate to the turmoil and fear that Jeremy displays in this book. It left me crying, all alone in my barracks room on Christmas Eve. But it’s a fantastic book and I would recommend it to anyone.

Blood Trail7. Blood Trail by Tanya Huff

I originally got into the Blood Ties series after viewing it on Lifetime. I was highly into my vampire book stage and this was a natural fit. What I didn’t expect was to find a book about them helping a group of shifters find justice for one of their own being murdered. It’s probably the first time I’ve ever had interest of a shifter of any kind and when I later read the Sookie Stackhouse novels, I was reminded of some of the similarities between the two. It was a great companion to the original book of the series and I wish Huff would have written more than just six books in this series.

And… as I search my many shelves of books I find that I really can’t find any more sophomore books that I liked as much as the original. I went through my entire Goodreads list and all of my physical books. I’m sure there are a few more, but I can’t think of them at the moment. Anyways, that’s all I have for today folks! Leave me a link to your Top Ten in the comments below. I can’t wait to see what wishes you’ve come up with.

About Kristine

As an aspiring author, avid bookworm, fitness fanatic and dedicated mother, there just aren't enough hours in the day. I write or post about things I'm passionate about and spend my time trying to make the most of every day. Life may be a tough journey, but I have my ruby red slippers and am content on skipping along this yellow brick road until the end of the line.

3 comments on “Top Ten Tuesdays #8: Top Sophomore Novels

  1. I haven’t read too many of these. I have read Twilight, though. I actually was not a fan of New Moon, that is if I am remembering correctly. New Moon is the one where Edward leaves & she becomes closer to Jacob? I couldn’t really get into that book, granted I was around 15 years old when I read them and I was totally Team Edward!

    Here is my TTT!

  2. I love that you included HP – such an amazing debut series! My TTT

  3. I enjoyed The Chamber of Secrets right up until the bit with Aragog (I’m like Ron, completely terrified of spiders!).
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2015/11/04/top-ten-tuesday-29/

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