Betwixt the Books Discuss! Prequels and Reading Order

Michaela and I are back with another Betwixt the Books Discuss! This one is all about prequel stories and novels, how you’re supposed to figure out the reading order kerfuffle they cause, and also I complain about the recent swath of YA prequel novellas coming out and whether they’re damaging the genre or not (specific references: Jodi Meadows’ Orphan Queen, Cassandra Clare, and Victoria Aveyard). Michaela also discusses the Hannibal book series and the Chronicles of Narnia.


Stories That Shape Us: the Chronicles of Narnia

My copy, which looks very good for a book I've had since I was five.  Most of the damage is from repeated rereads and a minor disagreement with a puppy...

My copy, which looks very good for a book I’ve had since I was five. Most of the damage is from repeated rereads and a minor disagreement with a puppy…

When I was five years old, my mom–probably tired of repeating Dr Seuss books over and over again–came home from the store and handed me a copy of The Magician’s Nephew.   “I wasn’t sure if it would be too scary,” she said, “but I thought you might like to try it.”   She would have read it out loud to me if I asked her to, but in a fit of independent spirit I decided that it was time I tackled a real novel all by myself.

I was not a fast reader (yet), but I got all the way to the introduction of Jadis (that scary-looking lady on the cover) on my first try.  Jadis scared me, so I stopped for a while.  I don’t remember it being very long, although it’s true that time is funny in childhood memories.  I had been enjoying the story so much that eventually, to reassure myself, I flipped through the book looking only at the pictures.  With the flawless logic of a very girly five-year-old, I decided that no book containing a pegasus could possibly be THAT bad, and immediately plunged through the rest of the book.  (“I could lose my job for saying this,” said my kindergarten teacher to my parents, “but have you ever considered homeschooling?”)

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Top Ten Series I Haven’t Finished

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish!

Alright guys, this was actually a pretty hard one. Mostly because I had to resist the temptation to include all the series I LIKE that don’t have other books released yet and screaming about how those authors and publishers have to work FASTER. 😛 BUT! I think I managed to actually stay on topic…

1. The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis

I know, this is CRAZY, right? I mean, it’s NARNIA. To be fair, I read the first through fourth books. However, there was something about the fifth and sixth books that I just couldn’t get into, so I never read them. Somehow I’ve never been bothered by not knowing how it all ends.

2. Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich

Honestly, I thought these were quite funny when I started reading them. And for a while I thought there was actual tension in the whole love triangle thing. But after, what, nineteen books? I’m officially bored with the whole thing. Actually, though I did make it into the teens, I honestly forget at which book I stopped reading. Sixteen, maybe? Sadly, these just got way too old for me to care.

3. Millenium trilogy by Stieg Larsson

It is honestly almost impossible for me to coherently explain how sick and angry The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo made me. It’s A LOT. I CANNOT believe that multiple people recommended this to a sixteen year old girl, which is when I ended up reading it. I had honest to goodness nightmares afterwards. I certainly will not ever be reading the other books or seeing the movies.

4. The Last Dragon Chronicles by Chris d’Lacey

Honestly, I didn’t stop reading this because I didn’t like them. I loved these books as a kid. I guess I just stopped reading because I grew out of them. My brother read the whole series though, and is still reading them, so he gives me the synopsis on what’s happened.

5. The Children of the Red King series by Jenny Nimmo

Another series I never stopped liking, but just grew out of. Honestly, I’m still rather curious about how these all turned out. Anybody out there want to help me out?

6. Maximum Ride series by James Patterson

This series I refused to finish. Honestly, I should have known something was up when the fourth book was just SO BAD. I made it through Max and tortured my way through Fang, but I just couldn’t get myself to pick up Angel. I heard some things about the final book, and now I’m so glad I stopped reading when I did. (Frickin’ Dylan.)

7. House of Night series by PC and Kristin Cast

Oh dear Lord these books. They weren’t spectacular to begin with, and they just got worse and worse. After I don’t even remember how many books, I just gave up. They weren’t worth the money I was spending on them, and my library didn’t have them, and I didn’t care to go looking for them anyways.

8. Graceling Realm books by Kristin Cashore

So, technically this isn’t REALLY a series, but they’re still connected books. Either way, I’ve only ever read Graceling. Honestly, I don’t know why I haven’t read the other two. I wasn’t too excited about Fire because it didn’t seem to have the same characters, and by the time Bitterblue came around I’d moved onto other books. If I could I totally would read them, though. It’s just not a MUST HAVE for me.

9. The Demon’s Lexicon trilogy by Sarah Rees Brennan

Several people I know and love are probably screaming at the top of their lungs right now. I don’t think I’ve ever outright admitted this before. However, breathe easy–I didn’t quit after the first book because I didn’t like it! I stopped reading because the library didn’t have the others, and honestly I never realized it was a trilogy at all until a little while ago. I’m working on getting around to the others when my TBR pile is even halfway manageable.

10. Matched trilogy by Ally Condie

Okay, so I know that the final book in this series isn’t out yet, but this is me wishing I’d never read Crossed and just stopped at Matched. I put so much faith in Matched because I thought it had potential (Review HERE). Yet, Crossed betrayed me is ways I’d never thought possible (Review HERE). I’ll wiki the ending, but I think I’ve already got it figured out.