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A Season of Sequels | Kimi from A Tale of Two Booksellers

A Season of Sequels | Kimi from A Tale of Two Booksellers
Hello Bookwyrms 💖

I’m super excited to have my favourite bookseller and friend on the blog today to talk about her plan Sprin plans to tackle her TBR. I really enjoyed this post she’s written, and the amazing photographs she took to accompany it, so make sure you check out her social media at the bottom of this post to show her some love.
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A Season of Sequels.

Hi! My name’s Kimi, and I’m a Bookseller (more specifically, a Children’s and YA Bookseller) from Manchester. Being a bookseller, it means that I’m lucky enough to work with books. However, this also has it’s downfalls. One of those downfalls is just how many books I see come out that I really, really want to read.

If you’re anything like me, you probably have a lot of books on your TBR shelves. If you’re even more like me, those shelves contain a bunch of sequels from series that you began eagerly, loudly proclaiming once you finished Book 1 that you just cannot wait a year for the next book… only to then leave that next book gathering dust and glaring at you, unread and forlornly, from your bookshelves. (Is it just me that feels guilty when they look at their unread books?)

I began getting a little overwhelmed by the amount of series that I need to catch up on… plus I always have to be on the lookout for spoilers, so at the start of this year, I decided I was going to set aside some time to tackle those neglected sequels (and my TBR in general, to be honest. I need to stop buying books.).

Originally, I was only going to dedicated my March reading to catching up on series, but as I began stacking them up and making a physical TBR Pile, I realised that a single month was going to be nowhere near enough. And so, A Season of Sequels was born.

So, from the start of March until mid- to late-May, I’m knuckling down. Some of these books have been on my shelves for years, despite absolutely loving the previous book (*looks at Legendary guiltily*), others are recent arrivals. All, I am hoping, are going to get read!

Of course, during this time period, there are going to be some new releases that I am just going to have to dive right into – my re-read of The Priory of the Orange Tree, Lauren James’ latest – The Quiet at the End of the World, and of course I’ll be taking part in TLCC’s Readalong of PROUD – an LGBTQ+ anthology curated by Juno Dawson from Stripes Books.

So, onto the good stuff. What am I going to be reading? Handily, I’ve listed them below! I’ve already ticked a couple of these off my list (P.S. I Still Love You and A Girl Called Shameless), and the three not in bold are ‘maybe’s (as I need to actually purchase the book, which y’know, kinda goes against the whole not-buying-any-new-books thing), and there are 19 books in total. A little ambitious, maybe, but I need to try!

Lirael // Garth Nix
Legendary // Stephanie Garber
From Twinkle, With Love // Sandhya Menon
P. S. I Still Love You // Jenny Han
Always and Forever, Lara Jean // Jenny Han
A Girl Called Shameless // Laura Steven
This Cruel Design // Emily Suvada
Fierce Fragile Hearts // Sara Barnard
A Storm of Ice and Stars // Lisa Lueddecke
The Accidental Further Adventures of the Hundred-Year-Old-Man // Jonas Jonasson
The Dazzling Heights // Katharine McGee
Slay on Tour // Kim Curran
Twice Magic // Cressida Cowell
Bones of the Lost // Kathy Reichs
Sky // Sarah Driver
Friendship Fails of Emma Nash // Chloe Seager
The School for Good and Evil: Quests for Glory // Soman Chainani
Day 7 // Kerry Drewery
Noah Could Never // Simon James Green
IMG_20190309_183921_890So there we go – now that it’s in black and white (and soon, posted for anyone to read), I feel sufficiently shamed into finally, finally reading these books! Have you read any of these? Will you be picking any of them up soon? Let me know!

A huge, massive thank-you to Lauren for hosting my ramblings and allowing me to shelfie-shame myself!

When not waffling on other people’s blogs, I can be found podcasting about books with my bookish partner in crime over at A Tale of Two Booksellers. I can be found on Instagram at @coffeeeyesandblankstares (where I pretty much post exclusively about books and cats), and twitter at @kimiallover. You can also follow our podcast on social media: @ataleoftwobooksellers on Instagram, and @TwoBooksellers on Twitter.

Have you read any of these? Will you be picking any of them up soon? Let me know!
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17 thoughts on “A Season of Sequels | Kimi from A Tale of Two Booksellers”

  1. Lirael (and the other books in the Old Kingdom series) is amazing!! It’s not Sabriel’s story, so don’t expect to see her, and it’s set a few years after Sabriel, but it’s still really good!!

  2. Sequel Spring is something I 100% should be doing too! I never finish and then I leave it so long that by the time I pick up a sequel, I have forgotten all the details and enjoy it a whole lot less! Good luck!! :)

  3. I should probably do this too, I’m so bad at continuing on with series! I loved the whole To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy.

  4. I haven’t read these, I’m actually proud of myself, I’ve only got maybe 4 current series that I haven’t finished reading, but….I went ahead and just started reading SO MANY first novels in series this month via eARCs and I know my own season of sequels will be upon me soon enough. I hope you get through everything that you want to, I think you can definitely do it all!! (Unpurchased books included lol) I wish you luck!

  5. There are way too many series I need to catch up on and honestly it’s too overwhelming and I will probably just not read them to save myself!

  6. What an awesome post!!
    I myself have to catch up on a few series as well. Like The School for Good and Evil, Legendary…. I’ve read the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before series, so I hope you enjoy it! In my opinion, the books get better the as the story progresses.

  7. This is such a good idea!! I feel like I need to do this too. I’ve recently been picking out my top TBR books and keeping them on my bedside table to prompt me, though I agree that they do make me feel guilty!

  8. Aaah there are some books there that I really want to read! Mainly Fierce Fragile Hearts and Slay on Tour (Slay really surprised me!) I also read an arc of Proud and it is truly amazing! Still a bit sad some sexualities weren’t represented but what I read was really awesome

  9. I’ve always wanted to work at a bookstore, but considering I add twenty books to my TBR every time I set foot in a bookshop or library, maybe it’s for the better that it hasn’t worked out 😅

    this is such a great idea, and you’re definitely not alone in those guilty glances at your to-read stack! my season of sequels will probably be this summer since I need to catch up on ARCs first (being time sensitive and all), but I see some awesome books on your list and wish you the best of luck getting through them!

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