Reasons Why I Often Avoid Reading Sequels (ft 10 sequels I’ve been avoiding)

Hi everyone! I was going through my goodreads shelves recently and I noticed that I had a bunch of sequels that I haven’t read yet, and then I realized that all of them fitted in one of three groups depending on the reason why I haven’t read them yet. Today I decided to share the three main reasons why I avoid sequels and include some sequels I’ve been avoiding. Most of these sequels are still on my tbr, but there’s a couple that I no longer want to read.

without further ado, let’s talk about sequels:

I loved the first book but everyone says the sequel isn’t good

This is the main reason why I not only aviod a lot of sequel but it also the reason why I may decide not to read a sequel at all.

Children of Virtue and Vengance by Tomi Adeyemi: I LOVED the first book in this series, but I have heard terrible things about this sequel from bad writing and no plot, to characters that suddenly are the opposite of who they were in book one. I won’t be reading this one.

Girls of Storm and Shadow by Natasha Ngan: I think the first book could have been a great standalone, but I was still looking forward to giving the sequel a chance. Unfortunely, most people seem to agree that this is boring and I think I rather just keep my memory of how much I enjoyed the first book.

Court of Lions by Somaiya Daud: ok, maybe not everyone says that this one is bad, but there’s a lot of people that loved the first book (like I did) and think this missed the mark and also erased some of the things that made the first book so special. But I still want to give this a chance.

The first book broke my heart and now I’m scared of reading the sequel

These are the sequels that I’m usually really excited about but fear of having my heart broken again keeps me far away, until finally I managed to convince myself to stop being a baby and read a book that I knwo I’m going to love exactly because it’s going to make me feel powerful emotions.

Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor: I LOVED the first book so much, but that ending was a) so shocking and unexpected b) really heartbreaking and I don’t know how the author is going to fix what she did but she needs to fix it.

The Heart Forger by Rin Chupeco: with this series it’s not so much that the first broke broke my heart and more that , since part of the first book is set in the future, I know that bad things are going to happen and it going to break my heart at some point,

The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin: the first book in this series is one of the hardest and sadest books I have ever read and I seriously thought about not continuing with this series, but I want to see if there’s some hope at the end of the story.

A House of Rage and Sorrow by Sangu Mandanna: another book that I loved but had an ending that shocked me and broke my heart. I feel like things are going to get a lot darker in book 2 and I’m not ready.

Too much time has passed and I don’t want to re read book one

This happnes to me all the time. I read so many books that it’s impossible to remember all the details from the different stroylines, characters, and worldbuilding and when too much time has passed between book one and the sequel, it’s hard to continue without re-reading and I’m not the biggest fan of re-reading, so I end up not contuning with series.

A Torch Against the Night by Sabba Tahir: With this sequel, I don’t feel like I need a reread even if I read the first book a long time ago, it’s more that so much time has passed that my excitement for this series has decrease a little bit, but I think I could love it and I still want to give this sequel a chance.

Windwitch by Susan Dennard: I loved the first book in this series so much and I’m still really interested in this book, but I’m not that excited to re-read book one and this story is very complex so I’m not sure I can continue reading when I don’t remember it that well.

Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel: Another really complex story, with multiple pov characters and lots of power dynamics, I read this more recently so I haven’t forgotten as much, but I’m not sure I remember enough to continue without rereading.

Do you avoid reading sequels? what are some sequel that you need to read?

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16 thoughts on “Reasons Why I Often Avoid Reading Sequels (ft 10 sequels I’ve been avoiding)

  1. I enjoyed reading this! I feel you about sequels, I have such a hard time keeping up with a series, especially if I start reading the series as it’s released. I find that if a series is already complete I have a way better chance of finishing it than books I have to wait for.


  2. I loved this post! I have SO MANY series that have fallen prey to reason #3. Sometimes I just Google for what happened in the first book to refresh my memory but I often just avoid them and read something different even though I enjoyed the first book lol. 😊


  3. Oh my god, Sofia, I am in this post and I don’t like it. I haven’t read six books on your list as well for much of the same reasons. Totally understandable when it comes to Windwitch. I had to reread the first before diving in and so much time past that I had to reread the first two before reading the third. Now there is a fourth book and I think I might go into it and hope my memory is good enough because I can’t reread three books. That would take too much energy.


  4. I thought I had given up on the Ember series by Sabaa Tahir, but I did re pick it up this year and I actually really enjoyed it. I ended up finishing the series and I’m glad I gave it another chance. However, I do agree with you that sometimes I am either not motivated or scared to pick up a sequel.


  5. There are some books where I can’t get into the sequel and it sucks! One of them being Legendary. I was interested in Caraval enough to finish it and stayed up reading it but when it came to Legendary I just didn’t really connect with anything. I felt like it would had been fine as a stand alone.


  6. I suck at reading sequels! I have so much series that I need to read. However, I really hope that you get around to A Torch Against the Night! An Ember in the Ashes is one of my favourite series and the second book is actually my favourite!


  7. Love this post! I don’t avoid sequels but I get it and that last point is so true. I don’t mind rereading but there are so many books to read already. Even when I have all books in series, I don’t remember myself binge reading the series ever since I started blogging.


  8. great post!! everything you said about avoiding sequels is honestly soo relatable, haha :’) i’m avoiding reading A Sky Beyond the Storm (the last book of the An Ember in the Ashes series) for the same reason – i binge read the first three books like two years ago and i’ve since forgotten everything about the series ahh :’) i heard the last book is really good though, but i just don’t want to read it without remembering anything from the previous books, bc that’ll definitely dampen my enjoyment. hopefully we both enjoy it if/when we ever get back into this series haha!


  9. I don’t avoid sequels so much as sometimes I forget about a series till something reminds me which is when I usually re-read the first book and continue with whatever else is published from the series. Highly recommend finishing Rin Chupeco’s series though, it definitely has its sad parts but I loved the ending


  10. Hmmm, interesting topic! I prefer standalones so I think it rarely happens that I actively avoid a sequel, though I did read The Cruel Prince back in January and it was totally adequate for what I wanted then and I have no plans to read the follow up, lol.

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