Top 5 Wednesday | Book 2 is the Best

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly challenge for book bloggers, vloggers, and book lovers, hosted by Lainey and Sam. The goal is to choose their top 5 picks for the week’s given challenge. Find out more on the  Goodreads group page!

If you’re like me at all, then you never like the first or last book in a series the best. So this week Top 5 Wednesday is highlighting series that were the best in the middle. So here are my 5 picks for book 2 being the best in a series!

A Gathering of Shadows // V.E. Schwab


Some people found this one to be slow, but I really loved it! I loved the new characters introduced, the tension in the story, the relationship development – really just everything.

The Winner’s Crime // Marie Rutkoski

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The world expands so much more in The Winner’s Crime. We see the characters evolve and become new people in this dangerous world.

Ink Exchange // Marissa Marr

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This book perfectly builds off book one, and introduces more faeries (Irial and the Dark Court are my favorite!), more world politics, higher stakes, and more drama. It’s so great.

A Court of Mist and Fury // Sarah J Maas

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Now for the book that will probably be one everyone’s list. ACOMAF really builds on everything we knew about Prythian, the Fae courts, and the characters from ACOTAR. I just love it so much! (It’s very close with ACOWAR for me, they’re basically tied – so this still counts.)

Catching Fire // Suzanne Collins

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I was having trouble coming up with the last one, and my sister mentioned Catching Fire, then I felt like an idiot for not thinking of it. Catching Fire is easily my favorite in the series. We get to know so many more characters – the world really expands – and everything starts to get more high stakes!


What are your choices for the second book being the best in a series? Do you have any of these on your list? Share below!


14 thoughts on “Top 5 Wednesday | Book 2 is the Best

  1. coffeelovingbookoholic says:

    i was actually thinking about any second book that was better, but i couldn’t come up with one. but then i saw “catching fire” in may posts and i agree totally. but then, that’s it 😀 i haven’t read that many series where i thought the second book was better than the first…

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