Many years ago, I read The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom. Unfortunately, when I finished this book, I was at work. In a busy office. Because I wanted to leap around and whoop and shout like a crazy person. I am sure, absolutely positive, that this book truly gives us the meaning of life. That it answers that eternal question; what is this all about?
It has since become my most lent-out book (and, therefore, most dog-eared), because I wanted to be able to talk to people about it. To compare notes. To say “You see? This book really does know the meaning of life!” And people I lent it to loved it, and it was read, and re-read, and re-read, and re-read. As any loved book should be.
October 2018, saw its sequel, The Next Person You Meet in Heaven, unleashed. Much to my surprise. A whole 15 years after its predecessor was first published. It was added to my to-be-read pile at Christmas, and I’ve just started reading it. I’ll let you know what I think.
This September will see Margaret Atwood release a sequel to her 1985 novel The Handmaid’s Tale. Entitled The Testaments, I’m presuming its release has been prompted by the amazing popularity of the TV adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale. Although the book is said to be unrelated to the show, which has moved beyond the story of her original novel.
I read The Handmaid’s Tale as part of my A-Level English Literature course, and it was already 13 years old then. It is remarkable, and terrifying, how it has stood the test of time. How it is still so relevant, and horrifically familiar, in today’s world. I have a copy of it, and I will be re-reading it this year before the sequel’s release.
As if all of this wasn’t enough to get my bookworm’s tail twitching with excitement, Joanne Harris will be releasing The Strawberry Thief in April, the 4th book in her Chocolat series. But, I do have some catching up to do. I read Chocolat almost four years ago now, and need to read the rest of the series before the new release.
I fell in love with the movie before ever reading the book, and I’m really looking forward to making my way through the other three.
What sequels are you looking forward to this year? Or which would you love to see an announcement for? (I definitely have some of those!)