Monthly Recommendations: LET’S DISCUSS *EVERY* DUOLOGY I’VE READ

In a world filled with standalones, trilogies, and more, duologies are considerably rare. Today, I’m going to be discussing my duology recommendations, which has basically formed into a list of almost every duology I’ve ever read. Please give me more duologies and less trilogies where the second books act as plot fillers (and if someone can do this, can they also get me more bookshelf space???)!

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Monthly Recommendations is a group on Goodreads and each month, there’s a new theme for recommendations. The group is for Booktubers and bloggers alike, and I discovered Monthly Recommendations through Cece of Problems of a Book Nerd.

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Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo– A duology that I’m sure will deservingly top everyone’s list, Six of Crows is a perfect example of a series that just needed two books to both break and warm our hearts forever wrap up this story in the Grishaverse. However,  if Leigh Bardugo wants to write a third book, I would be the first in line. Honestly, I’d read a whole book of Wylan and Jesper living together or Inej and Kaz just staring at each other or Nina kicking butt.

This Savage Song and Our Dark Duet by Victoria SchwabThis Savage Song was my first Victoria Schwab book and it made me understand why everyone loves her books.. little did I know then what Vicious would have in store. While I still enjoyed Our Dark Duet, I wasn’t completely crazy Our Dark Duet. I think my feelings would have differed if I read TSS and ODD back-to-back.

 Just One Day and Just One Year by Gayle Forman– While I have fuzzy memories of Gayle Forman’s Just One Day duology, having read it back in 2014, I remember loving its travel and self-discovery aspects.. I’d say Gayle Forman is better known for her If I Stay duology, a series I also loved at the time of reading it and I definitely don’t have fuzzy memories of me sobbing in my backyard while doing so.

Warcross by Marie Lu- While we don’t yet have the second book, I’m including Marie Lu’s Warcross because I don’t think I’ve ever anticipated a duololgy conclusion so much. As of right now, Warcross is set to be a duology, but Marie Lu has said that she will write a third book if she thinks it’s needed (she talked about this in an Instagram story Q&A in February). I’m interested to see if Warcross will stay a duology, especially since her other series are all trilogies.

Prisoner of Night and Fog and Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke by Anne Blankman – Definitely the least talked about on my list, I loved Anne Blankman’s Prisoner of Night and Fog duology for its unique story during the rise of the Third Reich, as Gretchen questions everything she’s ever known growing up in the National Socialist Party. While the plot is not entirely historically accurate, you can easily tell how much research Anne Blankman put into these books and it was interesting to see how she intertwines historical accuracy with her own spin.

Wolf by Wolf and Blood for Blood by Ryan Graudin– Another historical fiction-esque duology, I adored and I admit was a bit freaked out by, is Ryan Graudin’s alternate history and genre-bending take on what would have happen if the Axis Powers won World War II.

The Monthly Recommendations Group can be found here on Goodreads

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Have you read any of the duologies above? What are some of your favorite duologies? Share in the comments!

20 thoughts on “Monthly Recommendations: LET’S DISCUSS *EVERY* DUOLOGY I’VE READ

  1. I love duologies so much! I haven’t read many of them but I have a lot on my shelf haha. One I definitely want to read is The Wrath and The Dawn, it sounds like something I would love. AND I WOULD BE SO HAPPY IF LEIGH EVER DECIDED TO WRITE A BOOK/NOVELLA/WHATEVER ABOUT WYLAN AND JESPER I LOVE THEM SO MUCH

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    • Same! I actually read The Wrath and The Dawn when it first came out, and loved it! Definitely need to reread it before picking up The Rose and The Dagger.
      I’d love any sort of SoC sequel/continuation, and I heard we’re getting a few cameos in King of Scars.

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  2. Sad, sad day but I’ve only read Warcross on this list!! But there are so many of these I need to read…. like This Savage Song and Wolf by Wolf. I HAVE read The Wrath and The Dawn and The Rose and The Dagger BOTH! I know…. crazy that I’ve actually gotten to a second book in a series, hahaha. YOU are such a duology queen Haley… I agree we need more of these!! ❤

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  3. SoC is one of those rare brilliant duologies… the story is over but you still wanna know more about them…. And as u mentioned, I would love a book about Wylan and Jes just flirting with each other… that would be so cute…. Kaz and Inej would just torture us with their longing and angst… 😍😍😍😍

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      • Ohhh haven’t u read the trilogy already… it’ll definitely not be as good as SoC… I’m also badly waiting for King of Scars.. I love Nikolai… I have hopes Nina might show up… probably Kuwei too…

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      • I actually haven’t read the Grisha trilogy yet 🙈 I was told that you didn’t need to read those books for SoC. I think Leigh’s writing has really grown since then at least!

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      • Ohhh yes it has grown… but I love the Grisha trilogy too… it’s just tat after SoC, it’ll definitely feel like a letdown.. Also because you already know it’s ending …

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  4. Duologies are a rare gem, I didn’t know so many existed! I’ve just finished reading Six of Crows and can’t wait for Crooked Kingdom! Warcross is on my TBR too!

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