The Penultimate Peril HarperCollins Publishers / Brett Helquist Lemony Snicket had me hooked all the way to The End. Especially after the dramatic events of the 12th book in A Series of Unfortunate Events, The Penultimate Peril.This series was not only a huge part of cultivating my creativity as a child, it also helped to grow my vocabulary. Read the books, and you'll understand. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Scholastic / Mary GrandPré Potterheads all around the world struggled to continue reading through their tears while they walked with Harry to the foot of the tower to kneel beside his fallen mentor.*gets choked up just thinking about it* A Lion Among Men HarperCollins Publishers Volume Three in The Wicked Years by Gregory Maguire.Learning about the Cowardly Lion, and his life after having befriended Dorothy was fascinating. Confusing at times... but Gregory Maguire puts everything together for you (mostly) by the end. The Two Towers Houghton Mifflin Company If I had had to wait for J.R.R. Tolkien to release The Return of the King after reading The Two Towers, I would have been going crazy that entire year, wondering if Frodo was going to finish his mission.Luckily, by the time I was reading The Lord of the Rings trilogy, it had been out in its entirety for almost 50 years. Catching Fire Scholastic Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games trilogy has gained a wide following. The final movie, Mockingjay Part 2 is set to be released later this year. But readers will forever know the penultimate book is Catching Fire, when the spark that gave Katniss her passion to be the Mockingjay, was fanned by Gale telling her of the destruction of her home, District 12. The Winds of Winter Bantam Books This is one of the most insanity-inducing penultimate book releases. Especially because readers still have no idea when George R.R. Martin will finish this 6th book in A Song of Ice and Fire.Personally, I'm hoping he pulls a Beyoncé. Soon. The Magician's Nephew / The Silver Chair Scholastic With The Chronicles of Narnia, many people like to argue over which is actually the penultimate book of the series.For the story line, The Magician's Nephew is actually the first book in the series. But it was published second to last.C.S. Lewis' novels are notable no matter what. In my own experience, The Silver Chair is the penultimate novel. I know other people see that differently, and either way, both novels are remarkable. What are some of your favorite penultimate novels? Share in the comments below!