Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly book meme created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week she posts an idea for relating to books, and encourages other book bloggers to respond with their own “top ten” list.
This week’s topic is top ten books that should have sequels. There has been many a time where I’ve fallen in love with a book and its characters only to discover that it’s a standalone. Or where I’ve finished a series and found myself saying, “but this can’t be over… I want to know what happens to ___.” When a book is really close to my heart, I want it to continue forever – even if the ending was perfect. Here are some of those books:
Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
I know that she wrote seven books and a few companion books, but after reading this article about what happened after the series ended, my desire to go back to Hogwarts has returned full-force. I wouldn’t mind a series about Harry’s children or even a Marauder’s series… I just want more.
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
I fell in love with Marco, Celia, Poppet, Widget, and the circus itself. I would love to read more stories set in Le Cirque des Reves, even if it’s just a description of what each tent holds.
Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
I absolutely loved reading Beth and Jennifer’s emails to one another. I want to see Beth and Lincoln go on dates – and read Jennifer’s thoughts about it, of course!
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
Christopher is endearing, and I loved viewing the world through his eyes. It would be so much fun to go on another adventure with him, especially if he’s channeling his inner Sherlock Holmes again.
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Yes, I know that Lola and the Boy Next Door is a companion novel to this. And, yes, I did enjoy it. But I want a true sequel – after all, I need more Etienne St. Clair in my life.
Chaos Walking series by Patrick Ness
The ending of this series left me in shock. While the open ending seems somewhat hopeful, I need to definitively know what happens to Todd. I’d also like to see the new settlers arrive, and see more about Wilf since he’s adorable.
Delirium series by Lauren Oliver
This is another example of a final book in a series having an open ending. I didn’t mind the ending, but I would love to see what happens to the world, what happens to Alex and Lena’s relationship, and just more Alex in general.
Graceling by Kristin Cashore
I know that Fire and Bitterblue are companion novels, but I’d love to see another book dedicated to Katsa and Po. Their relationship dynamic is excellent, and they’re both likeable characters, so I would be more than okay with visiting their world once more.
A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
This series feels like it ended mid-sentence. I have a lot of questions that remain unanswered, so I would love to see another book just to finalize the Baudelaire’s story.
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
If Frankie managed to cause all of these shenanigans at her prep school, I can’t imagine what situations she’d get herself into in college.
What books do you wish had sequels? Leave a list or a link to your Top Ten Tuesday post in the comments below.
I’ve heard a lot of people weren’t satisfied with the ending of A Series of Unfortunate Events. I’ve never read the books, but I plan to, so I’ll let you know what I think when I finally finish.
And I also have Harry Potter on my list. Duh.
I loved the books, but the ending just wasn’t what I had expected it to be. Sounds good, I hope you enjoy them! : )
Haha, I figured you’d have Harry Potter on your list!
Definitely wasn’t satisfied with A Series of Unfortunate Events ending, and to be honest, I wasn’t happy with the sort of fan-fiction-esque ending to Harry Potter either. I so hope they expand upon the series, though. Both authors have soooo many options to do so, for instance with a Marauder’s series like you said.
I didn’t mind how Harry Potter ended, but it seemed as though the epilogue’s main purpose was to alleviate pressure to write a sequel…
Snicket is writing a prequel series called All the Wrong Questions (though it unfortunately doesn’t have the Baudelaires in it), so I’m still holding out hope that Rowling will do the same.
I can understand why she wouldn’t, though; could you imagine the amount of pressure that’d be on you to write yet another book just as good as the previous seven? I’d probably die as soon as I sat down to write the outline.
Yeah, it’d definitely be a stressful experience. Everything she writes is going to be compared to Harry Potter, regardless of whether it’s a fantasy novel or not, but the pressure would be so much greater if she were to write a companion series. After seeing how The Casual Vacancy was received, I can’t even imagine what the reactions to another book would be like…
I am half way through Monsters of Men…and I am nervous! I also have The Disreputable History of Frankie Landu-Banks on my list. The Night Circus is a great pick! Thanks for sharing. http://wp.me/pzUn5-1BN
I was nervous the entire time I was reading Monsters of Men because of all the unexpected twists and turns. I really liked it, so I hope you do too. Thanks for the link!
I’m on the bench with HP. I want more of Hogwarts but I think the series ended well enough. I wouldn’t mind more companion books though.
I would definitely be okay with more companion books.
I tried to read Frankie Landau but had a hard time getting into it. Hopefully I will try again!
At first, I wasn’t a huge fan of the writing style (it struck me as kind of pretentious) but once I got used to it, I really enjoyed the book.
Thanks for the link!