We have been having fun with Top Ten Tuesday, so we decided we will do one every week. This bookish meme was hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, and has been going since June 2010! Since January 2018 Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.
This week’s topic is Unpopular Bookish Opinions. But I don’t really have that many unpopular opinions, I’m so basic haha. So I looked at same past topics and remembered a fun one Candyce did. And that’s Standalone Books That Need a Sequel. Today I’ll show you 10 books I wish had gotten a sequel. I have to say, when looking at my standalone shelf on Goodreads I was amazed to see how many books have had a sequel released or announced since I read them! So many books are already getting sequels, let’s hope these do too. Let’s jump in!
I recently did a review for Afar and mentioned I wish this was a series instead of a standalone. The concept for this comic is super cool and I would’ve loved to see it play out. However, because this was only one volume, the story felt rushed and there wasn’t a lot of world building. Definitely a missed opportunity with such a cool idea.
2. All Our Yesterdays – Cristin Terrill
It’s been quite a while since I read All Our Yesterdays but I remember it like yesterday (HA HA :P). There was actually supposed to be a sequel but Cristin announced that she couldn’t make the story work so she pulled the sequel unfortunately. Since there is time travel involved, I’m happy she didn’t just push through and have a story that wouldn’t make sense. But at the same time I’m still super sad we didn’t get that sequel. This might be one of my favorite time travel books!
3. Eliza and her Monsters – Francesca Zappia
I talked about my love for Eliza and her Monsters quiet a couple of times already and hopefully I’ve convinced everyone to pick this one up. The story wraps up quiet nicely but the characters were so relatable that I would love to read more about them. I loved this story so much and cried a lot during my read haha. But it felt so good afterwards and I would love to get that feeling back with more story with these characters.
Another one I have talked about quite a bit. And I’ve also mentioned I would love a sequel before. I don’t want to say why I want a sequel because that would be a spoiler but if you read the book you hopefully understand. And when I say sequel, for this one I actually mean a companion novel. I don’t necessarily want to read more about these characters but I would love a similar book.
5. Uprooted – Naomi Novik
One of my favorite stand alone novels ever! Probably the number 1! I know this technically already has a sequel but that’s more of a companion novel and for this one I would’ve loved an actual sequel. Once again, I really really love these characters and would just love to read more about them. We also only got to explore a small part of this world and I think there is so much more to see!
6. Only Ever Yours – Louise O’Neill
I’m not a 100% sure I could handle a sequel to Only Ever Yours. This is one of the most brutal books I’ve ever read, you can’t even imagine. It took me quite a while to figure out what I actually thought of this book and I’m still a bit conflicted. I finished reading it in the middle of the night and was sobbing in my bed, luckily my flatmate was still awake and she came to console me haha. This ending just left me feeling very hopeless and I would love it if a sequel could fix that 😉 Although I also think this book is so powerful precisely because of that ending.
7. The Brother Lionheart – Astrid Lindgren
It’s been years and years since I read this wonderful children’s book. I can still remember the most important details from this story and it was actually a pretty impactful one for me. When I was younger I used to go to a psychologist because I was so afraid of dying I couldn’t even sleep in my own bed. This story helped me a little bit in seeing death as the next great adventure (that Dumbledore quote was also an impactful one haha). So I would love to see more of the adventures the brothers Lionheart go on.
8. Dangerous Girls – Abigail Haas
My number 1 favorite YA mystery! I would just love to see how Anna is doing right now. When I picked up Dangerous Boys, I first thought that would be a sequel but that wasn’t the case haha. Still, I would love to get one now. It could either be another mystery or just a straight up contemporary one to see Anna deal with everything that happened in Dangerous Girls.
This is another comic, I also talked about my wish for a sequel in my review for this one. Spell on Wheels has a great premise and I think there is a lot of story to tell her. I was getting ready for the start of a great series, but instead I got this rushed standalone. So obviously I was a bit disappointed with this one. I was really expecting a 5 star read, but alas! Like I said, I think there is a lot more story that could be told with these characters. The setting reminds me a bit of Supernatural, and who doesn’t love Supernatural?
10. Adorkable – Cookie O’Gorman
This is one of the cutest books I have ever read! It’s been a while since I read this and I might need to do a reread soonish. But like I said, this was super cute and I loved the geek-factor this one had. It would be great to read more about these characters, maybe even follow them at Uni or something like that. Just something to get back that fluffy, fun contemporary feeling!
That was my TTT for today! I picked my own prompt, but hopefully you still enjoyed it. Please share some of the books you wished would’ve gotten a sequel. Or tell me some of your unpopular bookish opinions down below in the comments!