Happy not Monday, my dudes! I for one, am already ready for this week to be over. Both because I feel like garbage and also because I’m going to skiing next week for one of my best friends 30th birthdays! I may not be feeling too hot this week but that’s never going to stop me from being freakin’ AMPED to go skiing. I actually just finished Daisy Jones & The Six (TJR, you’re a master) but I’m going to post that review tomorrow (I swear I’m not full of lies this time). I’ve got a few books from my library but they aren’t really *speaking* to me so I may jump into a few old ARCs that I have instead.
Today I wanted to participate in my second round of Top 10 Tuesday! Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Artsy Reader and this weeks topic is stand alone books that need a sequel! I used to be super into series and had a hard time sinking my teeth into stand alones. Well, my how the tables have turned y’all because now I have a hard time getting into series and have been loving the stand alones!
Jane Doe by Victoria Helen Stone
Y’all, I loved this book! I thought that for being fairly dark and for dealing with some really heavy subject matter the book maintained a levity and humor that really carried me through. Not only that, but Jane is the most likeably unlikable character I’ve ever come across. I know with 100% certainty that I couldn’t be her friend, but that I would 100% auto-purchase another book with her as the main character. I’m not sure it would work with as a sequel given how the book ended, but that doesn’t stop me from wishing I could read more about Jane!
The Line Between by Tosca Lee
This was the first book I’ve read by Tosca Lee and I really enjoyed it! It was a very unique take on the thriller genre and I really enjoyed the marriage between the end of the world scenario along with the cult aspect. The story was well developed despite a few plot holes that I saw and overall I really enjoyed it. Not only that, but the ending is one of those “open endings” that leaves a lot up to the readers imagination. I’d love to see what Lee had in mind in her own head when she finished this book and I do hope she continues the story.
One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid
This is another one that I’m not sure makes sense to have a sequel. It ends pretty cut and dry with who our MCs love interest is going to be. However, I’m so interested to see how these characters lives play out after such a harrowing and traumatic event took place in their lives. Most notably to Jesse and how his life plays out after being stranded on an island for years.
The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
I actually just lent this to my mother for her to read and her response upon finishing was to tell me “you really like messed up books”. And you know…well, it’s not a lie. This book definitely isn’t for the faint of heart but it packs a wallop of a punch! I’m not sure exactly what would go into a sequel but I’d be super interested to see how this story progresses with it’s characters and where they go following the end of the book. Plus Michaelides blew me out of the water so I’ve got an eagle eye out for any new books!
The Witch of Willow Hall by Hester Fox
I read this ARC with the ever wonderful Traveling Sisters (I also read The Line Between and Jane Doe with them as well) and I quite enjoyed it. I found that the characters were quaint and likable and I enjoyed the atmosphere that Fox created. What was lacking for me though was the witchy aspect that I expected more of given the title of the book. What I’d love is to see a sequel is Lydia really coming into her powers and honing and owning them like the boss bitch I know she is somewhere in there!
My Name is Memory by Ann Brashares
Such a sweet story y’all! For someone who doesn’t believe in *one true love* I sure do love a good love story. Sometimes my lil heart just needs something sweet and swoony to fill it and Brashares delivers a heart wrenchingly sweet and still somehow accessible story despite this books fantastical nature. I’d love to see what happens to Daniel and Sophia as time moves on and how the rest of not only this life plays out, but their future ones as well. I’m honestly surprised this doesn’t already have a sequel because it ends in a way that I thought that was the plan.
Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage
So, full disclosure – I actually didn’t really like this book much at all. It had lots of great aspects and pieces but it didn’t feel like it all melded together in the right way. A lot of this felt like Stage wanted every single aspect of the story to be shocking and controversial instead of developing the story. However, that doesn’t mean that I don’t want to know what happens in the future with yet another “open ending” that paves the way for a possible sequel. Hanna was a compelling character and villain given that she’s just a wee tot, so I’d like to see what the future holds for her.
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid *obvi*
I MEAN OBVIOUSLY – you didn’t think I was going to make this list without including my lady love Evelyn Hugo did you? Anywho, obviously this wouldn’t work as a sequel because Monique Grant is not who I particularly care about. However, what I would freakin’ LOOOOOOOOOVE to see is a prequel where we get to see and learn more about Evelyn and her life during the golden age of Hollywood. It. Would. Be. AMAZEBALLS.
The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
So as this list comes to an end, I’m sensing a theme here – it’s a lot of me having no idea how a sequel would play out but really, really wanting to get more from an author. I think the sequel to this one could be about Henry and Claire’s daughter and her time traveling and how her life plays out. I was surprisingly taken with this novel, despite it moving a bit slower than I anticipated and I was a full on snotty ass mess at the end of it. Claire and Henry’s story was sweeping and beautiful and I loved Niffenegger’s writing so I’d be keen to read another installment of this one.
I read this before I even started reviewing on GR, so no review for you!
The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
So I think I’ve done QUITE the good job of not repeating myself in this list too much. However, yet again another book I can’t leave off of this list. My mom also just started reading this gem and if you haven’t already read it, I really can’t suggest it enough. ESPECIALLY if you love doggos and know how pure and perfect they are. Given the ending of this book and how Enzo’s life plays out I think we could definitely see a sequel here and I would absolutely adore it!
Well, there you have it folks – another round of Top 10 Tuesday! What are some books you’d love to see a sequel to? Have you read any of these, and would you want to see a sequel? Drop me a note in the comments and let me know!