Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week there is a new topic for bloggers to choose and list their top ten. This week’s theme is Top Ten Books I Wish Had …
When it comes to the last book in a series, or even just amazing standalone novels, I always have a problem accepting that there’s no more left. No more new adventures, no more from my favourite characters, and no more going back to this amazing world I discovered unless I re-read the book. So when it came to this week’s Top Ten Tuesday themed free-for-all I thought it was a perfect opportunity to talk about the books I’d love to see more of.
This isn’t going to be a case of me talking about the books I loved that I want to see more of just because they’re favourites of mine. Most of these are books where I felt the ending was left open enough that there is the potential for a sequel, maybe, one day in the future if I keep my fingers crossed.
If you haven’t read any of these books be warned there are potential spoilers ahead.
Heartless by Marissa Meyer
Heartless did have an amazing ending, it closed off Cath’s story at a place that stayed true to the original tale by Lewis Carroll, and if there was never a sequel I’d be satisfied with what we have so far. However I’d also be really interested if Marissa Meyer chose to carry on Cath’s story, showing us more of her journey as the Queen of Hearts after losing her own.
Six of Crows Duology by Leigh Bardugo
This series, and the Grisha trilogy, is one I know Leigh Bardugo is likely to go back to. After the ending to Crooked Kingdom I was more than satisfied with how the story ended for Kaz, Inez, Wylan and Jesper, but Nina’s story was left open. If Leigh Bardugo does go back to the Six of Crows duology I hope she writes more to Nina’s story.
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
I count The Night Circus as one of my all-time favourites. There is nothing I don’t love about it and all a new release has to do is be described as ‘perfect for fans of The Night Circus’ and it shoots to the top of my to-read list. However I desperately want more from Erin Morgenstern; it doesn’t even have to be set in the same world as The Night Circus, though there is a lot of potential to carry on the story be it with a sequel or prequel.
Shatter Me Trilogy by Tahereh Mafi
When I got to the end of Ignite Me I honestly thought there would be a fourth book in the series. The ending felt more like a placeholder until the next book was released rather than a definitive ending to a series. There was never a full scale rebellion, though that is hinted at as the next step, more a battle for Juliette’s small corner of the world.
Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children Trilogy by Ransom Riggs
I am aware Ransom Riggs is writing more to this series but it’s still going on my list this week. After everything Jacob and the rest of the Peculiars fought against in Wales and England in the past it’s time to explore the world of the Peculiars in America in the modern day. There’s a whole world of potential for Riggs to write about in his new series and I can’t wait.
Half Bad Trilogy by Sally Green
While I am happy with the way the trilogy ended for Nathan and Gabriel (happy being a relative word as this series broke my heart into pieces). There are still so many characters whose stories are left explored; let us find out what Arran and Deborah did while their brother was trapped in a cage, how they got involved in the Alliance, let us learn more about Edge or Celia or Marcus, or any of the characters whose stories could be just as interesting to read as Nathan’s was.
Passenger Duology by Alexandra Bracken
The ending to the Passenger duology was one I was more than satisfied with. It was fitting for the characters but still left it open as to what their future held. Like with Heartless if there was never a sequel I’d be satisfied with what we have but I’d love to see more about what Nicholas and Etta discover together after the events of the last book. I’m sure there’d be another threat sooner or later for them to face.
The Raven Cycle Series by Maggie Stiefvater
Again like with Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children Maggie Stiefvater is writing more to this series (who else is beyond excited for a trilogy from Ronan’s POV?) but it’s still going on my list this week. As much as I loved The Raven King I’m always going to want more stories about Blue and her Raven Boys, and there was so much potential that was left unexplored in the original series (obviously Stiefvater agrees or we wouldn’t be getting a new trilogy!)
Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy by Laini Taylor
My thoughts on this series are similar to my thoughts on the Passenger duology. It had a wonderful ending, and if we never got a sequel I’d be satisfied with that, but I’d love to read more from Karou, and the rest of the characters I fell in love with about their lives after the events of the third book. I think I just basically want to read more from Laini Taylor.
More Than This by Patrick Ness
This book is a strange one to end up on my list this week because I don’t really want a sequel to it. I loved everything about More Than This, including the way it ended and the uncertainty surrounding Seth’s fate, but at the same time there’s part of me that needs to know what happened to him. Let’s be honest, our own imagination is never as good as what the author comes up with and until Patrick Ness weighs in my thoughts are just thoughts, not canon for Seth.
So what do you think? Did you take part in this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, if so let me know what you picked for this week’s themed free-for-all, or what some of the books you’d love to see sequels for are.