Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.
Each week they will post a new Top Ten list that one of their bloggers over at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join.
The topic for this week is: Top Ten Books I Wish Had Sequels
After thinking about this for a while, I realized that for most standalone books – I love how they finished. Adding another book would just dilute whatever I thought was so great to begin with. There were a few that I’d love to have a sequel (and I’ll list them here) but for the most part – how awesome would spin offs be? There are so many fantastic secondary characters that I’d love to get to know more about.
The Host by Stephenie Meyer – Ever since this book was first released there was talk about two more books – the Seeker and the Soul. Whilst I think that The Host was a perfect stand alone book… I sort of want to see what happens next. Does true love prevail? (my thoughts… probably). Will Ian get confused considering the body switching (Probably not. But I would like to see him and Jared get into a fight again). Will Wanda find some sort of non-violent passive way to save the world? (probably. And there will be some kind of non-aggressive stand off where everyone wins…). Yay!
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen – I know there have been many books about Elizabeth and Darcy written by other people putting their own slant on what happens next. And I’ve read a few and even liked many of them. But how fantastic would it be to read it from Ms. Austen’s own hand. I want to know what she thought married life between these two rather headstrong people would have been like.
Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman – I just finished reading this book and… I don’t ant to leave this world just yet! I’ll wait patiently for a sequel… ok. Maybe not so patiently…
The Princess Bride by William Goldman – Bring on Buttercup’s Baby!
Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta – I’d love a chance to see what Josie’s life was like now.
Sarah Dessen – I love her books and for the most part I like how everything ends at the conclusion of one of her novels. But HOW AWESOME! would a compilation of novellas be. With just a tiny snapshot of what’s happening to my favourite characters.
Harry Potter – Who would I want to see a spin off in this series? It’s so hard to pick. Dumbledore as a youngster, the Marauders, The Next Generation? So many untold stories that I would love to get to witness as a reader
The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger – I enjoyed this book. It was slightly bizarre and oh-so heartbreaking. And I wanted to know more. I want to know if Alba (is it just me or does her name remind everyone of Jessica Alba?) manages to have a happy life.
Georgina Kincaid series by Richelle Mead – I love this adult paranormal romance series. I think it’d be fantastic to get to read more about this world of demons and angels. Maybe a story featuring Hugh as a main character, or what Roman’s life is now. Or go back and experience life though Jerome’s eyes. So many choices…
The Heiresses by Allison Rushby – My favourite character in this novel was Aunt Hestia. How fantastic would a story about her and how she became the woman she turned out to be.
I think I’d kill for a series on the Marauders (you know, something small… like a carrot) 😀 [Ignore that – I couldn’t resist. If you get it, I’ll love you forever!] Harry Potter made it on my list too – even though I haven’t touched any of Rowling’s other novels, HP will always be my favorite series.
I swear I know that quote… was it Spongebob? Or maybe I just have spongebob cause my niece and I were watching it this morning (and by watching it together I mean she was running around the house and I was using the excuse of a 16 month old baby to watch children’s cartoons)
I’ve not read any other JKR books either. Although A Casual Vacancy is sitting next to the TV. I don’t think I’m interested enough in the genres she’s branched out into to really get worked up about them. But the Marauders… how brilliant would that be 😀
Ding ding ding we have a winner! (And I watch the show all the time – it’s my morning background noise while I blog) 😛
I got it right 😀 Five points to Hufflepuff! Lately my background noise has been Breaking Bad or REALLY LOUD AND AWFUL POP MUSIC! Like Hanson, One Direction and Robin Thicke 😛
Yes, another book after Neverwhere would do nicely, thank you Mr Gaiman. I suggest you get onto it straight away!
I’ve read that he hasn’t outright ruled out a sequel… so there’s a ray of hope!
Oh goodie! In the meantime I suppose I still have to catch up on The Ocean at the End of the Lane and Fortunately the Milk…
The only other Gaiman book I’ve read was American Gods. But I have been meaning to check out Stardust.
Definitely try The Graveyard Book – it’s one of my favourites of his….I’ve had Stardust on hold at the library for ages…whoever’s got it before me is taking forever, so that’s possibly a good sign…or maybe they’ve just lost it 😉
Checking the library catalogue – my local has the Graveyard Book in stock. I’ll check it out. Thanks for the recommendation.
I am interested in reading about Wanda and Melanie’s stories in the sequels to The Host, but I thought it was a lovely standalone novel. I don’t want the story to be ruined 🙁
And I agree with you about P&P! An Austen written sequel would have been amazing to read. I want to know what Elizabeth’s and Darcy’s life was like together!
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I bet there was lots of disagreeing with Lizzie still wanting to be somewhat independent and Darcy not believing her behaviour is appropriate as his wife 😀 Okay… maybe I’ve thought about this just a little too much!
No, you haven’t! I love imagining what their life would have been like. I doubt Lizzie would have been a docile housewife, haha.
I’m glad I’m not the only one!
Oh yes! I really would love more of The Host. I preferred that book to Twilight.
Me too! I thought there was just a bit too much description of cave life but all in all – I really enjoyed it!
I absolutely loved, loved, loved The Heiresses by Allison Rushby, can you believe I’m just about to post a review + giveaway this week! Be sure to come and check it out as it’s an Australia only giveaway so more chances for Aussie bloggers 😀
I’m so glad I’ve found another fan! 😀 I shall be sure to check out your post to see your review!
The Host sequel needs to happen already! I can’t believe we have waited for so long. 😀 Great list!
I hope she decided to write it soon! It’s a auto-buy for me already!
I would have totally loved to read a sequel of Pride and Prejudice (charming, charming Mr. Darcy, awww)! Unfortunately this is only a fantasy 🙁
However, I think I’ll disagree with you about The Host. I found it boring, very slow and I don’t like the “well, the aliens *killed* half the population and now are living in our bodies… we should make peace now and live altogheter” finale. I mean,I understand the love story but don’t agree with the idea behind it. Plus, I didn’t like the writing style either. 😛
I can completely understand why you feel like that with The Host. SMeyer seems to polarize people. And your points make perfect sense. IT was boring in parts – why did they take so long to describe the day to day life in the cave? But I really liked some of the character so I try to overlook the boring/unlikable aspects 😛
Time Traveler’s Wife made my list too. Would love to see what happens to Alba. And I do hope there’s a sequel to The Host, I loved that book. I keep hearing about it, but where is it?
I think she’s deliberately holding out on us… at least until the Twilight hype dies down and she needs to get us onside again 😛 Thanks for visiting!
Great list! I’d love a sequel to The Host and P&P! And a HP spinoff aout the Marauder would be so cool:)
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Somehow I don’t think we’ll be getting any of these… but I can dream! 😛
Ahhh… I could never say no to more Harry Potter. I miss that world so much. And while it’s great rereading the books every couple of years, I do wish I could read a new book set in that magical world 🙁
And while I loved The Host, I think it’s best alone. Meyer didn’t really make the sequels to Twilight work, so I doubt she’d be able to do The Host’s sequel justice.
With the Host – I think if she decided to focus on a different set of characters and have Mel,Wanda etc. in the background it might work.
You can only read a book for the first time once. And I agree – rereads of HP are great but nothing quite discovering everything for the first time
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The Next Generation of HP would be so cool, though Dumbledore’s story has a lot of potential, too. I can’t tell whether you really like THE HOST or really dislike it, haha.
Oh, and a PRIDE AND PREJUDICE sequel written by Jane Austen herself? I wish! That would be amazing!
Haha. Sometimes I love the Host and then other times all I can think of are the things that annoy me with it. I think it’s a great idea but I don’t know. There’s just somethings that really bug me.
P&P isn’t my favourite Austen novel (I’m in love with Persuasion) but Elizabeth and Darcy… I just know that things would still be interesting and a bit crazy after getting together! Thanks for stopping by 🙂
I believe that Stephanie Meyer is currently working on a sequel to The Host. That’s what I have been hearing around the internet anyway. 🙂 Also, a sequel to Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen would be amazing!!! I am in love with Mr. Darcy. Great list!
I hope that’s true. I’ve been hearing that rumour since the Host first came out a few years ago. But I’ll keep my fingers crossed! 😀
Mr Darcy is divine. I’m seriously considering a re-read or at least another viewing of the BBC miniseries!
I totally agree with you on Harry Potter, and The Princess Bride. Great picks!
Thanks 😀 I think I put those two on nearly every TTT but they always feel appropriate!
I love that you split your list between sequels and spin-offs. And I was amazed to see we have 40% of the same choices this week! Clearly we are bookish soul mates. And I adore the idea of a P&P sequel by Austen herself. As much as I love Austen spin-offs, nothing approaches the perfection of her prose.
We MUST be bookish soul mates because that’s the same as my thoughts regarding Austen. I like the fan fiction but I’d love to know what she thought would happen next from her own hand!
I totally agree with The Host! As a standalone, it works. But I would not mind a sequel to see Wanda (and Iain) again. woot!
I would have loved it if Jane Austen wrote a Pride and Prejudice sequel, and I agree, it would be so cool to have little novellas of Sarah Dessen’s characters to see what they’re up to now. I get so excited when I see past character cameos in her new books, but I’d love a novella to hear more about them! 🙂
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I love the cameos too! I always get excited when I recognize the characters. I’m a bit of a fool. Oh well. I have fun! Thanks for stopping by, Alice!
I saw The Host on quite a few lists this week. I have been meaning to read it! I’ve had it for a while… then wanted to see the movie, but decided not to since I hadn’t read it yet… yet I still haven’t! haha I need to get on that!
I think the Host is one that you really need to be in the right mood for. It’s typical SMeyer but I didn’t find the characters as overwhelmingly in love as Twilight. If you do decide to read/watch it – I hope you enjoy it!
Totally agree about the dessen books..cause sometimes I even like the side characters and woukd love to see one of them get a HEA. Great list!
I have the same issue – liking stand-alones a lot at the mo. That said, I would love to read Buttercup’s Baby, and I certainly wouldn’t say no to another Harry Potter book! 😀
I’m glad I found another Princess Bride fan 😀 And I think there are many others who would love another HP book too!