I don’t normally do the Top Ten Tuesday posts, but this week’s prompt was too fun not to jump in! It made me think of all those standalones that should get a sequel. I mean, sometimes you just can’t get enough of an awesome book, right??! Come find out which books I am dying to read more of and let me know your thoughts!
First of all, I want to say that standalones rule
I will always pick up a standalone over a series. I am awful at finishing series and at sticking to a loooong book series. Especially if the next books aren’t even out yet! While I can appreciate a well-written, well-paced series, standalones will always own my heart.
But why do some books deserve sequels?
It actually makes a lot of sense to say that a standalone should not need a sequel, right? From a storytelling point of view, if there is still some plot to be resolved, then that book is probably not that great.
But what happens when you fall in love with the characters and don’t want to lose them? Or when you love the setting and ambiance and don’t want to see it go? Well, you wish for a sequel!
Note: click the cover of the book to see them on Goodreads
🌷 Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Will there be a day when I don’t shout about how awesome and pure this book is? I don’t think so… Fangirl has all my favorite tropes in one book: it’s about twins, about college, has romance in it, and has a writer as the main character.
I grew so attached to our girl Cath that I just honestly want another whole book about her life. And if possible, include Levi in it! Honestly, I would be over-the-moon-happy if we could see Cath graduate and move on to the “real world.” Will she manage to sell a manuscript to a publishing house and miraculously become a full-time writer??? Will she turn to copywriting (oh please, please please!)??? Or will she do something completely different??? I DON’T KNOW BUT I NEED TO KNOW!!!
🌷 Gena/Finn by Hannah Moskowitz and Kat Hegelson
This is one book I need the sequel of because the authors did the characters dirty! I absolutely loved the first two-thirds of the novel and was fully going to give it five stars. But then that thing happened. If you have read the book, you know what I’m talking about.
Without wanting to spoil you, the romance I was getting myself ready for completely came crashing down without any notice. I was dumbfounded… So, for 16-year-old me, please, Hannah and Kat, please give me a sequel full of lesbian love and fanart smut!
🌷 Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson
If there’s a story I think about often because of the impact it had on me, this has to be it. I read it when I was very anxious to start high school in a different part of my city, and it surprisingly gave me a lot of courage! I fell in love with Sloane and Frank and I want to see them together again.
Plus, the whole concept of a bucket list made by someone for you to follow blew my mind back then. It was so enjoyable to read about all these adventures the main character went through! Honestly, I want to relive this book all over again…
🌷 The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
Book lovers, this is the book for you! I remember reading and loving The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry and wishing it was much longer. I mean, I even say so on my 2015 Goodreads review of the book! And honestly? 16-year-old Rita, I completely agree with you.
I would love to revisit the lovely bookstore that is the setting for this novel. If you’re not familiar with the plot, A. J. Fikry has been in a rut for a while, until a mysterious package with a baby inside is delivered to his doorstep. It’s equal parts adorable, endearing, and nostalgic. If you’re ever in the mood for a sweet found-family story with a lot of book references, this one is for you. I just wish it had been longer — hence why I need a sequel.
🌷 Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
If you’ve ever read this book, you know exactly why I want a sequel. That last chapter completely shattered me. I remember crying in the shower and looking up fanfictions about Eleanor and Park — I was that desperate to know what happened next!
I adore all the characters in this novel. Eleanor is a mess who is incredibly brave and has gone through hell with her family situation. Park is a soft boy with an even softer heart. And they are so perfect for each other!!! I would buy the sequel to this novel right this instant if it was out. Oh, what I would give to spend some more hours with these characters…
🌷 Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
This is still one of the best books I have ever read. Mostly because Eleanor is such a well-developed character and reading about her was heartbreaking and hopeful at the same time. I really want to see how Eleanor is doing now!
If you’re looking for a mental health rep, this novel is the one for you. Eleanor has gone through a lot and yet she is still such a strong character. She’s a woman with a fixed routine but slowly starts to step out of her comfort zone. And it’s amazing seeing her growth during the span of the book.
🌷The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
Nothing about this book is stale or boring. Even when I wasn’t reading it because I was busy doing something else I couldn’t stop reading it. The writing is amazing, the setting is heartbreakingly interesting, and the characters are all very well developed and have a life of their own. I need a sequel to know what happens after that damn ending now!
I know that we’re (luckily) getting a sequel to this book, even though it has nothing to do with Ofred. It is, however, set in Gilead, and that’s really all I need to know to be sure I am going to pick it up as soon as it hits the shelves. Fingers crossed it’s as great as The Handmaid’s Tale!
🌷 To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
I loved getting lost in the world of Atticus and Scout. Everything about TKaMB screams masterpiece. The themes are complex and handled really well, the characters are so charming you end up feeling attached to them, and the plot is equal parts crazy and gripping. I remember being so mad when reading this book, which is exactly what you are supposed to feel!
I would love to see Atticus again doing what he does best: being an amazing father, educator, and attorney. I would also love to see Scout all grown up and starting her own career. And no, Go Set a Watchman does not count as a sequel to this novel. It was published in the shittiest way possible and I refuse to give it any credit at all.
🌷 Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
This was a crazy adorable story from start to finish. We follow Amy and Roger as they first meet and then bond during a loooong road trip through the United States. Every chapter we’re greeted to either a receipt, a restaurant order ticket, a playlist, or a postcard. It was so original and exciting to see actual physical evidence of the road trip woven into the story.
But what I loved the most (and the biggest reason for me to want a sequel) is the adorably cute relationship Amy and Roger develop. Near the end of the book, the dynamics are so interesting between these two characters, and since it overlaps with my experiences partially, I would love to catch up with Amy and Roger and see where they are now — especially if they’re both university students!
🌷 The Mothers by Brit Bennett
It has been years since I read this novel, and while I don’t remember every detail of the novel, I know I loved (and devoured) this gem. I miss being immersed in this world and its writing. Brit Bennett writes some of the most beautiful sentences ever. She also uses the narrative voice in a very innovative and gripping way, which made the book completely come alive.
Bottom line is, I’m not happy saying goodbye to these characters forever, I want to see Nadia in her adult years (and happy!), and I want to hear from “The Mothers” again. Just please give me a sequel already!