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Today’s TTT topic is: Top Ten Books I Wish Could Have Had Sequels (they were complete stories but you just could have read more and more about these characters or set in that world)
I would have loved to read more of:
1. Left Drowning by Jessica Park. I just finished this one two days ago, and haven’t even put my review up yet, but it was just so incredible. I’ll save my gushing for later on, but I could have easily continued reading about these characters. Maybe a novel for each main character after the events of Left Drowning? Hey, Jessica Park, get on it!
2. Harry Potter by JK Rowling. Let’s just get this one out of the way right now, yeah? I told you it would show up on most of my lists. While there is a part of me that says to just leave Harry with these seven books, and enjoy them as they are, the truth is that I would inhale any new material from Hogwarts.
3. The Espressologist by Kristina Springer. You can read my review here, and while I wasn’t raving about the book, it left off on a really sweet note, and I would have loved to see the developing relationships that only budded in the final page.
4. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. I loved the ending, but I could have easily followed Charlie’s story, at least through the end of high school!
I don’t have any more to list, because a lot of the books that I’ve really enjoyed recently are series! Hooray for me! Anyway, I’m going to put my own spin on this topic and tell you about some series that I wish would have stopped after a certain point.
5. The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini. I loved Eragon, and still do. I approached with caution for Eldest, and begrudgingly trudged through Brisingr. I still haven’t touched Inheritance. Paolini relied on too much deux ex machina and really random plot points that seemed like they were pulled from the stratosphere, and my rabid love for his series quickly waned.
6. The Program by Suzanne Young. I loved this book, as you can read here, but ultimately I think a stand-alone book would have been strong enough on its own. (Of course I’ll still buy all the sequels – I’m not that snobby!)
7. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson. It’s the same situation as the Inheritance Cycle. Lisbeth Salander is one of my top ten favorite female protagonists ever, but I feel like her incredible character was overshadowed by the political grumbling of the later two books.
8. The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare. This one is entirely unfounded, since I haven’t even read the second book. But, with as many books as there are in the series (I think the sixth is coming out next year?) it can very easily derail and lose its chutzpa. I’m just hoping this doesn’t happen, because I purchased the entire series and they’re waiting on my shelf.
So there we have it – only eight this week. Sorry! Comment below and share your lists so I can check them out!