Top Ten Tuesday: Could Have (and Wanted to!) Read More

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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!

The Espressologist

Title: The Espressologist
Author: Kristina Springer
Pages: 184
Genre: YA, fiction, matchmaking
Series? No
Publisher: Square Fish (2011)
Rating: 3/6 –  I liked it

Synopsis from cover: What does a medium iced vanilla latte really mean?

Seventeen-year-old barista Jane Turner has this theory that you can tell a lot about a person by their regular coffee drink. She calls it Espressology. So it’s not a totally crazy idea when Jane starts hooking up some of her friends based on their coffee orders. Then her boss, Derek, makes it an in-store promotion, promising customers perfect matches for the price of their favorite coffee. Things are going better than Derek could have ever hoped, so why is Jane freaked out? Does it have anything to do with her best friend, Em, dating Cam? She’s the one who set them up! She should be happy for them, right?

My Initial Thoughts/Rambling: As I typed that title and had to slowly spell it out, I realized that it’s probably pronounced “espresso-lo-gist” not “express-all-o-gist”. My whole life has been a lie. How do you even pronounce espresso in the first place? (This is yet another example of why I should stick to writing and not speaking)

In other news, this book literally made me squeal in the end. It was so cute I just… d’awwww!!! It melted my insides and put such a big smile on my face that I completely forgave any grudges I had against this book.

What did I think about the characters? I wasn’t so sure about the characters 2/3 (about 100 pages) of the way through the book, but the last 1/3 picked up. They’re not extraordinarily developed, but enough for this kind of book. I could at least tell the different characters from each other. Although I do have a question: how does saying “bloody” when you’re angry qualify you for having a British accent? That was an odd quirk, but at least I remember the character I guess. The love interest, Cam, was sweet, and he was the one who picked my original rating of  1 all the way up to a 3.

And the concept and plot? The concept is what drew me in: when have you ever read a book about matchmaking based off of coffee drinks? I haven’t, that’s for sure. It was an Amazon bargain book ($3.60, count me in!) so I wasn’t too worried about giving it a shot. 

The plot was quickly paced, and while I would have liked a bit longer to get to know the characters, I think the length is good enough. It was a quick read; nothing substantial or life-changing, but a cute little book that put a smile on my face and helped me relax.

What about the writing style? At first, I was a bit put off, because the style was a bit more slang filled than I’m used to. No – slang isn’t the right term. Maybe relaxed – like we speak in real life. Except I don’t speak like that, so it’s a bit odd to get used to, at least for me. (This is all a personal problem and you probably shouldn’t take it into account if you’re looking to buy this one.) 

Anything else you’d like to add? I still can’t figure out how to pronounce the title. It’s really freaking me out. In other news, I drink a nonfat, no whip, decaf white chocolate frapuccino/mocha depending on the weather, or vanilla rooibos tea if I’m feeling healthy (read: calorie conscious).