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A Reader of Fictions: Top Ten Books I Wish Could Have Had Sequels

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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Top Ten Books I Wish Could Have Had Sequels

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
Okay, so this is totally going to be an exercise in fangirling and not based remotely in reality. Obviously, I won't be including series I've not finished in this list, since I don't know if I'll feel like I'm done with it. Otherwise, everything is FAIR GAME. Basically, these are the books or series where I'm like "That was awesome, but you know what?"

Like Ariel, I'm a greedy bitch.

1.  Anatomy of a Single Girl (Anatomy #2) - Daria Snadowsky

Maybe this is already in the works, but I've not heard anything yet. I want to see a non-depressed Dom in college living it up! And I sort of want her to get with Calvin or someone. She's at a point now where she can have a healthy relationship and I want to be there for that!

2. Beauty Queens - Libba Bray

TBH, I have no clue what would happen, but this book was HILARIOUS and I want more books in this style, mmmkay?

3. Shadows on the Moon - Zoë Marriott

Okay, so Shadows on the Moon is fantastic, and I definitely could do with more. Also, I think there's totally space for one. Trying to make my suggestion without spoiling anyone should be interesting, but I'm going to go for it. Basically, I would like a sequel set in Onieto's homeland that explores powers and such more. How badass would that be? INCREDIBLY BADASS.

4. Fruits Basket - Natsuki Takaya

What's that? Most of you don't care about manga? Well, I do, so deal with it. Fruits Basket is on my list of favorite things all time ever. I've read the series three or four times now, and at pretty much any point I would be willing to reread. If you're scared of manga but tempted and need a buddy, I WILL read this with you. I WILL find the time. That's how much I love it. Anyway, this is one of those cases where I am just completely in love with the characters and need to know more about them. Epilogue was not satisfying enough. I need more time to revel in my ships, and for ships to form for the ones who don't have anyone. MAKE IT SO.

5. Meant to Be - Lauren Morrill

I cannot be the only one who wants to see Julia go to college, can I? In Meant to Be, I liked the couple, but I don't see them lasting forever, so it would be awesome to see the breakup and recovery process in freshman year, because that's a common part of the college experience.

6. Lady Knight (Protector of the Small #4) - Tamora Pierce

Some of you may disagree with me, as I imagine Tamora does, since she probably wrote this just how she wanted it, but, for me, a Tamora Pierce series is not complete without the swoons. Kel needs herself a sexy man and some sex in general. It's not fair that the least feminine of Pierce's heroines ends up alone with only possible hints at a relationship. This must be rectified with a fifth book, tentatively titled...I'm not sure yet, since The Woman Who Rides Like a Man was taken.

7. Front and Center (Dairy Queen #3) - Catherine Gilbert Murdock

Like with Meant to Be, I think this would be a good series to continue onwards into college with, since it's really not wrapped around an HEA onto eternity. Sure, I do really want D.J. to get Brian Nelson, but, at the same time, that's not what the series was ALL ABOUT for me, so they would break up in college and date other people, and I would be totally okay with that. I just want to know how she does in her studies and basketball and everything!

8. Ascendant (Killer Unicorns #2) - Diana Peterfreund

You guys, I freaking love this series, but the ending of Ascendant did not feel like a period. There should be more. Most of the series on this list feel pretty complete to themselves, but could probably have more. In this case, I think more would make the story even stronger, because it felt like some questions were left lingering. Also, I just want more killer unicorns.

9. Nana- Ai Yazawa

This one's unique on my list as I actually haven't read what there is of Nana yet. I have, however, read some of her other works and loved them, and watched the anime while I was home sick one day. Here's the deal. Yazawa got really sick, and so this series went on hiatus at a crazy dramatic point, and all I'm saying is that I wish for Yazawa Ai to heal entirely and be able to finish the series.

10. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter #7) - J.K. Rowling

Yeah, I know this will be on every single list ever, but I have no fucks to give about that. The epilogue was not nearly enough. I want to know every single detail of their lives and their kids' lives and on and on, okay? I'm in love with this world and there cannot be enough. Also, that Buzzfeed article that came out last week made me DESPERATE for the expanded universe to get going. I especially must know about Teddy Lupin and Victoire Weasley, because oh man do I ship it. I want all of this even though pretty much all of the kids have stupid names. That is how in love with all of this I am.

What say you? Anyone else want to see these sequels happen?

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64 Comments:

Blogger Jon Pilgrim said...

I thought about including HP, but I decided that the Epilogue left me perfectly satisfied. I would rather read a spin-off personally of HP!
-Scott Reads It!

August 6, 2013 at 12:09 AM  
Blogger marissa | Rae Gun Ramblings said...

bwahahaha ariel is PERFECT for this week. You and me potter obsessed and proud! And beauty queens would be a super interesting sequel
My Top Ten

August 6, 2013 at 12:20 AM  
Blogger Ashley said...

Your #8. Yes. YES. YES. It makes me rage every time I think about the ending.

August 6, 2013 at 1:00 AM  
OpenID thepolishedpageturner said...

The is a perfect gif! I loved Libba Bray's writing in Beauty Queens and would love to see more like this from her. More books like Beauty Queens just need to exist.

August 6, 2013 at 1:05 AM  
Blogger lillylilac said...

Great list, Fruits Basket is my favorite series of all time so I'm so happy to find someone else that loves the series. While I actually loved the ending of the series I would love to just read a series dealing with the characters daily life for the rest of their lives because I love the characters and relationships so much in this series that I don't think I could ever get bored of the it even if nothing really happens in the series. Also I would volunteer to be a buddy for anyone who doesn't want to read Fruits Basket alone as well.

August 6, 2013 at 1:51 AM  
Blogger Geraldine Lee said...

Haha, YES!!!! I loved Fruits Basket!!!! It changed my feelings so much while I was reading it! Good list, forgot so many of them!

August 6, 2013 at 3:14 AM  
OpenID chrissireads said...

That gif is perfect! I really want to read Meant To Be. I also have Shadows on The Moon to read soon and I'm excited to read that. Great list.

August 6, 2013 at 3:25 AM  
Blogger Amber (Books of Amber) said...

I've only read Beauty Queens (ugh), and Harry Potter from your list, so I don't feel like I have much input. BUT YESSSSSSSSSS HARRY POTTER. I want to know EVERYTHING, from the next generation's lives, the Founders, other wizarding schools (although, lbr, they would never live up to Hogwarts), the Marauders... EVERYTHING.

August 6, 2013 at 3:42 AM  
Blogger Kimberly @ On the Wings of Books said...

I'm not sure what could possibly happen in a Beauty Queens sequel but I would read it in a heartbeat as well.

Slightly unrelated, this is the first I've seen of the buzzfeed article and I thought Rowling said back when HP7pII came out that she approved of Luna and Neville and even though she didn't write that in the book she can see that happening. What happened to that? I want that!

August 6, 2013 at 7:18 AM  
Blogger Kat Kennedy said...

NANA! NANA! I NEED MORE NANA!

August 6, 2013 at 7:48 AM  
Blogger Bookish said...

Great list, definitely agree with including Ascendant!!! I would kill to read more about killer unicorns!

My Top 10 Tuesday!

August 6, 2013 at 8:10 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

I'd be cool with a spinoff or a direct sequel or anything really. I'm not picky. I just want more HP!

August 6, 2013 at 8:46 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

Isn't she? I was on the fence about doing this TTT, but then I thought of the gif and I HAD to participate!

August 6, 2013 at 8:55 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

I mean, it was badass, but you can't just stop there forever. YOU CANNOT.

August 6, 2013 at 9:20 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

Why, thank you! There's not enough truly absurd but insightful humor out there.

August 6, 2013 at 9:28 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

YAY!So glad to find another lover of this series. I mean, I know it's immensely popular, but it's seriously my favorite one and it ranks with my very favorite books. And, yes, I could read anything about the characters. ANYTHING. For a while, I was even creating a fan fiction in my head, though with no intent to actually write it. Lol.

August 6, 2013 at 9:38 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

I agree, and I love how much all of the characters grow and change throughout, both mentally and physically. It really shows them develop and gah it's amazing.

August 6, 2013 at 9:41 AM  
Blogger @HarleyBearBooks said...

You made me lol as usual. I love the ariel gif haha. I just read Anatomy of a BF and I'm excited to start book two. I hope she writes a book 3! And that buzzfeed HP thing was awesome, but made me wish there was more too. She should have done a series about the kids or about HP and the gang grown up. My TTT

August 6, 2013 at 9:41 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

You should read both of those! They're awesome.

August 6, 2013 at 9:45 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

YOU DIDN'T LIKE BEAUTY QUEENS? It's like I don't know you anymore. Though I can see where it's silliness might not work for everyone. EVERYTHING. YES. THAT IS WHAT I WANT TO KNOW.

August 6, 2013 at 9:48 AM  
Blogger Lynn K. said...

This is twice I've seen Killer Unicorns on today's TTT now and this is only the second blog I've been to. o__O *adds to to-read list*

Dairy Queen - A follow up of DJ in college would be nice. I liked how realistic this series was.

Fruits Basket - YES! I'd really like to see Yuki's relationship develop, Kureno/Hana's and also Hatsuharu/Rin's. Of course, Kyo and Tohru's too. *__*


P.S. Have you heard of Shingeki no Kyojin/Attack on Titan?

August 6, 2013 at 10:11 AM  
Blogger Eveline V said...

great list! I would love to read 10 more books, novellas and prequels about HP and his world, love that series so much:)

TTT @ Eveline's Books

August 6, 2013 at 10:48 AM  
Blogger Belle of the Literati said...

Harry Potter. Harry Potter. Harry Potter. Harry Potter.

That is all. :)

August 6, 2013 at 11:12 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

EVERYTHING COULD HAPPEN. Lol, I don't remember how it ended, but I just want something else in that world, not necessarily a direct sequel.

Huh. I don't remember that. I was never into the Luna/Neville ship anyway. Too...obvious, I guess. Like, let's just stick the two awkward ones together just because.

August 6, 2013 at 11:19 AM  
Blogger Terri S. said...

Oh I loved Fruits Basket! My friend got me watching the anime and then I read the series. It's so cute!

August 6, 2013 at 11:39 AM  
Blogger Tabitha S said...

YES! Anatomy of a Single Girl I want to see Dom having fun, and not being so caught up on the guys in her life, and I think Calvin could be a good match for her!

Great list!
- Tabitha @ Tabitha's Book Blog

August 6, 2013 at 12:29 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

ME TOO. IF SHE DOESN'T FINISH IT, ALL OF THE TEARS.

August 6, 2013 at 12:54 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Oh yeah! And it just left off in such an open place!

August 6, 2013 at 1:03 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Yay! Mission accomplished. A book 3 would be awesome, so I hope she does. I think one about the kids would be best, but I would take anything!

August 6, 2013 at 1:09 PM  
Blogger GillyB said...

LADY KNIGHT SO SO SO MUCH THIS. And also Harry Potter. Mais bien sur.

August 6, 2013 at 1:17 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Hahaha, that's so funny!

Me too! College DJ would be awesome.

Also, I just want to get to watch Kyo and Tohru be a couple more. And all of the couples. HATSUHARU is so hot. Oh, I also love the rooster with her best friend and and all of the couples. I love ALL of the couples.

P.S. Heard of it but not seen it or heard much about it other than that it's the best.

August 6, 2013 at 1:17 PM  
Blogger GillyB said...

Oh, and kudos on the perfect Ariel gif. Perfection.

August 6, 2013 at 1:17 PM  
Blogger Andrea C. said...

The kids' names are straight up the worst! I hated every. Single. One. Of. Them. All of them!

Lame.

Also, love that Buzzfeed article!

~​Andrea @ ​Beauty but a Funny Girl

August 6, 2013 at 1:22 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

I WILL READ ANYTHING ABOUT THE HP CHARACTERS.

August 6, 2013 at 1:27 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Bother bother bother bother.

August 6, 2013 at 1:32 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

The anime really disappoints me, but maybe I would have liked it if I hadn't read the manga first.

August 6, 2013 at 1:48 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

WHY IS THIS NOT A THING? TAMORA, HEAR OUR CALL!

August 6, 2013 at 1:54 PM  
Blogger Angelica Joy said...

Christina I've been seeing the Anatomy books around the blogosphere lately, I'm really wanting to read at least book 1 to see how it is.

I'm quite surprised that I haven't seen Meant to be in more people's list this week.

My TTT

August 6, 2013 at 2:27 PM  
Blogger Krystianna said...

Beauty Queens is one of my favorite books! It was so unique and different. I love Libba Bray. :)

August 6, 2013 at 2:28 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Seriously, they are so terrible and just why?

August 6, 2013 at 2:29 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

They've been doing some great promotion for those lately!

August 6, 2013 at 2:36 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Isn't it just? It was a very cinematic sort of humor, and it was perfect.

August 6, 2013 at 2:41 PM  
Blogger Bonnie R said...

I would cry if more Harry Potter books got published. With joy of course. I'd be one of those crazy people that camp out in front of Best Buy a week before Black Friday. J.K. really needs to get on this.

August 6, 2013 at 3:19 PM  
Blogger Jillyn said...

I'm glad I'm not the only one not ready to leave Hogwarts!

New GFC follower

My TTT.

August 6, 2013 at 3:53 PM  
Blogger Kami said...

I love manga, but I couldn't finish Fruits Basket. The characters were too spazzy for me. Shadows on the Moon almost made my list as well! It was a great book, and I would love more!

August 6, 2013 at 5:14 PM  
Blogger Christina @ Christina Reads YA said...

1. Still have to get to this one and the first book for review. Your reviews made me accept the request, but now I'm like this: o.O. How to catch up?? And "non-depressed" Dom--is she depressed in the others? Oh noes.

2. Not enough social satire in YA!

5. YES. As much as I loved goofball Jason and how he got Julia to loosen up, I don't see them lasting either. And I suppose that was a part of the point of MTB, but I AM SO WITH YOU. With the NA trend going strong, I'm a little surprised it hasn't happened yet (wasn't it a packaged book?).

More of Diana Peterfreund's work and some of Tamora Pierce's--stuff still left to try.

AND OMG THANK YOU FOR BUZZFEED HP ARTICLE.

I would not be able to make a list like this. I suppose mine would borrow from some others I'd seen - Statistical Probability, Meant to Be - and maybe add Witchlanders? There's something about this topic in general that I innately reject. Usually, even if the world is awesome, I just follow the author's next work rather than hope for something else to happen.

OMG I JUST NOTICED THE GIF. Yes. And the lighting for it too o.O. (Also reminds me of Jellicoe Road, which still hasn't reached the top of your SHS pile. *weary sigh*)

August 6, 2013 at 5:43 PM  
OpenID quinnsbooknook said...

Haha. I love the Ariel Gif. Love that song. Anyway, I had a terrible time with this topic, and ended up switching it a bit. I loved Beauty Queens, too! I don't know if I am dying for a sequel, perse, but I would love more books like that. Did you listen to the audio? Libba Bray narrates and she's amazing.

August 6, 2013 at 7:34 PM  
Blogger Kara_Malinczak said...

We are brain twins because I almost, ALMOST picked Shadows on the Moon for my list as well, and for the exact same reasons you did. I wish I had put it down now. O_o

August 6, 2013 at 8:07 PM  
Blogger Amanda said...

I still need to read Shadows on the Moon, despite having owned it for a while now. Eventually I shall.
You know, I do agree about the Protector of the Small series. I want Kel to have her happily-ever-after and a guy to go with it. I am a diehard Kel/Neal shipper though, and since I know that doesn't work out I'm not sure who I want her to end up with. Dom maybe? Pierce could have fixed this problem too by alluding to Kel and a suitor/boyfriend/husband in the Daughter of the Lioness books, but I don't recall that ever being mentioned. le sigh.
I am reading Rampant right now! And directly moving on to Ascendent. I hope that the ending is satisfactory enough, even if there are a few lingering questions.
Great picks, Christina!

August 6, 2013 at 9:12 PM  
Blogger Nemeen said...

I've actually asked and Tamora Pierce is planning another book about Kel. It'll be after the Numair series she's writing.

August 7, 2013 at 12:41 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

Bahaha, I would maybe go to the midnight launch party, but I would be so sleepy. Lol. I'm getting old.

August 7, 2013 at 8:54 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

Nope, there are so many of us.

August 7, 2013 at 9:05 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

Awwww, that makes me sad. I'm not entirely sure what you mean by spazzy, but they are odd. I find most manga have a really quirky cast, though. Yay for Shadows on the Moon!

August 7, 2013 at 9:06 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

1. Ah, no no. She's not depressed the whole time in the books. But she IS depressed during the bits where you see her at college because of relationship troubles. About 3/4 of the first book is set in high school/at her hometown for the holidays, and most of the second takes place over her summer vacation after freshman year. So that's why. I want to see more of her actually BEING in college.

2. Nope!

5. Yeah, I actually asked Lauren at book club if she saw them as an HEA, and she said she didn't. They're good for each other right now and that's about it, which is perfect and the vibe that I'd gotten.

YOU ARE WELCOME

Statistical Probability could use a sequel to take on the instalove in the first. Ah, there were a lot of books where I loved them but not quite enough to want more. Just depends really.

Bahaha, that gif makes me so happy!

Sorry, girl. The random.org gods are fickle!

August 7, 2013 at 9:14 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

That's totally my song that I sing when I don't get new books in the mailbox and know I'm being absurdly sad. Like, you have enough. BUT I WANT MOOOOORE.

Yeah, in that case I don't think I would want a sequel so much as a companion. Something with the same humor, but probably a really different setting. The events of the first book would probably just be a headline or something.

August 7, 2013 at 9:17 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

Oh, and no, I didn't listen to the audio. I'm not even sure if it was out yet when I read the book.

August 7, 2013 at 9:18 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

You totally should have. It would be the best. :-)

August 7, 2013 at 9:27 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

Ahhhh, you should read it!

My memories of that series are too blurry for me to be sure who I shipped her with. Claon maybe? But I don't remember Neal, so I could be wrong. I think fandom's assumption is Dom, but I'm not sure.

Oh cool! Will be curious what you think of it!

August 7, 2013 at 9:43 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

OH WOW. This is the best news ever.

August 7, 2013 at 9:44 AM  
Blogger Nemeen said...

Glad I could help :)

August 7, 2013 at 7:55 PM  
Blogger Debby said...

FRUITS BASKET. YES MA'AM. I don't know if I ever *did* read the ending though... Not sure I kept up with it well enough :3 I should reread sometime. That series was so adorable.

HARRY POTTER HARRY POTTER. Though maybe I wouldn't want a direct sequel because I HATED the epilogue and in my universe it just never happened. ^^;

August 10, 2013 at 3:32 PM  
Blogger Lynn K. said...

There just wasn't enough page time for all the couples. Particularly the rooster because he only appeared so late in the series!! There needs to be a whole slew of side stories featuring each pairing. They also released a voice comic of the last chapter last year. The FEEELS.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NbIQjYQMBPs

Shingeki is fantastic! And the anime studio producing it does an excellent job adapting the manga (which has a rawer and grittier feel to it). So many feels, always full of surprises (you think you know all you can about the titans and a few chapters later that knowledge is challenged) and lots of great characters.

August 11, 2013 at 5:19 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

OMG. That's amazing. I will read anything put out in this universe. Come on, guys. TAKE MY MONEY.

August 14, 2013 at 9:49 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

DO IT! I'll read it with you if you need support. FEEELS. I would tweet you dramatic things and everything.

Right, jumping to the kids would probably be best. Stay in Hogwarts.

August 14, 2013 at 9:50 AM  

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