Top Ten Tuesday: Standalone Books That Need a Sequel

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.  There is a new topic each week for bloggers to join in with their own top ten. If you’re looking for some new or different book blogs to read, hop on over to her site and check out some of the links.

You may  have noticed I skipped last week’s TTT.  The subject was Characters I’d Like to Switch Places With and I just couldn’t think of any.  Sure, I love losing myself in the fantasy of fiction, but most story characters have a lot of woe before the good.  I’d love to live in the Harry Potter universe, but I don’t want all the problems that he and his friends had.  The worlds that Sarah J. Maas creates are phenomenal…if you don’t have to actually live there and have to fear for your life.  You get my point.

This week’s topic is Standalone Books That Need a Sequel, and it’s another hard one for me. What I’m going to do is list 5 books may do well with a sequel and 5 that had sequels and maybe shouldn’t have.  Here’s the thing, even when a story is left not quite wrapped up, it’s often how it should end.  We don’t need every single detail spelled out.  Often it’s best to have the readers come to their own conclusions and use their own imagination when it comes to the end.  Not everything has to be wrapped up with a tidy bow on top.

Five books that may or may not need a sequel:

Mr. Big
by Delancey Stewart

The Odds of Loving Grover Cleveland
by Rebekah Crane

Just Kiss Me
by Rachel Gibson

Promise Me You
by Marina Adair

Gather the Daughters
by Jennie Melamed

The next five books have sequels but I don’t necessarily believe they needed one (or more, in some cases). With some of these, I read and enjoyed the sequel(s).  In others, the sequel ended up ruining it for me. Unlike with the first five, with these next five I’ll give you my reasoning for each one.

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Gone With the Wind
by Margaret Mitchell

This book has an amazing ending, made more amazing and iconic by the dashing Clark Gable in the movie adaptation.  While it didn’t have the HEA we all wanted for Scarlett, it was satisfying to see the spoiled, self-centered, narcissistic woman get what she had coming to her.  To see Rhett finally see that no matter what he did she wasn’t going to change her ways.  I admit that I enjoyed the book Scarlett, mostly because I love Rhett. It doesn’t mean the book was needed. It wasn’t.

 

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The Giver
by Lois Lowry

This one has received many awards, including the Newberry Medal. There are so many layers to this story and I remember we had quite the insightful and deep discussion on this one at book club when we read it a few years back.  As with Gone With the Wind, it doesn’t have a very satisfying conclusion (at least in the way we are used to things having a tidy ending). I felt that the way my imagination went after the ending was better than the way the story went off the rails over the next few books.

 

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Divergent
by Veronica Roth

This is one of those books that I got sucked right in and couldn’t wait to read the following books in the series.  While they were okay, even great at times, they couldn’t live up to the experience I had with this book.  They got more jumbled and bogged down as the series went along. It’s a shame that I was left with a bad taste in my mouth by the time I finished this series.

 

 

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Flowers in the Attic
by VC Andrews

I have a confession to make, it’s been well over 20 years since I read this book. Possibly over 30. I remember finding this story fascinating and terrifying at the same time. With each book in the series after this one, I think I got more and more confused. Partly because I was a teenager and probably too young to understand what was really happening. But this series really fell apart when I read the prequel.  The creepy terror should have been kept contained in this first book, it was just too much.

 

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The Bronze Horseman
by Paullina Simons

I may file this one under too much of a good thing. I adore this story for its gritty real feeling.  Those same real-life feel and raw emotions started to weigh a bit too heavily in the following books.  Where I’m glad I read the whole series, if I ever do a re-read it will probably only be of book one.  It will break my heart too much to read the rest again.

 

 

I’d love to hear from you. Especially if you read any of the last 5 books I listed and felt differently.

About Cheri

I'm the mom of two boys and wife to my high school sweetheart. Our oldest, Josh, is living at home while working and paying off student loans. Our youngest, Griffin recently left his active duty Army job and is now National Guard here at home. He moved back to Michigan with his wife Kirsten and our beautiful granddaughter Hazel. I work part time and try to fit as much reading into my life as possible.
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5 Responses to Top Ten Tuesday: Standalone Books That Need a Sequel

  1. I agree with you about Gone With the Wind, but I liked the world of The Giver so much that I enjoyed the sequels to it (though they are not really traditional sequels). I stopped with the first book in the Divergent, and everyone tells me that is a good thing.

  2. Yeah I have to agree, I could have done without the Divergent sequels.
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2019/03/12/top-ten-tuesday-202/

  3. lydiaschoch says:

    I totally agree with your thoughts on The Giver.

    And, yes, it can be tricky to come up with responses to TTT prompts sometimes. I have no idea what I’m going to do for the audiobooks prompt in a few weeks. Ha!

    My Top Ten Tuesday post.

  4. I did like the last two books of Divergent (although not the end of Allegiant, and We Can Be Mended didn’t mend my feelings for it) although part of me wonders whether the end was plotted out before book 1 was started. I know an author doesn’t have to have an entire series fully outlined before writing the second book, but it probably helps to know what the end game of a series is before starting.

  5. I’d love to see a sequel to The Giver.

    Check out my TTT and my most recent 5 star review

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