Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam. You basically get a new topic every Wednesday, and you list your Top 5 books related to that topic. Head over to the Goodreads group, and add your name to the list of Wednesday-ers if you’re interested in participating!
Today’s topic is “Books You Wish Had Sequels.” Basically any stand-alone or book that you wish had another book to it. I’m hoping it’s not too much cheating to include prequels in this, because I find myself often wanting to know what happened before the events of a series rather than after. I’m usually satisfied with ends- even if an end doesn’t blow my mind, I’m usually okay with accepting how it ended.
5. The Little Friend by Donna Tartt
I don’t think I’ve ever been as conflicted about a book as this one. On the one hand, Ms. Tartt is one of the greatest writers I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading; her eloquence, how she can write about nothing at all and I’d read it, completely transfixed by her skills. She doesn’t employ words; words bend and break and are reborn under her fingertips- she’s that good. The atmosphere in this book was fantastic, and I could go on reading it forever. BUT. The plot was rather strange and was left largely unresolved. Because it’s such a dense, dark, complex book, I often found myself not concentrating enough to puzzle out the mystery myself. I know, that’s laziness on MY part and not really Tartt’s fault at all, but I couldn’t help but want something more after turning the last page. I grew very attached to the protagonist, and even if the story wasn’t a continuation, and just a little snippet from more of Harriet’s life, I’d be happy. But that’ll never happen; it’s just not Donna Tartt’s style.
4. One of the Guys by Lisa Aldin
This is a severely underrated book, and I don’t often find myself saying that about contemporaries. I’m not the biggest fan of them, especially those that center around romance but Lisa Aldin’s One of the Guys was an exception. I thought the main character, in all her flaws, was endearing and the romance was slow-burn and believable. I really enjoyed the relationship dynamics between the characters. I’d really love a sequel centering around what happens after our two characters get together, how their lives change when they go off to college- anything, really. The possibilities for sequels in the contemporary genre are endless! Most anything can be done.
3. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
This book is what perfection looks like. Does it need a sequel? No. Do I want one anyways? Fuck, yes. I grew so attached to these characters while reading this book- Noah and Jude are two of the most lovable, endearing yet complex characters I’ve read in YA contemporary, and Jandy Nelson’s writing style was breath-taking. The story was both heart-warming and tragic in its brutal outlook into issues like homophobia, bullying and the reality of death. Like I said earlier, the possibilities for contemporary sequels are endless. But the wish is mostly selfishness; I don’t think this book needs a sequel or prequel, or anything of the sort. It’s perfect as it is, but if there WERE to be a spin-off or whatever, I’d jump on the opportunity.
2. Through the Woods by Emily Carroll
This graphic novel is one of my favorites- five short stories that chilled me to the bone while I was reading them. I don’t usually find books, in any format, scary but Through the Woods was an exception. The artwork was so freaking stunning- I found myself wanting to rip out the pages and get them framed so I could hang them all over my room. Decided against it because they were gruesome and would probably concern my parents regarding my mental stability. Doesn’t change the fact that the spreads were stunning. The stories were also captivating; if Emily Carroll were to release a similar book – kind of like a horror duology or trilogy with similar stories, I’d throw money at her and the publishers.
1. The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater
This is most definitely cheating, because I’m not even done with the last book lol. But I’m dreading finishing it because I genuinely do not want this series to end. I think Stiefvater’s strongest feat in her writing is her characterization; the way she has constructed these people, giving each one qualities and vices, makes them seem like real people. I feel like I know Blue, Gansey, Ronan, Adam and Noah. I know what they will do in a given situation at a given time- not because they’re predictable, but because they’re so well-developed. I want to be a part of their little group; I want them to be real, these strange, amazing characters. If I could get a spin-off about Ronan and Adam’s romantic excursions after the series ends- how fucking magnificent would it be? ANYTHING, just give me anything. I just don’t want this series to end, someone save me.