Top Ten: Books That Need a Sequel

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme was standalone books that need a sequel.

I had a really hard time with this week’s topic, y’all. The books I thought of first were either already part of a series or were so terrible that, even if I didn’t like the ending, I didn’t particularly care to read more. 😂 So, do the following books need a sequel? No, not really—but I also wouldn’t complain if they got one!

I Went to Vassar for This? by Naomi Neale
If I’m Being Honest by Emily Wibberley & Austin Siegemund-Broka
Miss You by Kate Eberlen
My Favorite Half-Night Stand by Christina Lauren
Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl

On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
The Regional Office is Under Attack! by Manuel Gonzales
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
What Should Be Wild by Julia Fine
The Witch of Willow Hall by Hester Fox

BONUS! The following books were standalone, but now they all have sequels!!

Geekerella by Ashley Poston
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
The Royal We by Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan

Top Ten: Characters I’d Switch Places With

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme was characters I’d switch places with – which, just so you know, was really hard! I mostly ended up deciding that these characters had a not-so-difficult arc, existed in a world I found tolerable, and whose end justified the means. Onward!

Beth from Attachments // Diana from A Discovery of Witches // Elle from Geekerella // Susan from Giant Days // Cameron from If I’m Being Honest

Cathy from I Went to Vassar for This? // Molly from Lip Lock // Millie from My Favorite Half-Night Stand // Lizzie from Queen of Babble // Jessica from Sloppy Firsts

Top Ten: Romantic Couples

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme was my favorite (romantic) couples in books.😍

Diana & Matthew from A Discovery of Witches // Elle & Darien from Geekerella // Emerson & Michael from Hourglass // Cathy & Hank from I Went to Vassar for This? // Rey & Ben from The Last Jedi

Molly & Kyle from Lip Lock // Tess & Gus from Miss You // Nik & Carlos from The Proposal // Bex & Nick from The Royal We // Lydia & John from The Witch of Willow Hall

Top Ten: Hidden Gems

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme was hidden gems (dealer’s choice). Below are ten three- and four-star reads that have under 1,000 ratings on Goodreads. (For perspective, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone has 5 million!)

Ask Me About My Uterus: A Quest to Make Doctors Believe in Women’s Pain by Abby Norman // Before and After by Rosellen Brown // I Went to Vassar for This? by Naomi Neale // Leaper: The Misadventures of a Not-Necessarily-Super Hero by Geoffrey Wood // Love Will Tear Us Apart by Sarah Rainone

Remind Me Again Why I Need a Man by Claudia Carroll // Sh*t Girls Say by Kyle Humphrey and Graydon Sheppard // Smart Girls Like Me by Diana Vadino // Still Thinking of You by Adele Parks // Teenage: The Prehistory of Youth Culture, 1875-1945 by Jon Savage

Five Favorite: TV I Want to Be Books

“Five Favorite” is a feature on thewasofshall where I lay out my five favorite “x”. Sometimes they’re relevant to a season or holiday, mostly they’re not. It’s an all-around fun excuse to give my 100% amazingly awesome opinion. To see previous topics, click here.

I already did a top ten Tuesday post on books I want to see as a TV series or film, but there are sooo many shows I watch (and with which I am OBSESSED) that would work really well as a stand-alone or multi-book series. Here are my five favorite!

12 Monkeys: This series has quickly become one of my favorite shows, and it makes me think of a trilogy filled with time travel and romance and time travel and a high-stakes end-of-the-world plot and, oh yeah, TIME TRAVEL.
(Inspiration: The Passage trilogy by Justin Cronin)

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Agent Cater: I know that Peggy Carter is part of the MCU, but even ignoring her connection to Captain America and S.H.I.E.L.D., I envision a visually muted series of comic issues highlighting her intelligence amid the sexism and misogyny of post-World War II New York.
(Inspiration: Lady Killer by Joëlle Jones)

Caitlin Fitzgerald as Libby Masters, Michael Sheen as Dr. William Masters and Lizzy Caplan as Virginia Johnson in Masters of Sex (season 3, Key Art) - Photo: Liz Von Hoene/SHOWTIME - Photo ID: MastersofSex_S3_KeyArt_300

Masters of Sex: The life of William Masters and Virginia Johnson was technically adapted from their biography of the same name, but I want a lush work of literary fiction filled to the brim with both criticism of and nostalgia for the mid twentieth century.
(Inspiration: I Went to Vassar for This? by Naomi Neale & The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides )

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Mr. Robot: This show just begs for a stand-alone atmospheric thriller filled with tech jargon, an unreliable narrator, and the Hack Of The Century – which only happens half way through so you read into the middle of the night because WHY ARE THERE SO MANY PAGES LEFT???
(Inspiration: Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk)

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Orphan Black: Even good things have to end, so this would be a well-plotted, multi-arc series with kick-ass lady protagonists; multiple, intersecting plots; and an ever-widening conspiracy you just HAVE to figure out.
(Inspiration: The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown)

Have your own five favorite TV shows you want as books? Let me know!