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: 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

Review: Miss You by Kate Eberlen

Title: Miss You
Author: Kate Eberlen
Rating: ★★★★
Summary: For one day, the paths of an eighteen-year-old girl and boy criss-cross before they each return to England. Over the course of the next sixteen years, life and love will offer them very different challenges. Separated by distance and fate, there’s no way the two of them are ever going to meet each other properly . . . or is there?

Note: an eARC of this title was acquired via Edelweiss+.

The title of Kate Eberlen’s latest should be Just Missed You, as Tess and Gus’s story is hinged upon their lives touching for a moment and then spinning wildly away again with the force of contact. Told in alternating chapters and spanning more than a decade and a half, we get to follow these two people as each decision they make (or are sometimes forced to make) alter their lives into hitting different intersection points. (I think that the best thing – in that it’s the worst thing – is Eberlen gives us just enough of a hint that Tess and Gus would have met at critical points in their young adulthood, but instead pass alongside one another, never quite meeting (or even knowing that they should).)

This story sunk its tender melodramatic claws into me, and I stayed up late reading, buoyed by the hope that maybe this day fate would push Gus and Tess into each other’s orbit. That in this moment, they would finally become more than tertiary strangers just out of reach. But perhaps only because that moment is almost twenty years in the making does it mean all the more.

Miss You could have easily devolved into cliched mush, but in Eberlen’s hands, it feels real and raw. At the end of it all, I was so happy I cried.