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. ūüėā So, do the following books need a sequel? No, not really‚ÄĒbut I also wouldn’t complain if they got one!

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

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

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

‚ô• Geekerella by Ashley Poston
‚ô• The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
‚ô• 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.ūüėć

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: Things Books Have Made Me Want to Do or Learn

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme was top ten things books have made me want to do or learn about after reading them, but¬†I tweaked it slightly to include things I actually learned or did¬†rather than things about which I got curious or¬†still want to do.

1. I want to learn to be be more socially & racially aware of my privilege because of Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates.

2. I want to learn to be braver and more proactive (and have less regrets) because of When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi.


3. I’m learning to say the ‘f’ word with pride because of We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

4. I’m learning to be more forgiving of myself because of Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay.

5. I learned that there are just some things about which I can’t read because of Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov.

6. I learned that I can’t relate to teenagers anymore because of Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley.

7. I want to study abroad because of The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan.

8. I want to live in NYC because of Fourth Comings by Megan McCafferty.

9. I wanted to Google because of A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal by Ben Macintyre.

10. I wanted to tumble down the romance rabbit hole because of Lip Lock by Susanna Carr.

Five Favorite: Books I Read in 2015

“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 read about 30 books in 2015 – a lot of them good and a lot of them bad – but only a handful were absolute re-read favorites. Here are my top five.

Have your own five favorite 2015 reads? Let me know!

Review: The Royal We by Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan

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Author: Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan
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Summary:¬†American Rebecca Porter was never one for fairy tales. Her twin sister, Lacey, has always been the romantic who fantasized about glamour and royalty, fame and fortune. Yet it’s Bex who seeks adventure at Oxford and finds herself living down the hall from Prince Nicholas, Great Britain’s future king. And when Bex can’t resist falling for Nick, the person behind the prince, it propels her into a world she did not expect to inhabit, under a spotlight she is not prepared to face.¬†Spanning nearly a decade, The Royal We is a richly imagined, emotionally compelling novel that examines, with warmth and wit, what truly happens after your prince has come.

Let’s just get this over with:¬†The Royal We is pretty much rpf about Prince William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Like them, our two protagonists meet at college (a prestigious English university, no less); Nick’s grandmother is currently on the throne, while his dad is second in line and his mum is out of the picture; Nick’s brother, Freddie, is a ginger-haired lothario; and¬†the cover is even a pop art transformation of the couple’s adorable first public kiss on their wedding day.

And that’s okay, because I absolutely loved this book. (Like, it’s 400+ pages and I gobbled it up in about three and a half days.)

As stated in its summary,¬†The Royal We follows Bex and Nick as they navigate¬†their twenties as both friends and lovers, their private selves pit against their mandatory public personas.¬†Cocks and Morgan explicitly write through Bex’s eyes – seeing, understanding, and communicating what it means to not only be an American in upper crust England, but also what it feels like to be third string in a game of first division all-stars. (I mean, this¬†is the royal family we’re reading about.) We feel Bex’s pain and her joy, her embarrassments¬†and her triumphs. We root for Bex and Nick to make it work because Bex roots for them¬†to make it work.

And maybe we are her, too, just a little. Experiencing an entire world we always knew existed but couldn’t really fathom, looking into a fish bowl and then finding we have to swim, swim, swim – in circles, incessantly, as everyone now looks in at us.

The Royal We is a love story, and maybe that’s not for everyone, but it should be. Because the love in this story is terrifying and amazing and messy and it hurts. It’s the love between a daughter and her father, defined¬†by thousands of miles and tradition. It’s the love between two sisters,¬†genetic identicals who are both best friends and rivals. It’s the love you discover¬†at twenty and the one you meet again at twenty-five, then thirty, then forty. It’s the love among friends that both inspires and destroys.

Although¬†The Royal We¬†is based on real events, it isn’t what really happened. But maybe that’s why I like it so much – because, in some universe, it could have.

Top Ten: Books I Think Make Great Beach Reads

logo-TopTenTuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme was Ten Books I Think Make Great Beach Reads.

The beach is very far from my happy place, but that doesn’t mean I don’t love a good beach read. Here are my top ten!

Engrossing stand-alones: These books are so tasty you can’t help but gobble them up.

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The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon

The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Parts of series: Not only will you be totally into these series starters, but you’ll also have a dedicated second (and third, and fourth…) read in case you can’t stop!

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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown (Be sure to read Angels & Demons and The Da Vinci Code first!)

As Long as You Love Me by Ann Aguirre

A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

The Passage by Justin Cronin

Blackout by Connie Willis