Top Ten Tuesday – Ten Standalone Books That Need a Sequel
Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Top Ten Tuesday has been one of my favorite memes ever since I started blogging, so huge thanks to Jana for taking over the hosting duties!
This week’s TTT topic is Standalone Books That Need a Sequel. I actually found this topic extremely difficult, mainly because so few of the books I read aren’t standalones. I’m a huge series reader so I had to think long and hard to come up with ten books that met the criteria. What all of my picks have in common is that they’re all contemporaries and they don’t all necessarily need a sequel. It’s more a case of I became so attached to the characters in them that I’d love to be able to just check back in with them and see how they’re doing.
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10 Standalone Books That Need a Sequel
FAR FROM THE TREE by Robin Benway
THE BEAUTY THAT REMAINS by Ashley Woodfolk
THE UPSIDE OF UNREQUITED by Becky Albertalli
WHAT IF IT’S US by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera
THE HATE U GIVE by Angie Thomas
A QUIET KIND OF THUNDER by Sara Barnard
I HAVE LOST MY WAY by Gayle Forman
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What are some standalone books you’d love to read sequels for?
I would love Starfish to have a sequel. I just need to know how Kiko is doing after that hopeful ending.
Happy readings! 😉
Tânia @MyLovelySecret recently posted…ARC Review // A Spark of White Fire
Gah what a good list!! Definitely Fangirl and Upside. Would love to see what they are up to!
Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog recently posted…TBB ASKS: SHOP ‘TIL YOU DROP!
Right? Especially Fangirl!
Thanks for reminding me of some of the good books—Starfish, Dear Martin—I haven’t yet read.
Deb Nance at Readerbuzz recently posted…Books That Need a (Good) Sequel
I would love to see more of the charactes from The Upside of Unrequited!
Annemieke recently posted…Books I Wish Had Remained Standalones / #toptentuesday 179
Right? I think that would be a lot of fun.
I thought this week’s topic was really hard, too, I didn’t even attempt it! Sometimes I would like to revisit characters again, but even if a book has an open ending, I’m generally ok with just using my imagination!
It really was challenging. I almost didn’t attempt it either, lol.
It’s always fun to think about checking in with characters you care about, Suzanne. I love your choices here!
I’m not a big series reader actually, but there are definitely books I’ve read and I just want MORE. I totally agree with you on Fangirl.
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I’m glad I’m not the only one who would love more Fangirl!
Great list! I wouldn’t mind a sequel of THUG because I loved the book so much though it did have a satisfactory conclusion. Your post reminds me that I need to read Dear Martin soon.
I agree. I loved the conclusion for THUG but would just really love to check in on the characters and see how they’re doing.
The Hate U Give was on my list, too. It desperately needs a sequel.
My Top Ten Tuesday post.
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Right? I just miss Starr and her family and would love to see what they’re up to.
I haven’t read any of these, but a few are on my TBR.
Here’s our TTT: https://jennreneeread.blogspot.com/2019/03/top-ten-tuesday-please-sequel.html
Ash recently posted…Top Ten Tuesday: Please Sequel!
I really enjoyed them all so I hope you will too. 🙂
Ooh a sequel to The Hate U Give would be great! This was a hard one for me as well–I never realize just how many series I read until I have to look for standalones, haha.
I was the same way. I’m surprised I was even able to find 10, lol.
Oh yes give me a sequel for I have Lost My Way!!!!
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I’m glad I’m not the only one who would love to see more from these characters. They really moved me.
I’d love a Fangirl sequel <3 That would be awesome!!!
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I’m glad I’m not the only one who thinks so. I’d love to follow them through college.
Ohhh none of these are on my list for this week 🙂 Most are too fluffy for my liking. To be honest I don’t want to see a THUG sequel because that won’t do the story justice. Maybe an epilogue is enough for this one. I have to read Dear Martin still, so can’t judge. Here is my TTT: https://www.lauriesbookshelf.com/booktalk/en-top-ten-tuesday-standalone-books-that-need-a-sequel-epilogue/
Anything would work for me since I would just like to see how Starr and her family are doing.
This week’s meme is reminding me of so much goodness I had lost track of! Dear Martin in particular how did I forget about that goodness!
verushka recently posted…Top Ten Tuesdays: Standalone books that need a sequel
Same here. Almost every list I’ve seen has reminded me of books I still need to read.
I read 6 of these, and absolutely would want to catch up with the characters. I think Fangirl should cover all four years of college. Let’s graduate with the gang.
Sam@wlabb recently posted…Top Ten Tuesday: May I Have Some More?
Yes, completely agree about Fangirl! I would love that.
Contemporaries do lend themselves to needing a sequel sometimes haha! Maybe because they’re more realistic storylines in some cases, and as life rolls on we want to know more about their fictional lives as well? At any rate I would love to have more Fangirl!
Greg recently posted…Top Ten Standalones That Need A Sequel
Right? Fangirl is the one I’d most love to have more of.
Fangirl made my list this week. This post also reminds me that I’ve wanted to read Starfish since last summer!
Brooke Lorren recently posted…Books I Have to Read More of NOW!
I’m glad I’m not the only one who would love more Fangirl.
I am ashamed to say, but I have read only Fangirl out of your list((
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Nothing to be ashamed about. 🙂
I don’t know that I could have come up with ten either. Guess I’m a series gal. 🙂
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I’d love to know what the characters from Fangirl and Far From The Tree are doing. Great list!
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So agree with some of these! I would love to see sequels for Far From the Tree, The Upside of Unrequited, and What If It’s Us.
Tanya @ Girl Plus Books recently posted…Top Ten Tuesday: I Want More (Standalone Books That Need a Sequel)
I’m glad I’m not the only one. 🙂
And I’ve not read any of these. Sheesh.
Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer recently posted…Changes by Jim Butcher
Lol, so many books so little time.
I’m more of a series person, but it’s mostly because one book with a set of characters is not enough for me, so I’d probably be able to think of some books for this lol. When I like characters, I also want more time with them!
Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight recently posted…Book Review: The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
I read more series too so this was definitely a challenge topic for me.
What If It’s Us felt like such a messy book altogether for me. Glorified stalking, emotional manipulation and that ending! It felt like a real cop out. Having such an open ending doesn’t allow readers any sort of closure, I personally struggle and feel as though I’ve wasted my time reading without having a solid ending. I was hoping the trend would have died out when John Green lost popularity but it’s just continued. Authors, cut that shit out!
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I’m not a big fan of open endings either. I like for the standalones I read to actually feel finished when I read the last page.
Ahh, firstly, I adore Joey. 🙂
I hardly ever read standalones and I hardly ever read contemporaries! So I’ll have to keep this list in mind for when I’m feeling like I need to rectify that. 🙂
Di @ Book Reviews by Di recently posted…Review: Two Witches and a Whiskey – Annette Marie
I know what you mean. I struggled to come up with 10 standalones because I almost always read series.