top ten tuesday: wished-for sequels

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, a fun way to get yourself thinking and sharing about books and bookish things.

July 30: Top ten books I wish could have had sequels

First off, I’M BACK (on the internet)!!! This last week was the final push into the new apartment, and it has internet (THANK THE UNIVERSE) so I’ll be able to get back into the swing of things with posting! Glad you hung with me—thanks for your patience! New posts coming soon: a review for KCMetropolis.org (tomorrow) and my thoughts on The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer, which I read last week.

Now, onto this week’s Top Ten Tuesday: books I wish had a sequel. Well… my choices here don’t necessarily mean I think they were unfinished stories, just that I liked inhabiting the book’s “world” and enjoyed spending time with its characters, and would have loved a chance to hang out longer 🙂 But, since series and sequels don’t typically interest me, and I am usually okay with how stand-alones end, I couldn’t hit a full ten this time. In no particular order:

1. Arcadia by Lauren Groff
I just wanted to know more about the world Groff envisioned at the end, and how Bit’s daughter progressed in it. Or more about Bit’s transition to city life from the commune.

2. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Obviously, the ending is awesome. But what was Nick going to do?? Could this have turned into a more evil, conniving version of The War of the Roses or something? GAAHH!

3. The Road by Cormac McCarthy
Don’t we all want to know how the boy fairs after the book ends?

4. Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
I’d hang out on the Mediterranean coast in the 1960s with actors and writers some more.

5. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
Please let Louisa live a happy, full life!

6. Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist
I loved the ending, but wondered about Oskar’s future—will he end up just like Hakan, Eli’s previous “partner”?

7. The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer
I just finished reading this one, so it’s most fresh in my mind, but while I do think the book may have been a bit on the long side and tied up nicely at the end, it still made me wonder how Jules and Ash’s friendship would have perhaps changed after the ending.

8. Uprising by John Nichols
A LOT has still been happening in Wisconsin politics since 2010!!!!!

What books do you wish had sequels?

9 thoughts on “top ten tuesday: wished-for sequels

  1. We must have really similar book taste. As soon as I saw Arcadia, I was like OH MY GOSH WHAT ELSE IS ON HER LIST. Yes yes yes – could NOT agree more.

      • Have you read her short story collection Delicate Edible Birds because it may be the best short story collection I’ve ever read. : )

      • I have not, this was my first Groff read. I usually don’t have much luck with short stories—much of the time it’s hard for me to get into them… or rather I get into them and BAM they’re over! But I’ll check it out and put it on my ever-growing TBR. 🙂

  2. I wouldn’t mind a sequel to Gone Girl 🙂
    Let the Right One In is a book that’s been on my TBR for a while, but I will read it soon, because I really really want to read it!

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