Although every book written these days seems to turn into a full series, back when I started reading books it wasn’t uncommon for an author to have a single title to their name. Most of the time that was okay, but there were a few books that demanded a sequel… usually to no avail.
This week’s topic: 5 books that I wish had a sequel
- Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt – This is one of those books that I read as a child but didn’t really appreciate until I was much older. It wasn’t until I read it as an adult that I really started to wonder what happened to all the characters after. The Tuck family basically left behind the fountain of youth without so much as a look back. It’s hard to imagine anyone doing that, and what happens if someone else finds it later? Also, what do you do with a toad that will never die?
- The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova – I started reading this book because I thought it was something akin to Dan Brown’s books, but was pleased to find that Kostova had done something new and interesting with her historical thriller. Once again, there are a lot of characters in this book that I feel have more of their story to share. I need a prequel, or a sequel, or something just to get these unanswered questions out of my head. I don’t want to spoil this book for anyone though, so I’ll just tell you that Vlad the Impaler plays an interesting role in this tale that crosses the boundaries between historical fiction and horror.
- Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke – I’m so glad that more people have decided to read this book after seeing the BBC mini-series. It really deserves all the hype it has received, and I’m hoping it will persuade Susanna Clarke to write more. Many people have mentioned that they would love to read more about Childermass, and there is so much more to know about what happens once Strange and Norrell rekindle the spark of magic in the world.
- Little (Grrl) Lost by Charles de Lint – Okay, so technically this book is part of a series that has many additional books, but this story is all on it’s own (as with most of the Newford books) and I want to know what happens next! I think there needs to be a children’s series built around de Lint’s little people. Sure, we have The Borrowers, but I think that, in conjunction with the rest of the world that this author has built, this would make a wonderfully fantastic series.
- The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie – A sequel to this book doesn’t even have to be about Junior, although I’m sure that would be really interesting as well. I just think there aren’t enough books that are sharing First Nations issues in the same relatable manner. This book has ended up on so many banned book lists, but the very scenes that people get upset over are the most real and true to the characters and the story.
Are there any books that you are sure need a sequel? Or a series that you feel needs just one more book?