Top Ten Tuesday – August 6

August 5, 2013     The Bluestocking Bookworm     Books, Books I've Read, Reading

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It’s that time again! Top Ten Tuesday!
(Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by the awesome folks over at The Broke and the Bookish. You should totally check them out!)

This week’s top ten? Top Ten Books I Wish Had Sequels

These are books that were complete stories, but I could totally read more in the universe. This is tricky, because I find a lot of the time, sequels don’t do anything for the story. But I will do my best to come up with ten. As always, in no particular order. This week, the book images will take you to the Goodreads page for the book. Nifty, hey?

NeverwhereReady Player One by Ernest ClineThe Thirteenth TaleHowl's Moving CastleThe Secret Garden

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
No secret that I thoroughly loved this book, and would love to see more of the rich world Gaiman created in it.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
This was a book I was legitimately sad to be finished reading. I want so much for Cline to write more, whether it be in the same world or not.

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
Such a rich, gothic mystery. This was one of the first books I truly savored, and I definitely wanted more.

Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
Technically, there are “sequels” to this book, but they are really more companion books. And while they are awesome, I would love to have more direct sequels dealing with Howl and Sophie.

The Secret Garden by Francis Hodgson Burnett
One of the first chapter books I ever read, this one has a special place in my heart.

Neverending StoryThe Night CircusMr. Penumbra's 24-Hour BookstoreRepo MenLet The Right One In

The Neverending Story by Michael Ende
Another classic that will always have space in my heart.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
A seductive and brilliant slow-burning story that left me desperately wanting more.

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
While this one read like a love letter to Google at times, I still really loved the premise. I would read more of the stories of the bookstore.

Repo Men/Repossession Mambo by Eric Garcia
I loved the movie, and then I read the book, and I loved the book even more. The world where you have to buy your organs to stay young, and the repo men who take them back when the payment is late? Such a unique idea. And yes, I have seen Repo! The Genetic Opera, too!

Let The Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist
One of the creepiest and most realistic vampire novels I have ever read. If I recall correctly, it doesn’t even tie up in a nice bow, so a sequel would be do-able.

So, what books would you just LOVE to see a sequel for? How about books you think should never have a sequel made? Link me up to your TTT or reply in the comments!

16 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday – August 6

  1. Neverwhere! One we have in common! How amazing would a sequel be?!

    I’ve never read Let the Right One In. I saw the swedish movie and thought it was one of the creepiest and best vampire movies I’ve seen. I definitely need to read the book. Great list! Hope you have a great week.

    • The book is every bit as unsettling as the Swedish movie was, and I loved every minute of it. It really got under my skin. Neverwhere would be so awesome to read more of! Thanks for the comment!

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    The Secret Garden – There’s actually a movie sequel called Back to the Secret Garden. Mary is grown up and runs an orphanage of some sort, if I remember correctly. I don’t know if it was based on a book, since with a lot of classics, other authors have usually tried to create sequels for them.

  3. That would be fun to have a sequel to RPO! I just looked up Cline on GR and he has a book called Armada coming out (TBD) and the film rights were sold too. Glad to hear 24-hour bookstore is sequel-worthy. I just borrowed it from the library. Great list!

    • Thanks for the comment! I would love to see what might change after the events of RPO… How the real and virtual worlds are impacted by the events of the book, etc. Thanks for the tip about Cline’s new book! Adding it to my TBR pile.

    • It is definitely a slow-burning book. There are sparkles instead of explosions. It is really sumptuous if you can sink your teeth into that kind of prose, but it is not for everyone for sure. Thanks for the comment!

  4. I’ve only read on your list The Night Circus, but yes it would be amazing to have a sequel! I was really in love with the idea of the circus, but I think the characters took a back seat in that one. It sort of reminds me of the Illusionist. I’ll have to check out the other books here!

    • I agree that the characters were secondary to setting in The Night Circus. But the setting was so beautiful I almost didn’t care. Almost. I want to read more by her, I should stalk Goodreads and see if she has anything new forthcoming. Thanks for the comment!

  5. Howl’s Moving Castle is on my list, too! I love it so much and while I throughly enjoyed the other two books, I would dearly like more of Howl and Sophie, and Cal, too. They are my favourites and anything more would make me eternally grateful!

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