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Top Ten Tuesday ~ Standalone Books That Need a Sequel

It’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday! Don’t forget to head over to That Artsy Reader Girl and join the linkup!


Standalone Books That Need a Sequel

I’m assuming from the prompt this week that these are books that are currently standalones, with no plans to write a sequel. Another fun prompt would be series that should have stopped after one book, but that’s a topic for another day. And I guess I’ll be good, and will only use books that aren’t part of a series. I won’t also include books that are part of a series, but that I want the series to keep going (when it has no published plans to).

1. Summers at Castle Auburn by Sharon Shinn

I know, this book is perfect the way it is. It’s so nicely contained into this one volume, and everything is wrapped up without being too pat. But… I want more from this world, this universe.

93615892. Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Okay, what I really want for this one is a prequel. I want Tsukiko’s story.

3. Farstep Station by Lazette Gifford

I really enjoyed the story here, and while I don’t have any complaints about the ending it felt like there was so much more that could have been explored.

4. Second Hand Curses by Drew Hayes

I don’t know that this needs a sequel, but I enjoyed it enough to be ready for more instead of being ready for it to be over.


5. Eight Million Gods by Wen Spencer

This story finished nicely, too. But again: I want more in this universe. Whether that is a continuation of this story, a new story with the same characters, or a new story with different characters doesn’t matter much to me.

6. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

This one has some fascinating characters that I’d like to read more about.

Okay… I only made it to six this week. I can think of lots more standalone books, but they are good the way they are and I don’t see a need for a sequel. What about you? Any books you thought of that apply to this topic?

17 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday ~ Standalone Books That Need a Sequel

    1. I think “series that should have been standalones” will be an upcoming TTT… I like both, but I like them to be appropriate for the content.

  1. Oooh a sequel to The Night Circus… hmm… there are so many possibilities with that. But at the rate she writes books, we wouldn’t get it for another ten years or something.

    1. I think the biggest problem with more Night Circus books is that there might be too much explanation. I like not really knowing how the magic works, and I’m afraid that a sequel or prequel would remove some of the mystery.

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