Monday, August 5, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I Wish Could Have Had Sequels

It's that time of the week again to participate in The Broke and The Bookish's Top Ten Tuesday.

This week's theme: Top Ten Books I Wish Could Have Sequels

This was a rough one for me so there are only 6 on my list.  The reason I was not a fan of this list is simple: I am not a fan of sequels. Why?  Often times I feel like the character/story is ruined in the sequel(s). I realize I am the minority on this one, but when I do read a series, very rarely is the first book not the best in my opinion. When the first book is by far the best, the other books will always leave me a little disappointed. I do actually read a few series (because they are pretty hard to avoid) but my preference is for there to be just one.  But none the less, here is my list.

1. Dracula by Bram Stoker:  Honestly, I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this novel.  What is even more amazing is how little Van Helsing is in the novel.  I would love a sequel that follows where he goes.  To know what he did about vampires, you know that man leads an interesting life and that this wasn't his first, or last, adventure.

2. True Grit by Charles Portis: While I am not a big fan of westerns, this one was a fun read. Just like with Dracula and Van Helsing, it is obvious that Rooster Cogburn lived an interesting life. How can you not want to know more?

3. The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick: I do not doubt that there will be a equal to this one in the future due to its popularity.  But I would be interested to see how the lives of Pat and Tiffany progress with their particular issues.

4. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee: I don't want a sequel to this story so much as a prequel. There are so many "stories" about the Radley family. I bet a book about their lives would be very interesting.

5. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald: How does Nick Carraway go on with his life after New York?  After knowing what he does about his cousin and about the "American dream".  How does all of that change Nick Carraway?

6. Boy21 by Matthew Quick: Yep, Matthew Quick is on my short list twice.  What can I say?  He writes very interesting novels. Without giving away the ending to this one, the books ends with a very big change.  What happens after the last chapter?

There's my list! Thanks for reading!


  1. Great list! I really need to read Silver Linings asap!
    -Scott Reads It!

    1. It's such a wonderful book! I can't recommend it enough.

  2. I kind of hope there isn't a sequel to SLP. I'd like to pretend they're happy, but down the road, who knows what could happen? Very likely, it will not be good.

    Stephanie @ Inspiring Insomnia

    1. Oh I agree! This is a "in a perfect world filled with perfectly written books" list. I fear for the sequel just as much as I hope for a perfect one.

  3. Nice list! A sequel or prequel of To Kill a Mockingbird would be great.

    Thanks for stopping by my TTT!

    Ashling @ Reading, Writing, & Anything but Arithmetic

  4. True Grit, YES. I would have loved a sequel to that. I just wish Gatsby had a different ending :( Thanks for stopping by my post!

    1. The Gatsby ending was so unique it took me awhile to process.