Top Ten Tuesday is hosted at The Broke and the Bookish.
This week's topic is Top Ten Books I Wish Could Have Had Sequels.
This is a tough one. Usually, when I really like a book, it's because it's self-contained and there's no need for a sequel. But there are definitely some characters and settings that I would like to visit with again:
10. Jolted: Newton Starker's Rules for Survival by Arthur Slade - This was a book that I thought was tailor-made for a sequel. Its setting, characters, and situations had me wanting more. I'm not sure why this book is a stand-alone title, when it could so easily have been made into a middle-grade series.
9. Tiger Moon by Antonia Michaelis - This book wrapped everything up pretty well, and I don't know if a sequel would even be possible (or necessary). But I grew to love the characters and setting while I was reading it. Maybe I just wish this one had been a little bit longer...
8. My Name is Memory by Ann Brashares - I really enjoyed this book, and the ending certainly left the door open for a sequel. But I've read that, because the first book wasn't a huge bestseller, there probably won't be a sequel. How disappointing!
7. The Fetch by Laura Whitcomb - There are a lot of storytelling possibilities with the premise that the author brought forward in this book. I wouldn't mind reading another book about Calder, either continuing the story that was begun here, or with an entirely new set of characters.
6. Draw the Dark by Ilsa J. Bick - The way the ending of this one was written, I thought there was going to be a sequel. The fact that there isn't makes the ending all the more unsatisfying.
5. Ramona's World by Beverly Cleary - The last of the Ramona books was published in 1999, so it's probably safe to say that there won't be any more. It's a shame, too, because there were so many more possible stories to explore with this fun cast of characters.
4. The Silver Metal Lover by Tanith Lee - I read this book years ago, and thought the story was both heartbreaking and memorable. I really wanted a sequel! Twenty-four years after the first book, the author did publish a sort of quasi-sequel (a book which made reference to the earlier characters), but as far as I know, it wasn't that well received. According to Wikipedia, there may be a third book which would return to the original characters. We can hope.
3. Catherine, Called Birdy by Karen Cushman - A sequel to this book would probably push the age level into another bracket, so it's probably not going to happen. Still, I would have liked to see how Birdy dealt with the aftermath of the events of the first book.
2. Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion - The sequel is coming (yay!) for those of us who couldn't get enough in the first book. There's also a prequel novella, but I haven't been able to get access to it.
1. The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner - Yes, I know this book has a sequel. Three, actually. But I just couldn't get into the second book in the series. I loved Gen in the first book, and I think part of that was the first-person narration. The other books didn't have his witty voice. I would've much preferred a sequel that followed the same format as the first book.