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Today’s question is:
Which non-series book would you most like to read the sequel to? Do you have any wishes for what might happen in it?
This is a tough question, I feel like every book that has come out lately is part of a series. There are three stand-out stand alone books I’ve read recently, though: The Fault in Our Stars, The Near Witch, and Shine.
While John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars ends beautifully, I’d love an epilogue or maybe a short stand alone the lets us know what became of the protagonists. I can’t give you any more details of questions I’d like answered without also spoiling the book for you, so I’ll move on.
The Near Witch, written by Victoria Schwab is a beautiful, picturesque, and haunting tale; absolutely one of my favorite books, not just of 2011, but of all time. I don’t know if I’d want it to be made into a series, but a follow up (like Alice’s Looking Glass) would be awesome. Or a companion novel dedicated entirely to Magda and Dreska, those two are fantastic and deserve their own book. It would be great to know what they were like when they were younger or to see the village of Near through their eyes. I would give Victoria Schwab the fanciest narwhal I could find if she wrote this book!
Finally, Lauren Myracle’s Shine–a book that brought me to tears and which I forced almost everyone I work with to read. A brilliant and powerful book that tackles some pretty heavy issues in the way that Myracle does. The writing is crisp and vivid, the characters real and beautifully flawed. I want to know what comes next for Patrick and Cat. Cat, the tenacious girl who is so much bigger than her tiny rural hometown–I picture her going on to become the next Erin Brocovich.
The truth is though, each of these books are entirely complete. I’m not a fan of the new trend towards series that drag on forever as it often results in a stellar first novel followed by a few less awesome books. Also, part of the joy of reading (at least for me) is losing myself in the book and deciding for myself what comes next. In each of the books mentioned in this post has stayed with me and I find myself from time to time wondering what came next for the characters; but I can’t help but think that some of the magic would be spoiled if any of the books ever happened to have a sequel. (BUT–the Magda/Dreska book would be a companion piece, not a sequel–so I’m holding out for that ;p)
What do you think about series? What books do you think should have sequels?