You know what? I have a total love/hate relationship with standalones.
I mean, hi, look at them. They are gorgeous self-sustaining complete little packages that stand on their own and don’t need no man. I respect this. And they have so many positives: you don’t have to worry about following a whole series, cliffhangers, having an awful sequel, or remembering what happened in each book between years of waiting. Standalones are nice to us.
And yet there is 100% chance if I like a standalone that I will fling myself into a galactic void while shouting, “BUT I NEED MOAR.”
I also struggle to move on from things I like. Who could have told. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Let me tell you about 10 standalone novels I desperately wish had sequels.
I would bribe authors with toast to write me these books. And who doesn’t like toast, right?! This is a foolproof plan. You could totally convince me to write a lot of things for toast, btw, just in case you need that information.
WILL WORK FOR BREAD
Top Ten Tuesday | Standalone Books That Need a Sequel
* also I’m 16% sure I wrote a post like this in the past? but I CAN’T FIND IT in my archives so let’s just hope I don’t mention all the same books twice lmao I am functional.
Because of course I’m going to say this like a creature who is deeply in love with all Stiefvater words. UGH I LOVE THEM. I would also be totally down to have this book in Finn’s perspective. But otherwise, I just wasn’t ready to leave Thisby? It’s like, fine, take care of the emotional needs of Puck and Sean — but what about me, hm???? Don’t leave me????
Again, I love this book so much it hurts. It perfectly balances cute fluffy scenes with dorky lines that make you bust out smiling — but also absolutely heart-wrenching and heart-wrecking scenes that left me in my own salty dead sea. I had a lot of personal-connection feels about this one too. Moments when I really related and I just 😫💛 It doesn’t need a sequel (the ending filled my soul) but I’m just saying…I want one.
I do not like letting go ok.
I’ve rapidly found I am addicted to faerie stories. I will take 9 thanks…no no wait! NINETY-NINE. I just particularly love this one for how Isobel is so no-nonsense and Rook is a soft leaf who occasionally threatens a teapot. It was so visual and sensory too. I heart. (I’m not actually sure what would happen in the sequel? Just that I would be done for one.)
Apparently we are getting a sequel?! But I’ve heard exactly nothing about it since it was rumoured to be happening, so kind of just wanting for this to BUST OUT OF THE WOODWORK AND SAVE OUR LIVES.
My opinion on this book’s ending continues to be “!!!!!!!!!!!🤯!!!!!!!!!!!” And I won’t give you any spoilers but aRHGSOGH. I fully need a sequel and I need closure and I need to know what the heck Daniel’s real name is. He spends the book in this elaborate con, pretending to be this long-lost-kid of a rich family. So he goes by Daniel, but that’s not his real name. I just want to know. It’s bothering me.
6. BONE GAP
This wish is purely for the selfish reason that I loved this world of cornstalks and honeybees and soft magic that might not even exist if you don’t know where to look… And, ok fine: the story stands perfectly as is. But I just want more because I need this book to ABSORB ME.
It’s so beautiful ughhgh that’s not legal.
This book was literally like taking a trip to Iran to find TRUE LOVE FOR FAMILY AND FRIENDS for the first time. Darius and I had a great time, ok. We bonded. We grew. We’re bffs also. There was a lot of delicious food too.
But actually shoutout to Darius’ incredible character arc and how he made peace with himself in this book. I desperately want to see him now that he’s home and what will happen next?! I want to see him THRIVE in senior year and also explore more of his queer identity because that was only a soft thread in this book.
It’s been twooooo years since I read this and I need a reread desperately (I am forgetting details eep). But look, this book? I love it. It’s so painful which, arguably, all the good books are. But it is split between Adam (I think he’s 18?) and Julian (14) and tbh Julian went through HELL. I want to know what happens to him next. I want to see my son thrive. I’m cryyyying.
Need for sequel? LEVEL: DESPERATE. It was such a frikkin’ stressful book with my ship and, while I loved the ending, it just made me have the “ok but what’s next” feeling…which is the worst feeling. Because I’ll never know what’s next?!?? I’ll always just be here. THINKING. Wishing. Hoping these stupid loveable boys are ok forever. emotionssss.
I’m cheating! But is it even a Top Ten Tuesday if I don’t sort of cheat with the prompts!?
I most desperately want a prequel of Sam and Penny!! In highschool…with back flashes to their childhoods. But like particularly Sam because this kid had a messed up childhood and I want to see him tumble up into the baking-loving-skinny-anxious-disaster he truly is. And I want to read Penny, as a younger teen, writing precocious works and being 1000% done with humans.
It’s been actual months since I read this AND I’M STILL THINKING ABOUT IT.