Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish.
This topic was surprisingly hard, and also reminded me how so few books published these days are standalones.
#1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
Who knew seven books weren't enough? But as soon as I had finished the last book in JKR's series, I wanted/needed more. There's plenty of resolution to be had, but this world and these characters could always be explored more.
#2. Elantris by Brandon Sanderson
Sanderson is known for his series (Mistborn, ending The Wheel of Time, The Stormlight Archive) so I was surprised this novel hasn't received the sequel treatment. The "magic" created is interesting enough on its own to merit further novels.
#3. The Lost Girl by Sangu Mandanna
This book is beautiful. Mandanna writes so skillfully - I want more from her, and in this character's life.
#4. Chime by Franny Billingsley
THE WRITING. I love love loved the prose in Chime, and Briony was such a fantastically weird and complicated narrator. MOAR PLEASE.
#5. Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama
Too often mermaids are presented as just ornaments, but Fama makes hers more deadly and thus far more interesting. I would take anything with mermaids from her -- it doesn't even have to feature the characters from MB.
#6. Stardust by Neil Gaiman
There is explanation about what happens to Tristan and Yvaine after the book, but I want to see it firsthand! This is also the rare case where I love the movie more than the book, too. O_o Don't judge me!
#7. Wild Awake by Hilary T. Smith
Part of my love for this novel is based on its very open-ended conclusion, but I'd love to see where Smith would go next with Kiri and Skunk.
#8. This Is Not a Test by Courtney Summers
This is, hands down, the best zombie novel I have ever read. And though Summers leaves it open-ended as to Sloane's fate, I want more zombie novels from this author. Different characters would be fine, as long as they have that Summers' trademark complexity.
#9. The Piper's Son/Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta
I love that these books feature the same characters, and yet it's not enough. I've heard that there is a third book on the way (a Jimmy book!), but I could read about them forever.
#10. Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
I have a hard time letting go of Marchetta's characters, and none more so than Taylor and Jonah Griggs. I want a sequel focused solely on them, but only if they live happy, blissful, obstacle-free lives. Sure, it might not be the most interesting story arc, but I only want good things to happen to them.