Oh, the greatness of a good book.

It’s no secret that I love books, especially book series. In fact, the determining factor for me when deciding how much I liked a book is whether or not I want the book to continue. If I finish a book and still want to read more, then I would classify it as a book I really enjoyed reading.

Luckily, many of my favorite books that I didn’t want to end growing up were in fact series (The Baby-sitters Club, anyone?). However, I very rarely read “sequel books.” Now I know what many people are thinking about sequels — they are never as good as the original. While that sentiment may sometimes hold true, some sequels are still pretty darn good. That’s why I think the book publishing industry should get on the sequel bandwagon. From my very limited business perspective, it makes sense: publishers could sell more books, authors could grow a bigger fanbase, and readers would be satisfied (at least until they finish the sequel).
Anyway, my wish list of stand-alone books that left me wanting more are as follows:

1. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath: The reason why this book is one of my favorites is because the main protagonist, Esther Greenwood, is somewhat based off of the author’s own life. Esther’s inner struggles definitely drew me in as a reader, and I wanted her story to continue.

2. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher: Although this is a YA book, this is one of my favorite books. The plot is very complex and the storylines are interwoven very intricately throughout the book. I would love to know what happens to the main characters in a sequel, but I guess I will just have to wait for the movie adaption, starring Selena Gomez.

3. My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult: I loved how the different narratives of the story were told from each character’s perspective and tied together to make a cohesive plot. Additionally, I think this was the first time I had compassion for each of the main characters in a novel. My only complaint with this book is it seemed as though the ending was a bit rushed. And, while there was an epilogue, I would have liked to know how the characters felt in the time span after during those years in between the end of the book and the epilogue.

4. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee: This book doesn’t really need a synopsis, as most everyone probably read it as required reading for middle school. However, it’s one of the contemporary classics that I really enjoyed. Actually, I wish Harper Lee had written more books in general, but as Diana Reed (played by Jane Lynch) said on Criminal Minds said, “Why mess with perfection?”

5. The Handmaids Tale by Margaret Atwood: This dystopian futuristic tale ended in a cliffhanger. As a reader, I was left dangling. I really wanted to know Offred’s fate. And unfortunately, the movie adaption didn’t do the book any justice. For whatever reason, the story just did not translate very well on screen. I guess sometimes the magic of a good story is better left on the printed page.

While I am 99% certain these books will never be turned into sequels, I am still amazed by the authors who wrote these fantastic books. It’s not easy to write any book, let alone a book that leaves your readers wanting more. So, even if these books are meant to stand alone, my respect and gratitude goes out to the authors for their time and energy for creating such amazing works.

Which books do you wish had sequels?

♥AUTHOR: ANDREA WHITLOCK