Top Ten Tuesdays was created by The Broke and Bookish, but is now hosted weekly by That Artsy Reader Girl and anyone is free to participate! This week’s topic is standalone books I wish had a sequel. I am, at heart, a contemporary fan. I’ll always reach for fiction no matter what. I love reading about other people because it’s so heartwarming. I do like fantasy still (there’s even a few on this list), but I’ll always reach for contemporary.

Sadly, contemporary rarely get sequels. I’d love for more contemporary trilogies, but they’re always published as standalones. It makes me sad, but a reader can dream can’t they? Anyway, let’s go!

  • Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
    Nimona is so cute and so full of heart. I love how unique the setting is (who would have thought a Renaissance futuristic setting would be cool). It’s so lovely and I love it so much.
  • The Sun is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon
    I know this books ends when they’re adults (probably early 30s), but I would love a sequel of Natash and Daniel getting to know each other again after finding each other. Like maybe A la The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants??
  • Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren
    I really liked seeing Macey and Elliot grow up with each other, they were so adorable and cared so much for each other. At the end of the book, when they finally get together I was so happy, but I would love to see them really grow together. I think the end of the book solidified their love, but I want to see how they fit into each other’s lives again too.
  • What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera
    I really really want a sequel for this book because the ending was SOOOOOOO disappointing. I knocked off a full star because I was so dissatisfied with the ending. I know neither Albertalli and Silvera do sequels, but I would love for them to make an exception!
  • To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
    This was such a rich imaginative world, I would love to read about more characters in different parts of the world. There are 100 kingdoms so there’s so much to explore. Alicia from A Kernel of Nonsense said, “It’s one of those standalones that you wish had a sequel, so you could explore the world more.” And I couldn’t agree more.

Bonus:

  • Alway and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han
    This one is kind of cheating because it is a trilogy, but I would die for a book about Lara Jean at college and being near John Ambrose McLaren but not Peter Kavinsky. I think all the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before LARA JEAN DESERVES JOHN AMBROSE MCCLAREN THIS IS NOT A POLYAMOROUS RELATIONSHIP SITUATION DON’T AT ME