Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.
It’s Tuesday and you know what time it is! While this month has been super chaotic and full of interesting/stressful things in my life, you can always depend on a TTT list popping up some time on a Tuesday on the blog.
This week’s topic is one I definitely thought about over the years, but now I’m even more sad because I really do want more books in these series but I know that’s probably out of the realm of possibility at the moment.
Why do they want to remind me??
Anyway, let me know if you ever wanted more from these series too. We can commiserate together in a sad puddle of tears and yearning.
1. Dance of Thieves series by Mary E. Pearson
I honestly thought this series was going to be a trilogy. No joke. I remember reading this book when it came out in the bookstore (not while I was on shift, but definitely “borrowed” one to read on my breaks) and thinking the ending was still so open for more. Especially with that last chapter. Was it an epilogue? I can’t recall but I definitely had expected more…only to realize a year later when none came out it was a duology?! I feel robbed. I might have to reread it again just so I can remind myself this is all we get and perhaps finally feel satisfied with what it is.
2. Sisters of Shadow and Light series by Sara B. Larson
The first book took a while in building up the world and the characters, including the dynamic relationships between the titular sisters and their potential love interests. But oh boy, book 2 just gets so much better with the expansion of the world and the possibility of what could happen there. I felt there was so much potential, plus a super sweet romance I did NOT see coming. I wanted more because it totally could’ve pulled off some more, even if it’s a companion series.
3. Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead
Why, Andge, didn’t you know this series already has SIX books in it? Oh, I sure do. And guess what? It’s not enough! I came to this series super late so book 6 had just come out. And I gobbled it all up in one week. I’m not kidding. I just zipped through one book to the next like it was my air and food. The relationship between Adrian and Sydney was just *chef’s kiss*.
But more importantly why I wanted more is to continue diving into this world the author first created in the Vampire Academy series. I love stories with hidden worlds within our own. Clearly there’s potential for more as this series is already a companion series.
4. Lady Helen series by Alison Goodman
If you’ve been around on this blog for even a little while, you’ll know I’m a HUGE fan of this series. It got me into Regency era before all that Bridgerton hype. But this is dark Regency era and I absolutely ADORE it. I love the supernatural aspect thrown into what would look like normal 1800s England. I want to see more of it even if we don’t follow the same characters (although they were pretty kickass).
5. Night World Series by L.J. Smith
I was hesitant at first to include this series on the list. Technically this series isn’t “completed” because the 10th and supposedly final book has never been published (or re-published). I actually really like where all the characters are in these first 9 books. I heard book 10 may kill off beloved characters so I don’t want that – I can continue to be in denial as long as I want. Yet a part of me, a tiny part, still wants to have that closure. Definitely a conundrum.
6. 1-800-Where-R-You series by Meg Cabot
What an OG series! I grew up loving anything Meg Cabot wrote. She was my first YA author back when YA wasn’t really much of anything and the teen shelves were more sparse. I wish we could have more about the main romantic relationship in the series as I feel the last book skipped ahead in some ways and didn’t satisfy the angst the other books put me through. I just want that happily ever after for them! Is that too much to ask??
7. The Winner’s Curse series by Marie Rutkoski
Perhaps my yearning for this series to continue is the slight disappointment at book 3 after the excellent stories the first two carried out. I loved the world but also the I’d-die-for-you kind of relationship between two people who couldn’t be more different. I wanted MORE after everything they were put through, and I’m sure the world can handle at least a novella more to give me that, right?
8. A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder series by Holly Jackson
Last but definitely not least, if you haven’t read this series, book 3 is definitely a controversial one. I think you either love it or hate it, nothing in between. And while I wouldn’t say hate, it’s nowhere near the level of love I had for the first two books. The ending was also nowhere near satisfying in my opinion, with far too many open-endedness for a story that built on our protagonist and her relationships with her family and Ravi. Honestly, I feel it deserves some kind of book equivalent to an encore for music, at least to really round out everything.
This week’s TTT was a little shorter but I hope you found it entertaining nonetheless. I hope your Tuesday is going splendidly.
While I know I’ve been busy and not as active at the moment, I always appreciate every comment and love to chat with you (even if it’s a little delayed). Let me know if you agree or even disagree with some of my choices above!