Top Ten Tuesday: Standalone Books that Need a Sequel

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly book meme created by The Broke and the Bookish, and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

I rummaged through my Goodreads shelves trying to find books that I wanted to have a sequel. Since I read a lot of thrillers there are lots of books I’ve read that don’t need sequel as the story is nicely tied up within one book, and a sequel would mean they lost some of that impact.

So here are 5 books that I need a sequel for.

Good Omens – Good Omens is probably going to appear on a lot of these lists, as one of my favourite books. While I’m aware that it is very unlikely that there will ever be a sequel to Good Omens, you can only have one apocalypse, I would gladly read a 500 page book about Crowley and Aziraphale with no other plot. Their friendship is amazing and I need more of it.

Asking For It – This was an amazing, emotional, book. Emma is sexually assaulted and this book deals with the aftermath
The ending of this book was frustrating, but realistic, and I’d love to a sequel set 5/10 years later about how Emma is dealing with the long-term effects.

Sharp Objects – Camille returns to her hometown to cover the murder of two preteen girls, and in doing so must face her neurotic family, and her past. This was a disturbing thriller with a lot of twists.
This is another book where I would like to read about the characters 10 years later, and how they dealt with the revelations of this book.

The Perfect Child – Hannah and Christopher have always wanted a child but were unable to have one. When Christopher treats an abused and abandoned child he thinks she will be the perfect addition to their family. Hannah’s not so sure, but nothing she says will convince him otherwise. Read my full review here.
I’d love to read a sequel with Janie as an adult to see how she’s changed growing up

The Host – okay, this feels like cheating slightly as The Host was supposed to be the first book in a trilogy, but since it has been 10 years since it was published, I feel justified in adding this to the list.

What books do you need a sequel for?

Reading This Week: 11 March 2019

I finished a few audiobooks last week and I’ve already added more to my list for this week.

The Halloween Tree – I have several books by Ray Bradbury on my TBR list, but I haven’t read many. This is a short listen to start off with.
Altered Carbon – This is sci-fi mixed with crime mystery, two of my favourite genres combined, so this should be a really fun listen.
The Dark Web – I read and watch a lot of crime dramas and the dark web is often mentioned so I’m looking forward getting a more detailed picture of what it is.

I’ve also bought several new books for my kindle so I have a few recent releases that I’m looking forward to reading.

What’s on your TBR list this week?

Review: The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

Aiden Bishop will relive the day that Evelyn Hardcastle is murdered eight times, each time in the body of a different party guest. If Aiden doesn’t solve the murder by the end of the eighth day he will have to start all over again, with no memory of his previous attempts.

I feel like I’m a bit late to the party with this book, but I finally got a copy from the library.

I’m glad a got a physical copy of this book, rather than an ebook, as I love books with maps inside the cover, and I really liked the pages with the invitations.

As I’d seen quite a bit about this book before reading it, I had some ideas going in of what the story would be. I expected that there would be some kind of build up or explanation to explain how Aiden got there, but there’s no build up and we start with Aiden as one of the party guests, not knowing what is going on. We discover what is happening, and what the rules are, as Aiden does.

The plot is so much more complex than I was expecting. This isn’t a beach read, this is a book that you need to give your full attention to and it quickly sucks you in. There are lots of twists and I never managed to guess the ending.

I think this book would work really well as a TV special, rather than a movie, with one day as one episode (roughly).

My rating: 5 stars

Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Books

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme run by That Artsy Reader Girl.
For my first Top Ten Tuesday I thought I would do my top ten favourite books rather than this weeks list.

Harry Potter

I had to start the list with the Harry Potter series. I was seven when I first read Harry Potter, and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire had just been published. These books were a huge part of my childhood and I love them just as much now as when I first read them. I even went to the midnight release of the last two books.

Harry Potter will always be a huge part of my life and I don’t think it’s possible to read them enough.

The Saga of Darren Shan

The Saga of Darren Shan is another series from my childhood. I started reading these not long after Harry Potter when I was seven or eight. This was another series that I had to wait for. I got each book as soon as it was released, and I still have them all fifteen years later. I also have the other series by Darren Shan but The Saga of Darren Shan will always be my favourite. I still remember reading Cirque du Freak and being terrified of going to sleep afterwards.

Good Omens

I don’t think I can put how much I love Good Omens into words. It’s such an amazing book and one that I recommend to everyone. The humour is very British and I adore the relationship between Aziraphale and Crowley. I have multiple copies of this book and I can’t wait for the tv series later this year.

War of the Worlds

War of the Worlds is a classic. I love the book and the musical version, and the audible version that combined them was amazing. It’s such a British response to an alien invasion in that everyone carries on as normal until the aliens are actively attacking them. If aliens are attacking people a couple of miles down the road then it’s fine.

The Book Thief

This is such an emotional book. It’s such a difficult topic but it’s handled so well. While I usually prefer my books to have a happy ending, I think this book would have lost something.

And Then There Were None

I’ve read a few Agatha Christie books, but I don’t think any will measure up to And Then There Were None. This is much more than your typical whodunnit. There are so many books and films that centre around the plot of characters being killed one-by-one for past sins but none manage the plot twists that Agatha Christie created 80 years ago.

Asking For It

This is a wonderful book that reflects a sad truth of our society. It centres around Emma and the responses of her family, friends, and small town after she is raped.

This has one of the most powerful quotes I’ve read in a book:
“They are all innocent until proven guilty. But not me. I am a liar until I am proven honest.”
This really resonates with how rape victims and rapists are often seen by society. I’d recommend this book to anyone, but be aware that it is an uncomfortable read.

The Girl in the Green Dress

The Girl in the Green Dress is such an amazing read. I had to take a break more than once to deal with all the emotions this brought up. This is a massively underrated book that deserves more love.

Allie is a trans girl murdered on her prom night. The book changes perspective between the parents of the murdered girl, and the parents of her murderers.

We Are Legion (We Are Bob)

This is such a fun book and it made me nerd out more than once. There’s the descriptions of the science, planets and space, and so many sci-fi and pop culture references. This is a must read for any science-fiction fans.

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

This is a very recent addition to the list. I only read it a week ago, but it quickly became one of my favourites. It was more than I was expecting. There are twists that keep you guessing to the end. This is much more well thought out than your usual mystery/thriller and I’m looking forward to Stuart Turton’s next book


Reading This Week: 4th March 2019

I started Beartown and Her Last Move last week so I’m planning to finish those before I start anything else.

Beartown isn’t the type of book I’d usually read, but I accidentally placed a hold at the library, so I thought I’d try it. Her Last Move is my usual crime thriller, and I read another book by John Marrs earlier this year which I really enjoyed, so I’m looking forward to spending an evening reading this.

This week at work is going to be mostly coding and staring at excel spreadsheets, so is perfect for listening to audiobooks. I have Solaris by Stanislaw Lem and Sphere by Michael Crichton downloaded already. The Dark Web and The Detainee are next in my queue. I always listen to audiobooks at double speed so I should be able to get through a few before this piece of work is finished.

I also have The Chalk Man and Lost Boy from the library that I’m hoping to read this week.

I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with re-tellings and alternate versions of fairy tales and classic stories. Some of them are amazing, but I usually find that a lot are released, or become popular, around the same time, and it quickly becomes overdone. That said, I’m excited about Lost Boy. I haven’t seen any of these stories about Peter Pan before, and I enjoyed Alice by Christina Henry

It feels like a fairly ambitious list of books, as I also have tickets to the midnight showing of Captain Marvel and a cat that doesn’t approve of lie-ins, so I might be zombified on Friday.
What are you planning on reading this week?

Best Books I Read in February

Silent Child

Cover of Silent Child by Sarah A. Denzil

This was a big release on Audible a couple of years ago now, and I finally bought it at the start of the month.

Emma’s son returns ten years after he went missing, but doesn’t say a word. Emma tries to reconnect with her now teenaged son, and discover what happened to him during the decade he was missing.

This was a good mystery with an eerie feeling. You can guess some of the twists, but it’s still a compelling story.

The Guilty Ones

Cover of The Guilty Ones by Joy Ellis

This is the 4th book in the DI Jackman series. In this DI Jackman’s sister-in-law travels to London to kill herself. Jackam and the team investigate whether somebody forced her to commit suicide.

This is a psychological thriller with a lot going on. It’s full of suspense and twists that keep you hooked until the very end.

Richard Armitage is an excellent narrator and I would highly recommend listening to the audio version. I’m already waiting for book 5 in the series to be added.

One of Us is Lying

Book Cover of One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

One of Us is Lying starts as your typical ‘The Breakfast Club’ story with five high students from different social groups in detention. When Simon is killed during the detention, the other four students soon become murder suspects.

This is a really interesting plot, and was also well written. It kept my attention to the very end of the book. I like stories in which very different personalities are put together and develop relationships, as it makes you root for the characters and you get much more invested in the relationships.

I’ve already bought Two Can Keep A Secret to add to my TBR pile.

Evil Has a Name

Cover of Evil Has a Evil Has a Name. An Audible original

This is the story of The Golden State Killer and his capture.

I’m a huge fan of crime dramas and true crime. It was fascinating to listen to the story of the investigation but parts of it were very disturbing to listen to.

I recommend listening to this, but be aware of the fact that there are some disturbing details.

The Perfect Child

Book cover of the Perfect Child by Lucinda Berry

Hannah and Christopher have always wanted a child but were unable to have one. When Christopher treats an abused and abandoned child he thinks she will be the perfect addition to their family. Hannah’s not so sure, but nothing she says will convince him otherwise.

This is a really good read, but also creates an uncomfortable feeling. I couldn’t put this down, and there are a few twists throughout the book to keep you guessing.

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

Book Cover of The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

Each day Aiden Bishop will wake in the body of a different party guest and repeat the day of Evelyn Hardcastle’s murder. He has eight bodies to solve the murder of Evelyn Hardcastle.

This is a great story, and definitely worth the hype. It’s a gripping mystery and it’s fascinating to see how Aiden’s character changes with the different bodies he inhabits.