Hello readers! Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday. This week’s theme is ‘standalone books that need a sequel’.
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The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood
Thirty-four years after the release of The Handmaid’s Tale we’ll learn what happened to Offred. Thank you, Margaret Atwood! The last time I was this excited about a sequel it featured Harry Potter.
White Teeth, Zadie Smith
I know, I know, Zadie Smith was kind enough to give us an ‘end game’ to finish White Teeth. It’s greedy to want more information but perhaps, one day, we’ll get another story about Magid, Millat, Irie and Joshua. I’m keeping my fingers crossed!
Persuasion, Jane Austen
Having read enough Pride and Prejudice adaptations to fill a small-ish Regency ballroom, I’m now looking for sequels to Persuasion. If you’ve spotted any good Anne and Captain Wentworth spin-offs, let me know!
Good Omens, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
Neil Gaiman and the much-mourned Terry Pratchett made an unbeatable fantasy writing team. I’d love to learn what they envisaged for Adam, Aziraphale and Crowley.
The Road, Cormac McCarthy
This emotional read is set in a post-apocalyptic wasteland. Yes, the ending is outstanding, but I need more. Cormac McCarthy, please let us know what happened to ‘the boy’!
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
A man who locked his first wife in the attic sounds like an awful husband to me. How does Jane cope after tying the knot with brooding, oppressive Mr Rochester? Sadly, the nearest we’re likely to get to a follow-up is Jean Rhys’ prequel, Wide Sargasso Sea.
Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, Susanna Clarke
Does this count as a standalone novel? Susanna Clarke wrote an amazing set of companion stories but they don’t tell us what happens next. I’d splash out on a second book about Stephen, Arabella, Lady Pole and Childermass.
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, Benjamin Alire Saenz
It’s the perfect standalone novel, but still left me wanting more. It would be amazing to hear more of Ari and Dante’s story.
The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini
This is a brilliant, harrowing book and I’m hoping for a sequel. Look away now to avoid spoilers…. Ready? A follow-up focusing on Sohrab’s life in America.
Matilda, Roald Dahl
Matilda was one of my childhood favourites. What would she do when she grew up? She’d make a fantastic Prime Minister or could follow in Miss Honey’s footsteps and become an inspirational teacher.
Would you read any of these sequels? Let me know below!