10 Stand-alones that I Need Closure On

Ok, making this list really showed me that I do not read enough stand alone novels. I’m a series kind of girl ok! I like to get stuck in and not say goodbye to my new book friends after just one novel. And who doesn’t like the hype around the next in the series?! It was with great difficulty that I managed to make a list of books that I think could do with a sequel.

1. To Kill a Kingdom

Yes, I know, it all ended happily. Ish. The ending was pretty satisfying: we saw how Elyian and Lira spend their days, the battle was neatly wrapped up, even the minor characters like the power hungry ice princess have a neat finish. But that doesn’t stop me longing for another novel full of pirates, sirens and adventure.

2. Things a Bright Girl Can Do

I just finished this novel and honestly it’s so good I recommend it to anyone. But how can I not want a sequel?! It’s the prime of the young protagonists’ lives, how can I not want to know what happens next??

3. Code Name Verity

This novel 😭 can we just see if Maddie gets a happy ending, at least? I am reading Rose Under Fire, but I’m not sure if that’s a sequel or a spin off…

4. The Hate U Give

Oh my gosh. This novel. The ending. I would love to follow Starr as she continues to fight for Khalil.

5. The Night Circus

Does the game continue? How are Poppet, Widget and Bailey doing? Can’t Celia and Marco have some fun ghost adventures?

6. You Against Me

I loved this novel. The tense court case, the injustice of the legal system and the forbidden love. But WE DIDN’T GET A VERDICT. You can’t have a novel revolve around a court case and not have a verdict. I am just going to wait here, Jenny, looking forward to next one.

7. The Kite Runner

There were still so many challenges ahead at the end of this sad tale. I just wanted it to end somewhat happy 😭

8. The Hazel Wood

Can we have a novel full of Ellery’s adventures please?

9. The Fandom

Maybe not a sequel but a rewrite? Can we have more readers fall into books please? I volunteer to go to Hogwarts as research.

10. Circe

I’m not quite sure if this is the sequel to Song of Achilles or just a stand alone, but I’m half way through and can already tell I’ll want more Greek myth fun after this. Just give me all the myths.

Lets Compare Notes

Phew, that was a tough list to write. Have you read any of these stand alones? Know of any I might enjoy? Because I only ever really rave about series, oops. If you’ve got a list yourself feel free to drop it in the comments! Also, on the topic of Greek Myths, stay tuned Thursday since I’ll be posting my answers to the Greek myths book tag then! And give me a shout if you want tagging 😄

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20 thoughts on “10 Stand-alones that I Need Closure On

  1. Elysa says:

    On Greek myths, have you read The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker? It’s an Iliad retelling that focuses on Briseis. I would definitely read a Circe sequel.

    Tag me in Greek myths. It sounds fun!

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  2. iloveheartlandx says:

    The Fandom and The Hazel Wood are both getting sequels-though unlike you, I don’t really feel like they need them, both books told quite self-contained stories for me. I would love a Things A Bright Girl Can Do sequel though, I feel like there’s a lot more that could be told with those characters, especially since not all women got the vote in 1918. Rose Under Fire is kind of a companion to Code Name Verity, rather than a direct sequel, Maddie does pop back up and you get to see how her story ends which was great, but it mostly follows a different character. Code Name Verity also has a prequel-The Pearl Thief! I’ve almost finished To Kill A Kingdom and I already want more-such a good book.
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2019/03/12/top-ten-tuesday-202/

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    • Hannah @ Books, Life & Other Oddities says:

      tbh there are a few titles on this list for bulk 😛 I don’t actually read that many stand alones. I have been happy with the amount of Maddie we get in Rose Under Fire. I’ve heard the Perl Theif is for younger readers so I’m a bit hesitant to try it. Ah I know! Thanks for the link 😀

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      • iloveheartlandx says:

        Ha ha fair, neither do I. Yes, it’s nice to get to see her for a little bit and wrap up her story. It’s for the same age group as Code Name Verity and reads at about the same level.

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  3. Jess @ Jessticulates says:

    Great list! I loved Circe and The Song of Achilles, and as much as I think they’re both perfect standalone novels I am having withdrawal symptoms knowing it’s going to be another long wait for Madeline Miller’s next novel.

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  4. Barb (boxermommyreads) says:

    I’m torn on The Hate U Give. I would like to see Starr as an adult and see what happens to her and her boyfriend, as well as other family members. However, I also like the way it wrapped up and am mad at the movie for leaving an important character out altogether so you could say I have mixed feelings.

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