Standalone books that need a sequel | #TopTenTuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly post hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week, I’m talking about standalone books I wish had a sequel. I have to admit that this doesn’t happen very often for me. I am in the middle of so many series, it feels overwhelming at times. Then there are so many series I still have to start too! Reading a standalone feels like a breath of fresh air.

Looking back at my 2018 reading habits, I did increase the amount of standalone books I read. Last year, I read 40 books that are part of a series, and 35 standalone novels. A pretty equal divide, right? I’m quite proud of that. I’ve really enjoyed discovering more standalone books. Sometimes, however, these books have such a mind-blowing ending that it does leave me wanting more. Let’s take a look at the 5 books I wish I could read more of.


If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio
This was the first book that came to mind when I first thought about this week’s topic. The ending in this book leaves you with so many questions, and I NEED TO KNOW. The author has already stated that she won’t write a sequel because this is where the story ends for her, but I honestly can’t deal with that.

The Humans by Matt Haig
The reason I’d want a sequel of The Humans is that I just loved reading about humanity through the eyes of an alien. It gives the author a chance to poke fun at our ridiculous customs, and point a finger at where we lack as a species – in a lot of places, really. It’s both humorous and thought-provoking, and I’d like more of it.


Six Four by Hideo Yokoyama
Once again, I can’t tell you exactly why I need a sequel of this book because it’s kind of a spoiler for this one. If you’re unaware, this is Japanese crime fiction following a police detective assigned to the press office and an old kidnapping case that was never solved. There’s a certain part of this book that was never resolved. There’s mystery left to be uncovered, and I actually need to know what happened. Why won’t you tell me?

Sadie by Courtney Summers
I’m not sure whether I truly want a sequel for this book, or whether I just want to read more of Courtney Summers’ writing in this specific format. I know a lot of people were unsatisfied with the ending of Sadie, but I loved it. I honestly can’t think how else this book should have ended? I’ll be perfectly okay with there never being a sequel, but if one were to be written and released I’d definitely pick it up.

Naoko by Keigo Higashino
What is it with Japanese authors never giving me the answers I so desperately need? I don’t think I’d want a full novel as a follow-up to this book. However, I would love to read a novella from the perspective of Naoko/Monami, to answer some of the questions I have left and see what truly went on in their head. How do I explain this without spoiling anything? Anyway, a novella would be very welcome!

I know this is a Top Ten Tuesday post and I only mentioned 5 books, but I wanted to stay honest. Most standalones don’t need a sequel, and (in my opinion) would not benefit from one. These 5 are exceptions for me. Have you read any of these books? Which books do you wish had a sequel?

12 thoughts on “Standalone books that need a sequel | #TopTenTuesday

  1. Great list! I’ve heard so many good things about If We Were Villains and it’s the second time I’ve seen it on a list this week so clearly I need to pick it up soon. 🙂


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