Borrowed from Elena Square Eyes, on whose blog I found it!
1. Totally should’ve gotten a sequel
Purple Hibiscus, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, because I would love to know what Kambili’s life looks like after she escapes her tyrannical father and religion.
2. Totally should’ve had a spin off series
Rat Queens, by Kurtis J. Wiebe and various illustrators. A series following one of the other guilds—the Peaches or Four Daves—would be so fantastic.
3. An author who should totally write more books
Hannah Kent, Allegra Goodman, and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. I had one of those amazing reading years in 2014, where I read a disproportionate number of brilliant books and discovered outstanding new authors, and these three are the ones who don’t have anything else for me to read until they publish something new. Also Barbara Kingsolver, because it’s been four years since Flight Behavior and I’m ready for something new.
4. A character who totally should’ve ended up with someone else
(where someone else = no one)
Also . . . Harry Potter and Ginny Weasley. I never understood the two of them together.
5. Totally should’ve ended differently
A Personal Matter, by Kenzaburo Oe. This is one of my favorite books and I can appreciate the ending the way it is, but I really thought it would go differently.
6. Totally should’ve had a movie franchise
Graceling, by Kristin Cashore. Hands-down one of the best fantasy series I’ve read, and I would so love to see Katsa on screen.
7. Totally should’ve had a TV show
The Queen of the Tearling, by Erika Johansen
8. Totally should’ve had only one point of view
Umm I don’t know? This is a strangely specific question, and I don’t think I have an answer for it.
9. Totally should have a cover change
I love this manga but don’t understand the cover of the first book at all, because those girls look nothing like Yaya and Nana.
10. Totally should’ve stopped at book one
Crazy Rich Asians, by Kevin Kwan. I didn’t like it, and now there’s a sequel and a movie coming out, and I’m frustrated that I didn’t like it because it’s an important part of the diversity conversation and the movie will be too, and I wish I could be excited about it for that reason. Actually, though, I’ve just realized that a movie might be better than the book because surely it won’t do the thing where it mentions every single brand name purchased by every character the way the book does! So that’s hopeful news, and now I’m happy.
Fablehaven, which I have previously written an entire post about, and the Books of Bayern by Shannon Hale. They started out with lovely fairy tale-ish covers by Alison Jay, then got the generic photograph cover treatment. The new ones aren’t terrible, and I like the color schemes, but I’m just never a fan of photograph covers. (I didn’t even know there was an Alison Jay cover for Forest Born until right now, and it’s the most beautiful one!)