Today’s topic is a broad one: books that we wish had more/less of X. I could list a multitude of books that need more romance, horror novels that need more terror, so instead of nitpicking specific issues I decided to nitpick quantity. Speaking of quantity, I couldn’t settle on 10. It is what it is.
Agnes and the Hitman by Jennifer Crusie & Bob Mayer
I’ve read many, many books over the years but Agnes has always stayed shining in my memory. She deserves more books.
The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan
Levithan’s writing style in this will always be one of my favorites. More stories should be written in such a way.
School Spirits by Rachel Hawkins
I remember when this was supposed to be the start of a new series but then it wasn’t and ended up just being grouped in with Hex Hall. Izzy deserves her own series.
The Awesome by Eva Darrows
Maggie Cunningham is so fantastically snarky that I would love to read about her future antics.
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Maybe Ernest Cline could come up with story where a sequel to OASIS was found in some attic like they keep claiming with Michael Crichton books.
Paradox series by Rachel Bach
MORE DEVI SPACE ADVENTURES. Rupert can come too, please.
A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
I mean, Violet, Klaus, and Sunny grow up. They aren’t like those Land Before Time dinosaurs… so let’s have some grown up adventures, yeah?
Brian Froud’s Faerielands series
Each of these books are based off Brian Froud’s art. Each of the four are fantastic and I would love to see more stories based off his art.
Locke & Key series by Joe Hill
Joe Hill has always been one of my favorite horror authors but he knocks it out of the park with these graphic novels. I’d love to see more in this world.
Indexing series by Seanan McGuire
I’m not sure if more books are being planned but I sure hope so. McGuire’s dark fairy tales series is so much fun.
Newsflesh series by Mira Grant
I adored the original trilogy and the short stories are phenomenal but Feedback was… no.
Fever series by Karen Marie Moning
WHY DIDN’T SHE JUST LEAVE IT AT FIVE. Everything after Shadowfever (Iced and beyond) has been not good (yet I keep reading them). The latest, Feversong, is supposed to be the final installment. We’ll see if that sticks.
All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness
I loved A Discovery of Witches but the following two installments in the trilogy were such an epic disappointment. I’m not sure where the series went wrong but wrong it went.
Me Before You series by Jojo Moyes
While I didn’t dislike After You as a great many did, I can agree that it was wholly unnecessary. Me Before You was a heartbreaking story but was complete and should have been left to stand on its own.
Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon
I love this series. But the last one? Holy hell, what a chore to get through. While the history of the time period is fascinating, it seems to be the story instead of the story that Gabaldon creates. I’ll keep reading them because I think the end is near, but I’d love if we could get back to what made these fantastic in the beginning.