It’s the weekend! So I’m feeling a little restless, which means it’s the perfect time to do a book tag! So below you will find my answers to the “Totally Should’ve” book tag. This tag was started in the BookTube community on YouTube by Emmabooks. For your pleasure, or maybe mostly mine, I’ve taken out “totally should’ve” from each of the prompts.
a book that should have gotten a sequel
I’m a really big Sophie Kinsella fan. Her books have been present in most of my HS/early adult life. Not only have I read her sophaholic series, but I’ve also enjoyed her writings under Madeline Wickham and her stand alone books. Twenties Girl is one of my favorite contemporary romances ever. I feel in love with the characters and the world that Kinsella created. If she ever decided to make a sequel for one of her stand alone books, I’d want her to start here. And if you haven’t read this book yet, I suggest that you do!
name a book series that should have had a spin-off
I must admit; I don’t read a lot of series. However, I have read a couple of crime series. The Sue Grafton Alphabet Series is one that I’ve stuck with for several years. I think that Kinsey Millhone is a fantastic lead character in the book. But I think that there are a number of other characters in the book that might make fantastic protagonists in other books.
an author that should have written more books
My vote for this section is the late, great Harper Lee. I reviewed Go Set A Watchman shortly before Harper Lee’s death, and it will probably be added to my list of all-time favorites. Although I wasn’t the biggest fan of To Kill A Mockingbird, I think that she had a great ability to write about race relations and politics in an approachable fictional way.
a character who should have ended up with someone else
I read Meg Wolitzer’s The Interestings a little over a year ago, and really enjoyed the story. If I am remembering correctly, it is mostly if not completely, told from the perspective of Jules Jacobson. It follows Jules and a group of her friends from there high school days until their late adulthood. While reading the book, I always thought that Jules ended up with the wrong person. One of the characters in the book spends his entirely life basically pining after her, and I always sort of thought she should have reciprocated those feelings.
name a book that should have ended differently
I’m a really big fan of Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon. It was one of my top books of 2015. It was cool to read a book about a non-white person where race wasn’t the major focus of the book. I can only begin to remember how powerful that would have been for me as a young HS student. The book also does a pretty decent job of presenting non-traditional family relationships. BUT – that ending, oh no. My one criticism of the book is that the ending was a neat little, unbelievable package.
name a book that should have been a TV show
I have to go back to Sophie Kinsella with this one. The Shopaholic series, although made into a movie, would have been better adapted to be a TV show. In the line and style of Clueless, I think that it might be a big hit.
name a book that should have been a movie
a book that should have had one POV (point of view)
I’ve said this before, but I just wasn’t a fan of Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng. A lot of the reason that I didn’t really like the book is because of the multiple narrative views that were presented in a confusing way. The “main” narrator of the novel, seemed to be the brother. I think I would have enjoyed this book more if his was the only view that was presented.
a book that should have had a cover change
Another one of my not-so-secret loves is Hilary Duff. Seriously, I love her and her work so much. And she’s an author! But the cover of her first book, Elixir, leaves a lot to be desired. Cover redesign anybody? Oh wait, they did that. It’s still not great.
a book that should NOT have had a cover change
Sooooooo…..only one of these covers should be the real thing. I’ll give you a hint – THE ONE IN THE MIDDLE IS PERFECTION. Get out of here other covers.
a book that should have stopped at book one.
This is hard, because I haven’t read a lot of series, as I stated before. So honestly, I don’t have any answer for this. Sorry!