Happy Top Ten Tuesday book friends! I hope your week has been off to a good start. I should be writing my final paper but I really don’t want to. Maybe I’ll start later. It’s just so tempting to do nothing but read…
Anyway,Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and you can find all past and future prompts on her blog! This week the prompt is: Books I Loved that Made Me Want More Books Like Them
So Jana herself clarified that she means books with a certain trope or genre or whatever that you’ve read and want more books of. So I can think of a few books that fit this prompt, but I’m also going to add some books that I think deserve a sequel. Or at least more books set in the same world. So let’s get into it!
Books I want similar books of
By Rebecca Coffindaffer
For this one it’s about the vibes for me. I love a good, classic space opera in which things just work the way they do because the author said so. None of that difficult techy-jargon that many other sci-fis attempt. My single brain cell can’t keep up. So now imagine those 80s/retro space-art posters, and that’s the kind of vibe I’m looking for here. Do let me know if you know a book that fits this somewhat vague description.
By David Baldacci
I read this one in January and I really liked it because of the lost treasure trope. I absolutely love lost treasure tropes, and I love them even more if they take place in the real world. It makes me think like I could accidentally trip over a pot of gold or something. Which I could honestly use. For completely adult purchases, of course. Just kidding, I’d spend it all on books. Anyway, I’d love to know about more thriller/mystery books that have a lost treasure trope!
Borrower of the Night
By Elizabeth Peters
I am slightly cheating with this one, because there are in fact more of these kinds of books. It’s called: “the rest of the series.” But look, it’s got the lost treasure trope! I’ve read the two books that come after this one as well, but I think the one above is my favorite so far. I still need to read the final two books, though. And then I’ll read Peters’s other series; Amelia Peabody.
The Lies of Locke Lamora
By Scott Lynch
I love me a good heist book. I actually have read more books slightly similar in trope, but uh, not a lot. Because those books are Six of Crows and the Gilded Wolves. Please shoot some awesome heist recs my way, preferably ones with clever writing and plot twists I won’t see coming even if they dance naked in front of my face. Bonus points if they’re adult, too.
By Clive Cussler
Cheating again, because I still need to continue this series, too. So, I’m sure I’ve read this book a long time ago, but I can’t quite remember the details anymore. But I love these kinds of books; ones that involve the ocean, a small team of heroes, and plenty of mystery. The ocean actually terrifies me, but I’ve always found reading about it super fun. I like pirate books a lot, too. But anyway, this book is actually number 12 in the series, so I should go back and start with book number 1!. I love the vibes of these books, so I think I’m going to pick one of them up soon.
The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle
By Stuart Turton
I really wish I knew how to describe the vibes of this book properly, so I can find others like it. I haven’t ever read anything like this book before, because it’s part mystery, part fantasy, but also not quite fantasy. More dystopian? It’s so weird, lol. Anyway, if you’ve read it and you know of similar books, let me know!
Books I wish got expanded
Strange the Dreamer
By Laini Taylor
This was the most obvious choice for me. I absolutely adore this duology, but the ending was open enough that I really wished there would be a spin off series. If you’ve read the books then I’m sure you know what I mean. If you haven’t read the books… Well, you probably should go do that lol.
Sorcery of Thorns
By Margaret Rogerson
I mean, duh. This world is so wonderful, I wish there were more books set in it. I certainly wouldn’t say no to a novella about a certain demon. I do think that this story is good as is, though. Everything was so nicely wrapped up, it would be a shame to drag out more plot. But a story with different characters could certainly work!
The City of Brass
By S.A. Chakraborty
Ugh, I just really want a Dara novel. Not novella, a novel. I know a ton of you have read this series so you’ll agree with me: the plot to this novel is literally right there at the end of The Empire of Gold. It would work so well! Can someone more talented than me please write a fanfic of this?
I can’t quite get to 10 books this time around, so here are some honorable mentions of books I wished got expanded and actually did:
The Shatter Me series: I enjoyed the first trilogy, but felt it was too small. There as not enough known about the rest of the world, and I wish there were. But with the expansion that all got solved.
A Court of Thorns and Roses: I wanted this one to expend because I just wanted more, lol
Six of Crows: I didn’t quite feel like this series needed more books until I read King of Scars and Rule of Wolves. Now they definitely need more books, and we’re getting them, yay!
And that’s it for this post! What did you do with the prompt today? Let me know in the comments if you agree with any of my choices. Or maybe there’s a series you felt dragged too long instead?
The 7 1/2 Lives of Evelyn Hardcastle is a great book!
Strange the Dreamer was unique for me because so many of the characters were unlikeable, yet the story was hugely compelling.
I can understand that! I liked most characters, and I liked that they seemed very complex to me. But then there were also some I couldn’t stand 😂
The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle does sound good!
My post: https://lydiaschoch.com/top-ten-tuesday-books-i-loved-that-made-me-want-more-books-like-them/
It’s very unique!
If anyone informs you of a book with similar vibes to the Stuart Turton book, let me know too. It’s on my list this week too, but it’s so unique. I may have to settle with just re-reading it.
I will for sure let you know! I think I’ll have to settle with a reread too. I still need to read his newest book though.
I really enjoyed City of Brass, and though I’m not a big fan of Dara, I do agree that there’s plenty of material there for him to have his own novel. Evelyn Hardcastle is on my TBR, I’ve heard such good things, so I’m looking forward to reading it. Same for Sorcery of Thorns.
My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2021/06/08/top-ten-tuesday-319/
I hope you enjoy your reads! Both Evelyn Hardcastle and Sorcery of Thorns had really compelling worlds I continually wanted to know more about.
great post! i’d love those series to be expanded also, but i always worry that i might not like the next book and would no longer like them anymore. if that makes any sense. sometimes it’s nice to leave on a good note, while still wanting more.
That definitely makes sense! I think part of the fun of a more open ending is that the reader can imagine how the story continues themselves 😄