Standalone books that need a sequel #toptentuesday

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is:

Standalone Books That Need a Sequel


Tough topic! It seems like a lot of books I read these days are already part of a series! So I know there’s no way I’m going for ten. Maybe five.

Cinnamon and Gunpowder – Eli Brown

This rollicking foodie-pirate book needs a sequel! It was just such a delight to read and I still relish all those descriptions of food aboard the pirate ship.

Fledgling – Octavia Butler

Well I just wish we had more Octavia Butler books but since some of them were series, I’ll stick to mentioning this standalone unconventional vampire novel. I loved Butler’s take on vampire mythology and the great characters she created.

Ballet Shoes – Noel Streatfeild

Of course this will never happen, but a reader can dream. Ballet Shoes was published in 1936 and I read it when I was a kid, and I read it and reread it so many times. Streatfeild passed away in 1986 and while she did write quite a few different dance-related books, I think I always loved the Fossils the most. I’d love to read about them as adults!


The Greatest Love Story Ever Told – Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman

Ok so this is not a novel. It is a memoir. But seriously, I want more Mullally-Offerman books, and they also need to be made into audiobooks because this was one of the best things I have ever heard.

What are some standalone books that you’d like to read more of?



Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018.





  1. I’d love to know more about the Fossils, too! I loved the glimpses of adult Posy that we got to see in….I am trying to remember! There is a book where we see a little bit of grown-up Posy Fossil, and it’s one of the other shoes books, but it’s not nearly enough Posy. Frankly.

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  2. Streatfeild books are great. They evoke not only an age past that appealed to me as a child, but my own age past, aspiring to be like her determined heroines


  3. You get a few hints of the Fossil sisters in the other Shoes books (Movie Shoes, I think?). That’s using the American titles, which put shoes on everything. It was a bit of a shock to see the British titles which don’t try to footware everything!

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