Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created over at The Broke and the Bookish that allows us to list our top ten answers to a different question each week.

This week’s theme is: Top Ten Authors I Wish Would Write Another Book (debut authors, authors who seem to have taken a hiatus, OR for those who read classics authors you wish would have written another book before they passed).

1. Jane Austen

Each of Austen’s novels epitomizes romantic ideals. Her heroines are every woman’s best friend, and her heroes every woman’s dream. How nice it would be to have another pairing to add to the list of fantastic Austen couples.

2. Victoria Holt

I’ve read every novel published under the Holt pseudonym, and in fact own multiple copies of most. Her stories offer the ultimate escapist romantic adventure. I can always count on a Holt novel to cheer me up, and I wish there were at least one more to add to the shelf.

3. Neil Gaiman

It’s been quite a while since Gaiman has released an adult title, though he has been promising a third book set in his American Gods world for quite some time.

4. Liz Berry

The China Garden has been one of my favorite books for nearly a decade now. It’s such a wonderful yet overlooked story; I’d love to see Berry become a bigger presence in the young adult paranormal field.

5. J.K. Rowling

While I love Harry Potter for the story, I’ve never felt that Rowling was a particularly strong writer. I’m willing to give her the benefit of the doubt for delivering a solid children’s series, but I’d like to see what she has to offer to an exclusively adult audience.

6. Gail Dayton

I loved the first two books in Dayton’s steampunk romance series, and so am disappointed that publication of the third seems to have been delayed.

7. Robin McKinley

I will lament McKinley’s decision to leave Sunshine as a standalone novel until she realizes the error of her ways and graces fans with a sequel to Sunshine and Con’s story.

8. Anna Katherine

I read Salt and Silver years ago and was excited to have found a new urban fantasy series with a unique premise. Unfortunately, it’s remained a standalone with no sign of a sequel on the horizon.

9. David Levithan and Rachel Cohn

Any time these two authors pair up, it’s magical. I’m not aware of any plans for another alternating POV story in the future, but I hope that changes.

10. Dru Pagliasotti

Clockwork Heart was one of my favorite reads of 2010 and a welcome addition to the steampunk romance genre, which is sadly sparse. I hope to see some action on the proposed sequel this year.

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Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created over at The Broke and the Bookish that allows us to list our top ten answers to a different question each week.

This week’s theme is: Top Ten Sequels I’m Dying To Read

Since last week’s post focused heavily on the series installments that I’m getting ready to read over the next few months, I’ll limit this week’s discussion of sequels to non-series novels and   series sequels that are rumored but not confirmed as of yet.

1. Untitled sequel to Clockwork Heart by Dru Pagliasotti

This sequel is confirmed, but has no release date yet. Pagliasotti’s take on steampunk is vivid and her characters engaging, so I can’t wait to see what she has in store for them next.

2. Untitled Fever series Book 6 by Karen Marie Moning

Last week, Moning expressed her intentions to write a sixth book in the Fever series, much to the excitement of Mac and Barrons fans everywhere. Unfortunately, we will have to wait until

The Piper's Son by Melina Marchetta

the end of the Dani book arc to return to Mac and Barrons, but I will gladly wait as long as I have to.

3. The Piper’s Son by Melina Marchetta

Though this title has actually been released for quite a while, I haven’t been able to find a copy. I adored Saving Francesca and am looking forward to hearing Thomas’s story.

4. Untitled third book (tentatively titled Head Rush) in Carolyn Crane’ Disillusionists series

This book is actually written and will be released first as an ebook this year, then in print next year. Unfortunately, fans have had to wait a long time for the conclusion to this trilogy as Crane’s original publisher dropped the series, but we won’t have to wait much longer to see how Justine and the gang fare.

5. Untitled sequel to Salt and Silver by Anna Katherine

As I’ve mentioned before, I loved Katherine’s first title. Unfortunately, there has been no news of a sequel despite comments on her website alluding to one. Hopefully this one won’t remain a stand-alone for long.

6. Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

The Last Echo by Kimberly Derting

I’ve included this one on a few lists already (as has half the blogosphere), but deservedly so.

Anna and the French Kiss was adorable, and from what I’ve heard, Perkins outdoes herself with this follow-up.

7. The Last Echo by Kimberly Derting

So this one is technically part of a series, and I know that I recently gave a less than stellar review to Desires of the Dead, but I’m still eager to see how Derting continues to develop Violet and Jay’s relationship, Violet’s exploration of her powers, and the incorporation of secondary characters.

8. Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore

Again, I wasn’t overly impressed with Cashore’s Fire, but I liked it well enough to have faith that she will be able to achieve the stellar promise of the first novel as she continues to develop

Sunshine by Robin McKinley

her world.

9. Untitled American Gods follow-up by Neil Gaimain

This one has been hinted at for a while now, but still there’s no definitive news. I cannot wait

until Gaiman releases his next adult audience novel (or children’s book, or poetry, or journal entry…anything, really).

10. Unlikely sequel to Sunshine by Robin McKinley

I’ve mentioned before my distress over the fact that McKinley seems reluctant to revisit this story. However, as she hasn’t categorically ruled it out yet, I will leave it here and keep my fingers crossed.

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created over at The Broke and the Bookish that allows us to list our top ten answers to a different question each week.

This week is a free week; the top ten list opportunities are boundless. But since I’m short on time and always happy for an excuse to post pretty pictures on my blog, I’m going to recycle a past top ten:

Top Ten Favorite Book Covers

Since I could likely fill an entire notebook with names of books whose covers I fancy, I limited myself to those that are currently on my shelves.

1. Wanderlust by Ann Aguirre

I love all the covers for the Sirantha Jax series. While they offer up an image of a strong heroine, as do many scifi/fantasy series nowadays, the drawn style is unique and never overly suggestive, which can’t be said for many of the series’s UF counterparts. I particularly love this cover since it actually bows to the story line, altering her appearance in accordance with certain events.

2. The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly

I adore intricate line work, so this paper-cutting style cover immediately drew my attention. The fact that the story incorporates countless fairy tales doesn’t hurt either.

3. Deerskin by Robin McKinley

Much like the story itself, this cover is at once hauntingly lovely and slightly eerie. My favorite of all of McKinley’s covers.

4. Clockwork Heart by Dru Pagliasotti

While the cover model doesn’t quite flesh out the descriptions of the story’s protagonist, I love how the artist’s choice in color palette and subtle details evokes the setting and atmosphere that are central to the story.

5. Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning

Honestly, there isn’t much more I can say about how much I love this series, other than to point out that this is one of my most prized books. The cover is beyond beautiful, a work of art in itself, and at the same time manages to be relevant to the story. And now I have an excuse to post it yet again.

6. Tithe by Holly Black

Honestly, I’m not head over heels for this series, but I can’t deny that the cover is great. Gritty and otherworldly, it sets the tone for the novel before you even turn the first page.

7. Late Eclipses by Seanan McGuire

My Chris McGrath love is already well documented on this blog, so I will simply pick out one of my favorites. Love that Toby’s dress matches her attire in the story, and that through it all, Tybalt’s jacket remains perched on her shoulders.

8. Wither by Lauren DeStefano

I’ll admit, I’m not quite sure what the presence of some of the items on this cover is meant to signify, but it doesn’t matter. The cover manages to convey the dichotomy that runs throughout the book, beauty and dilapidation side by side.

9. Alien Tango by Gini Koch

The cartoonish style fits this series to a T. It’s a pleasure finishing each book only to study the cover and pick out each plot element that went unnoticed at first. The only thing that bothers me about these covers is the fact that Kitty’s hair inexplicably changes color time and again.

10. Dreams Made Flesh by Anne Bishop

I love this one not because it offers up any truly stunning imagery; really, for those who hadn’t read The Black Jewels Trilogy already, I doubt many would be drawn in just by looking at the cover. Yet somehow, this cover manages to capture the indefinable setting of the Black Jewels universe so well for me. It is at once olden and modern, perfectly anachronistic yet utterly right.

And then what happened?

As more and more authors are choosing to tell their stories in series format, forcing readers to buy eight or ten books to see how their favorite characters ultimately fare, it is particularly disappointing to read a book that begs for a sequel only to find out that it is a standalone.

These are the books that I would love to see the author revisit, if only once more.

1. Sunshine by Robin McKinley

McKinley’s take on vampires proved to be one of the more interesting versions in recent urban fantasy literature, yet the ending to her tale was disappointingly vague. As in, there really wasn’t one. Fans have been clamoring for a resolution to Sunshine and Con’s story for years, but not only does McKinley not intend to write a sequel, she has also made it known that she does not allow fanfiction to be posted for her writing. Her stance has left many readers such as myself dissatisfied, forced to write our own version of an ending that is destined never to be shared with other fans.

2. Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan 

I’m really fine with how the story wound up for the two main characters. But I want to know how Levithan could introduce readers to a character as brilliant as Infinite Darlene without giving us more. Infinite Darlene deserves her own book. I’m looking at you, Mr. Levithan.

3. Salt and Silver by Anna Katherine

This was a Waldenbooks store-closing find that I snagged for two bucks. I had never heard of it, but was grabbing anything I could get my hands on. This little-known novel wound up being one of my favorite reads of the year in 2010. A protagonist with a sympathetic voice, a unique spin on the supernatural, a hot romance that begs for further development, and some truly terrifying scenes that had my skin crawling at points- this one had it all, and upon turning the last page I eagerly went to the author’s website only to find that a sequel seems to
be doubtful. I hope Katherine revisits this world soon.

4. Clockwork Heart by Dru Pagliasotti

Of all the novels I read in my steampunk phase last year, this one stands out as my favorite. The writing has a lyrical quality that makes the descriptions of Ondinium all the more vibrant. Taya is a strong heroine, and the relationships she forges continually surprised me and drew me in. Though a sequel is supposedly in the works, no word yet on when it will be released, so I’m hoping that I can remove this one from the list sometime in the near future.

5. Story of Son by J.R. Ward

While Zsadist and John Matthew remain my favorite men of the Black Dagger Brotherhood universe, Michael comes in a close third, which is no small feat considering the fact that his story spans less than a hundred pages in the Dead Until Dark anthology. Ward’s contribution was sultry, sympathetic, and made me yearn to see Michael finally learn to embrace his dormant strength. Ward has hinted that we might see Michael pop up again in the future, and I hope she follows through on this intimation, because I think he would make a wonderful
addition to the BDB cast.

What books are you craving a sequel for?