Dear Authors, An Update on These Characters Please! #TopTenTuesday

November 23, 2021

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I’m linking up today with That Artsy Reader Girl for Top Ten Tuesday: “Ten Characters I’d Love an Update on.”

Dear Authors,
I’d Like an Update on These Characters Please!

Do you appreciate epilogues that fill readers in on the future years after the story concludes? Most of the time, I do! I’m never ready to let go of a beloved character and I enjoy hearing what the author envisions for their futures! Sometimes, the story ends and the author leaves the reader to imagine their futures. Other times, a reader like myself simply wants an entire new book as a followup!

Adunni from The Girl With the Louding Voice by Abi Daré

I would like an entire followup book please! I saw on Instagram that Abi Daré has already said that she has no plans for a followup. Minds are changeable….amirite!

The Girl With the Louding Voice by Abi Dare (cover)

Ryland and Rocky from Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir

Admit it! I’m not the only one who wonders about Ryland’s future (no spoilers!)

Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir (cover) Image: an astronaut floats in space tethered to a gold and black object

Eleanor from Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

I love brave Eleanor and we were left with hope, but I want to know if something more develops between Eleanor and Raymund and how she handles the following years (after the big reveal…no spoilers!).

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman (cover)

Eleanor and Park from Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

OK. I know you want to know, too. What were those three words? Do Eleanor and Park have a future?

Ada from The War That Saved My Life and The War I Finally Won by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

I wish with all my readerly heart that we had a follow up to these two wonderful Middle Grade books and spunky Ada! Maybe a Young Adult followup? Please?!

Juliet and Dawsey from The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer

I know this is an impossible ask because the author has died. But aren’t you curious to follow the lives of all these eccentric characters?

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society y Mary Ann Shaffer (cover) Image: black text on a postcard....a woman dressed in a red coat stands at a railing overlooking the ocean

Tina and Anders from Meet Me at the Museum by Anne Youngson

The ending was open ended and a bit unsatisfactory for me as a result. After investing hours in reading this beautiful story, I MUST know…did Tina meet Anders at the museum?!

Rafiq (father) and Amar (son) from A Place For Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza

Oh, the last part of this story between father and son was so emotional, tender, and heartfelt! I must know how this relationship unfolds in the future!

A Place For Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza (cover)

Ha from Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai

Ha represents many favorite immigrant characters from multiple middle grade reads in that I want to know about their adult lives. Ha’s story ended somewhat abruptly and left me wanting more. The conclusions to these stories are always hopeful, but how do their lives unfold as adults?

Inside Out & Back Again y Thannha Lai (cover) ....a girl holding onto a tree trunk with one hand on a breezy day

Johanna and the Captain from News of the World by Paulette Jiles

I loved the redemptive and poignant ending, and even though the author included a lovely epilogue, I’d love a followup book on how that found family relationship unfolded over the years.

News of the World by Paulette Jiles (cover) Image: a prairie landscape under a big blue cloud filled sky


There are so many more I could add!
How about you? For which character would you most eagerly want an update?
Do you commiserate with any of my desires here?

Happy Reading Book Buddies!

“Ah, how good it is to be among people who are reading.”
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~Denise J Hughes

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~Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

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  1. I just wrote in my book club chat that I wish there was a small spinoff of a certain character cause I needed his backstory! Great idea.

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