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



QOTD!

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.”
~Rainer Maria Rilke

“I love the world of words, where life and literature connect.”
~Denise J Hughes

“Reading good books ruins you for enjoying bad ones.”
~Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

“I read because books are a form of transportation, of teaching, and of connection! Books take us to places we’ve never been, they teach us about our world, and they help us to understand human experience.”
~Madeleine Riley, Top Shelf Text



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If You Like That, Read This [Volume 2] #TopTenTuesday

November 16, 2021

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I’m linking up today with That Artsy Reader Girl for Top Ten Tuesday: “If You Loved That/Read This.”

See Volume one here.

If You Like That, Read This!

10 Sets of Compatible Reads

Do you love when books talk to each other? Here are a few pairings that work well together.

Dolly Parton, Songteller: My Life in Lyrics by Dolly Parton
and Never Broken: Songs Are Only Half the Story by Jewel
(both celebrity, music memoirs (recommend audio) with interesting similarities and differences)


The Only Plane in the Sky: An Oral History of 9/11 by Garrett M. Graff
and The Day the World Came to Town by Jim DeFede
(both nonfiction rememberences of 9/11)


Little Women by Louisa May Alcot
and More to the Story by Hena Khan
and The Other Alcott by Elise Hooper
(More to the Story is a diverse middle grade retelling of Little Women and The Other Alcott is a fictionalized biography of real life May Alcott….Amy in Little Women)


The Rose Code by Kate Quinn
and Radar Girls by Sara Ackerman
(both share stories of women who worked in the field of technology during WW11)


The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson
and The Last Blue by Isla Morley
(both about the “blue people” of Kentucky)


A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
and The Story of Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth Berg
(both quirky, endearing, unforgettable characters)


Code Name Helene by Ariel Lawhon
and The Invisible Woman by Erika Robuck
(both real women who were spies working with the Resistance Movement in WW11)


Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah
and The Girl With the Louding Voice by Abi Dare
(one nonfiction and one fiction, both share stories of difficult childhoods in Africa)


The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters by Balli Kaur Jaswal
Three Words For Goodbye by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb
and Our Italian Summer by Jennifer Probst
(sisters and/or mother/daughters travel together)


Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai (second review on page)
and Other Words For Home by Jasmine Warga
(both middle grade stories of refugee children seeking refuge and adjusting to life in the United States)



QOTD!

I love to make connections between my reads! How about you?
What other pairs can you suggest?

ICYMI: Here is Volume One of “If You Like That, Read This.”



Happy Reading Book Buddies!

“Ah, how good it is to be among people who are reading.”
~Rainer Maria Rilke

“I love the world of words, where life and literature connect.”
~Denise J Hughes

“Reading good books ruins you for enjoying bad ones.”
~Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

“I read because books are a form of transportation, of teaching, and of connection! Books take us to places we’ve never been, they teach us about our world, and they help us to understand human experience.”
~Madeleine Riley, Top Shelf Text



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Did You Like the Ending? #toptentuesday #LetsDiscuss2021

July 13, 2021

Top Ten Tuesday: Did You Like the Ending?

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I’m linking up today with That Artsy Reader Girl. The prompt for today is “Book Titles That Ask Questions.” Hummmm…..I looked through my list and I’ve got nothing! Since I don’t enjoy creating posts with randomly chosen covers or titles, I’m SPINNING this topic into my own question: “Did You Like the Ending?” (Jumping off a previous discussion post: What is a Good Ending?)

I’m also taking this opportunity to link up with the 2021 Discussion Challenge, hosted by Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction and Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight.

Do you love or loathe ambiguous endings?
Which books have you read that leave you wanting more?

I’m Ok with open-ended stories as long as the author leaves some breadcrumbs or inferences upon which I can draw my own conclusion. I loved ALL the following stories, but I wanted more from the endings in each case.

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10 Reasons Why I Love Reading #toptentuesday

July 6, 2021

Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Reasons Why I Love Reading

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I’m linking up today with That Artsy Reader Girl: Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Reasons Why I Love Reading.

Why do YOU love to read?

The most simple reason I love reading is that I’m a lifelong reader and have always loved the world of words. I’m the kid who read the cereal box with my breakfast in the morning.

People who love reading and are lifelong readers, usually love it for several of the same reasons. I suppose that many readers could make a similar list. I’m joining in with other TTT list makers today to celebrate the love of reading. Which reason would top your list? Do you have other reasons why you love reading?

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If You Like That, Read This

July 30, 2019

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I’m linking up today with That Artsy Reader Girl for Top Ten Tuesday: Freebie. For this week’s Top Ten Tuesday “Freebie,” I’m listing ten sets of compatible reads.

 

If You Like That, Read This!

10 Sets of Compatible Reads

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry
and The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy
both Contemporary Fiction by Rachel Joyce
(character-driven companion reads)


My Dear Hamilton (Historical Fiction) by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie
and Alexander Hamilton (NF) by Ron Chernow
(for fans of U.S. History and the Founding)


Where the Crawdads Sing (Fiction) by Delia Owens
and The Scent Keeper (Fiction) by Erica Bauermeister
(especially for readers who are interested in unique coming of age stories)


The Romanov Bride (HistFic) by Robert Alexander
and I Was Anastasia (HistFic) by Ariel Lawhon
(for fans of Russian History)


For One More Day by Mitch Albom
and The Deal of a Lifetime by Fredrik Backman
(for fans of reflective, meaning of life stories)


Paper Hearts (WW11 YA HistFic) by Meg Wiviott
and The Librarian of Auschwitz (WW11 YA HistFic) by Antonio Iturbe
(for readers who appreciate inspiring, unforgettable characters)


A Man Called Ove (movie) and Britt-Marie Was Here
both by Fredrik Backman
and The Cactus by Sarah Haywood
(for fans of poignant, character-driven contemporary fiction)


The Glass Castle (NF Memoir) by Jeanette Walls (movie)
and Educated (NF Memoir) by Tara Westover
and The Great Alone (Fiction) by Kristin Hannah
(for readers who want gritty, beating-the-odds stories)


The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane (HistFic) by Lisa See
and The Secret Daughter (Fiction) by Shilpi Somaya Gowda
and Far From the Tree (YA Fiction) by Robin Benway
(for fans of adoption themes)


A Grief Observed (NF Memoir) by C. S. Lewis
and Becoming Mrs. Lewis (HistFic) by Patti Callahan
(and then watch the movie, Shadowlands)



QOTD!

I love to make connections between my reads! How about you?
What other pairs can you suggest?



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Happy Reading Book Buddies!

“Ah, how good it is to be among people who are reading.”
~Rainer Maria Rilke

“I love the world of words, where life and literature connect.”
~Denise J Hughes

“Reading good books ruins you for enjoying bad ones.”
~Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

“I read because books are a form of transportation, of teaching, and of connection! Books take us to places we’ve never been, they teach us about our world, and they help us to understand human experience.”
~Madeleine Riley, Top Shelf Text



Sharing is Caring

Thank you for visiting and reading today! I’d be honored and thrilled if you choose to enjoy and follow along (see subscribe or follow option), promote, and/or share my blog. Every share helps us grow.

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