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The Totally Should've Book Tag

About a month ago, I saw this tag going around YouTube and though it looked really fun - and then Liz @ Out of Coffee, Out of Mind tagged me to do it!

1) Totally should've gotten a sequel 

Scarlett Fever by Maureen Johnson (Suite Scarlett #2): Technically, this book is getting a sequel. Eventually. Maureen Johnson has said repeatedly that this is not the end of the Suite Scarlett series. On the other hand, this book was published six years ago, and we don't have a title or a release date or an anything. So I'm being pessimistic and saying that it doesn't have a sequel at all so that a) I can use it for this tag and b) I can be pleasantly surprised when the book actually happens. Someday.

2) Totally should've had a spin-off series

The Leviathan trilogy by Scott Westerfeld: Okay, I honestly have no idea what this hypothetical spin-off series would even be about, because I'm satisfied with the way things ended for this set of characters. I just know that I'd definitely read more books set in this world.

3) An author who totally should write more books


Makiia Lucier, author of A Death-Struck Year: Last month, I wrote a post about three authors who have each only released one book whom I need MORE from ASAP. Since then, Cristin Terrill has announced a new book, Annie Cardi has dropped hints about a WIP, and Makiia Lucier has said...nothing. Nothing! I found a Facebook post from November 2014 that says that she finished a draft of a second book. I have absolutely no idea how long it takes for a book to go from a completed draft to a published novel, but I would do so much to have that book in my hands right now. And I don't even know what it's about.

4) A character who totally should've ended up with someone else

Jo March from Little Women by Louisa May Alcott: I have been frustrated about this since I was about six years old, so I have lots of pent-up feelings to share here, while being as vague and non-spoilery as possible. What was supposed to happen was pretty much set up from Chapter Three. And then nothing really happens for a while, but that's okay, because you know that these two are end-game, right? And then BAM they're both married/engaged to different people. And Jo's fiancé came out of nowhere. I'm sorry, but I just don't buy it.

5) Totally should've ended differently

The Warlock by Michael Scott (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel #5): I really liked the first four books in this series. This one was pretty good, too...until the ending. That's when things really started going downhill. And then book six was just a mess. But this series could have been saved! If only this book had ended differently, then it could have been so much better, and then the last one would have been completely different, and it could have been SO GREAT! But that didn't happen. (But it totally should've.)

6) Totally should've had a movie franchise

The Heist Society series by Ally Carter: I can literally see it in my head as I'm writing this. These books have the perfect balance of action and actual plot for a series of really good heist movies. And they'd be so fun!

7) Totally should've had a TV show

The Pivot Point duology by Kasie West: I can totally see this working out really well, especially in the first book with the two parallel plotlines. I think a TV show would be able to handle the worldbuilding and the two plotlines better than a movie, and each book could be a season. (Or half a season? I don't watch quite enough TV to know how long this plot would take.) Also, it has that balance of lives-are-in-the-balance-important things and completely normal moments that I really like in TV dramas.

8) Totally should've had only one POV

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater: By the last part of this book, I did really enjoy both POVs, but for the first few hundred pages, I was completely indifferent to Sean's POV. I thought that we got all that we really needed to know from Puck's POV, and compared to those chapters, nothing really happened in Sean's. I'm not sure whether I would completely get rid of that POV, but I'd definitely cut out a lot of it in the first half of the book.

9) Totally should've had a cover change

Ash by Malinda Lo: I don't really have anything against this cover - actually, I'm pretty indifferent to covers unless they're exceptionally gorgeous or hideous - but I think that it could be better. Why is she curled up on the ground? There are so many more scenes that could be on the cover that would be prettier.

10) Totally should've kept the original covers

The Diviners series by Libba Bray: I don't actually hate the new covers for this series. (At least, not the hardcovers - the ebook covers are different and I'm not a fan of those at all.) The font's nice, and the color's nice, but I think the style of the first cover was so much better. And this isn't quite about the cover, but the hardcover of the first book without the dustjacket had a really pretty design on it and the second one had nothing. Can't we at least keep that much?

11) Totally should've stopped at book one

The Maze Runner series by James Dashner: I read the first book in this series a long time ago and loved it. I was very excited to read the next books, and then for some reason, I didn't pick up book two until a couple of years ago. I wasn't impressed. I finally figured out that a lot of what I liked about the first book was the setting and the particular problems that that posed, and once those were taken away, I lost interest. I have no intention of reading the last book, and I honestly would rather have had a standalone with a wide-open ending.

12) I totally should've stopped reading

Royally Lost by Angie Stanton: This is a book that I was actually looking forward to. I finally picked it up last year because I was relying entirely on ebooks for a vacation and this one was only about $4. At least this was a quick read. I so rarely DNF books that between the length and already owning it, it didn't seem worth it. The humor made me smile a couple of times, but overall, I was just annoyed by both the plot and the characters. I could have done without knowing how it ended.

13) Totally should not have prejudged

The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen: Technically, this just goes for Sarah Dessen books in general, but I'm using The Truth About Forever because it was the first book of hers that I read. Before I read this, I assumed that Sarah Dessen books were all just light, fluffy contemporaries. And I have nothing against that kind of books! I just didn't see what the big deal was. Then I read The Truth About Forever, and I was blown away. Now, I've read seven Sarah Dessen books and the only reason I haven't read them all is that I don't think she's releasing another book for a while and I want to savor them.

I'm going to tag... Sky @ Sky's Reading Corner, Avery @ thepagesarebookining, and YOU! If you want to do it and haven't already done it. You totally should do it.

What are some things you think totally should've happened? What are your favorite and least favorite cover changes of all time? Would you want to see a Heist Society movie franchise? Tell me in the comments!


  1. This was so much fun to read! I have only read The Scorpio Races and The Maze Runner out of the books on your list, though I'm really keen to pick up The Diviners and The Heist Society! I actually didn't mind having two PoVs for Scorpio Races. Unfortunately I can't seem to get into The Maze Runner and probably wouldn't even finish it. D:

    1. Thank you! The Diviners is one of my favorite ongoing series, and I LOVE Heist Society, too! I definitely see how some people would like the two POVs in Scorpio Races, but since I wasn't even that invested in the story fr the first half, I didn't like having to keep track of both of them. As for Maze Runner, it's a definite hit-or-miss. I don't think you're missing much, especially past book 1.


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