Totally Should’ve Book Tag

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HELLO GUYS. I’m so bad at keeping up with my tags, but hey, at least I’m trying, right? Thanks to Sara @ Freadom Library for tagging me to do this tag! This was super fun. 🙂

Totally Should’ve Gotten A Sequel

PASS. First question and I’m already stumped! I actually think more books shouldn’t get a sequel than yes, mostly because I feel like some sequels are specifically written as a money grab, and because the author didn’t plan for it in the first place, the story loses itself a little bit and kind of just brings the whole series down.

Totally Should’ve Gotten A Spin-Off Series

She Latitude - To All The Boys I've Loved BeforeTo All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed.

But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister’s ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all. 

Hmmm. Maybe To All The Boys I’ve Ever Loved Before by Jenny Han? I’d like to read more about Lara Jean’s sisters — I felt like they were actually more fun and interesting than Lara Jean herself… Although it’s probably more accurate to say that I’d rather the second book and the third book be about Margot and Kitty rather than more drama in Lara Jean’s life. But oh well! 😛

An Author Who Totally Should Write More Books

V. E. Schwab. I know, I know — she’s already writing so many books but I’m just absolutely on a high from her writing. I’ve only read three so far (ADSOM, AGOS, Vicious), but all three blew me out of the water and were actually quite different to one another (OK, two are part of the same series) so I’m super excited to see what else she has in store. She seems to know exactly how to play with character archetypes and take the plot in unexpected directions, and I JUST LOVE THAT. ❤

A Character Who Totally Should’ve Ended Up With Someone Else

This is really, really, really bad but I actually can’t think of any answer. Rather than ‘ending up with someone else’, I usually prefer characters to ‘end up alone (at least for now)’ — kind of in favour of working on themselves and figuring out who they really are and what they actually want in life. But literally no character that I can remember does that, so. 😛

Totally Should’ve Ended Differently

The Yearbook Committee Sarah AyoubThe school captain: Ryan has it all… or at least he did, until an accident snatched his dreams away. How will he rebuild his life and what does the future hold for him now? The newcomer: Charlie’s just moved interstate and she’s determined not to fit in. She’s just biding her time until Year 12 is over and she can head back to her real life and her real friends…

The loner: At school, nobody really notices Matty. But at home, Matty is everything. He’s been single-handedly holding things together since his mum’s breakdown, and he’s never felt so alone. The popular girl: Well, the popular girl’s best friend… cool by association. Tammi’s always bowed to peer pressure, but when the expectations become too much to handle, will she finally stand up for herself?

The politician’s daughter: Gillian’s dad is one of the most recognisable people in the state and she’s learning the hard way that life in the spotlight comes at a very heavy price. Five unlikely teammates thrust together against their will. Can they find a way to make their final year a memorable one or will their differences tear their world apart?

The Yearbook Committee by Sarah Ayoub. This isn’t the only book whose ending I wish was different — it’s just the most recent one I’ve read. The way this one ended was just too abrupt and too… unemotional, in my opinion. It also came a bit out of nowhere for me. :/

Totally Should’ve Had A Movie Franchise

Wolf by WolfGermania, 1956. Over ten years since the Nazis won the war. 18-year-old Yael is part of the resistance, and she has just one mission: to kill Hitler.

But first she’s got to get close enough to him to do it.

Experimented on during her time at Auschwitz, Yael has the unique ability to change her appearance at will. The only part of her which always remains are the five tattooed wolves on her arm; one for each of the people she’s lost. Using her abilities, she must transform into Adele Wolfe, Germany’s most famous female rider and winner of the legendary Axis Tour; an epic long distance motorcycle race from Berlin to Tokyo, where only the strongest (and wiliest) riders survive.

Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin. It’d be super cool to see the race on the big screen, haha.

Totally Should’ve Had A TV Show

The Raven Boys Maggie StiefvaterEvery year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue never sees them–until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks to her. His name is Gansey, a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul whose emotions range from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher who notices many things but says very little.

Hmmm. The Raven Boys series by Maggie Stiefvater? Reading it it kind of gave off that creepy, magical Sleepy Hollow feel, and I think it’d be quite interesting to see the characters come to life. 😛

Totally Should’ve Had Only One Point of View

Signs Point to Yes Sandy HallIf only Jane’s Magic 8 Ball could tell her how to get through the summer. With her “perfect” sister, Margo, home for her “perfect” internship, Jane is not going to be able to spend the summer writing fan fiction, as she had planned. And her emergency babysitting job requires Jane to spend the whole summer in awkward proximity to her new crush, Teo, a nerdy-hot lifeguard with problems of his own.

With his best friend out of town, Teo finds himself without anyone to confide in…except Jane. Will Jane and Teo be able to salvage each other’s summer? Even the Magic 8 Ball doesn’t have an answer…but signs point to yes.

Signs Point to Yes by Sandy Hall. It has three perspectives, but they’re all really pretty… bad, overcrowding the story and distracting from the actually important parts. The mid-chapter perspective switches don’t help, either; it’s just highly inconsistent and overall badly written.

Totally Should’ve Had A Cover Change

Bloodlines Richelle MeadSydney’s blood is special. That’s because she’s an alchemist – one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets – and human lives. But the last encounter Sydney had with vampires got her in deep trouble with the other alchemists. And now with her allegiences in question, her future is on the line.

When Sydney is torn from her bed in the middle of the night, at first she thinks she’s still being punished for her complicated alliance with dhampir Rose Hathaway. But what unfolds is far worse. Jill Dragomir – the sister of Moroi Queen Lissa Dragomir – is in mortal danger, and the Moroi must send her into hiding. To avoid a civil war, Sydney is called upon to act as Jill’s guardian and protector, posing as her roommate in the unlikeliest of places: a human boarding school in Palm Springs, California. The last thing Sydney wants is to be accused of sympathizing with vampires. And now she has to live with one.

Can I just say the entire Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead? And the Vampire Academy series as well? Some of those faces look very awkwardly positioned and just awkward, and it honestly doesn’t do much for the story, if anything at all.

Totally Should’ve Kept The Original Cover

How-to-Love-Katie-Cotugno

Before: Reena Montero has loved Sawyer LeGrande for as long as she can remember. But he’s never noticed that Reena even exists…until one day, impossibly, he does. Reena and Sawyer fall in messy, complicated love. Then Sawyer disappears without a word, leaving a devastated—and pregnant—Reena behind.

After: Almost three years have passed, and there’s a new love in Reena’s life: her daughter. Reena’s gotten used to life without Sawyer, but just as suddenly as he disappeared, he turns up again. Reena wants nothing to do with him, though she’d be lying if she said his being back wasn’t stirring something in her.

I haven’t read this book yet but How to Love by Katie Cotugno. The original cover (left) looks so much better in my opinion, though to be honest I’m generally just not a fan of, um, human faces in covers. 😛

Totally Should’ve Stopped at Book One

shelatitude_therosieprojectMeet Don Tillman. Don is getting married. He just doesn’t know who to yet. But he has designed a very detailed questionnaire to help him find the perfect woman.

One thing he already knows, though, is that it’s not Rosie. Absolutely, completely, definitely not.

I’ll go with The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion. I LOVED this book — it was the perfect example of a rom-com movie in book format that also has a male protagonist — but The Rosie Effect was so dull and so completely unnecessary. In my opinion, it sort of ruined the great ending that The Rosie Project has. :/

Totally Should’ve Not Prejudged

The Sea QueenCalypso, Queen of the Seas, is mad. Spitting mad. Ghosts of the dead are fouling her waters. She wants this problem fixed, and she wants it fixed now. Rushing off in search of Hades, Lord of the Underworld, to demand answers, she’s soon shocked to discover him bound and standing trial before a jury of his peers—for nothing less than murder.

Calypso normally despises the beastly gods, all of them, but there’s something about seeing Hades bound as he is that gives her an evilly clever idea. Tired of being a virgin queen, she wishes to shed that boring image once and for all, and no one seems quite as fit for the task as the gorgeous and brooding Hades. Of course, there is the minor problem of murder to deal with, but Calypso is bound and determined to have her way.

The Sea Queen by Jovee Winters. I totally judged the book by its cover and was very, very badly burned — I thought it was a nice fantasy YA with Greek mythology-inspired characters, and it turned out to be a wacky erotica with rather ridiculous, very inappropriate diction. Read my review here. 😛

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54 thoughts on “Totally Should’ve Book Tag

  1. I totally agree with the Bloodlines and Vampire Academy cover change! They’re one of my favourite series, and I wouldn’t mind getting pretty covers to go along with the amazing storylines!

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  2. Your answers are really interesting! I can totally see Wolf by Wolf as a movie. I’d love a Lara Jean spin off but about John Ambrose McLaren 😀 And How To Love totally should’ve keep the original cover. I didn’t like the new one at all 😦

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  3. This is one of my all-time favorite tags, and your answers were so smart. Now I totally want to read The Rose Project. As for V.E. Schwab-yes, yes, and yes. I fell head over heels in love with her writing with ADSOM and went on to read the same books you have. So true, they’re all different. Schwab is no one-trick pony, that’s for sure.

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    • I highly recommend The Rosie Project! It’s one of the cutest, light-hearted contemporary books I’ve ever read, and I love that while it’s romantic, it’s not cheesy… and that it’s told from the male POV, because that’s so rare. 🙂

      And I agree about Schwab. I’m constantly amazed by the ideas she has!

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  4. I am currently reading the Raven Boys and i’m actually hyped! I’ve heard a lot of good things about this book. And I actually feel you about the sequel thing.

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  5. I definitely agree with you– I think a lot of characters would be better off ending up alone then with someone else. Some of the most memorable contemporary reads for me have been those where the main character ends up alone rather than with one of the guys making up the love triangle… it takes guts on the author’s part, but it makes such a statement! Great tag!

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    • Thanks, Holly! It definitely takes guts on the author’s part, because it’s definitely not a typical ending that most readers would expect… but when it’s done well, it really leaves an impression on me, I think. 🙂

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  6. Ohh awesome answers! I definitely agree, some books shouldn’t get a sequel, they would be perfectly fine as a standalone, it annoys me how everything seems to get a sequel these days :/ And YES for the raven boys! I just finished reading that book and it would be an incredible tv show, ohhhh I would LOVE LOVE IT so much! ❤

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    • Thanks, Marie! Yeah, it annoys me as well – some stories are better left alone after they end, I think, and adding anything to it sometimes just makes it worse. 😦

      I’m glad to hear that you enjoyed The Raven Boys! Are you going to be continuing on with the series? I’ve been planning to reread it soon but I just have sooo many other books to read. D:

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      • Definitely worse. It makes me so sad as well when there’s a series, and it could end after three books, but the author feels like adding three other billion books afterwards. It NEVER ends, and it doesn’t serve the story well, it just makes it worse at times 😦
        I’m going to be reading the next books, hopefully soon, I can’t wait, I absolutely loved it! ❤ Did you read all the books?

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        • I know! I think that’s actually why as well I’m not super big on novellas – I think sometimes they just add things that aren’t necessary or repeat things and make the whole story redundant… I dunno. Not really my thing, I guess. 😛

          I haven’t yet! I read The Raven Boys right before I fell into this reaaaally long reading slump so I haven’t read any of its sequels. I’m planning to, though! Maybe when the whole series is complete so I can binge all the books. 🙂

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  7. Yay I’m so glad you did this tag! I’m currently reading the Raven Cycle and I totally agree that it would make a cool tv show, there’s so many angles to explore. Wolf by Wolf needs to be a movie like now!

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  8. These are some great answers! 😀
    I’m completely the same, even though V.E. Schwab has written loads of books, and I have This Savage Song next on my to-read list, I need her to write even more. You should definitely read the books she’s written as Victoria Schwab as well though, I haven’t read them in a while but I do remember them being really really good. 🙂
    Also I can totally see The Raven Cycle series as a TV show, I think that would be amazing and honestly I’d love to see everything come to life on the screen, not just the characters 😀

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    • I’ve actually gotten The Archived from the library just last week! I’m trying to finish other books first, though, so it’s still on my TBR. Everyone keeps telling me how good it is and I’m excited to get into it. Is this the one you’ve read? 🙂

      Ahh me too! I imagine everything will be spooky and creepy and… Halloweeny. 😛

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      • Oh yay! I can’t wait for you to read that one, I hope you love it just as much as the rest of her books. Yeah The Archived is the one I’ve read, I don’t remember much of it because it was a while ago that I picked it up, but I do remember really enjoying it. It’s also definitely the book that made me want to pick up more of V.E. Schwab’s work so there’s that!
        Ohh, that would be perfect, especially for introducing Cabeswater as well! 😀

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  9. Haha I absolutely love your answer to “totally should’ve ended up with someone else”. I’m in complete agreement with that. Great answers!

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