The literary world was set back on its heels today with the news that Harper Lee has a sequel to “To Kill a Mockingbird” set for release this summer.
By comparison, for anyone under 25 years old, it’s a lot like J.K. Rowling suggesting she isn’t done with Harry.
As excited as I am to read “Go Set a Watchman,” the news made me think about other books in which the characters were so riveting I long for a sequel. Here are 5 books that need a sequel:
The Night Circus (Erin Morgenstern)
While its author has already stated publicly there is no sequel forthcoming, a girl can dream. I just want another chance to visit Le Cirque de Reves. It was a love story so beautifully written (Marco! Celia!) , you hated for it to end.
The Stand (Stephen King)
One of my forever favorites, I like the idea that maybe, like Voldemort, Randall Flagg is somewhere out there waiting to inhabit someone else’s soul—and Frannie and Stu are waiting to take him down like the badasses they are. If The Shining got Doctor Sleep, is it impossible to think this could happen?
The Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger)
Duh. Honestly, I’d love Holden Caulfield’s take on adulthood, married with kids. What Salinger had left to say, we’ll never know. My bucket list includes his biography by David Shields.
The Leftovers (Tom Perrotta)
An interesting choice, given we’re blessed with another season of the show on HBO, but still—books are always better. Please, Tom, tell me what happens next!
Forever (Judy Blume)
All us Judy Blume fangirls are freaking about her upcoming book this summer, but damnit—this was the first book I read that included a sex act. This was part of my childhood/tween/YA reading experience. I want to know how Kath turned out, and if she ever hooked back up with Michael. C’mon, you know you want to know. At a high school reunion? Facebook? You know it happens.
What would you like to see a sequel to? Leave a comment and let me know.
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