Totally Should’ve Book Tag

It’s a tag that been floating around YouTube for a while now and every time I find a new one I get excited, so much so that I’ve decided to jump on the bandwagon and give you guys my answers (despite not being tagged).

1. Totally should’ve gotten a sequel
On the Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta


I adore this book like I actually might make a shrine to this book and keep it in the back of my closet, Hey Arnold! style. I love it that much. And as much as I love where the story
goes and the ending, I still want to know more. I want more of the characters, I want to know what happened when they get older and if they manage to stay friends, how do they handle being separated, how they handle knowing what they do later in life and basically everything else in between. If only there was more FanFiction about this book I might have quenched this thirst a little, but alas FanFiction isn’t on board.

2. Totally should’ve had a spin-off series
Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

HARRY POTTER.pngI’m sure this is probably the most popular answer for this question but I have very specific spin-off’s I’d love to read. Either a spin-off about Harry’s parents growing up and attending Hogwarts or a spin-off based around Harry’s children (and all the children of the other characters). I would love to read either of these and admit to reading quite a few FanFiction attempts. But it would be amazing if you could get a glimpse of what life was like for those characters.

3. An author who totally should write more books
Rob Thomas
If you haven’t heard of Rob Thomas you’re clearly missing out. He’s the brains behind some of the best TV shows including my all time favourite show, Veronica Mars. Since Veronica Mar’s TV cancellation, the fans pulled together to make a movie. It was a groundbreaking Kickstarter campaign and made headlines everywhere. And after the film’s release, Thomas wrote 2 follow-up novels for Veronica Mars to give fans something to hold onto. These novels delve into Veronica’s life post-film and follow her on her PI cases in Neptune.Veronica is my favourite female character, probably of all time, and that’s a big statement. I have three seasons to enjoy watching her on TV,  but as far as books go, there’s not a lot of her. If Rob Thomas could write more Veronica Mars books I’d be a very happy girl.

4. A character who totally should’ve ended up with someone else
In the skin of a Monster by Kathryn Barker
I tend to stay pretty canon, so I had a hard time picking a character for this question, so I’m going to cheat a little and say a couple that doesn’t end up quite together, but they sort of are. It’s hard to explain without giving away major spoilers, and trust me you want to go on this ride, it’s so worth it. I love Alice and Lux, they were such a great couple. And without giving away the ending of the book too much, I was disappointed with how the author resolved their relationship,  it sucks that the main couple doesn’t get the happily ever after I was hoping for.

5. Totally should’ve ended differently
The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
I really wanted to love this book, because of all the wonderful things I’d read and heard about it, but it completely let me down. Not that this book didn’t have some really great elements because it did. Ness spoke about mental health and mental disorders in a really raw and realistic way, without using it to add something cheap to the story, rather he spoke about one character’s disorder as only one part of their wider personality. But overall the lack of plot and character development left me feeling like I couldn’t describe anything that happened. If we had a bit more plot this story could’ve been something really great.

6. Totally should’ve had a movie franchise
Starboard Series by Amie Kaufman and Megan Spooner
This is hands down one of the best book series I’ve ever read. I’m not saying that lightly either. I really mean it. It’s original, fast paced, heart wrenching and impossible to put down. Which is why it would make an amazing film franchise. Each book centres on two characters, often on opposing ends of a problem, trying to survive unbelievable circumstances and finding a little bit of romance along the way. It’s a fantastic sci-fi and with the right actors and even better images and graphics, it could be an amazing movie series.

7. Totally should’ve had a TV show
The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
I’m sure this book series is a popular answer for this question, and rightfully so. I think this series would adapt would adapt really well into a TV series. The retelling of fairytales in a futuristic setting is a really cool idea that could be imagined and physically produced for a TV show. Imagine how interesting it would be to see an actor play a cyborg cinderella, and how cool the costumes and sets would be. Why a TV show and not a film franchise? Because the multi-character focus these books have would have more time to develop in a TV show as opposed to a film. It would give each and every character the chance to develop properly. And clearly fairytales series can be successful, just look at Once Upon a Time.

8. Totally should’ve had only one point of view
Sorry, I’m going to cheat and say I don’t have an answer because that’s the truth. I haven’t read a book with more than one point of view that I haven’t liked. In fact, I prefer multiple POV stories because I love coming at a story from lots of different angles. So I find it very hard to name a book I think should’ve only had one point of view.

9. Totally should have a cover change
Divergent Series by Veronica Roth


On the top are the American covers and the bottom pics are the UK/Aus covers. See why I want a cover change?

I want to be very specific about which book covers I’m talking about and those are the UK/Australian covers. I think the book designer changed the market with these covers as they make the book look childish. I really prefer the American covers, simply they are so much more dynamic and colourful than the Australian ones. Normally I’m all for buying and supporting the Australian publishing industry and local authors and I’ll probably buy the Aussie covers, but secretly covet the edition I like better.

10. Totally should’ve kept the original covers
Various Sarah Dessen books


How gorgeous are these covers?

Sarah Dessen’s books have had a lot of cover changes over the years, and while none of the covers are terrible, there was a series of covers I really preferred over the others. I love the assortment of images, the one bright colour on a black background, everything about it is really great. It was also the cover on the first Sarah Dessen book I ever bought, The Truth About Forever, so I’m a bit emotionally attached to those covers.

11. Totally should’ve stopped at book one
The Book of Ivy & The Revolution of Ivy by Amy Engel
I really liked these books, but both novels are really short (only 200ish pages each) and could’ve easily been one longer book. The first book was okay, but the story really picked up in the sequel, both in plot and character growth. While I understand that with this age range shorter books and serial books are preferred I just felt a bit ripped off. I paid for two   okay books, with okay plots but easily could’ve been one really great book aimed at the end of the YA age range.

Credit to EmmaBooks for creating this tag. Here is her original Tag Video and a couple of others I really enjoyed.


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