Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Characters You Want To Check In On After the Book



1. The O'Malley Family
The O'Malley series is one that I fell in love with way back in junior high. It follows six orphans who took the same last name and became a family. Each of them of course has a cool and interesting job (hostage negotiator, firefighter, forensic pathologist) that allows each of them to have a book focused on them and one of their cases. My favorite part, though, was watching these adult siblings care for and interact with each other. Towards the end of the series, something major happened that changed the shape of the family. I would love to peek in and see how they are doing afterwards! 

2. Todd and Viola (Chaos Walking Trilogy)
A lot of stuff happened to Todd and Viola during the three books in the Chaos Walking series. But I would love to know what they did after the events in the last book. Ness leaves things a bit ambiguous and I want to know!!

3. Sergeant Lester Ferris (Tigerman
Lester is one of those characters just begging for some more backstory or a peek into his adventures after the story ends. It began, of course, with a man trying to live a quiet semi-retirement. When that doesn't happen, you know that Lester himself is nowhere near ready to live an orderly and expected life. 

     Tigerman    The Healer (O'Malley #5)

4. Millie, Karl, and Agatha (Lost and Found)
If you haven't heard my rave about this trio yet, consider this your invitation to pick up Lost and Found! Millie is a precocious little girl who wears red boots and Karl and Agatha are the elderly pair who end up on a zany adventure with her. I would love to read about their further exploits. 

5. Anna Wyatt (Girl Before a Mirror)
This protagonist grew a lot during this book, but I would definitely pick up a sequel so we can see the amazing things she can accomplish and how her new relationship works out!

If I'm being honest, I'm having a difficult time distinguishing between wanting to check in on a girl who lives in the most precarious of places and times and just wanting another book by Anthony Marra already. In fact, I just have to take a little detour over to my bookshelf right now and look at the book. I'll be back...in an hour or two! 

        A Constellation of Vital Phenomena

7. Ari (After Birth
After Birth follows Ari as the mom of an almost one year old. But what does Ari look like when she has been a mom for two years or five? I want to know!

8. The whole bunch from Castle Waiting 
Apparently, Linda Medley intended to write the further adventures of the residents of Castle Waiting. But then there were some disputes with the publisher, so she didn't write any more. But what happens next, Linda, what happens next?!?

9. The Traveling Symphony and the keepers of The Museum of Civilization (Station Eleven
Mandel created such an interesting story by jumping forward and backwards in the lives of the survivors of a global pandemic. I would be just fine finding out what happened after the book finished (or even getting some more backstory)!

     Castle Waiting, Vol. 1 (Castle Waiting Omnibus Collection, #1)     Station Eleven


What are the books that make you want to check in on the characters after reading?

17 comments:

  1. I haven't read any of these except Castle Waiting! Still haven't read the second volume but I definitely want more!!

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    1. They are just the perfect way to spend an afternoon or evening and I feel like there are so many more stories to tell about the characters!

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  2. I'm dying for another Anthony Marra book, too!

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    1. I wonder if Anthony Marra had any inkling what kind of reception his book would get. It's a tough act to follow!

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  3. Oh, Havva!! Anthony Marra has a collection of stories coming out later this year, so it's not too far away :)

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  4. Agreed about Station Eleven! I wanted to know more about everyone and how they got on.

    My TTT.

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    1. I get that the story had to end, but there were more things I wanted to know!!

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  5. Castle Waiting!! I really need to reread those books again!

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    1. I imagine they are one of those books where you discover new things every time you read them!

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  6. Only book from your list I've read is Station Eleven, so yes, I would like to know more about what happened to them. This is a good list and will give me some ideas to check out. Thanks!

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    1. I usually feel ready for a book to end when I get to those last chapters. I would have read Station Eleven for a few hundred more pages!

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  7. I read that series by Dee Henderson in college when my roommate recommended it. I remember enjoying the family dynamics as well. Good choice!

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    1. I don't love her other books as much, but the O'Malleys will always be a love of mine. I'm glad you like them too!

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  8. The Traveling Orchestra and the Keepers of the Museum of Civilization! I love it.

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    1. They are so interesting! What are they doing now?!?

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