Top 10 Characters I’d Like to Check in With
Top Ten Tuesdays are hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, where we make lists of our top ten books based on that week’s prompt… and then we stalk other people’s answers to add a million books to our TBR. The topics are provided ahead of time and can be found here. Links go to Goodreads or my review.
Today’s TTT is about the ten characters that you’d like to check in with – the book or series is over and you’d like to peek back into their lives and see what they’re up to. I feel like I could say this about every book I’ve read! Here are my top ten. (Title links are to the Goodreads; reviews are linked where its noted!)
99 Days by Katie Cotugno… because I need to know what happens next for Julia and the boys!
Oh man, this was hard to read! The love triangle between a girl and two brothers flip flops back and forth through to the end. There was no easy or correct way to end this one; you really understand her feelings for both boys. I won’t spoil the ending, but I will say I’m VERY curious about what happens next!
Nowhere But Home by Liza Palmer… because I loved the story, setting, and characters so much!
I posted my review for this one yesterday, so you know how much I adored every single part of this story. It pulled me in right from the start and never let me go. I sincerely never wanted this book to end because I wanted to stick with Queenie and co. forever! I’d love to see how they’re all doing now. [Review]
Play On by Michelle Smith… because I want to see how Jay and Brett made it through college!
This one didn’t blow me away as much as I’d hoped, but it was a super cute story. Jay and Brett stole my heart more than the main characters did! I’d want to check in with them and see how they’re managing going off to college. I won’t say more!
Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway… because I loved them so much and need an update!
I adored these two from the moment they “met” again in the story. They had so much fun banter throughout the book and I totally shipped them from the second I met them. I enjoyed the ending and thought it was appropriate, but it left me wondering what happens next! (Dang, this TTT is hard because of all the potential spoilers!)
Princess of Thorns by Stacey Jay… because of the sequel that never was!
There was a lot of drama surrounding Stacey Jay’s Kickstarter campaign for a Princess of Thorns sequel. I donated and hoped it would work out, but she ended up cancelling it because of the backlash. She wrote that there’s much more of a story that she could tell in this world, and I’m bummed we’ll never find out what happens next. I’d be happy with a little check in, at least! [Review]
Open Road Summer by Emery Lord… because I need Dee and Jimmy to be together!
I did love Reagan and Matt, of course, and would love to see what they’re up to… But I’m much more interested in Dee and Jimmy! I know there’s a bonus chapter from Dee’s perspective in the paperback of Open Road Summer (which I still need to buy), but I haven’t read it yet. I just so desperately need this two to be together forever because they’re so cute and perfect. PLEASE. [Review]
The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider… because of the surprising ending!
I’ll be the first to admit that I have the worst bookish memory and rarely remember much beyond basic book details. I remember being surprised by the ending of this one and pleasantly surprised. I loved Ezra as a character and was very happy with where he ended up, but my memory is telling me that I’d love to know a little more about what happens next! [Review]
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell… because I’m pretty sure everyone needs more closure here!
Oh man. This book definitely killed my feels. I borrowed it from a friend who, when I finished it, said “wasn’t that perfect except for the end?!” To an extent, I completely agree with her. I loved this book but needed more from the ending. But, at the same time, I also feel like it was a perfect way to end a book about first love. I’d like to just check in with Eleanor and Park to see what they’re up to today, especially since this book takes place in the 1980’s! [Review]
Anna and the French Kiss, Lola and the Boy Next Door, and Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins… because I don’t ever want to leave this series behind!
I’m positive that I’m not the only one who wants Perkins to keep adding companion books to this series until I’m an old woman. I loved her writing and the adorable fluffiness that filled every page. The characters were so real and sweet that I think I could read books in this world forever. I’d love to check in with my favorite couples: Anna and St. Clair, Lola and Cricket, and Isla and Josh! [Anna Review, Lola Review, Isla Review]
Eleanor & Park did end kind of ambiguously, so that’s a good one to check in on! 🙂
Oh, Eleanor and Park. I completely forgot about that book. I loved it and would love to see what has happened with them since we last visited. And like you mentioned, since it took place in the 80’s, I would think there would be tons that could happen if a sequel was ever completed. Great list!
Exactly!! I didn’t even think about the time period as I was reading it, but there’s gotta be so many things to update us on!
I would LOVE to know what happened with Eleanor and Park! The end was too open for me so I would really like to see where they went and what Rainbow would do with them!
I really want to know what happens to Anna, Étienne, Isla and Josh (not so much for Lola and Cricket) because I LOVE those book and Anna and Étienne were my OTP for the longest time and since what happens to do with them in Isla and The Happily Ever After, I really want to see what happens next!
Thank you! <3
I agree about E&P - it was quite open-ended. I know that because it was first love you never really know what's going to happen, and I think that's what she captured. But I NEED CLOSURE STILL.
I'd love to catch up with the Perkins couples; they're the best.
Great list! Eleanor and Park made my list too. I love that book!
I loved it too!
Anna and Etienne and Lola and Cricket would be fantastic characters to catch up with!
I need to know what everyone’s up to because they’re all so cute and perfect <33
I really love the Anna and the French Kiss companion novels. I’d love to read a 4th book about all of their lives intertwining. So many of the other books are on my to-read list!
I know I would LOOOVE more books in that series!
Eleanor & Park is such a great choice! (Especially since we never really got to see them be “together” after getting over their hardships.) Thanks for the Emmy and Oliver recommendation today! 🙂
OH I COMPLETELY FORGOT ABOUT ELEANOR AND PARK that was such a brutal ending! I really want to know what happens to the both of them UGH