Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.
The rules are simple:
- Each Tuesday, Jana assigns a new topic. Create your own Top Ten list that fits that topic – putting your unique spin on it if you want.
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- Or if you don’t have a blog, just post your answers as a comment on her weekly post.
This week – November 23, 2021 – the topic is: Characters I’d Love an Update On.
It has been a while since I did one of these lists, but I’m holding off on putting up a review of the book I recently finished, because although it came out in October in the UK, it will only be released in January in the US. Also, I found this to be a really fascinating topic! So, without any further ado…
- Nina Markova from “The Huntress” by Kate Quinn.This is the one that I know I’m never going to hear more about. Kate has already told me that she’s not writing a book based on this secondary character, but damn if I didn’t just adore this character, and I would love it if Kate would write a book just about that spitfire of a woman!
- Billie Walker from “The War Widow” by Tara Moss. Okay, so this is cheating a bit (or is it?), because I know that Moss is writing a second Billie Walker novel, since this was meant to be a series!
- Emmy Lake from “Dear Mrs. Bird” and “Yours Cheerfully” by A.J. Pearce. I’m right in the middle of reading the first one of these books (which I had to buy, because I was denied the ARC before it was published), although as you can see, I already reviewed the second one.
- Addie Metsky from “The Boston Girl” by Anita Diamant. My biggest problem with this book was that it focused almost only on Addie’s earlier life, and then quickly rushed through a sketch of Addie’s later life. Why Diamant did this was beyond me, because from that sketch, it sounded like Addie had a very interesting life beyond the scope of this novel.
- Eliza Hamilton from “I, Eliza Hamilton” by Susan Holloway Scott. Here’s another book that partially pissed me off because the story ended only a tiny bit after Alexander died. From what I can see, the other novel about her does much the same thing. Seriously, the woman was amazing and I want a novel about Eliza after Alexander (which would be a good title, don’t you think?).
- Parvaneh and her family from “A Man Called Ove” by Fredrik Backman. Well, Backman has done a spin-off before with Britt-Marie from his “My Grandmother…” novel, so why not do one with Parvaneh and her family from this book? Plus, he’s about to publish his third Beartown novel (sometime next year), so it isn’t like sequels are a problem for him. Am I right? (Of course I am!)
- Vivian Dalton from “The Operator” By Gretchen Berg. Okay, so Vivian wasn’t such a nice person, but I wonder if she learned her lesson after what happened in this novel. I’m guessing that she did to a certain extent, but not completely, so I’d see just how far she’s come, if at all.
- Cal Stephanides from “Middlesex” by Jeffrey Eugenides. If you haven’t read this book, I worry that my saying anything much here might be a spoiler. If you have read this book, you’ll probably understand why I’d like to know more about what happened to Cal after this book ended. I doubt if Eugenides will ever write that story, but who knows, right?
- Kate Warne from “Girl in Disguise” by Greer Macallister. Yes, I know that, like Eliza Hamilton, Warne is not a fictional character, and she was actually the first detective for Pinkerton’s. The thing is, while I didn’t have a problem with where in Kate’s life Macallister concluded this book, from the author’s notes, I could see that she did much more than we got here. I’m sure more of her adventures would be fun to read about.
- Sarah Gillespie from “Her Secret War” by Pam Lecky. This will be going up before I publish my review for this novel (scheduled for November 28th), but I had to say that Lecky did a number on all of us with this one, and I’m almost certain that this is going to be a series, considering the cliffhanger she gave us at the end of the novel. Naughty, naughty, Pam! (But yes, I would read a sequel to this book!)