Top Ten Tuesday #280


Hi everyone! I hope you’ve all had a good week since I last did one of these. It’s my birthday on Saturday, and though obviously it’s going to be a little different than I expected this year, I still have a nice day planned with my family so hopefully it will be a fun day.

Anyway, it’s Tuesday and time for another Top Ten Tuesday courtesy of Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week we were meant to be talking Books For Our Younger Self but since that’s basically a duplicate of a topic we did in April, I’m instead taking an old topic from the archives and doing Side Characters That Should Have Their Own Books. It’s also my 280th topic this week! Cannot believe I’ve done so many! So here we go:

  1. Lourdes Alfero-The Shadow Game trilogy-Amanda Foody

It’s clear from the books that Lourdes has had some adventures in her life (particularly after some reveals in Queen of Volts which would be massive spoilers to share) so I definitely think a book about her in her younger years, pre-Enne, maybe just before the Revolution might be a really interesting read.

2. Vianca Augustine-The Shadow Game trilogy-Amanda Foody

Yes, okay, I know that’s two from the same series, but anyone who’s read these books, you can’t tell me you wouldn’t want to read a Vianca book? I’m sure there is plenty of material to be mined from Vianca’s life pre-series and would definitely be up for reading a prequel about her.

3. Hayden Upchurch-Unwind Dystology-Neal Shusterman

I’m not really sure what kind of book about Hayden I’d like, I don’t know if we really know enough about his life pre the series to do a prequel, but I’d quite like a story about his life post-series? We get a little glimpse in Unbound of what he and Grace were doing, but I’d definitely read more short stories, or even a full length novel if it was the right story about Hayden because he’s one of the most fun characters in the Unwind series.

4. Jane Warner-The Enigma Game-Elizabeth Wein

Jane definitely has more stories to tell from what we hear about her during the Enigma Game and I would love to read more about her life as a performer, what she did before the war, basically anything about her life before we meet her in The Enigma Game, I would probably read!

5. Legend-Caraval Trilogy-Stephanie Garber

I would love to know more about Legend pre the trilogy. I honestly don’t know what kind of story I would want to read about him, there’s so many different routes that this kind of prequel could go down: we could have a story about the very beginning of Caraval, Legend’s life pre being Legend, there are infinite avenues for exploration in Legend’s backstory to explore so I would definitely love to read a story where he is the star.

6. China Sorrows-Skulduggery Pleasant series-Derek Landy

China is one of those enigmatic, mysterious characters who you know has a very interesting past but we don’t really get all of it in the series, because she’s only a supporting character. I would definitely love if Derek Landy ever decided to do a spin-off story about China so we could find out more about her life pre-series (for someone who has never had much luck with prequels, I’m apparently very interested in learning about a lot of characters’ pre-series lives!).

7. Jaxon Hall-The Bone Season series-Samantha Shannon

Who doesn’t want a villain origin story? Jaxon has definitely got up to a lot in his life and a story with him at the centre, whether it was pre him becoming an Underlord, or maybe what he was doing whilst Paige was in Sheol I in the first book, would be very welcome!

8. Zuzana-Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy-Laini Taylor

I mean sure we have Night of Cake and Puppets, but I would love to have a full length story with Zuzana at the centre. I’m not really sure what shape I’d like it to take but I just know that any story with Zuzana as the main character would be super fun.

9. Dr Volumnia Gaul-The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes-Suzanne Collins

Yes, okay, Ballad wasn’t the greatest villain origin story ever, but I genuinely think that’s not because Snow’s origin story was a bad idea, more just that it wasn’t executed quite as well as I was hoping it would be. Still Dr Gaul was definitely an interesting villain and I would be intrigued to know more of her story.

10. Santi and Wolfe-The Great Library series-Rachel Caine

Honestly I’d be happy with a just a short story of these two being cute together? I mean I’m sure there are many interesting plots to be mined from their younger lives, how they got involved in the Library etc, but I would be very happy with a short story completely of Wolfe/Santi fluff.

So there we go, those are the Side Characters I Wish Had Their Own Books. Which side characters do you wish had their own stories? Do we share any? Let me know in the comments!

I will be back with another Top Ten Tuesday next week, we’ve been given free reign with a cover freebie, so I’m going to share my Top Ten Favourite Book Covers of 2020.

32 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday #280

  1. Leah's Books 08/09/2020 / 1:26 pm

    I love your topic idea! Iโ€™d LOVE to see a book about Legendโ€™s story and what made him into who he is! Dr. Gaul too! Great post.

  2. lydiaschoch 08/09/2020 / 2:38 pm

    Ooh, the Caravel series is a good pick!

    My post .

  3. Brooke Lorren (@Brookelorren) 08/09/2020 / 4:19 pm

    Lourdes and Legend would make great books! These would actually make great fanfics if someone had enough love for the series to spend some time on them.

    • iloveheartlandx 15/09/2020 / 11:23 am

      They would! I hung up my fanfic shoes a long time ago, but hopefully there are other people out there who have the time and inclination to do so!

  4. evelynreads1 08/09/2020 / 7:03 pm

    Ooh I would love a book about Legend!

    My post!

  5. Louise 08/09/2020 / 8:18 pm

    Happy birthday to be! Great twist on the topic this week!

  6. Leslie 08/09/2020 / 11:01 pm

    I totally would love one of Zuzana!!! Also, pretty sure Legend would make for a great one too!

  7. susanblogginboutbooks 09/09/2020 / 12:42 am

    I love me a great side character and there are so many really good ones out there. I haven’t read any of the books you mentioned, so I haven’t heard of any of your faves. Still, super fun topic!

    Happy TTT!


  8. thebookishlibra 09/09/2020 / 1:56 am

    A prequel about Legend could be pretty awesome. I love that idea.

  9. Jen G. (Introverted Reader) 09/09/2020 / 4:03 am

    What a fun topic idea! You’ve reminded me I need to get on with the Caraval series. You are absolutely right about Zuzana. Night of Cake and Puppets may be my actual favorite from that series, even though it’s just a side story and even though I love Karou and company so much.

    • iloveheartlandx 15/09/2020 / 11:26 am

      Thank you! Ah it’s super fun, I hope you enjoy it. I think it’s my favourite as well you know, it’s such a cute little story.

  10. areadingwriter 09/09/2020 / 6:48 am

    First, advance happy birthday to you! Second, I haven’t read these books but i love the creative turn you did here. For the side character, hmmmmm, I would love to read Miss Kenton’s perspective from Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Remains of the Day. ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. dinipandareads 09/09/2020 / 12:54 pm

    OMG YES! Santi and Wolfe ๐Ÿ˜ญI would looove to read their story. I loved them so much! This is a great topic and I would definitely love to see quite a few of these characters get their own stories. Zuzana is another great pick! Love this list ๐Ÿ˜Š

  12. Dedra @ A Book Wanderer 09/09/2020 / 7:20 pm

    What a great twist this week! Sadly, I’ve only read Daughter of Smoke & Bone from your list (several are on my tbr), and I’ve forgotten so much of the story since I read it years ago. I need to do a reread!

    • iloveheartlandx 15/09/2020 / 11:28 am

      Thank you! Yes, it would be super fun, doesn’t even have to be a full length book, I’d be very happy with a China Sorrows short story as well.

  13. Beans Fox 10/09/2020 / 12:41 am

    Your birthday is one Saturday and mine is on the 15th! Happy early birthday, I hope it’s a good one. ๐Ÿ™‚ I also think Legend deserves their own story, I’ve always thought this and need it in my life so bad. Caraval is one of my favorite series.

    • iloveheartlandx 15/09/2020 / 11:30 am

      Thank you, and happy birthday to you for today! My birthday was lovely. Yes, it would be so much fun, and I definitely get the feeling that Legend’s perspective is something Stephanie Garber would like to explore, so I suppose we’ll see ๐Ÿ™‚

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