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Top 10 Tuesday: Standalone Books That Need A Sequel

Posted March 12, 2019 by A Conjuring of Lit in Top 10 Tuesday / 2 Comments

As it turns out, we both have a pretty firm belief that books written as standalones should stay that way. Neither one of us was able to come up with even five books to fit this prompt, so we decided to tweak it a bit.

There are SO MANY great standalone books out there, and many of them live in our TBR piles. So, without further ado…

Top Ten Standalone Books We’d Love To Read Next


Tomorrow by Damian Dibben

“A wise old dog travels through the courts and battlefields of Europe and through the centuries in search of the master who granted him immortality.”

IMMORTAL. DOG. There is nothing more on this planet that I would want than to be able to give my dog, Max, eternal youth.

The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab

This is quite fitting, as today is the day that Queen V’s debut novel is being rereleased! It’s one of the last books of hers that I haven’t read, and I’m truly excited to dive in and read her first novel and marvel over how far she’s come.

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

Do I even really need to elaborate much here? I LOVE HER SO MUCH.

Elantris by Brandon Sanderson

This is CURRENTLY a standalone, although I’ve heard whispers that it might be getting expanded. Who knows? I’ve only read one Sanderson book, but I’m constantly itching for more.

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

I’ve technically already started this, but I haven’t gotten very far, and I put it on hold to participate in Beauty and the Beast-Athon this week, so I’m going to count it anyway! Dragons. Queens. Dragons. Female/female romance. Dragons. What else do you want?

A Treason of Thorns by Laura E. Weymouth

This is by the author of The Light Between Worlds, which I did a review for last year, and I am so excited for it! All I know is that there is going to be some sort of creepy manor house, and that’s all I’m allowing myself to learn. I am so ready.

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

Speaking of books with “thorn” in the title that are coming from authors for whom I did a review of their debut novel…yeah ok that’s really specific. This is another one where I don’t know a ton, but like…there’s a magical library guys. GIMME.

Strange Grace by Tessa Gratton

“Once, a witch made a pact with a devil. The legend says they loved each other, but can the story be trusted at all?”

I’ve seen so many people rave about this book, and I am chomping at the bit to get a copy and read it myself.

The Lantern’s Ember by Colleen Houck

This is supposed to be a paranormal fantasy with some romance, and the main character is a guardian of a portal to the mysterious and dangerous Otherworld. Another main character would very, very much like to go to this Otherworld. Chaos ensues. I love some chaos.

To Best the Boys by Mary Weber

This is another one that isn’t out yet, but the synopsis is just so intriguing. Elite boys-only school infiltrated by two girls. A mysterious disease. Female friendship. A SCARY MAZE. I’m excited for it to come out.


To Kill a Kingdom by Alexander Christo

I’ve been sitting on this one for a while. I think I got it in a box last spring? Maybe? Anyway, I keep putting it off in the names of shiny new series, so it’s about time I pull it down off the shelf.

Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand

I tried to read Winterspell, and I just couldn’t get into it. From what I’ve read of Sawkill Girls, though, it seems like it’s much more my thing. Horror, thriller, etc. aren’t usually my genres of choice, but whenever Sam likes something, I figure I should probably give it a shot.

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

This book was brought to my attention when I started looking up Beauty and the Beast retellings for #BATBathon. It sounds great. Plus, there’s a companion novella, which I have decided doesn’t make it any less a standalone.

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

Everyone and their mother seems to be in love with this graphic novel. I scored and found it at Half Price Books last fall. I love the art. I love the synopsis. It’s probably time I figure out if I love the content, not that I’m concerned.

The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

I haven’t read anything by Holly Black other than The Cruel Prince, and I love it. Logic would dictate I read some of her other fae creations. I’m holding out for the gorgeous bind up of Modern Faerie Tales this summer, so The Darkest Part of the Forest it is!

Damsel by Elana K. Arnold

I grabbed this last fall, and I intended to read it right away. Paige did, and she has been speaking about its value ever since. I don’t know why I seem to be a bit afraid to pick it up, but here I am. It’s on my must read list for the year, and I hope I hold myself to that.

If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio

I knew nothing of this book until Paige showed up at my house with a copy. From the synopsis (and Paige’s review), it seems to have some Secret History vibes, and I’m all about that.

The Binding by Bridget Collins

I’m a sucker for a book about books. Plus, it’s GORGEOUS. I was in the UK when it was released, and I didn’t get a copy in the name of frugality and saving luggage space, forgetting that it doesn’t come out in the US to April. Mistakes were made, and I regret it deeply. I’m foaming at the mouth to get my hands on this one.

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern


The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

I think this might be the only orange thing I’ve ever loved. I’m afraid to start it, because of its length in comparison to the rest of my TBR pile, but it’s taunting me from my Kindle screen. Its time is coming.

We hope you enjoyed the alternate topic this week! Let us know what some of your choices are – for either version!

See you next week, lovely humans 💜💛

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Top 5 Wednesday – Most Anticipated 2019 Releases

Posted December 19, 2018 by A Conjuring of Lit in Top 5 Wednesday / 0 Comments

December 19: Most Anticipated 2019 Releases

— Pretty self-explanatory. If you can’t narrow it down, give your selections for only the first half of the year or even just for winter 2019.


The Wicked King by Holly Black

I just wrapped up a re-listen of the The Cruel Prince, and OH MY GOD. There are so many little details I forgot about since I originally read it last winter, and now I have a mighty need to see what happens next. I’m borderline rabid, guys, and I’m pretty sure Paige is on the verge of punching me through her phone screen if she gets one more message that starts with any version of, “I can’t believe I forgot Jude/Cardan/Madoc did…..!!”

Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff

Nevernight was a SLOW start for me. I wasn’t a huge fan of the footnotes or the mirrored story items in the first chapter, and it made me crazy. By the time I finished it, however, I was hooked. Like, weeping about its perfection hooked. And then the announcement for Darkdawn being delayed came, and I have refused to let myself read Godsgrave yet, because I don’t want the anticipation to kill me. My need to know what happens next is reaching critical mass, though, so I’m thinking I’ll take it as my airplane book when we go to England in February. Next September is too damn long to wait.

UPDATE since writing this draft: I started Godsgrave last weekend. More on that, later. No regrets.

The Near Witch by V.E. Schwab

So this is a re-release, not a new release, but I’ve decided it still counts. This was Queen V’s first novel, but it’s been out of print for five years now. I just received an original hardcover from Better World Books, and it’s amazing, but the new cover is downright GORGEOUS! Plus, there’s a new novella included, and I’m always down for new Schwab writing to grace my world. She has a couple more releases next year as well, but it’s this one I’m chomping at the bit to get my hands on.

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

SHE’S FINALLY WRITING ANOTHER BOOK! HOORAY! Listen, I am a FIRM believer that creators do not owe consumers a damn thing when it comes to their stories, but that doesn’t mean I can’t be pumped AF when they release things after long periods of time. The Night Circus is such a beautiful book, and I love re-reading it in some form or another, but the fact that there’s another Morgenstern work is on the way just makes my heart happy. I cannot wait to dive into another world of her creation. Ahhhhh!

King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo

Listen. Y’all read my review of The Grisha Trilogy, and it took me a hot minute to work myself up to reading Six of Crows. But now I’m trash for this world, and I’m excited to see what’s been going on with Nikolai since becoming king. We all know his world is turned upside down (to say the very least), but I’m hoping that experiencing him as a main character will mean experiencing him in a truer form than his blustering bravado in the other books. Not that I didn’t love him then, because I REALLY did, I’m just excited to get to know his character better. Ugh, it’s gonna be so good!


So I just want you guys to know that I scrolled past Kate’s answers in our shared Google doc before I typed these, so any similarities are because we have the same, EXQUISITE TASTE. Obviously. These are in no particular order, I’m just fucking PUMPED that they will finally exist.

Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff

The ending of Godsgrave absolutely shattered me, and then I was shattered even harder when I found out the release was pushed back aN eNtiRe YeAr. The reading gods have not smiled on me. I totally get why Jay had it pushed back (he is a juggernaut and has 2 other releases coming out in 2019, which I’m also excited for), but I cannot wait to be reunited with Mia and Mr. K.

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

I lost my goddamned mind when I found out the genius artist behind The Night Circus was releasing another book. If Erin had never written another book in her entire life, I would have just been so grateful for the one masterpiece she did grace us with. I saw the title and braced myself to not be interested in the synopsis…BUT I SHOULD HAVE HAD FAITH. It sounds AMAZING and I can. Not. Wait. Oh. My. God.

The Wicked King by Holly Black

The Cruel Prince has been stewing in my brain for almost a year now since I read it in March of 2018 and reread it via audio a few weeks ago, and I know from advance reviews that this one is going to kill me and make me impatient for the third. I’m ready.

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

Let me just…drop this quote from the synopsis for you:

“All sorcerers are evil. Elisabeth has known that as long as she has known anything. Raised as a foundling in one of Austermeer’s Great Libraries, Elisabeth has grown up among the tools of sorcery—magical grimoires that whisper on shelves and rattle beneath iron chains. If provoked, they transform into grotesque monsters of ink and leather. She hopes to become a warden, charged with protecting the kingdom from their power.”

I LOVED An Enchantment of Ravens, and I knew she was writing something else that was coming out in 2019. When the title and synopsis came out, I fell in love all over again.

In an Absent Dream by Seanan McGuire

I am absolute trash for this series, and January 8th is too damn far away for me to get the next installment. All I want for Christmas is for YOU to go read Every Heart a Doorway and hop on this hype train with me.

(Psst. Hey. Also. The Priory of the Orange Tree, A Treason of Thorns, Ninth House, and Crescent City.)

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