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Eight Books that Needed more Something

https://thebandarblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/wrap-ups-9.pngHave you ever read a book, loved it, and just wished there were more of it? Or perhaps read a book and thought it was mediocre because there just needed to be more to the story? Or maybe you thought a book would benefit from having more romance scenes or more deaths or WHATEVER. Well today I’m going through 8 books that just needed more something. Caution: there will be a lot of snarkasm in this post, so avert your eyes if you offend easily.

1. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern needed more pizazz 

night circus cover

Sorry (not sorry) friends who loved this book. I really enjoyed it until the ending, at which point it just kind of fizzled out. In fact, I can barely recall how it ends. All I remember is that I wish there had been more oomph . Yes, waiter, I’ll have some oomph with a side of pizazz please. Make that a double so I don’t yawn my way through the ending next time.

2. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline needed more because I’m obsessed

ready player one

Why can’t this book be just the first in a 100-book series (shut up all of you who are saying it wouldn’t be as good if there were more books. I CAN LIVE IN MY FANTASY WORLD). I loved this book, and I WANT MORE READY PLAYER ONE.

3. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn needed more parents acting like parents

gone girl cover

Our main characters in Gone Girl would have benefitted by having more parental units in the picture, because those two people were FUBAR’d and could have used being slapped around as kids once or twice (or a million times… I’m looking at you, Amy).

4. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness needed more beta readers

the knife of never letting go cover

*SPOILER ALERT* I’m sorry (no I’m not), but I was pissed about this book ending EXACTLY where it began. Why didn’t someone stop Patrick and say, Sir, you should end this book differently. Actually, I don’t want to read a 500-page book only to have my main character View Spoiler »

5. The Bone Season (series) by Samantha Shannon needed more lovin’

the bone season

I swear Nora Roberts needs to freaking stage an intervention with Samantha Shannon because WE NEED MORE DAMN ROMANCE IN THESE NOVELS. Never before has a kiss felt as rewarding as it does in this series, but I’m ready for things to be taken up a notch, okay?

6. Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake needed more, um, plot? 

I actually really enjoyed this book, but a lot of people didn’t, because Blake sets up this amazing plot and then only manages to get 10% through it? I mean, you expect it to end with a winner of the crown. WHO’S GOING TO BE QUEEN?! You don’t expect it to end at the beginning of the competition to win the crown… durrrr, what?

7. The Wind in the Willows needed more cats

How can you have a book all about animals and NOT FEATURE A FANTASTIC FELINE!? I almost boycotted on principle.

8. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs needed more horror

miss peregrine's home for peculiar children

COME ON! With a cover like that, how could it not be scarier?! Someone must have had a typo and wrote “horror” when they meant to write “borer” (yes, I know this is not what this word actually means).


So now it’s your turn. If you could change something about some of the books you read recently, what would it be? What would you add to a book?

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  1. I love this kind of posts!! 🙂 🙂
    I haven’t read any of the books that made your list but I guess in Thre Dark Crown’s case, the plan is to extend it to a trilogy?? So she has tu dose each book… but I must confess I didn’t know it ended that way and now I am a bit disappointed… I thought that was the main idea of the plot, not the ending of the book!! So I guess I think the same as you about this book…

    1. Yes, TDC is supposed to be a trilogy, so definitely expect more plot development in the next books! That being said, it was a little odd that she didn’t get to the “main plot” until the VERY end of the book. But I liked the book at the end of the day, so I’d recommend it still if you were interested in it (:

  2. Haha, I love snarky posts like this. My boyfriend and I had fun with our TTT this week, too. I haven’t read all of these books, but I definitely agree about a few of them. I did enjoy The Night Circus, but it will never be a favorite. It was beautiful, but that’s about it. It really did need more oomph. (I’m still holding out for a movie adaptation. I think it would be amazing.) The Miss Peregrine series isn’t scary at all. It doesn’t even pretend! It definitely needs more horror. I actually hated The Knife of Never Letting Go the first time I read it, but now it’s one of my favorites. I’m still not sure how much my brain was influenced by the intense love some of my friends have for that series.

    1. It helps to be around people who love a book I think! It often makes me like it even more. Maybe I need to find more friends who liked TKONLG – I will say that I really did enjoy that book until I got to the ending. I hated how it ended XD

  3. I just read a review of “Three Dark Crowns” that said it needed a bit “more” too – or that the world wasn’t explained the best. I’m curious about it, so someday I’ll have to see about reading this one! 🙂

    1. I definitely liked it, but I can totally see why other people weren’t big fans. I think if it intrigues you, you should try it. But yes, it needs something more, which luckily should be taken care of for me with the sequels 😀

    1. thank you! I got the idea from Broke and The Bookish’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt for the day (: And yes, scary pictures, NOT a scary book! What a disappointment.

  4. This is an awesome list you compiled!! I agree with needing more Ready Player One. The Follow up by the author Armada fell short and borrowed one two many themes from Ready Player, And lol about Gone Girl needing better parents

  5. Gah, I SO agree about Miss Peregrine’s. I thought it was going to be so scary and creepy and it just wasn’t. Also, I would volunteer as tribute to slap “Amazing Amy” for you!! And OMG I need to read Ready Player One!!! Like what am I even doing??

    1. Hahahah yes! I tried commenting on your TTT but it didn’t work. Here’s what I wanted to say: “Hahaha, too true about The Discovery of Witches (but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t love it).”

  6. Yes! Agree with so many of these! I still am keeping The Night Circus, Miss Peregrin’s and Lost Girl in a dark part of my heart because I was so upset about them. And as always….Ready Player One…cannot say enough good things.

  7. Lovely post, it’s always fun to read your opinion on books and what they needed more of 🙂 I agree with you about The Knife of Never Letting Go… I mean… WHY.

  8. Oo controversial thoughts here! Love it though. I agree with the Miss Peregrine’s comment, while I enjoyed it I’d expected something quite different. I adore The Knife of Never Letting Go, never even thought about being bothered by the ending!

    1. Hahah, I know my opinion about The Knife of Never Letting Go is uncommon. I don’t know why the ending bothered me so much (maybe because I listened to the audiobook and so it felt extra long??) – I enjoyed the book up until the end, though!!