Totally Should’ve #Booktag

The Totally Should've Booktag

As well-versed, opinionated readers, we will never agree 100% with a book, series, author, or publisher’s decisions. And that’s the beauty of the diverse world we live in! But sometimes, there are things that we just think “totally should’ve” happened… or not.

This #booktag was originally created by Emma at emmmabooks on YouTube.


1. Totally should’ve gotten a sequel

This one is hard for me! I hardly ever read books that aren’t in a series. However, I definitely think that Graceling by Kristin Cashore should have gotten a more proper sequel. Its “sequels”, Fire and Bitterblue, are actually just companion novels – not direct sequels.

loved the really old, classic fantasy vibe I got from Graceling and fell in love with the characters! This is definitely a book that totally should’ve gotten a proper sequel.

2. Totally should’ve had a spin off series

Honestly, what series doesn’t have a spin off series?! Personally, I would love to see a spinoff series of Christopher Paolini’s The Inheritance Cycle. I really adored the world of Eragon and Alagaesia. I thought that he had plans to do a spin-off series, or at least another story set in this world, but so far I haven’t heard anything about it.

3. An author who totally should write more books

Maggie Stiefvater! I recently read The Raven Cycle, and I fell in love with her writing style. I hear that she’s writing a (surprise!) spin-off series, and I’m so excited!

4. A character who totally should’ve ended up with someone else

Okay I think this is getting into SPOILER territory, so be warned!!

Now, I haven’t read all the way through Sarah J. Maas’s Throne of Glass series, but I definitely think that Celaena should have ended up with Chaol. In general, I think that Chaol deserved better, but they were like, really good for each other. I also loved her and Dorian together. But after breaking up with both of them I grew really irritated with Celaena and gave up on the series.

5. Totally should’ve ended differently


Absolutely, definitely, The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater. WHAT HAPPENED. It was such an awful, wrong ending. It was not what the readers deserved as an ending to The Raven Cycle.

6. Totally should’ve had a movie franchise

I love The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare, and I really wish that the movie had done better. Yes, it was cringe-worthy. Yes, they definitely changed a lot of the book. But it is NOTHING compared to what they did to the story when they turned it into a TV show Shadowhunters.

While, admittedly, Shadowhunters is a guilty pleasure of mine, it made me yearn for the movie. I really wish that we could’ve continued on with that franchise!

7. Totally should’ve had a TV show

I’m not really sure what makes a series more TV-show worthy versus movie franchise-worthy? Maybe a longer series with more books so more ground to cover? Idk??

Something that I would’ve liked to see translated “on-screen” in any medium would be Christopher Paolini’s The Inheritance CycleEragon got a movie, but in typical YA-fantasy-to-movie-adaptation, it was totally botched! This is an epic adventure that I would love to see on screen.

8. Totally should’ve had only one point of view

I’m going to cheat a little here, and say Sarah J. Maas’s Throne of Glass series. But I don’t actually mean just one point of view. I would have preferred it if SJM kept the POVs to Celaena, Dorian, and Chaol. In the third book, Heir of Fire, she started introducing new characters and adding in their POVs.

I didn’t know or care about the new character(s), and ended up skipping their chapters. Ultimately, I stopped reading the book.

9. Totally should have a cover change

Honestly, any book by Richelle Mead. I haven’t actually read her books, but I own Bloodlines. I’ve seen the covers, and they are so cringey. But I hear great things about the stories themselves! It’s a shame that I’ve avoided her books for so long because I hate the way the covers look like trashy, poorly-photoshopped paranormal romance covers.

10. Totally should’ve kept the original covers

Rebel of the Sands and Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton. Like, Rebel of the Sands was SO pretty! Why the new cover for Traitor to the Throne? WHY?!

11. Totally should’ve stopped at book one

The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi. Now, the sequel isn’t actually out yet so I haven’t read it, but I remember thinking that this book was great as a standalone when I read it. I don’t really understand where Chokshi plans to take this story, considering the first book didn’t end on any kind of cliffhanger.


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