The Totally Should’ve Book Tag!

Firstly, thank you so much Thomas @ Intro to Blurb for tagging me in this one! I’ve seen this tag floating around the blogosphere for a bit and keep thinking hmhmhm that’d be fun to do. Well guess what?! I’M DOING IT.

1) Totally should’ve gotten a sequel

Poison by Bridget Zinn


This actually makes me really sad. I remember finishing this book and being in a frenzy of there-has-to-be-another-book or at least something else written by the author. Whilst the story was complete, Zinn totally could have expanded this world. Unfortunately, Zinn suffered from cancer and passed away in 2011 never having the chance to publish more books. Her lovely husband has continued to network with readers about her work since her death which I think is really sweet. So here’s to Zinn for being so bloody spectacular and leaving us on the edge like that!

2) Totally should’ve had a spin off series

A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin


I’ve only read the first book in the series so far (but don’t worry, I have every intention of finishing it) but it struck me that there are no spin offs or novellas. Which is probably a good thing given how long it’s taken him to write the books that are out so far (*cough*10 years*cough*) and we’re STILL not done. Harrumph. But there’s so much potential here to write a prequel series, or anything else really.

3) Totally should’ve ended differently

Nirvana by J. R. Stewart


This was such an awesome dystopian book and then that. ending. Ugh. I was loving everything about this book – it was a short read but so much yes in so few pages. I was just really disappointed with the ending and would have rated it so much higher if it hadn’t been so repetitive in how it wrapped up.

4) Totally should’ve had a film franchise

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas


I hesitate to put this forwards for two reasons: one being that I’d hate to see this be ruined by a bad adaptation, and two – I don’t actually know if this’d work as a movie franchise? I like to think it could but an awful lot happens in each book. So maybe this would be a case where they actually need to split a book into two movies (unlike other adaptations like Mockingjay and Breaking Dawn). THIS WOULD JUST BE SO YES.

5) Totally should’ve had a TV show

Defiance by C. J. Redwine


I genuinely think this would make an AWESOME TV show. It’s so medieval (despite being set in the future) and there is so much potential for really play with the setting, characters, and events that occur throughout this series. So much action-y stuff happens and I think, even if it were just one series, it would be a total catch because it’s fun and the pace could be ramped up a bit. Plus I’d really like to see who people would cast as Rachel, she’s one of my favourite fictional heroines.

6) Totally should’ve had only one point of view

Allegiant by Veronica Roth


Why? Because alkdongjoenagr. That’s how I feel about this book. I loved it but I’m angry and I think things maybe could have been done a little different. But I certainly don’t think Four’s perspective was necessary. I actually liked him more through Tris’ eyes.

7) Totally should have a cover change

The Medium by C. J. Archer



8) I totally should’ve stopped reading

Shadows of the Realm by Dionne Lister


You’ve probably never heard of this book. And I so wish I’d just put it down the first time I had a doubt. The book draaaaaagged and I was so determined to give it it’s full worth and see if it redeemed itself. NOPE. This was one of those terribly infuriating reads that just doesn’t conclude anything. There were zero conclusions to ANYTHING in this book. I understand cliff hangers but COME ON. The characters literally did a lot of walking in this book and met a few dragons. That’s it. My dragon-enthusiast feels were wounded.

9) Totally should’ve kept the original covers

Okay I have two for this option and I feel very strongly about both of them.

The 57 Lives of Alex Wayfare by M. G. Buehrlen

Original cover:


I actually really like this cover and it looks pretty awesome in person. Unfortunately, OCD readers WORST NIGHTMARE happened and a different publisher took over the series. And THIS happened:


That is not a cover. That is very large and unsightly font there to destroy your eyes. There’s literally no cover art. *strangled noises*


Anathema by Meg Jensen


This cover is beyond beautiful. The colours are all pretty and I JUST LOVE IT. Okay? In all fairness I don’t think the art reaaaally reflects the ‘feel’ of the book but who cares, it’s stunning. This is the hardest edition to find now, there have been two other more popular redos since – and to be fair, they’re not bad. But I want this edition and I can’t get it. *grumpy face*


See? It’s not bad . . . if you look at it from a distance. The original is better. I also don’t know why she’s smiling.


And then there’s this one. I don’t really know how I feel other than OKAY, NO COLOURS, THAT’S FINE. Not.

10) Totally should have not pre-judged

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh


I know, I know – you all gasped. But when this first came out I had sooo many other books to read that whilst I knew this was good I was a bit ‘meh’ about the whole thing. And if it wasn’t for my friend pushing it on me I might not have read it. CAN YOU IMAGINE? I would have been sorely missing out. Phewph.


So there we have it. My picks for the Totally Should’ve book tag. I hope you enjoyed my little rants and I’d love to see what you’d pick for these questions! So if I haven’t tagged you below feel free to do it and DO let me know if you do – I love reading people’s responses to this tag!

 My tags:

Naz @ Read Diverse Books

Caitlin @ Weezled

Amanda @ Cover2CoverMom

Liam @ Liam’s Library

Astra @ A Stranger’s Guide To Novels

End Note

 ~~ Kirstie ~~


7 thoughts on “The Totally Should’ve Book Tag!

  1. Thanks for tagging me! I totally agree that Throne of Glass, if done well and with a sizable budget, could be a fantastic film franchise. Choosing the perfect actors could be a problem. I’m about to start reading The Wrath and the Dawn so it’s good to hear that any judgement beforehand hopefully won’t matter, I’m so excited! Great tag 🙂

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