Top Ten Tuesdays: Top Ten Things On My Reading Wishlist

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This list is in a very random order, and was actually really difficult to come up with 10 things….

Also, if you know of any books that have any of the below elements, do not be shy, please, please, please recommend them to me!

1. Lesser-Known Fantasy Beings

While it’s great to see some wonderful fantasy stories featuring fairies, goblins, elves, etc. I’d like to see something with what I consider to be lesser-known beings like, perhaps, gnomes. I used to really love the animated TV series The World of David the Gnome with Tom Bosley when I was around three or four, and I’d be interested in reading a book with gnomes heavily featured. Or maybe a race of beings like the Littl’ Bits….

2. More Mythologies

I love Rick Riordan’s series, and find the Greek, Roman and Egyptian mythologies really fascinating, and therefore I would love to see other culture’s myths and legends used in similar ways. As such, I’m very excited for the Norse series Rick Riordan is working on!

3. Characters with Mental Health Issues

I would love to see more books featuring characters who suffer from mental health issues (anxiety, depression, etc.) wherein it isn’t the focus of the novel. For instance, can we have a main character who is clinically depressed but not in rehab or on such a decline that she’s going to wind up there? I especially want this in Young Adult books.

4. 1950’s Historicals

Another semi-TV and -movie inspired wish…  I grew up watching reruns of Happy Days and the movies Grease and Pleasantville, and would really love to read more books that are set in the 1950s. I feel like most historical books skip over that era, though maybe I’m not looking at the right books?

5. Under the Sea

…And now I have the song from Disney’s The Little Mermaid stuck in my head. But what I want is some sort of underwater adventure that can feature mermaids or not, but I want well-developed worlds that are under water! Even a book with non-fantastical fish, ie Finding Nemo would be nice.

6. Close-Knit Families

I am not saying that everyone in the family has to get along all the time, but I would love to read more YA/MG reads that feature parents and siblings more, rather than making it look like the MC is on their own, having them be orphaned, etc.

7. BFFs with Nothing Coming Between Them

I love reading stories featuring best friends, but I feel like most of them have something come between the friends, whether they fight over a guy/girl or one becomes popular while the other remains a geek, etc. I want some good ol’ buddy stories!

8. Non-Traditional Families

Stories featuring characters who have been adopted or are in a foster home would be great. Especially if the characters are older when they’re adopted rather than being adopted as a baby and only finding out the truth when they’re a teen or whatever.

9. Diverse Characters

As in, please can there be a better blending of characters from different backgrounds? IE, less characters that are white, hetero, and skinny.

10. Stories set in Northern New Jersey

Living in Northern New Jersey, I want more books set in Northern New Jersey!

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Comments (5) »

islandgeekgirl - January 21, 2014 @ 9:07 pm

I love these. Especially 1, 2 and 7

Sophie - January 22, 2014 @ 5:09 pm

#7 is also something on my list! A lot of the ones I’ve found are of BFFs who get separated (study abroad, family moves away, etc.) and the book ends up being more about their individual stories, but I want some “good ol’ buddy” ones! Let me know if you find anything interesting. 🙂

everstone - January 25, 2014 @ 3:18 am

Seconding 3, 6, 7, 8 & 9!! I think 3, 6, 8 & 9 are particularly important in YA! Some good YA books I’ve read which focus on one or a few of these are the Demon’s Lexicon trilogy and the Lynburn Legacy series by Sarah Rees Brennan. 6, 8, & 9 are particularly important to her in her YA writing.

Cassie - January 25, 2014 @ 1:50 pm

I want characters with mental issues too! Not so much The Bell Jar because I thought that was more “average life of a girl in college,” but something that really grips me.

Cassie - January 25, 2014 @ 1:51 pm

PS. 1950s historical would be absolutely awesome. How many aprons can you decorate in one novel. : )

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