Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Things On My Reading Wishlist

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the lovely folks over at The Broke And The Bookish. Every week, bloggers from all over are invited to share their own Top Ten List based on the topic of the week.  You can find all Top Ten Tuesdays here.

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Top Nine Things On My Reading Wishlist

Here’s what I like about this topic: there are SO MANY THINGS I’d love to see in books, and it was a lot of fun thinking about what I want to see more of in books!

  1. Labelling series!  It’s just annoying when I’m actually looking in Barnes & Noble and I have no clue if it’s part of a series and what number it is.  The downside to not having a smart phone means I have to remember the titles that sound interesting and check when I get home.
  2. More variety in mythology re-tellings.  I can count on one hand the number of re-tellings that are aren’t based in Greek mythology that I’m aware of.  As interesting as it is, authors really could go with any mythology…and yet most re-tellings are Greek mythology.
  3. Both parents in the picture and happily married.  Because I’m started to get tired of the single parent/divorced parents thing in YA.  Some teens do have happily married parents and I have no idea why it’s not more of a thing.  Also, parents who are involved but not too involved.  I don’t know if it’s just the books I’m reading or if it’s considered boring or what, but I’d really like to this one every once in a while.
  4. Speaking of family, can we have more of family actually getting along?  Because I’m pretty sure that there are people out there who actually got along with their siblings and parents, and I feel like that’s not highlighted enough.  A totally perfect relationship isn’t necessary, but getting along is good.
  5. Historical fiction that’s not set in Victorian-era England, the 1920’s or during World War II.  There’s so much to pick from in terms of historical fiction, but I feel like Victorian England, the 2o’s and WWII are really popular.  And there’s nothing wrong with those time periods, but with so much to history to pick from, I’d like to see more variety, instead of the same time periods over and over.
  6. So, those stories where someone dies- usually suicide, but sometimes not- and their former best friend tries to figure out why?  I’d really LOVE for the mystery part to be dropped, because it feels so fake that the former BFF cares now that their former friend is dead.  I feel like there are better ways to show someone coping with the death of a childhood friend.
  7. Less New Adult romance.  There’s nothing wrong with it and I don’t mind reading it once in a blue moon, but I feel like New Adult is so much more than YA with sex.
  8. More self-doubt.  One of the things that really stood out when I was listening to Spell Bound was how Sophie had a moment where she thought she couldn’t save the world because she was just an ordinary teenage girl.  I found that super-interesting and refreshing, and I’d love to see more of it!
  9. More interesting love triangles.  I’m finding that a lot of them are just boring because it’s obvious who the girl is going to pick.  I don’t care if it’s less obvious, or a different shape altogether or even if it’s a guy who’s trying to decide between 2 girls- I just want to see a different variation on the love triangle.

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