Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Things On My Reading Wishlist

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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.

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Bringing Me

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 Ten Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Bringing Me

I can’t believe Christmas is tomorrow!  These are the books I’m hoping to find under the tree tomorrow morning…

  1. Any of Brian Froud’s books.  I love fairies, and yet, I don’t have any of his books.  So you can’t go wrong with him!
  2. Fruits Basket.  I have the first 15, but I have yet to finish off the rest of the series, so it would be nice to have them so I could finish them!
  3. Harry Potter Page To Screen: The Complete Filmmaking Journey by Bob McCabe.  It’s Harry Potter-related and what better book to give to a Harry Potter fan than this book?
  4. The Great Encyclopedia Of Fairies by Pierre DuBois.  Again, it’s a great book for someone who loves fairies!
  5. Baking: From My Home To Yours by Dorie Greenspan.  I’ve wanted this one for a while, and I’ve been too lazy to get it. Besides, if someone gets it for me, I will totally bake them things from the book.  So, there’s extra incentive to get it for me!
  6. The Feud by Dean King.  I know the Hatfields and McCoys had this big feud, but I don’t know the story behind it, and I don’t know anything about them, other than the feud they had.  So this book would be a really good choice!
  7. The Complete Book Of Crochet Border Designs by Linda Schapper.  Well, any book on crochet border designs would be nice, as I am going to crochet a blanket one of these days, and it might be nice to have something on borders.
  8. Anne Of Cleves: Henry VIII’s Discarded Bride by Elizabeth Norton.  I haven’t read anything by her yet, but Anne Of Cleves is fascinating, and I’d really like to know more about her.
  9. Bessie Blount: The Story Of Henry VIII’s Longtime Mistress by Elizabeth Norton.  Because I know nothing about her, other than she had an affair with Henry VIII and had an illegitimate son by him, so it would be nice to learn more about her.
  10. Katherine Of Aragon: The Spanish Queen Of Henry VIII by Giles Tremlett.  Okay, third book in a row focusing on the Tudors.  I love this period of history a lot, and given Katherine of Aragon is the wife that we know the most about, this book is a no-brainer!