Top Ten Tuesday, as always, is hosted at my other blog — The Broke & the Bookish
This week’s topic:
Top Ten Things On My Reading Wishlist
I don’t want New Adult to be JUST romance. Sure, that is definitely an aspect I WANT to see but I don’t want it to be the only thing. I’d love to see some just general college stories (a la Fangirl) that aren’t SOLEY about the sexytimes. Lots of growth in college. Lots to explore. I’d also like to see some more titles of dystopian or science fiction etc. I don’t just want it to be about the age of the MC but about the huge growth that takes place in your twenties/after high school. (PS. I’m starting my Courting Genres project for the NA “genre” — come vote for what I read!)
I LOVE WWII novels (I even wrote a list of the best novels set during WWII) but MAN I would love to see some historical fiction novels set during other wars. SO many interesting wars. Civil War. Second Congo War. Thirty Years’ War. Well known of wars & obscure ones. I would ALSO totally love something paranormal set during another war too. Like vampires in the Civil War!
I love the idea of a gap year being taken after high school and would love to see that whether it’s travel, Peace Corps, volunteer travel, etc.
I get so frustrated by this. I LOVE reading books set here in the US. I do. BUT I really want to read about other cultures and other places in the world. I love some good armchair travel! BUT I do not want it to be from an American perspective traveling. I just want to be immersed into another culture. I want this in ALL genres! A contemporary set in Japan, a science fiction in Egypt, a fantasy in Iceland! I would also like study abroad novels (I’m fine with the US perspective for this) but I’d love for them to be in countries outside England and France like we see often.
I don’t know if this makes me morbid or not but I’d really love to see a psycho Santa Claus who is a murderer or a Tooth Fairy that steals more than your teeth or Cupid falling in love with a human. ANYTHING.
I really liked Dash & Lily but there are so few novels set around Christmas time. I have to go to the adult romance genre to find Christmas themed books, which is fine with me, but I’d really love some YA novels that are like Love Actually or The Family Stone or just really a cute Christmas romance.
I want a novel that is centered around and takes place all on New Year’s Eve. Either a cute contemporary romance centered around it (how does this not exist..I mean, HELLO kissing someone at midnight) or a murder mystery or some type of “save the world before the new year” type novel. I don’t care! But I want this.
There’s got to be obscure teens/young adults that are interesting/important parts of history — obscure or not. I’d just love to see stories based around them — no genre preference! Teens who fought civil rights issues, a young assassin who killed Richard the Lionheart , the slave girl who helped Cortes, teens who were the sons/daughters of huge historical figures, etc. While I’d prefer them to be obscure but important, I’d love to see Joan of Arc in a YA novel!!
I love me some romance but I love to see stories about sisters as the main focus more than anything. Maybe it’s because my relationship with my sister has been the most important and volatile and craziest in my life and added so much to my own growth as a human being but I WANT MORE. I don’t even want to limit it to just contemporaries. I would love some ass kicking, world saving sisters up in my fantasy or dystopian novels.
Okay this is kind of a specific one but I have had this idea in my head for forever but let’s be honest…I can’t even write the one novel I’ve REALLY wanted to work on. Anywho, I just really want a story about a magical journal. I don’t have specifics but maybe a magical journal that helps solve a crime or one that allows the reader to be transported into that person’s life or a magical journal that tells the future or maybe even a journal that, when written into, a page appears from the past or the future alongside each entry — maybe they can communicate that way??
So tell me…are any of these on YOUR reading wishlist? Are there books that fit the bill for what I’m looking for that you can recommend? CAN YOUR WRITE ANY OF THESE BOOKS FOR MEEEE?? What kinds of things are on YOUR list?