Top Ten Things On My Reading Wishlist
This is supposed to be a list of things we wish we could make authors write about. I unwittingly did this topic recently in one of my discussion posts (oops!!!). I swear I didn't know this was a topic coming up on TTT! So for those of you who already read this post from me, this TTT is kind of a recap. My bad.
- I just so want books about the college experience that are like what I actually experienced when I was in college... which I happen to think was a pretty standard (and awesome) college experience. But there were no rock-star boys covered in tattoos... us girls weren't all innocent virgins just waiting to get dirty with the bad boy (I'm pretty sure NONE of us were virgins). I want the authentic feel of college... the uncertainty, the finding yourself, the freedom! Of course there has to be some action, I know it is fiction after all, but I don't want what is out there right now. I want Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell.
- Maybe there could even be books about going on college tours. That would interest me.
- Maybe there could even be books about taking a year off from college and what it's like to still be home after everyone leaves. Or a book about doing something super cool on a gap year before starting college.
2. YA Mysteries
- I actually have been seeing more of these lately... but I want even MORE. I want what Adult has in mystery choices.
3. 2 Book Series
- Duologies? I don't know what it's called but I would really like to see more 2 book series. Part I, Part II, Done. Personally when I read series of 3+ books I find the first and last book most interesting. A lot of the middle books suffer from middle-book syndrome where they seem to just be filler and lead-up to the final book. Why not cut all that and do a 2 booker?
- In 2013 I went through a big male narrator book phase. I found I really really like reading from a teenage male POV. But I also noticed that these guys don't have a lot of friends. And when they do have a really close friend, it's usually a girl... who they end up liking. I want to see 2 guys be besties... hard-core besties. No more awkward, we don't want to look gay so we have to keep our friendship super chill, male relationships. I want BROMANCE.
5. Gender Flipped Fairy-Tale Retellings
- Maybe these do exist and because I'm not a HUGE retelling reader I don't know about them??... but I would LOVE to see a girl who saves the GUY!!! Wouldn't that be awesome. The guy is the damsel in distress or the princess in the tower and the girl is the warrior who goes in to rescue him.
6. Villian POVs
- I would love to read more books where the bad guy is the narrator. And maybe we even up liking him/her a little, but still don't because they are clearly evil, but at least understand where they are coming from. Not sure if that made ANY sense at all.
7. Healthy Sex
- Every time a girl has sex, she doesn't have to get dumped and humilated, wind up pregnant and give a baby up for adoption, or get an STD. Sex does not have to = you will die. Sometimes people have sex because they are ready and they end up being cool with breaking up or they stay together and they use condoms and they get STD tests beforehand.
- Jay Asher wrote 13 Reasons Why with a casette tape narrating a lot of the time. How cool is that?? I love journal/diary books and the idea behind the book Shooter by Walter Dean Myers which is entirely police reports and interviews. I'm sure it's super hard to come up with stuff like that but oh how I love reading it.
9. New Time Periods
- Thanks to The Diviners, I've discovered that I can like historical fiction!! So I would love to see some more historical books from time periods that we haven't been seeing. 50's? 80's? 90's? Vietnam War-era?? WWI??
10. Not What I've Been Reading
- I don't want the same old, same old. I want an author to write about YA friendships that break up, but it's NOT because of a guy. I want stories with BIG FAMILIES (à la The Garretts), not nonexistent ones. I want more nonwhite main characters. I want New Adult fantasy/dystopian not contemporary. I want AUTHENTIC gay characters not caricatures.... and maybe even gay characters where it's not ALL about them being gay. I want books where the girl ends up with no one. I want books where the popular people are actually normal nice people and the geeky people are sometimes mean. Books where people go through phase relationships that don't END their worlds.
So this is my week to cheat and basically copy/paste from a post I JUST did. Sorry about that, but I freaking LOVE this topic and wanted to share!!!