Happy Tuesday everyone!
As always, Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted over at The Broke and The Bookish, and this week’s theme is:
May 9: Ten Things On Our Reading Wishlist: things you want to see more of in books – tropes, a time period, a specific type of character, an issue tackled, a certain plot, etc. All those things that make you think I WANT MORE OF THIS IN BOOKS!
This is a pretty straightforward topic so I’m just going to jump right in!
1. Unusual magic
I’m a sucker for any type of magic, but when an author takes magic that’s already well-established within fantasy (elemental magical, for example) and creates something completely new, I usually end up blown away. More of that please.
I just honestly want to see more women in books. Especially in manga. I love shonen manga, but it sometimes gets tiring having twenty male characters in a series and only four female. I want books that have more women than men (radical, I know), or even, (and this is something I really want to see) books where the world is a full on matriarchy. Now, I’m not saying that to spite men, I just think it would be so interesting to read and identify with a society full of female characters.
3. Marginalised characters
I just finished The Hate U Give, and I’m currently reading When Dimple Met Rishi, and I want to see so many more books like these two. People are all different and I want to see books that represent all of us. All genders, races, sexualities, disabilities, mental health issues. Everyone.
4. Fangirling and geekiness being celebrated
Too often in the past, being a geek/nerd/fangirl has been labelled as ‘uncool’, so I love it when books like Fangirl turn these stereotypes on their head.
5. Platonic friendships without romance
Don’t get me wrong, I really love books involving romance, but sometimes I feel authors fall into the trap of including it for the sake of including it, or trying to pair everyone off. So when a book is just about strong friendships, and doesn’t involve any romance at all, I get excited. It’s refreshing. And I’d love to see more of it.
6. Complex characters
I love complex characters because you can often tell how much time the author has spent imagining all their nuances and creating their back-story. Give me more Kaz Brekkers and Ronan Lynchs any day.
7. Gorgeous narratives
I love beautifully-written narratives that keep you spellbound with their opulent descriptions and I just want more books to have whole paragraphs and chapters that make me melt from their brilliant writing (like these two did).
8. Assassin types who are secretly squishy and have a good heart
OK these two possibly aren’t the best examples (Celaena’s not exactly ‘squishy’ for the first three novels) but that’s why we need more of them. I want whole series about assassins who are like ‘I’m meant to kill you but instead I’m going to accidentally develop a secret friendship with you, buy you snacks and make you laugh. Bonus points if it’s between two girls or two guys. (Wait, did I just come up with my first novel??)
9. Periods, spots, and everyday problems
I’ve lost count of the amount of time a book has just brushed over women having periods or doesn’t bother to mention they exist at all. It’s not exactly hard. All you have to do is say ‘she was on her period’ and then start up some dialogue about it. Kudos to all the books that do this, but I need to see it more!
10. Meta things
I love books about books, books about libraries and books about bookshops. But I also love other types of meta books where there’ll be dreams within dreams or worlds within worlds. More of all these things please.
What were your top ten picks for this week? Are there any things on this list that you would also like to see more of? Are there any things that you think I missed out? Let me know in the comments!