Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly themed post hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Each week features a different theme/prompt for which you come up with a list of 10 books/ideas. This week’s theme is 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!
What do I want to see in more books? (As a side note: if you happen to have any books recs for any of the things I mention, please let me know!)
LGBTQIAP Characters Whose Stories Aren’t Coming Out Stories
I know that coming out stories are super important and can be really comforting for people who are figuring out their sexuality and how to tell people about it. BUT it seems like 99.9999% of stories about LGBTQIAP characters are only about coming out. Give me more LGBTQIAP characters in other genres or just whose stories don’t revolve around them figuring out who they are. Show them as well-rounded humans with more than one thing to worry about!!
Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde is to date the only book I’ve read where a main character has social anxiety and it was awesome. But I want more stories that incorporate social anxiety! I’ve been dealing with social anxiety since I was in middle school and it would be so, so awesome to see more characters dealing with it, too.
New Adult Books That Aren’t Romance
I know new adult is a fairly new category on its own and therefore is still just starting to pop up, but really, I’d love to see more of this age category that doesn’t focus on romance and sex. I love reading new adult because in a lot of ways it feels more relatable to me than either YA or adult fiction, but I’m not the biggest fan of romance (every now and then, yes, but it’s definitely not my go-to genre) and so I’d love to this age range expand into sci-fi, fantasy, etc.
Colonial Era Historical Fiction
Remember those Dear America books?? They were written as if they were diaries and a lot of them were stories from colonial America. I used to eat those books up when I was a kid. In retrospect, I’m sure there are a lot of problems with them, but I loved them as a kid. In general, I love learning about the colonial period of US history, but I can never seem to find YA set during that time period and it makes me very sad (if any of you happen to have recs…).
I know I said I don’t read romance that often, but man, I love forbidden romances. I don’t know, there’s something about two people who aren’t supposed to love each other who just can’t stay away.
Poor Teenagers in YA
Is it just me or is every YA character middle or upper-middle class? Where are all the poor kids?!
Books With Pictures
This probably stems from me really loving books that have unique formats, but I especially love when books incorporate pictures into them. That’s one of the reasons why I loved the Miss Peregrine’s books as much as I did (or at least the first two – still haven’t read the third). I feel like this works especially well for horror books or books that are just generally kind of creepy. More, please!
Books Written in Verse
Going back to that whole “I love books with unique formats” thing… I love books written in verse. It’s kind of ironic considering I generally don’t like reading poetry (it depends on the type of poetry, but still). The only books I can ever think of that are written in verse are Ellen Hopkins’ and as much as I love her writing, I need others to choose from! I know I’ve read at least a couple others, but still, it seems like there aren’t a ton of options.
Books With Cults
Truthfully, I know there are probably a lot of books with/about cults that I haven’t come across simply because I haven’t really looked for them. But ever since I read Keep Sweet by Michele Dominguez Greene which is about a girl in the FLDS, I’ve really been interested in finding more books that are at least somewhat similar. I’m open to nonfiction books about cults, but I really want fiction about what it’s like to live in these groups.
Positive Portrayals of Therapists/Medication (esp. in YA)
I love reading books about mental health, but one thing that is painfully common is the view of therapists and/or medication as evil/untrustworthy/”they don’t understand me.” I get that these are common thoughts for people being forced to get treatment (like teens whose parents are making them go to therapy), but man, this is a dangerous idea to feed to teens. Therapists and medication for psychiatric illnesses can literally be life-saving and I’d like to see more books actually encourage seeking help rather than having a “tough guy” MC who tries to tackle their mental illness alone.