Top Ten Tuesday (#30)

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish,
and features weekly top-ten lists! This week it’s…

Top Ten Things on My Reading Wishlist

It’s so hard to come up with these kinds of lists on the spot. While I’m reading, I’ll often be like, “YES! *points to book* We need more of this!!” But then after I finish reading, I totally forget what it was that got me so excited. That being said, I was able to rustle up some of the more pressing items that I really need to see more of in my books…

More well-developed platonic relationships

…à la Roar and Aria in Under the Never Sky, The Raven Boys in… well, duh… etc. This doesn’t mean I want to see less romance, because we all love a good love story, but what about the friends?! I mean come on, friends exist too!

More anti-heroes / morally ambiguous characters

…à la Warner from Shatter Me and Victor Vale from Vicious. I find these characters so much more intense and intriguing than the usual good-guy characters. Give me more.

More retellings!!

Just… more.

More alternate history sci-fi/steampunk…

…à la Leviathan. I mean, it doesn’t even have to be sci-fi/steampunk, but that’s a good place to start when thinking about how to throw in an added element that would reshape history.

More magical realism…

…à la The Scorpio Races or The Raven Boys (maybe this one should actually be, like, “More Maggie Stiefvater books…”). But I really want more “paranormal” books that aren’t just about some apparently-real mythical creature (vampires/werewolves/ghosts, etc). I want more books where the magic / supernatural element that’s being portrayed feels real because it seems so much a part of the world already, so real that it makes you believe that it’s possible.

More stories where the main character is One Of Us…

…à la Fangirl. Just… more fangirls as MC’s please. There are quite a few of us, we’ve gotta start jumping into the lead roles sometime.

More unique settings…

…à la Shadow and Bone. Tsarpunk pseudo-Russia! I still don’t think you can get more awesome than that, but I’d sure like to be proved wrong. I’d offer some ideas, but this is why I’m a reader and not a writer.

More wrench-throwing…

…à la… Chaos Walking! This basically boils down to “more unpredictability”. Has this plot twist been done before? Is this the obvious path to set this character on? Will the reader see this coming? Throw a wrench in that storyline! Shake things up! Be surprising! (But, you know, not randomly and without thought.) Seriously though, the fact that a book is unpredictable can be a huge mark in its favor, at least for me.

More completely original magic systems…

…à la Mistborn. (Haha, bet you thought I was done making lists with Mistborn, didn’t you? Well, it’s baaaaack!) Seriously though, I’d love to see more great YA fantasy with totally original, detailed, well-thought-out magic systems.

What’s on YOUR reading wishlist?

Let me know in the comments! And be sure to leave a link to your Top Ten post. I’d love to stop by!

16 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday (#30)

  1. I totally said the thing about platonic relationships too, but not as eloquently as you did. I think relationship are important and I do LOVE those kinds of books too but I also want to see someone do something original and write about the other kinds of relationships in life too. I mean not everyone in the world is in an relationship.

  2. Oooh great list! I love retellings, it’s one of my favorite new genres to read. I love the idea of more books from anti-heroes or morally ambiguous characters, like Warner. That novella was one of my favorite reads. So great.

  3. I think I’m going to have to read Mistborn. IT sounds interesting. Also I’m wholeheartedly behind more retellings. I think that there are stories that are thousands of years old and are amazing. Or maybe I just want this because I’m so eager for an Aladdin retelling in the modern day… Great list!

  4. Awesome list, I agree with so many. Platonic friendships = yes! Definitely not enough of this. And ‘one of us’ characters would make us all feel better in this sea of fake perfection.
    Awesome picks!
    Happy reading!

  5. Ooh yeah more steampunk would be cool. I’ve read a few, but there really aren’t all that many out there and I think they’re so interesting to read about. And I love reading about anti-heros…like Warner and the Darkling. YA definitely needs more of those!

  6. Great list, Nikki! I think my favorite one on your list is more platonic friendships. Again, it’s not that I don’t want the romance too, but to see a great friendship developed between a guy and girl is so fun!

  7. What a wonderful list! I love the platonic relationships, retellings, and magical realism! (They’re not exactly YA, but you should check out Sarah Addison Allen. She’s a wonderful author, and I would probably describe her books as maybe Southern-Lit-Magical-Realism? Sugar Queen was my favorite!)

    And oooooo how have I never heard of Mistborn?? Added it to my to-read shelf immediately!

    My TTT, should you be interested:

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