Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish.
This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is Ten Things On Our Reading Wishlist. I will be including ten topics and themes I’d love to see more of in YA:
As most of you probably know, I love books that feature sisters. I love seeing that relationship reflected in novels. I love it when it’s full of love and support but also conflict. What I love even more is if that relationship portrayed is twins. It’s true what they say, you don’t really know what it is like to be a twin unless you’re one yourself. So there aren’t many books that portray that relationship as well as I’d hope but I’ve found some gems such as Girlhood by Cat Clarke and One by Sarah Crossan – although spoiler alert, both feature twins dying, which is something I’m not too keen on. So, ultimately, I’d love some more twin books where one twin doesn’t die.
I LOVE science fiction, but I love space even more. Give me realistic space science fiction like The Martian by Andy Weir or give me completely fictional intergalactic space science fiction like Defy The Stars by Claudia Gray or Starflight by Melissa Landers and I’ll eat it up.
3. Enemies to lovers trope
This trope is so great. I love the hate filled banter that slowly turns to affectionate banter. It honestly gives me life. I think this trope is specifically done extremely well in The Abyss Surrounds Us by Emily Skrutskie. If anyone has any other recommendations that feature the enemies to lovers trope – I’d love to check them out!
How can you not be intrigued by pirates and their lifestyles? How is pirates not a bigger thing in YA? There is so much potential and so much rich history. So give me more pirates, and especially give me more female pirates, defying convention and what not.
5. More LGBTQIA+ YA literature
We need more trans characters (by trans authors!), more asexual characters, more non-binary characters, more f/f and m/m #ownvoices characters and relationships. More bisexual and pansexual characters. We need more Queer YA.
6. More book set outside of the USA
I get that the USA dominates the YA market, but I can’t be the only one that is bored of how many books are set in the USA. I often delve into UKYA but the market is a lot smaller. It’s frustrating for me so I can’t even imagine what it must be like for international readers and bloggers. So I think this is definitely something I’d love to see more of.
7. Books with no romance
I love a good romance, especially the slow burn where it is full of chemistry and witty banter. But sometimes it can get boring reading everyone falling in love, especially when your own love life is almost nonexistent. So it would be nice sometimes to have some options to pick up when I’m not really looking for romance in my reads.
I love a good retelling. I love a good retelling even more if they are a more original take on a traditional fairytale. For example, I’ve just ordered The Seafarer’s Kiss by Julia Ember because 1) it looks FAB 2) it’s f/f and 3) it looks super duper original. It’s the Little Mermaid retold with Norse Mythology. Sign me up!
What was your go-to movie when you were ill when you were young? Mine was Sky High – I absolutely adored it. The teenage drama and the fun atmosphere with the added bonus of superpowers. I’d love to see this more in YA. Who doesn’t love superheroes? Just see how popular Marvel and DC is. I currently have Not Your Sidekick by C.B Lee on my to-read list, and I’m super excited about it.
10. Spy and/or heist novels.
I love con movies and tv shows. Leverage, Hustle, and Oceans Eleven. They’re great and fun and who doesn’t love seeing rich people get robbed. So how awesome would that be in novel format? Who wouldn’t love a good heist novel? I’m in love with the Heist Society series by Ally Carter, and I’ve got Perfect Liars by Kimberly Reid on my kindle ready to read.
What is something you’d love to see more of in books? Does anyone have any books they’d recommend?