I’m linking up with the Broke & Bookish for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday meme.
Today’s TTT prompt revolves around the things I’d like to see more books include. There are definitely some things that consistently trigger my “must read now” impulse, and I’m happy to share them here!
- Time travel historical fiction. This is why Connie Willis in particular is like candy for me. (See also here and here.) I love historical fiction in general, and the time travel aspect tends to keep things from getting too serious.
- MG books about quirky kids. No matter what time period, setting, or quirk the story has, I’m always up for a good middle grade novel with unusual characters.
- Mysteries. I mean, do I need to say more? I’m a sucker for a mystery novel of pretty much any kind.
- Books with a prominent narrator. I love books that have a narrator who inserts herself/himself into the story. Humorous asides are always welcome. (Lemony Snicket is a master of this.)
- Books that explore other countries. My reading on lesser-known countries in Africa, Asia, and South America is sadly lacking. I’d love an influx of books in translation or books by authors from these countries.
- Diversity! You guys know that reading diversely is important to me, and we still have a lack of characters who are POC, have a disability or mental illness, and so on. I always learn a lot by reading about people who are different from me, so more of that, please!
- More of every series Jasper Fforde has written. Yes, please.
- Books about Millennials that don’t hate on Millennials. This may be a kind of book that only I want, but as a Millennial myself, I’m tired of reading books and articles that either bash my generation for our stereotypical flaws or are written as “how to be a real adult” how-to guides (although I admit there are some books in that vein that I have read and enjoyed). I really want to see some books that describe my generation without being hateful or patronizing.
- Hate to love romances. Why does this always get me? It must be because of my formative experience with You’ve Got Mail.
- Modern/alternate fairy tale retellings. From Marissa Meyer to Shannon Hale to the recent Geekerella, I will always enjoy a good fairy tale retelling.
Which things would make your reading wish list? Leave your links in the comments; I’d love to check out your TTT posts!