This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is an awesome topic: the Top Ten Things On My Reading Wishlist. I spend a lot of time thinking about what I’d like to see in book form, so I had to jump in and participate.
01: Historical YA for unpopular time periods:
Some time periods, such as Tudor England, are really popular, and dare I say, almost overrepresented, in both adult and YA fiction. One of my degrees is in history, so it’s safe to say I like it a lot, and I like using historical fiction as a way to gauge my interest in different time periods. I’d like to see Argentina under the Peróns, England in the Dark Ages, France before the Sun King, Ancient Egypt in the time of Hatshepshut, etc.
02: Alternate history:
This kind of goes along with my first wish, but I love me some alternate history. Examples: What would have happened if Cleopatra lived? What would have happened if Katharine of Aragon bore Henry VIII a son?
03: A wider range for New Adult:
I like the idea of New Adult as a genre, and I do think it’s important. I just wish more authors tried branching into paranormal, fantasy, historical, etc., rather than just sticking with contemporary.
04: More standalones/duologies:
I understand the appeal of a trilogy, but … not every series is meant to be a trilogy. Some books should really just be one book, not the beginning of a trilogy.
05: Celebrate the geeks!
I want to see more books where girls love coding, programming, science, math, whatever. Trekkies, Whovians, whatever. Let that geek flag fly — don’t make geekiness something that needs to be fixed.
06: Adventures on other planets:
I haven’t read a lot of YA set in space, so maybe I’ve missed this, but I really would love something along the lines of John Varley’s Eight Worlds.
07: Different mythical/supernatural creatures:
Where are the selkies, unicorns, banshees, centaurs, etc?
08: Real dystopian books:
I want the nitty and gritty and dirty details of dystopian life, not a thin veneer so the romance takes center stage.
SO many “ballet” books aren’t ballet books at all! I’m lookin’ at you, THE BROKENHEARTED. I loved, loved BUNHEADS by Sophie Flack, and I’d adore more books in that vein.
10: Lesbians in YA:
Slowly, more LGBT is trickling into YA, but it’s the guys who are getting represented. That’s great, but I want to see girls crushing on girls and more, in a variety of genres, and without coming out angst.
*Two of my favorite indie authors, Jenn and Sarah Diemer, have set out to change this, but I’m greedy and want more.
Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.