Top Ten Things On My Reading Wishlist (63)

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Top Ten Things On My Reading Wishlist

(if you could make authors write about these things you would. Could be a specific type of character, an issue tackled, a time period, a certain plot, etc.)

  1. Teen books with QUILTBAG issues – not just M/M romance, but asexuals, pansexuals, transsexuals, the whole lot of non-mainstream sexuality.
  2. Teen bisexual love stories with a protag of either gender.
  3. Strong teen girls on an adventure with no romance
  4. 1800s/ early 1900s era paranormal
  5. Science fantasy (like Star Wars)
  6. A Harry Potter prequel – the early Voldemort reign, the Order of the Phoenix, Lily and James, culminating with Harry defeating Voldemort as a baby.
  7. More fantasy books that deal with teenage girls and poison: making, using, assassin-ing.
  8. I would legitimately like to read more teen novels with female protags that do not have romance in them. I am so sick of ‘team whoever’. Surely girls have more stories than just which boy they fall in love with!
  9. I would love more fairytales told from the point of view of the antagonist ie Wicked.
  10. More females in female-lead adventure books like urban fantasy. So often we see only one woman on a team of men, a ‘token’ female, but more like a man with boobs. I want more variety of women characters, especially in fiction primarily aimed at women.
Nemo
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About Nemo

A lover of kittens and all things sparkly, Nemo has a degree in English Literature and specialises in reviewing contemporary, paranormal, mystery/thriller, historical, sci-fi and fantasy Young Adult fiction. She is especially drawn to novels about princesses, strong female friendships, magical powers, and assassins.

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22 thoughts on “Top Ten Things On My Reading Wishlist (63)

  1. bookgeeking

    If you like fairytales from the evil point of view, you should read Cinderella is Evil, Killing Snow White and Saving Rapunzel, they are all only short but good reads.

    1. Nemo

      True! We could do with more teen books with no romance whatsoever, but I’m not sure how they’d sell. We might very well be in the minority here!

  2. Rain Jeys

    lol…QUILTBAG? I’ve never heard that term before, but I agree that more diversity in sexuality would be refreshing.

    Totally agree about late 1800s to early 1900s paranormal and more poisoning.

    hehe. No on “men with boobs”. Agreed. I do prefer a touch of romance in everything I read, but I really hate love triangle and teams and such. I’d rather have a female MC with just one love interest where the love story is just in the background or at least isn’t just a constant source of angst. Get a boyfriend, awesome, but then go have adventures!

    I did this one too: http://roseshadowink.wordpress.com/2014/01/21/top-ten-tuesday-top-ten-things-id-make-writers-write-about-if-i-could/

    1. Nemo

      QUILTBAG is Queer/Questioning, Undecided, Intersex, Lesbian, Transgender/Transsexual, Bisexual, Allied/Asexual, Gay/Genderqueer.

    1. Nemo

      I doubt it – first off Rowling said she won’t do more Potter books, but I hope to god she changes her mind. And female-led books without romance – can you think of any at all? I don’t think agents and editors think that it will sell. I think we’re way too far in the minority to make it mainstream enough to publish. But a girl can dream.

  3. Miranda @ Tempest Books

    Oooh a Harry Potter prequel could be so cool! I’m not a HUGE Harry Potter fan, but I’d definitely be interested in reading that. And I totally agree about more LGTBQ novels. Even if the story isn’t actively focused on that, but just has characters who aren’t straight…I’d like that.

    1. Nemo

      Yeah, it’s something I think is happening a bit more now as authors are getting more aware of being inclusive, but it definitely needs to keep happening.

  4. morethanx

    If you want some books to get you started, I have some recs. For 1800s/early 1900s with paranormal you could try the Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger (first book Soulless), and 2 of the supporting characters are explicitly not straight. Quicksilver by R.J. Anderson is a sci fi novel with a female protag and no romance. Grave Mercy by Robin La Fevers has a female assassin protagonist. The Poison Study trilogy by Maria V. Snyder has a female poison taster protagonist. I’ve also got a list of romance-light books if you’re interested (it’s something I’d like to see more of too!)

    1. Nemo

      Oh, this is awkward. I’ve either read or already own everything you’ve suggested. But it’s awesome to know we have similar taste!

  5. Cassie

    I kind of love the term “Quiltbag.” I’m not sure why, but it just really gives me a good idea of what you mean. I would love the early Voldemort reign, the story of Luna, or the story of Dobby.

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