Top Ten Tuesday: on my reading wishlist

I haven’t done a Top Ten Tuesday post in a while but today’s topic sounds interesting so it’s time to link up with The Broke and the Bookish again.

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Today’s prompt is about what I would like to make authors write about if I could so let’s see if I can come up with 10 things, shall we?!

1.) One of the things I’d love most to see more is awesome LGBTQ characters. There are some books with them and also a couple of YA books that are actually good reads BUT they mostly are about the part when you first come out and what leads up to it which is fine. Everyone started there but wouldn’t it be awesome to read stories past that point? When I was browsing NetGalley for Gay and Lesbian literature almost everything that came up was erotica. Don’t get me wrong, it’s fine but I want more than that!

2.) Strong female leads! I know this should be a given in 2014 but one can never have too many good female role models in stories if you ask me.

3.) More racial diversity in mainstream fiction! Seriously, have you ever seen a Nicholas Sparks movie adaption? (I know, it’s not a book but still.) They are so incredibly heteronormative and white I want to pull my hair out.

4.) How about a love story that doesn’t end well, where the couple realises they don’t actually fit together well but are better off as friends? Friendship should get a higher priority in fiction than romance. Don’t get me wrong I love a good love story but friendship is important as well.

5.) Normal people! Werewolves and magical creatures are fun but I honestly prefer reading about an every day man or woman, someone who doesn’t have special talents, who is just like you and me. Complete and utter average.

6.) Books where girls or women aren’t pitied against each other. Not all females get the urge to claw each others eyes out over boys or clothes. We can get along pretty nicely so please don’t make us bitches in your stories.

7.) I don’t actually have more things to wish for. The list above is probably pretty vague or generic but that’s what I have to say on the matter.

So, what would you wish authors would write about? Let me know in the comments!

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  • readmeanything

    Have you read ‘Miseducation of Cameron Post’? It’s a YA novel but with an LGBTQI lead- and I actually thought it was really, really well written. It may be a bit ‘basic’ in the whole ~exploring oneself & coming to terms with one’s sexualities/dealing with external BS sort of way, but it was still really well written and I quite enjoyed it. [https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11595276-the-miseducation-of-cameron-post]

    I suppose I don’t know if I want to make them write about things- I don’t know if they’d write it particularly well ;) I also think the writing and literature I want to read exists, I just don’t think it’s easily accessible/is ‘mainstream’; so it’s harder to find and you’re unlikely to stumble upon it. I think there needs to be more literature from different voices/prioritising different voices and scenarios (as I’ve said already) and I’d been keen to get my hands on books that prioritise/explore some of the things you’ve outlined!

    • Wilhelmina Upton

      No, I haven’t read it yet but added it to my to read list so thanks for the tip.

      Sure, I guess a lot of the literature I might want to read already exists but it’s difficult to find. I guess what I want for those things is to be more mainstream or easier accessible or something of that sort. There are more voices that need to be heard.

  • Vanessa

    I read “Miseducation” as well and thought it was good, but I’d love to see stuff outside of the YA age range as well.And strong female characters should be a given at this point in time too. And diversity is always a great idea.

    • Wilhelmina Upton

      I only started reading YA last year, I hardly even read it as a teen myself. But you’re right, I want all those things outside of YA as well.

  • “Friendship should get a higher priority in fiction than romance.” Absolutely this!

    • Wilhelmina Upton

      Yes, I’ve seen it on a couple of different peoples posts for today so there actually is demand for it. Authors should get onto this!

  • Reviews from a Bookworm

    I really want more strong female leads! I’m kind of sick of the weak women who always seem to need saving by some big, strong man! Great picks :)

    My TTT :)

    • Wilhelmina Upton

      Yes, me too! I may be a woman but I can take care of my own shot, thank you very much!

  • wlreed

    Have you ever read any Olivia Goldsmith? She has strong female characters and some really great LGBT characters. And friendship is a strong theme in her books. There is usually some romance, also, but it’s fairly secondary. She wrote First Wives Club, which is a great book (and a horrid movie. I hate that movie So Much). I really enjoyed Waiting to Exhale by Terry McMillon. There’s a sequel, but I haven’t read that yet. The friendships are the most important part of that, too

    I love reading books where the main characters are outside the norm. Not just someone quirky, but someone who is looked down upon by society. And I always want more strong female characters. Great list

    • Wilhelmina Upton

      I never heard of any of those people but will check them out when I get a chance to. Thanks for your suggestions :)