Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature/meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is 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.)
This is going to be a very mixed bag, and I’ve stretched the category definition a bit, but here goes:
- The founding of Hogwarts. Please? But only if Rowling writes it.
- The third Kingkiller Chronicle. Pat Rothfuss is working on it, and I’d much rather he take his time and get it right… but we wants it, my preciousssss, we wants it now!
- A really good (new) YA fantasy series that isn’t dystopian and doesn’t have a love triangle, a vampire, a witch, or a werewolf/shapeshifter. Lately, this seems to be very hard to find.
- More people of color and people with disabilities who are real, well-written people, not token minorities defined by their race/ethnicity/disability alone. Especially in fantasy, SF, and romance, but we could use this pretty much everywhere, and not just in genre fiction. I know there are good examples out there, but they tend to be the exceptions and not the rule.
- Romances with heroines in their 40s, 50s, or 60s. C’mon, there’s no age limit on love and romance in real life.
- A book in which the homeschooled main character is normal and average (or normally smart, not genius-plus), and so are his/her parents. Because as a former homeschooling mom, I get really tired of all the misconceptions out there. And for that matter, how about…
- A book in which the main character(s) have a strong, stable, functional family? There must be some way to challenge a character and give them obstacles to surmount or lessons to learn that don’t require losing a parent, having an abusive parent or sibling, finding themselves suddenly on their own, etc. How about a story in which the MC’s family is their strength, for a change?
- On the lighter side, I’d love a mystery which involves at least three of the following as significant characters: Lord Peter Wimsey, Albert Campion, Roderick Alleyn, a youngish Miss Marple, and/or Laurie King’s Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes. Set it in the 1930s, and you should be able to include all of them (and maybe a few more for good measure.)*
- A sequel to The Secret Garden. A good one.
- And finally, more books by all my favorite authors. Especially the dead ones.
* And yes, I do know that Lord Peter makes a brief appearance in King’s A Letter from Mary, identified only as “Peter.” But he’s not a significant player in the book.