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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday - Wish list (Things I Want to See More of in Books)


Thank you for joining me for another edition of Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Today's prompt was actually kind of hard for me to come up with a list. So I recruited some help and bounced ideas off of several of my bookish friends! (You know who you are...and THANK YOU!!!)


 New locations. And not necessarily "missionaries" to places such as Africa, the Philippines, Russia, Italy. What if we had a heroine who studied abroad in Italy and ends up falling in love with a local or something...I would pick that up instantly!


Romance between "older couples" like Julie Lessman's Love Everlasting or Pepper Basham's Just the Way You Are.

Heroines that don't fit in the jello mold of perfection. 
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Two main characters end up with OTHER people...Or no one...Or just something unexpected! It would add a little more to the story...Because generally, you KNOW who is going to end up with who at the end of the story...Because the main characters ALWAYS end up together (especially in Historical or Contemporary Romance).


Vampires...I admit it, I have a problem. I would love to have more vampire stories that are "decent". Basically, with romance that doesn't go too far. 


Diversity in characters ethnicity. Diversity Between the Pages is a great resource for this.



Married couples - MOST (not all) of the books I read, they start with two single people that end up together in the end, but we miss their marriage relationship. Because the dynamics change drastically. Now...I am NOT saying we need "bedroom scenes" let's keep it classy...Just life. Normal everyday life. I am not just referring to "marriage of convenience" either.



What if....GASP....the main character(s?) die.... I know how hard it is when fictional characters die. BUT...depending on the genre, I would say if it fits, we should see a LITTLE more of it. Because I just read a series (no I am not telling you which one...) and I was EXPECTING someone to die....But they didn't...It was a little odd that they all made it through alive. 


I think it would be fascinating if we had a book with one main character or POV (point of view) and they engage with the reader in conversation throughout the book.





Illustrations - Especially in Young Adult. While it is always fun to imagine the monsters, beasts, machines, houses, worlds...in your own brain. It is REALLY nice getting to see how the author pictures it all. Scott Westerfeld does that with his books and the illustrations are FABULOUS! (Find out more about Westerfeld's books HERE.)



There you have it my friends. What about YOU? 
What is something you would like to see more of in books?

24 comments:

Beth Erin said...

Vampires? Girl, you are way more exciting than I am!

katiescottagebooks said...

I love romances with older people. Great list! :)

Paula said...

I like most of these-- not vampires! Illustrations would not get us to use our imaginations! But I do like a hint on the cover! Sometimes they don't match -- such as eye or hair color. Good job!

Rissi said...

Aww! Love your "location" (number one) pick. That sounds fabulous. I'm always all for armchair adventure.

Rachel said...

I know.....It's a problem! Hahahaha!

Rachel said...

Thanks!!!

Rachel said...

Haha! ;) It's ok...I admit I am weird about vampires. And this is true. I wouldn't want Illustrations in every book. But I DO really like them in sci-fi. :D

Rachel said...

SAAAAAME!!!!! Thanks Rissi!

Mikal Dawn said...

You're the bomb, you know that?

And YES!!!! To 9 of these 10! And nope. Not gonna tell you which one I wouldn't want. But it isn't the one you might think. ;)

This was a seriously fun list!! <3

Sandra Barela said...

I agree with so many of these! I have been contemplating a vampire series myself :) I miss the married couple - We can learn so much about what love truly is!

Andie said...

With No. 9 are you thinking like Choose Your Own Adventure? Where the reader can choose from different page/chapter choices to finish the book?
Good list.

Laura A. Grace said...

This is such a fabulous list! When I read number 8, I thought of Nadine Brandes' A TIME TO DIE. Parvin doesn't die, but um... she could have and has some things to deal with from that "incident" (to keep it spoiler free). Have you read it? It's a Christian dystopian. Also, number 9!! That would be such a fascinating read and would so take it.

Also, because you mentioned vampires AND illustrations, I have to mention my friend Janeen Ippolito's novella, BLOOD MERCY: THICKER THAN WATER. It's an illustrated vampire read that I heard is so different from your typical vampire reads. I'm a chicken and haven't read it yet, BUT I grabbed it and will be reading it before book two comes out this October. Here's the link if you're interested: http://a.co/dWlHmb1. :) (Note: Julia Busko illustrated it).

Arletta said...

And please, more young adult books that they like to read! Lisa T Bergren does a great job in her River in Time series. We need more than just romances for teenagers and young adult girls.

I agree with your list except for #5. I'm not into vampire or werewolf books so I'll leave those for you.

Janet W. Ferguson said...

What a fun list!

Rachel said...

It is #8 isn't it??? Hahahaha!!!!! <3

Rachel said...

Haha! I don't know what it is about vampires...They fascinate me. Haha!

Rachel said...

I read those as a kid! I would LOVE to see something like that in like Hist Fic or Romance or SOMETHING lol!

Rachel said...

OOOOOOOOooooohhhhh!!!!! I am jumping over to check this out! And no I haven't read A Time to Die! But I JUST finished a book...and 3 of the 4 main characters died by the end of book 1! I was SHOCKED...but it FITS...so I am ok!

Rachel said...

Yes! I read such a wide variety of books...even as a YA myself. Mary Weber, Sara Ella, Marissa Meyer, Scott Westerfeld have some AWESOME books for YA! Fantasy, Dystopian, steampunk, sci-fi, I LOVE THEM ALL!!! Romance threads...but not what I would classify as romances.

Rachel said...

Thanks Janet!

Carrie said...

oooo i agree with most of these.... guesses which ones I divert from ;)

K.horton said...

Your list came out great!!! I agree with them all!! #9 reminded me of a post on Pinterest "Someone should write a book where the main character slowly falls in love with the reader." http://i.imgur.com/QFtR0q0.jpg

Rachel said...

Vampires....Hahahahaha

Rachel said...

YES That is what inspired that thought! HAHA!