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Top Ten Tuesday: Reading wish list

This is a post for Top Ten Tuesday, hosted at The Broke and the Bookish. You can find out more and follow along there!

This one was originally called “Things on my Reading List”, but the way I interpreted it didn’t quite work with that title. Here are the things I want:

1. Complex, interesting, flawed-but-awesome female characters, who exist in relationship to other people but who are not defined by them

2. More historical fantasy, of the awesome variety!

3. Stories that show all kinds of relationships with faith and religion and present those who are religious as real people, not stereotypes

4. Excellent, thought-provoking fairy tale retellings

5. More books featuring marginalized people in a thoughtful and authentic way, and relatedly, more authors from marginalized cultures being published and celebrated

6. Girls who are friends, and books where friendship is the most important relationship

7. Historical mysteries, a la Y.S. Lee’s Agency series

8. The fifth Attolia book

9. Books where romance is more than physical attraction

10. Books where the prose and story and characters work together to take my breath away

By Maureen LaFerney

My name is Maureen. I currently work as a library assistant in a public library in the Indianapolis area, and also just so happen to be a voracious reader. I frequently end up under a cat.

24 replies on “Top Ten Tuesday: Reading wish list”

I could not agree more with #1. My relationship is solid but doesn’t define me and I happy outside of it. Why do all books about relationships always have girls who are miserable without their partner and have the relationship be rocky?

I was about to leave the exact same comment. Now I can just second this.

And Maureen, I’M going to explode when that announcement comes. There may be nothing left of me.

I agree with #9! Why don’t characters get to know each other before they fall in love?! It is quite astonishing that they actually believe in love at first sight in every single situation. When I read books and a male character is introduced, I immediately think, *boom* LOVE. I am strongly against Insta-Love.
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1. YES. I really want more female protagonists who stand on their own, who don’t rely on men to save them either physically or mentally.

2. I love a good historical as long as it’s not set in medieval England.

I have liked a few medieval-set books, but there are so many interesting time periods out there!

I know people who have fallen in love at first sight, so it can work. But in every book? And then it never progresses beyond “He/she is so beauuutifullll!”? Nope!

I wish, being a Helpful sort of person, that I could quickly whisk together a nice long ist of books just like what you want, including of course the 5th Attolia book. I can only think of one that I love that you might not have read, with a boy not a girl and it is medieval, so not perrfect, but still very good–The Crowfield Curse, by Pat Walsh.

I have read Crowfield Curse and liked it quite a lot! I don’t think I ever got around the reading the sequel though…

If you like mg books, Merrie Haskell’s are great. And I’m hearing good things about Cruel Beauty, which is about to be released!

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