My first foray into the uncharted territories of Top Ten Tuesday. I’ve seen the meme cropping up on the blogs I follow, and the weekly posts always make me think about my relationship with the books I’ve read or want to read. Now that I’m slightly better at pretending to be savvy about the blogosphere I thought I’d give it a go.
Firstly, Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they post a different topic that one of their bloggers answers, and they invite others to join in either by posting their answers as a comment or by creating their own blog post.
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.)
1. Books set in Wales
There are some out there and shamefully I haven’t read many of them (yet). Wales is my homeland, and we may be tiny but we’re fierce. There’s a rich history waiting to be unleashed.
2. Platonic friendships
Radio Silence was a breath of fresh air. A teenage boy meets a teenage girl and they become supportive best friends? That’s a thing? Yes, yes it is. Friendships play such an important role and sometimes they get side-lined for romantic relationships. They desrve to be celebrated!
3. Books set in the 60s
I don’t know what it is, but I find the sixties so alluring. Maybe it’s the music, the psychedelic clothing and the carefree spirit (I’m definitely romanticising) but I want more 60s fiction.
4. Social media
YA books are doing a pretty good job of incorporating social media into their stories (I’m looking at you again Radio Silence), but other genres are falling a little behind. I want a story that address the impact social media has on adults as well.
It might be extremely specific, but I’ve never read a book where a character was dyslexic. When it is mentioned it’s usually fleeting. I know people who have struggled with dyslexia- it wasn’t really recognised all that much when I was in school- and I think they would have appreciated a character who went through the same frustrations they went through.
6. A book set in a TV studio
If there is actually a book set in a TV studio please let me know. I don’t know why but this immediately came into my head when I thought of tropes. I think watching Jane the Virgin might have influenced this choice.
To be more specific, twins who aren’t creepy, who aren’t opposites. I want to read a story about twins who have a healthy relationship. Twins where being a twin is almost irrelevant. I have a twin brother and he’s one of my closest friends. It would be nice to see that represented more in books.
8. Books about real life authors
I read The Hours by Michael Cunningham and I thought his interpretation of Virginia Woolf and her last days was really moving. Authors are interesting people, with stories of their own. I’d like to see more authors tackling tales about their predecessors.
9. Historical fiction/fantasy crossovers
I want to read a book about a vampire in the 70s, or a witch in the 1920s. Again, if there are any out there please tell me. I would love to devour them. The fantasy books I’ve read tend to have their own history, or have contemporary or future settings, but I’d love to see more historical fantasy.
10. Characters who don’t know what they’re doing
There’s nothing more comforting than knowing you and a character are in the same boat. I’m 23, and a lot of the time I’m struggle to figure what I’m going to eat for dinner. Yesterday I had granola for my main meal. I know for the sake of plot characters need to be heading somewhere, but I want a character who is as equally hopeless as me. Like Eileen, except not Eileen.
What books would you like to see more of? What books have you had enough of? Have you read a book set in the 70s about a vampire’s search for purpose? Let me know!