Tuesday, January 21, 2014

TTT: Reading Wish List

This week's TTT topic: Things on My Reading Wishlist

1. Friendships
I love romance, don't get me wrong. But friendship is an important part of everyone's life too and I love reading stories (such as Code Name Verity or Sorow's Knot) where friendship is the most important element of the story, and romance is not a part of that relationship at all.

2. Sibling Stories
MG books are good at this, but YA books aren't as much. I would like to see more of it in YA.

3. More Family Stories
I love Amy Spalding's books because she writes about families and how every member of a family impacts the others. I wish we had more books like this.

4. FUN Fantasy
like The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas or The Nightmare Dilemma by Mindee Arnett

5. Christian Protagonists
There really aren't a whole lot when you think about it.

6. Failure that Doesn't Lead to Romance
Let a YA protagonist fail and learn to move on without the help of true love.

7. Search for Change in Life that Doesn't Lead to Romance
See #6.

8. Diversity in Main Characters
Not everyone in the world is white middle class. Protagonists should reflect this.

Really I don't know where people get this idea. Homeschool kids have a different school environment but they are not quirky or weird. Any more so than traditionally schooled kids anyway.

As a bonus, one thing I want to see less of:
I don't do survival. I don't do nature. I'm over this whole trend.

What is on your wish list?


Anonymous said...

I have more sibling stories (sister stories) on my list as well. I'd also love more fun fantasy as well. Great list!

Anonymous said...

I'd love to see more friendship stories in YA too, and I'd also like to see more diversity in YA stories. The last five stories I've picked up have had a white, red-haired lead, oddly enough.

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Alice @ Alice in Readerland

Jessica said...

#5 is one I would to read more in books! Unless you're reading a Christian Fiction book, you rarely read books with Christian main characters in it. It doesn't have to be the main part of the book, but it would be nice to have a Christian main character outside of Christian Fiction!

#9: YES! I'm homeschooled and it's really annoying to read books where the only homeschooler is weird/not very smart/mean/or any other bad stereotype that's annoying!

Brandy said...

Thanks! Any I really enjoy fun fantasy. Don't always want the angst doom-is-nigh kind.

Brandy said...

The red hair thing is out of control right now. It's the new green eyes.

Brandy said...

#5 Yes, exactly. And I don't like the formulas used in Christian fiction.

#9 I homeschool my kids and I teach at a homeschool co-op we are a part of one day a week. Very few homeschooler kids are as they are presented in books, and the ones who are would be that way if they went to traditional school too.

Reviews from a Bookworm said...

Great list! I think we definitely need more YA novels where romance isn't the main focus or isn't a really bid aspect. It'd be nice to have a ya book that doesn't have a romance at all. Great picks :)

My TTT :)

Anonymous said...

I'm looking for more Middle Grade invention and SF books that are NOT dystopias. ^_^

Charlotte said...

I just recommend this one to Maureen, but have you ever read The Crowfield Curse? It's set in a monestary, so gives you a tick in the Christian box, and it is about friendship, and it is also scary and memorable and wonderful....

Shae McDaniel said...

I was giggling over the ones we had in common.

Also re: "quirky" homeschoolers - I am TOTALLY weird, but that's not homeschooling's fault.

Brandy said...

Amen to that!

Brandy said...

Yes I have. I enjoyed it but never did read this sequel. I need to do that. Thanks for reminding me!

Brandy said...

Great minds think alike.

And yes you are weird, spider girl. But you would probably be so if you wen to a traditional school too. :)

Anonymous said...

My favorite in your list is FUN Fantasy. That would definitely be an interesting read. :) Thanks for sharing and for dropping by my TTT post earlier. :)