Today’s Top Ten Tuesday topic (I love alliteration!) is the top 10 things I have on my reading wish list. (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.) The Broke and the Bookish
1. More fictionalized histories of obscure celebrities. Think Alice I Have Been by Melanie Benjamin. She took a person that we all knew in abstract, Alice Liddell, the young girl that was the inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, and told us a completely plausible, yet wholly fictional story, of her life. (She also did this with The Aviator’s Wife and The Autobiography of Mrs Tom Thumb.)
2. Historical fiction set somewhere other than Regency era England. Specifically, historical fiction set in early America. A few years ago I read One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd by Jim Fergus. It was so good! I practically devoured it and it was an idea, a perspective, that I had never read before. I’d love more stuff like that.
3. Books about people who love books. A mystery in a library that has be solved by the librarian… A love story starring a nerdy clerk in a bookshop… And not another swoony, teen, I love Mr Darcy book, please.
4. Authors who aren’t afraid to tell funny stories in funny ways. I love puns. Everything is better with a few bad puns thrown in. But good bad puns, not bad bad puns. You know? Think Janet Evanovich or Rick Riordan.
(this is hard!)
5. Give me more strong, female protagonists in YA with less angst. I hate angst. I know, it’s a necessary part of adolescence, but please, for the love of all things literary, give me a girl with some good sense and no whining.
6. More books set in the 1920s and 1930s. (and 1950s)
7. Jamie, from Perpetual Page Turner, suggests novels that change childhood figures.
“I don’t know if this makes me morbid or not but I’d really love to see a psycho Santa Claus who is a murderer or a Tooth Fairy that steals more than your teeth or Cupid falling in love with a human. ANYTHING.”
Fascinating. I’m all for a little morbidity now and again anyway. Someone write this!
9. Someone give me the grown up story of Ramona Quimby!
10. And last, but certainly not least, I’m adding this one because it has always been a pet peeve of mine but it seems the be getting worse and worse, give me more books that are well-edited, that have all the words spelled correctly, and that uses actual words instead of made up words that don’t exist. (And I’m not talking about jokey, funny words, I mean please stop authors from using the word unthaw. Unthaw is not a word. If you unthaw something, you are FREEZING it.)
Well, that’s my list. Does anyone know of any books that might fit some of these? If so, please leave a note in the comment section and I’ll check them out. Happy reading, y’all!