Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created by the Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is ten things on our reading wishlists and mine is in no particular order.
Travel/ International Setting. I love travelling and I’d love to see more YA set abroad or involving travel outside of the UK and US, at least in part, like Robin Wasserman’s The Book of Blood and Shadow, or Nobody’s Girl by Sarra Manning.
Non-linear timelines. I’m really interested by books with two timelines like Charm and Strange by Stephanie Kuehn and Tanya Byrne’s Follow Me Down, both of which I loved. However, this is a hard one to pull off well!
Music. I adore music, as cliched and lacking in significance that may seem. Music has inspired me for years as a person, as a writer, and it means a lot to me. I’d love to see more of a role for music and that power it has in YA and more books like This Song Will Save Your Life and Saving June.
Family. I love books that explore the relationships in family and everyday strains and complexities of life. A lot of YA contains absent parents, and this does make sense as parents tend to try and solve their children’s problems and can thus hamper the plot, but I still like to see a presence and I think there could be a lot more material to explore.
Not getting the guy. Sometimes I’d like to see the book ending without any romance or setting off into the sunset, not necessarily ending with heartbreak and no happy ending (I still want a degree of hope) but a book that maybe explores that bittersweetness of unrequited love.
Unreliable narrators. There’s something in those books where you’re never sure how honest the narrator is or how much you can trust them. It’s hard to pull off, but unreliable narrators are often so compelling.
Standalone YA novels that interweave with one another. I really like it when an author has brief cameos and links from previous standalones in another standalone book like Sarah Dessen does.
Multimedia. Novels that include images, or email extracts, or bus tickets, or playlists. I think these devices when used carefully can really enhance a book, for example Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour. That said, I still personally want prose on the page as well (though I have heard good things about Chopsticks)
Computer skills. This is a hard one as I don’t like it when a book has too many references that will date it, but there’s something about the thriller genre and computer skills that I find interesting. I’d love more Penelope Garcia esque computer savvy characters in thriller YA.
Mythology and Folklore. I loved Classics and so I really want to find some awesome book that refers to or retells some of the ancient myths and legends, plus I’m really interested in folklore so I would love to see a different and respectful spin on those topics as there is so much material to explore.
What are the things you’d love authors to write about or include? Do you share any of mine? Or have you read any books that based on my list you think I’d enjoy? 😀