Top Ten Tuesday 1

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Today’s topic: 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.)  (brokeandthebookish)

So this is my first time particpating in Top Ten Tuesday…but what 10 things do I want to see on my shelves this year?

1. Finish those Series!

I have a fair few uncompleted series sitting on my shelves at the moment, and it’s annoying me, mainly Scott Westerfeld’s Leviathan series. I’ve not yet gotten Goliath. I also need the final books in the Never Sky series and Dust Lands series- both of which come out this year, so I’m hoping to get those finished before the year is up.

2. Non-Fiction

I’m not saying I’m going to read A LOT of non-fiction, because I adore fiction, but it’s all I read and I feel like I need to expand my horizons a bit. Since it’s the centenary of WW1 this year and my city is doing the biggest memorial in the UK for it (including some brilliant Giants, which came here for the Titanic anniversary- youtube it, it was amazing!) , I’ll be wanting to read some factual books surrounding WW1, or some memorial books. I also recently bought a book called “A Very British Murder” which looks at how the British public have always used muders as a source of entertainment, from public executions to crime dramas on television.

3. NO LOVE TRIANGLES

My patience has worn thin with this crap. A lot of the time the triangles aren’t even plot relevant, they’re just there because the publishers/authors think they are popular. Well I’m fed up of them, and will be avoiding them like the plague.

4. Male Protagonists

I’ve currently added two shelves to my goodreads account- “Male/Female protagonists”, to check whether my perception is right or wrong: that YA is 90% female protagonists. It’s always a young girl or young woman, never a young boy. So I’ve decided to try and increase the amount of books I read with a male protagonist. (For those interested, the current standing is  M- 122/ F- 225, HA)

5. Dystopian-schmopian

I love Dystopian novels, but I feel like they have gotten so bloody popular there is absolutely nothing original in YA about them any more. Most people can’t even accurately distinguish (both authors and reviewers alike) the difference between “Dystopian” and “Post-Apocalyptic” (that’s right guys, there IS a difference). So I feel like I need to take a break from the entire genre. I have one or two lined up which I have already bought but once I’ve read those- nothing more for 2014.

6. DISCWORLD

Two years ago, My dad’s nagging to read his beloved Discworld finally took hold as I read my first of Pratchett’s work “Good Omens”- a collaboration he penned with Neil Gaiman. Afterwards, since it was christmas time, I decided to read the Hogfather- what could be funnier than Death wanting to be Santa Claus right? That year, I read 18 Discworld novels, only disliking ONE, which is pretty good! Last year, however, I only read three of them. I’ve missed that world and I need to get back into it. I plan to try and read at least one Discworld every two months. (My dad is constantly on at me to read Nightwatch).

7. Far Off Places, Daring Sword fights, Magic Spells- A Prince in Disguise!

My favourite genre of stories has always been Fantasy/Adventure books, which a little romance on the side- never the main plot. Obviously this is not a genre which is overflowing in the YA section, so I need to get back into it. I have a fair few fantasy series added to my TBR pile so I’d like to try some of them this year, both YA and Non-YA

8. More Re-tellings

I’ve always loved reading Re-tellings of fairytales. I want to read more of the “Once Upon a Time” series by Cameron Dokey et al, but also I’ve a few other re-tellings added to my TBR, such as “Cruel Beauty”, “The Lunar Chronicles” and Jackson Pearse’s Re-tellings Series (another series I’ve yet to finish!)

9. Serious Bsns Topics in YA Lit

I’ve specifically said YA lit because, too often the most serious thing seems to be competing for someone’s love. There are a lot of awkward topics out there to address, including but not limited to racism, homophobia, xenophobia, ignorance and sexism. These are rarely addressed in YA properly and I’d like to see them highlighted by authors and discussed. Not so much for “box-checking”as  I honestly feel like half the time a POC character is added just so an author can go “yeeeeah I’m diverse and cool and creating equality”, but the POC character in question is just a fleeting side character with no real depth and is also a walking stereotype. But no, I don’t just mean that but like…I’d love to see a book set around girls being bitchy at school actually actively call out Slut Shaming. I’d love to see a YA novel address the problem of Rape Culture. These things do not go away and disappear just because you close your eyes and ignore it, they need to be addressed, especially in books geared towards Young People in case they aren’t actually taught about it in schools (I mean come on, some states in the US banned To Kill A Mockingbird because they claim it’s “Racist”- OF COURSE IT FUCKING IS, THAT’S THE POINT. THE POINT IS HOW THEY TRY TO STOP THE RACISM- *rage monster*).

Young Adult can be as serious and deep as the authors let it be, just like the readers of YA lit, age included, can be as smart as the authors let them be.

10. Female Characters who don’t hate their appearance

When I do read Female protagonists, especially in YA lit, they always dismiss their appearance as “nothing special” , or even worse, actually takes time to degrade herself. This, I worry, encourages young girls to never like their own appearance- to always worry about changing something to fit the popular image of “beautiful”. Speaking as someone who has ridiculously curly ringlets instead of smooth, sleek straight hair, I know how that feels. Personally, I’d like to see a female protagonist who LIKES her crooked teeth, who likes being a plus size, who likes having large feet, and likes wearing glasses- and who doesn’t equal being single with being miserable. I’d like to seem someone who doesn’t let the fact someone might have a crush on them change their entire attitude or opinion about a topic.

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14 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday 1

      • Not many spring to mind, which is why I should have had it on my list! Lol.

        But, Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli was a good one, or Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion…? Most of the other ones are all ‘typical boy’ books like Alex Ryder or Percy Jackson. Not that I don’t like them as well.

      • thebookheap says:

        oooh I’ve been tempted to try Warm Bodies- I’ve not seen the film but it’s on my TBR! I remember enjoying the alex ryder books when I was younger, and I love the percy jackson books now (and heroes of olympus!) but yeah I know what you mean by “typical boy books”

  1. I didn’t even realise about the whole male/female ratio until reading it on here but you are definitely right. A lot of authors now are tending to write a second book from the guys POV which I do like. I just started reading Sweet Rome this morning (Book 1: Sweet Home) and I have been so excited for months to read this story from the guys POV.
    Discworld sounds interesting, never actually heard of them before. May give them a try.
    I love that you have quote Beauty and the Beast “Far Off Places, Daring Sword fights, Magic Spells- A Prince in Disguise!”, brilliant! Fantasy is my FAVOURITE genre, absolutely love it. Have you read the Inheritance series? You may have heard of the first book, Eragon? Was also made into a film, but the film is NOTHING on the books. They are truly AMAZING! A hint of romance but totally not over taking the main story at all! Perfect!
    I totally get what you mean about the girls and their whole “i’m bland looking with legs that are too long and big eyes” and then a guy comes a long and she is all surprised to find out that guys like girls with long legs and big eyes. That annoys me too!
    I like reading serious books, I like the way they make me feel after reading them, when I feel like I have just read something really important and it sticks with me for a long time after. I have read a few books that contain rape and I have to say they are some of the most powerful that I have read. Great list!

    • thebookheap says:

      I know right? I didn’t actually realise how huge the gender gap was in YA lit until I sat down and thought about it- was staggered when I created those shelves!! Determined to find more books from a Male POV! I’ll look into that book ty!

      Fantasy is such a fun genre- you’ll love Discworld I think- you can read them out of order if you wish to (but I chose to go chronologically). It’s split into “Arcs” and the books follow either the Wizards, the Witches, the Guards, or Death- it’s great!
      Funnily enough I tried reading the Inheritance cycle last year- I didn’t manage to finish Eragon though, somehow it didn’t really hold my attention and my dad (an avid fantasy fan) had the same problem with it… not sure what was missing for me since it technically ticks all the boxes.
      Yeah I’m a disney lover haha, no way I couldn’t use that reference!

      I think we’re gonna get along well X3

      • I’ll probably read them chronologically, (I’m slightly strange and like things to be in order!) From what you have said and I’ve read about them on GR I am VERY interested.
        Ohhhh, makes me really sad that you couldn’t get through Eragon. It’s right up there at the top of my Fantasy list.
        Haha, I read it and was like Why do I know this quote? I always get laughed at for managing to slip Finding Nemo quotes into conversation. Fun times.
        Definitely, it’s nice to meet someone who has the same bookish tastes and opinions, and also loves disney! 🙂

      • thebookheap says:

        Discworld and Maas’ Throne of Glass series are really the only fantasy books I have going on at the moment so I need to get more on the list…any other recs?

      • Ok, how about ‘His Dark Matertials’ by Philip Pullman. Also known as The Northern Light’s Trilogy. First book was made into a film, and yet again did not live up to the book!
        I’ve recently started The Lord of the Rings, loving that!
        Cronicles of narnia is another good one, I’ve read most of them and LOVE them!
        A Song of Fire and Ice, I watched the TV series and loved it so got the books for Christmas. Not started them yet but have heard amazing things.
        The Sword of Truth series byTerry Goodkind. Discovered this one through the TV seires made about it and have since read the first book, but then forgot to carry on reading. I want to finish this one! Really enjoyed this one!
        I’m running out of ideas now haha. What do you think of these, read any of them yet?

      • thebookheap says:

        Haha I really enjoyed His Dark Materials and I’m currently making my way through Narnia. Couldn’t get into Game of Thrones though

      • Yeay for His Dark Materials, another one of my top ones. Cried like a baby for about 2 hours when I finished it though. Was on holiday at the time, so lying on a sunbed bawling like a baby got me a fair few weird looks! GOT seems like the type of series that I will have to give A LOT of time to and can’t take any breaks from it longer then a day or I will completely loose where I am at. Have you seen the TV series for GOT?

      • thebookheap says:

        It was so sad when it ended 😦 yeah its quite a long haul book series, I got about 1/4 into the first book and had no idea what was going on, it frustrated me because it made me feel stupid. Unfortunately not, it only airs on sky Atlantic here and we don’t have that channel 😦

  2. Elen @ A World of Reviews says:

    I really want to see more male protagonists too! It would be such a nice change. What would be really good is a dystopian with a male protagonist, seeing as I’m not sure I’ve actually read a book like that. I totally agree with the love triangles as well – there are far too many of them in books and they’re not needed at all.

    Also, I’m actually planning on working my way through the Discworld series this year – so far I’ve managed to buy the first one and it’s next on my to read list. And I would definitely recommend anything by Brandon Sanderson if you’re looking for fantasy books. They have the best magic systems I’ve ever seen.

    Thanks for stopping by!

    • thebookheap says:

      I think the only ya dystopian with a male protagonist I’ve read is Maze Runner. Other than that, 1984, brave new world and farenheit 451.

      I hope you like discworld, I actually originally read them a little back to front so I never wound up reading the first 2 books haha 3 onwards I have though

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