Top Ten Tuesday: My Reading Wish List

Posted May 9, 2017 by meezcarrie in Top Ten Tuesday / 45 Comments


Today on Top Ten Tuesday, we are talking about things we want to see more of in books. I already covered this topic on one level with my post on Things I Wish Christian Fiction (and its Readers) Did More Often. A couple of the items on today’s wish list are somewhat repeated between the two posts, but this list is more across genres, not focused primarily on Christian fiction.

So what about you? What are some things on YOUR reading wish list?

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45 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: My Reading Wish List

  1. 1. Romance that doesn’t end at the altar.

    2. More medieval romance that has at least a hint of authenticity.

    3. Men with cats.

    4. Women who know their own minds without being strident or mannish.

    5. Characters who a people of their times and don’t have 21st century mindsets projected onto them.

    Probably more, but that’s what I think. 🙂

  2. I have thought about the chronic illness issue. I have an AI disease that’s not going away until I do. 🙂 But when I think about it, I just know people aren’t going to want that kind of detail. So I’m thinking… thinking, thinking… but I can’t see it working so far. Sadly. Because a whole lot of us can relate.

    • Carrie

      yes, that’s a valid point. I just think we need some heroines who face that kind of struggle every day and still keep going, keep chasing joy, etc. But how to go about it? I have no answers… lol

  3. Megan Hamsher

    There’s tons and tons of books that involve quilters and knitters …
    so how about more books that involve crocheters?

    More books that have person/people with Autism

    I wish I could find more books that take place in W PA .. feel kinda left out.
    I can name plenty of other places in PA – York, Gettysburg, Chambersburg, Philadelphia, Hershey, Bethlehem …. but hey, Pittsburgh region has quite a history too!

    • As a yinzer currently living a bit farther east, I can think of a few – but only a few that take place in Pittsburgh: Wrapped in Red by Meghan Gorecki, Most Highly Favored Daughter by Janice Lane Palko, and one of my books, Ornamental Graces. Also, Laura Frantz’s Ballantyne Legacy series starts near York, if I remember, but moves west to Pittsburgh.

  4. Yes!! #2 and #3 would be awesome. I’ve thought about writing #3, just don’t know if I’m skilled to do so since I write contemporary. I’ve already written #7 🙂 and I’m planning on writing one for #4.

  5. Love your list! I am totally here for more books set in Kentucky. Not sure if you’ve read them already, but Breakfast Served Anytime by Sarah Combs definitely has a great Kentucky feel, and Kathryn Ormsbee’s upcoming Tash Hearts Tolstoy is set in Lexington!

    • Carrie

      oh nice!! Definitely check out Laura Frantz and Virginia Smith and Ann Gabhart too!

    • Melissa

      Have you read anything by Sarah Addison Allen? It is mainstream, not CF, but she writes amazing magical realism. A realistic story with a touch of magic.

    • Carrie

      elements of magic/fantasy seamlessly woven into reality. i.e. – it wouldn’t take much to imagine that these elements could actually BE reality! Authors like Sarah Addison Allen – even Jim Rubart’s The Five Times I Met Myself, etc.

  6. I do find magical realism to be rather interesting and would enjoy more stories like that. Same for characters of different shapes and sizes that would be more relatable to more people. A marriage of convenience story wasn’t something I’d thought of before but now I have some ideas running through my head and need it to happen!

  7. #4 for sure! Especially an invisible chronic illness! I have an invisible chronic pain condition and would love more more people’s eyes to be opened!

  8. Andi

    I have a chronic illness and trying to write it into a story is a little daunting for me in that I think it can be somewhat depressing and I don’t want it to be. I’d like to see more of it written though.

    • Carrie

      i would love to see heroines (or heroes) showing the real life struggles of a chronic illness but also the God-given ability to keep going, to keep chasing joy, to find strength you didn’t have, etc. I think it could be encouraging instead of depressing if done the right way.

  9. Yes! As a plus-size teen I never, ever got to read stories about girls like me, with the exception of stories where the “fat girl” lost weight and lived happily ever after. No thank you!!

  10. AWWW! Closet kisses? Contemporary “convenience” marriages?? Yes, please! I love the latter plot, so more of those are always fun. (Kristen Heitzmann wrote one of my favorites in Breath of Dawn.)

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