I Wish There Were More _______ In Books

Posted January 16, 2018 by Amber in Memes / 6 Comments

There are a few kinds of books I get passionate about.

  1. Books with really amazing, beautiful writing.
  2. Books with incredible, loveable/hateable characters.
  3. Books I absolutely cannot predict what is this madness.
  4. Books with amazing relationship dynamics that make my heart flutter.

I also think that we all have a few things that we love dearly that we wish we could find more of in books.  Things that we wish were written about a little more!  I have a bunch, and I’m actively seeking more so if you know any, please let me know in the comments so I can add them to my TBR.

My reading goals for 2018 include…

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Books With Lady Pirates

The lack of pirates is an epidemic enough, but why aren’t there more fabulous female pirates?  I have considered this as a change of career and I’m sure there are other swashbuckling maidens out there as well!

  

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Books With Healthy Friendships

Despite what the general noveling community would have you believe, there are people with perfectly happy, normal friendships.  Girls that don’t secretly hate each other.  Girl/Boy friendships that don’t end in love.  Boy friendships where they aren’t trying constantly to one-up each other.  … Really, ANY friendship that doesn’t end in love.

I love reading about NORMAL platonic friendships.

  

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Books Without Perfect Endings

I’m all for a happily ever after, honestly, but I also have this crazy love/hate relationship with a book that doesn’t get tied up nicely with a bow.  Endings that are good endings, but aren’t quite what I wanted.  I dunno.  It’s weird.  I like them, though.  Rebels.

  

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Books With Bookish People

I’m a bookish person, and therefore it stands to reason that I love reading books about bookish people.  Writers, passionate readers, both of these are fantastic.

  

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Books With Mages

I am a sucker for magic.  Not wand magic (although Harry Potter = <3 ).  I LOVE characters who are born with an inherent ability to harness wild magics and their journeys to doing that and how not everyone can do it.  Elemental magic and necromancy are my favorite.

  

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Books with Video Games

These are harder for me to find, especially well-written.  I love gaming.  I’ve been involved in MMORPGs since I was in fifth grade and while I’m a casual gamer, my heart leaps when there are awesome, flawed gamers in books.  The book doesn’t even have to be ABOUT video games, they just need to be in it.

And, ideally, they need to be well done?  Because it’s very obvious when video games are being used for nefarious means or someone is clearly not a gamer.

  

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Books Where The Princess Saves Herself

People talk about this one a lot, but when I really, really think about it… there aren’t a lot of books that come to mind.  There are a lot of books when the heroine knows she’s in trouble and seeks help from friends (read: male friend) who then helps her.

I need a princess who is locked in the dungeon and goes, “Crap.  Well, time to get out of this situation all by myself.”

The Angel Experiment  

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Books With a Diverse Cast

I really wish this wasn’t something we even needed to think about, but golly, wouldn’t it be nice is we had a little bit more variety in our casting?  Different races, different sexual orientations… but without it being the main focus of the book?  They’re there because they belong there, because they would be there in real life?

  

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Retellings of Obscure Fairytales/Stories

Listen guys.  Cinderella?  It’s been done.  Alice in Wonderland?  Done.  I may not love all the Alice retellings, I may have written one myself, but there are SO MANY fairytales out there to explore. I  have a whole book of Grimm fairytales and before I read it, I had only heard of 10 or so.  There are different options out there for retellings, I would like to find more of them.

  The Fool's Girl by Celia Rees

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Books With Pet Cats (That Don’t Get Eaten)

This is a new thing I’m finding in a lot of YA fantasy and I do not like it.  There should be an unspoken rule that pet cats – like pet dogs – are untouchable.  And WHY do they always get killed by being eaten?  Tear my heart into shreds and replace it with white hot fury…

  

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.  It’s her first ever week hosting and I want to shout out to her amazingness, and also thank The Broke and the Bookish for so many years of hosting this meme!  It’s so much fun, and I really look forward to this new chapter. <3

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6 responses to “I Wish There Were More _______ In Books

  1. Yes yes yes! I agree with sooooo many of these, especially more books about friends and obscure fairytales!! I’m hoping to buck the trend myself in my own fairytale retellings, since even though I’ll still give into the classics like Beauty and the Beast and Snow White, I have definite plans for lesser knows tales such as The Water Nixie and The Steadfast Tin Soldier.

    And what the heck, cats usually get EATEN? That’s awful 🙁

    • Amber

      RIGHT?! I love my kitties to pieces… dead cat is bad enough, but eaten?! There’s this one scene in Anna Dressed in Blood where (small spoiler) the baddie slurps up the tail of the cat like a stray noodle and I wanted DESPERATELY to throw the book against the wall (but it was an audiobook, and my poor phone).

      I just finished reading Wintersong, which is a retelling of the Goblin King, and !!! I’d recommend that one to pieces and it’s a much less traditional retelling.

    • Amber

      I have SUCH mixed feelings about Mockingjay. I wanted her to be happy because, darn it, Katniss really got the fuzzy end of the lollipop. But the ending MADE SENSE. The Fate of the Tearling is the same way, where the author really followed through on the character choices and was realistic about where things would end. It was good! But frustrating… but still good.

    • Amber

      Thanks! Until I wrote this list, I didn’t really think about how many girl power books actually still rely on a male counterpart to get out of trouble. At the very least, I’d like to see a role reversal, there! 😛