Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Things on my Reading Wishlist

January 21, 2014 Top Ten Tuesday 33

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke & The Bookish.
Each week they release a Top Ten List and invite everyone to join in and make their own Top Ten List.
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TT Wishlist 1I LOVE re-tellings, especially modern day fairy tale re-tellings. Snow White goes to college, Cinderella is a cyborg: GIVE ME MORE NOW!
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TT Wishlist 2It probably seems like a wierd thing to pick, but whenever I read books where teenagers or even YA’s at college get pregnant and the whole book is them dealing with the act that they are going to be parents, but we never actually get to see them being parents. One book that does, that I love is Boy’s Don’t Cry by Malorie Blackman. I want more books like this!
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TT Wishlist 3Whether it’s guys who are besties or guys who are brothers/cousins I do love a good bromance. One of my favourites is the Benedict brothers (from the Benedict series by Joss Stirling) who have such a great dynamic. They can be hilarious at times, but when it comes down to the serious life and death stuff they are there for each other every time.
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TT Wishlist 4Don’t get me wrong, I love a good “bad-boy-covered-in-tattoos-who-is-actually-a-good-guy-underneath-but-doesn’t-realise-it-until-he-meets-the-one-girl-who-will-change-him-forever. This guy will also do one of a few things: be in a band/play and instrument, ride a motorcycle, fight for money, be rich and ‘misunderstood’ by his parents, have some kind of troubled childhood. I read so many of these books and I love them, but sometimes it would be nice to read a romance with a good guy who is just a nice guy, and not hidden under a sexy body and tattoos. (He would still need to have a sexy body though!)
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TT Wishlist 5A lot of the YA books that I read are set in the US. I would love to read some more YA fiction set around the world. Either characters who are native to that country or who have moved over there for some reason and are trying to fit in. More of these would also help my Around the World Challenge as I am currently lacking on this as I can’t find any YA books from different countries that I like.
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TT Wishlist 6I love reading books with new worlds completely different to our own. It’s all about imagination and I LOVE LOVE LOVE it! One of my favourite things with reading is the ability for someone to take me out of my own world and stick me in another that is just so brilliantly developed that I feel like I am there, and once I have finished reading I want to go back!
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TT Wishlist 7I like reading books set in our everyday world but with characters who have some kind of power. Telepathy, premonitions, telekinesis etc. Normal people in a normal world but using the powers to help the world during there every day lives. The Benedict series is a great example of this.
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TT Wishlist 8Fantasy is probably my favourite genre and I love books/series that can whisk me away on a good vs evil adventure. The Harry Potter series is by far one of my favourites; 7 books of an insanely brilliant fight against evil, it doesn’t get any better then that. I also loved the Inheritance series (book #1: Eragon) which was 4 books of magical adventure. Currently looking for my next great fantasy adventure series!
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TT Wishlist 9I read a YA book recently about a young soldier who has to return home after being injured in Afghanistan, and trying to figure out what it is that he is going to do with his life now. (The Summer I Found You – review coming soon!) It was such a good read and I would love more books based on young soldiers out there fighting in the war.
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TT Wishlist 10I like reading books that take an event from history and give you a completely different perspective and story on it. Books based on events from the past, one example King Arthur. Meg Cabot does a great modern twist on this called Avalon High, well worth the read. I love reading books like this because it then gets me really interested in that person/event from history.
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What’s on your bookish wishlist?
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Leave me a comment and let me know!

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33 Responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Things on my Reading Wishlist”

  1. thebookheap

    I’m sick of the whole bad-boy stereotype. Personally, I’ve always been one to go for the good/nice guys, the honest, reliable, sweet guys. Half the time, bad-boys come across as borderline abusive.

    I adore Re-tellings; have you read Jackson Pearse’s Re-tellings series? (Sisters Read/ Sweetly/ Fathomless/Cold Spell)

    • Broc's Bookcase

      I like them, but I feel like there are too many books out their with this exact same character. Sometimes feels like I’m reading the same story over and over again but with different character names! Have you read Beautiful Disaster? I have seen so many argument’s over that book and peoples opinion on Travis (bad boy) and if he is just a “bad boy” or actually something a bit more dangerous.
      Not read Jackson Pearce re-tellings, but just went to add them to my TBR on goodreads and they are already on there, so I must have seen them at some point! Will have to get going on those!

      • thebookheap

        Same here, it’s exactly the same character all the time. I refuse to read Beautiful Disaster and all of the books falling into that same genre, similar to 50 shades and “bared to you” etc. I’ve read some scenes online and I swear, half the time it just normalises abusive behaviour which falls under the legal definitions of Domestic Violence. I tried to have this discussion with my friend who loves those books, and when I told her this she replied “well it’s just a book, it’s just something fun” and I was mortified because the idea people are just accepting that someone trashing a flat because he doesn’t know exactly where you are at a given moment is an act of “love” is actually terrifying.

        I’d love to see some international re-tellings in the future. I also read the Once Upon a Time series by Dokey and other authors- not fantastic but enjoyable!

        • Broc's Bookcase

          Haha, I guess bad boys are one of those things that we are just going to have to accept that people will never agree how much bad is too much bad! But yes, I agree that sometimes it freaks me out when people are all like ‘oh, he’s so hot for smashing up his flat he must really love her’ and I’m like, he may be hot but he is in need of some serious anger management! I think girls like the idea of bad buys that they can “save”.
          I didn’t read 50 shades of grey either, but more for the reason that I hate books that people only read because they are part of a hype. Plus I’m not into erotic!
          Ooo yeah, that sounds good. I definitely read something like that! Not heard of the Once Upon a Time series, will check that one out now.
          Btw, whats your blog link? Every time I click on your name on your comments it takes me to some weird page that just has a picture on it.

          • thebookheap

            haha I must admit the initial reason I didn’t read 50 shades was because of the hype more than anything!

            I first discovered OUAT series because it’s one of the first literary retellings of Mulan I’ve come across!

            oooer that is weird, I see what you mean, it does it with yours as well! I think that’s how wordpress shows user profiles. My url is thebookheap.wordpress.com 🙂

          • Broc's Bookcase

            Re-telling of Mulan?! :O OMG I WANT IT NOW! Just found them on GR and now my TBR list is even longer! So glad I am going to my library tomorrow, I MUST get these books! Thank you SOOOOO much for telling me about these. You have made my day, actually no, my week! *happy dancing time*
            Ahh I see you now! I googled thebookheap before and thought the blog I found must be you due to your TTT answers, the re-telling one kind of confirmed it! Haha

    • Broc's Bookcase

      Haha, thanks. It was a harder topic this week, took me a while to come up with ten. I mostly just looked at my favourite books and thought, why do I love them so much, and then put that in my list!

    • Broc's Bookcase

      Thanks! I do loves stories with people with powers. I don’t need the whole supernatural with the vampires, werewolves, fairies etc. I like normal people with powers, that way I can pretend that one day I will get powers too! (Really want to be telekinetic!)

      • chanzies

        Ha ha that sounds awesome! I love my paranormal reads but I think sometimes normal (with powers) is also good… Maybe you should write your own novel!

        • Broc's Bookcase

          Great minds think alike: I started it last year!
          But then I started writing another completely different book (which turned into a trilogy) and my “normal people with powers” book kind of got put on hold. One of my new years resolutions for this year: finish at least one of the books I have started writing! Maybe it will be this one! 🙂

          • chanzies

            I also started a book 🙂 and like you I have another one completely different too.. ha ha ha
            Good luck with finishing one of them!

          • Broc's Bookcase

            I’ve probably got a good 3-4 different storylines on the go right now (and two of them are series!) I just keep starting them, should really finish them! I love it though! Writing is awesome, great way to get all the ideas out of your head and as anti social as it sounds, to escape into someone elses life/world. Thanks, good luck with yours too!

  2. Kim @ The Nomadic Book Hoarder

    I love retellings and I cannot get enough of them, so I definitely approve of this wish on your list. I especially love it when these retellings are very unique, like Cinder with the Cinderella cyborg!

    I also definitely agree with you on books set around the world. Armchair travel through books is the best, because I love travelling and reading, but I don’t always have the money for the travelling. Also, great way to learn about new countries and planning a new trip to a new country!

    Soldier stories are something I never thought would be something for me, but I also recently read The Summer I Found You and I really enjoyed it and liked the soldier aspect of the story a whole lot. It was very interesting. I’m on the look out for more about this, too!

    If you like nice guys, you should read Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell if you haven’t yet. The love interest in this book is THE sweetest. I’m still swooning thinking back about him, although I normally always fall for the bad boys. I don’t know, there is just something irresistible about those bad boys!

    • Broc's Bookcase

      Thanks for your comment! Always nice to hear from people with the same bookish opinions as you!
      Armchair travel sounds great! I have been looking for some books based in China as I am going there next week, but have been unable to find anything that I am interested in, any recommendations?
      Fangirl has been on my TBR list way too long, I do really need to read this one immediately!

    • Broc's Bookcase

      Haha, thanks. I do love a world that is so amazing and feel so real that it completely takes my breath away! Thanks for stopping by and checking out my list! 🙂

  3. Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard

    Nice list! I’m definitely with you on the “more nice guys” thing. I married one, and I definitely prefer them to the bad boys in fiction as well as real life. And I love your description of “mind blowing worlds”. It’s one of my favorite things about SFF. BTW, thank you for following my blog on Bloglovin!

  4. Cassie

    I think Teenage Parents is actually an awesome pick. I really like that idea and I haven’t seen it on any other books. I would love if Rainbow Rowell wrote something with teenage parents actually.

  5. Camille

    Re-tellings! We definitely need more of those. I love your picks of bromances and nice guys. They’re a lot of fun to read. 🙂 Thanks for sharing and for dropping by my TTT earlier 🙂

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