Happy Tuesday and welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish! This week's topic is Things On My Reading Wishlist. Basically, these are things I'd like to see more of in books. I'll try not make this too similar to April 18th's post of things that will instantly make me want to read a book, so here we go:
Alternate history or historical fantasy rooted in the real world like My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows - Preferably with a good sense of humor!
Book blogger leading characters - This was my favorite part of Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout.
Characters in YA contemporary who love listening to big band swing or bluegrass music - These are two of my favorite music genres and I'd love to see them represented in contemporary (or historical fiction, if it's set in the 1930s - 1940s) YA a least a little bit. The only contemporary I've read that featured bluegrass is Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen, which was honestly my favorite part!
Characters with the same first name as me - I don't see my name show up often in books, but I feel a small thrill when I do!
Fantasy or sci-fi (neo) noir - I need to find another book as awesome as The Last Hot Time by John M. Ford!
Historical fiction, YA or otherwise, that features women in WWII - WASPS, WAVES, and WACS (or their British counterparts) - A favorite example of this is Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein, and I'm really looking forward to reading Flygirl by Sherri L. Smith for Book Riot's 2017 Read Harder Challenge.
Librarian leading characters - Have you read The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman or Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine? I need more books like those!
More YA set in rural areas - I've read plenty of YA where the characters live in small towns, but I really want to see more characters who've grown up on a farm (like me). I could relate to the leading character from Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock - if only it had a better cover, and title for that matter - and I need to try the sequel!
Present and supportive parents in YA - Please? Like the Weasley's from Harry Potter or Joyce Summers from Buffy the Vampire Slayer?
YA characters who love watching classic old Hollywood films - I just watched La La Land and I loved how it paid homage to classic Hollywood musicals - particularly Singin' in the Rain and An American in Paris, along with plenty of others. Maybe this will inspire some authors to feature classic movies (of any genre) or set them within that time period.
What do you think of my list this week? Would you like to see any of these things in books? Thanks as always for visiting my blog, and perhaps even commenting!