Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is things on your reading wishlist: things that you wish you could see a lot more of in books. I only have 5, not 10, but that’s ok. Let’s jump right in, shall we?
I have a mighty need to read books aimed at readers over the age of 13 where the heroine finds herself along the way, and not in the arms of a boy. I have nothing against romantic relationships in books, but it is incredibly difficult to find a book with a female protagonist who doesn’t spend the majority of the novel either in a romantic relationship or aiming towards the romantic relationship in the finale. Unless the book is written for children.
Non-Coming-Out LGBTQ+ Stories
I feel like this is probably just something that I have not been made aware of, but I feel like whenever I read a book with a big focus on LGBTQ+ characters, it’s about them coming out of the closet. Which is great, but I’d like to read more stories where the sexual orientation of the characters is just another part of the story.
Something that I didn’t realise I was missing until I read the To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before series by Jenny Han was stories with families who genuinely love and support each other. I feel like this is noticeably absent in adult fiction. Most of the adult books I read feature a remarkably dysfunctional family, or they’re completely absent.
My summers were lived at my sleepaway camp. I want all of the camp stories, please!
Black Canadian Women Authors
I was listening to a radio interview the other day that was talking about the significant lack of novels being published by black Canadian women. Part of this, it said, was due to the popularity of spoken word among the community. Most of it, however, is because publishers claim that there “isn’t a market” for those books. So if you know of great books by black Canadian women, hook me up so I can create a market. (Not a market. Cue the biggest eyeroll of all time.)
Do you have any books to recommend that fulfill my reading wishlist? Please tell me!