Top Ten Things On My Reading Wishlist

Posted January 21, 2014 by Debby in Uncategorized

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Hahaha, I started this list subtly scratching my head because… well it’s a hard topic! Sure, there are plenty of things I want to see in books but ALSO I have far from read EVERYTHING out there so that I really distinctly know that nothing like it exists. So. Hm. Dilemmas. In the end, I do have a list and this was quite fun to write. I got quite flaily. You may notice that. So let’s get started.

1. A fantasy/sci-fi/dystopia from the perspective of the villain!
This popped into my head while reading Siege and Storm and just UGH. I WANT THIS. Why not? A book from the perspective of the evil character, who is totally convinced that what he’s doing is right. Then he/she either gets saved/converted, or he/she dies in the end. Geez, even if it’s a book alternating perspectives between the hero and the villain. I WOULD EAT THAT SHIT UP. GIVE IT TO ME. The closest thing that I can think of is the manga Death Note. BUT I WANT A BOOK. GIVE IT TO ME.

2. MUST HAVE FEELS – A romance where the best friend wins!
Like, I know the whole lover-is-my-best-friend thing is a thing. But that’s not what I’m talking about. I’m talking about that character who has been by his best friend’s side forever, one day (or gradually) realizes his feelings for her, but then always gets the shaft. This may or may not be in a love triangle. But this character rarely wins and that’s sad, because 9 times out of 10 I’m rooting for him. It’s slow-burn romance. Come on guys. I gots my eye on you, Better Off Friends.


Although I realize this makes me a total hypocrite because I’m best friends with a guy and I hate it when people assume there’s something more. Oh well. Personal life and bookish fantasies are separate. Sometimes. *cough* Whatever, have another Billy/Jane gif.


I am, and for a long time have been, a japanophile. But I feel like hardly any books are set in Japan. I love Stormdancer and was extremely excited for its Japanese-inspired fantasy setting. Ink, on the other hand, promised great Japanese-y stuff in a more contemporary setting, but that book sorely disappointed. I would practically kill for a well-written awesome Japanese contemporary book. So I should check out When You Were Here, but that plot doesn’t exactly speak to me. Hmm. *sigh*

4. Mermaids can be cool too, okay?!
I have suffered through September Girls and Waterfell and just UGH. Most of the other YA mermaid books I’ve heard about have had low ratings as well, so I’m not touching those. I will be reading Monstrous Beauty soon and do have some hope for that but seriously mermaids could be so awesome – there should be more awesome books.


5. Can’t stop, won’t stop, never enough gender bending!
I’ve hardly exhausted the pile of YA gender bending books, but there could never be enough of this. In the near future I will be reading Scarlet, Leviathan, and hopefully Eon. But also! Sub-wish: guy dressing up as a girl! Why don’t we have that? Think of the possible hilarity.

6. A hate-to-love, friends with benefits romance!
So Adorkable pretty much did this but I WANT MORE. Seriously, when I’m in that mood where I want romance like asdfjkl; this kind of romance is completely irresistible. They hate each other but can’t keep their hands off each other and end up sneaking around. Oh yes. And I’m sure that this is all over the place in NA, so I’m gonna specify that it needs to be well-written with BANTER and smart and charming characters – no asshole love interest please. Preferably (A) in high school, and (B) with no slut shaming in sight. Meh, this one is hard to do right. But when done right, it’s so fucking beautiful.


I loved Pivot Point and Parallel so much last year, that I can’t help but want more like it. What I love about these books is that they can explain so well the effects one choice can have on your whole life. The consequences are just so interesting to read about. It will take a lot for me to get sick of books like this.

I have barely broached this sub-genre but already I think there’s not enough out there. The Ruby Red series and All Our Yesterdays pretty much blew me away last year. And, of course, I’m a huge fan of Doctor Who. Soon I will read Hourglass and Time Between Us but more please. Please?


9. A fluffy contemporary set in Italy!
I’m in love with Italy the way most people are in love with Paris. Ever since I went there on vacation when I was 7 or so, I just dream about it. And I think it’s the perfect place for a summertime awesome romance. I know there’s a couple YA contemporaries in this setting (like Flirting in Italian) but they all have rather mediocre ratings. I would like a good one please. *cough*

I would like to take this tenth place to name way more than one thing: books about (book) bloggers (who preferably are very into the whole blogging thing and then don’t notice the love interest is there until he’s right in front of her), GOOD Hades/Persephone myth retellings, and hey, why not a book with a love triangle where the not-boring kind of evil but also charming and intriguing guy wins, and hate to love romance in general, and how about YA Sherlock? and Rapunzel retellings, and hey you know what, a contemporary set in the Netherlands would be cool, I don’t get tired of that, and just A LOT OF THINGS. ALL OF THE THINGS PLEASE.


What’s on your reading wishlist?



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42 responses to “Top Ten Things On My Reading Wishlist

  1. It doesn’t even matter what else you said, because YOU USED MY FAVORITE DAVID TENNANT GIF. But really, yes to all of the above. I just finished Pivot Point and looooved it. So yes, I need more books like that in my life.

    YA Sherlock!!! Only if I can keep Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock. Because yeah.

  2. #1 would be so interesting! And very conflicting because the villain thinks they are doing the right thing so then is it really wrong?

    #3 YES JAPANESE INSPIRED SETTINGS!! Or any asian culture inspired stories really! INK was such a let down for one of my favourite cultures. Japan is such an interesting country with fascinating traditions. I read Kelley Armstrong’s SEA OF SHADOWS is a Japanese based fantasy so I’m excited for that (and she’s one of my favourite authors so it should be good 😀 )

    #5 There are so many stories this could fit into! From comedy (like in Ouran High School Host Club) and action packed awesomeness and suspense (Eon, Mulan). WHY CAN”T IT BE DONE MORE???

    We really do need ALL OF THE STORIES ABOUT ALL OF THE THINGS. All well written with good characters and perfect romance and just exactly how we want them.

  3. Your list is amazing! I completely went blank, but looking at others’ lists, I probably could’ve come up with ten. I’d love a story from the perspective of a villain. It would be so interesting!

  4. Wasn’t going to comment until you mentioned Japan and then I decided I had to. I really think you should read When You Were Here. The blurb didn’t interest me that much either, but I still really liked the book overall. I thought it was sweet and I appreciated the Japanese setting though I definitely could have had more.

    And yes, you need to read Monstrous Beauty, stat. It’s the only YA mermaid book I have liked. Period.

    I will take more Italian settings, as I like those but I haven’t liked any of the ones I have read. 😀

    • I’m too scared of When You Were Here, tbh. Because it’s the kind of premise that goes badly for me 90% of the time. I dunno…. I’ll keep it in mind, but I’m wary.

  5. 1. There are so little books that have villains as main characters. A lot of friends recommended ‘Cracked’ by Eliza Crewe and it seems to fit this topic, but I haven’t read it yet.

    2. And I have something similar to your Best-friend-wins on my wishlist. Basically as you said about a friend who suddenly realizes his feeling have changed. Not i-ve-been-in-love-and-suffering-forever-but-she-does-not-notice. And of course he/she should win! 🙂

    3. Have it on my wishlist too. 🙂

    4. Forgot about mermaid but I do love them.

    5. Another thing I forgot – YES to gender bender. I recently read ‘The Burning Sky’ which was awesome and ‘Defy’ which was total fail. But I can’t never get enough. As for guy dressing up as a girl, if you haven’t watched ‘Some Like It Hot’ you must. I know it’s b&w but it’s hilarious. 🙂

    6. I love these kind of stories too. So angsty and passionate. I have read some good adult romances on this topic but ya definitely needs more of them!

    7. & 8. YES YES YES (more topics I forgot on my wishlist)

    9. And again yes. In fact, I would love ya contemporaries set in various European countries, not just Italy. What about Budapest? Or Moscow?

    10. YES YES YES YES to everything and especially to Hades/Persephone myth is my favorite Greek myth so I am always hunting for a good retelling (like Persephone by Kaitlin Bevis).

    So… sorry for a long comment, but you hit so many of my favorite topics I just had to say something and then something more and… 🙂

  6. Waaa I love Death Note! I agree that it must be interesting to read books from the villain’s perspective. An alternating POV between the protagonist/antagonist would be perfect because we’ll know both of their backstory.
    And your #6 point is my favorite! I always love reading about couples who has a lot of difference and they constantly have a heavy banters with each other, yet they cannot stay away! I’ve read stories with this idea that totally works, but most of them are fanfiction, not published books :p

  7. 1. I would love that! I think it could turn out to be such an interesting book, especially if they make the villain a complex character you hate and love at the same time.
    2. Those type of romances can be so cute – and realistic!
    5. I think it’s because a female is easier to transform into a guy than the other way around? But I love this 😀

    If I really think about this, there are SO many things I’d love to see more. Dystopia’s with biological backgrounds like Parasite is one of them. And I can’t get enough of fairy tales of course, so more of them are welcome – especially if they use the lesser-known fairy tales.

  8. Alright I’ve never seen this Billy and Jane show but it looks ADORABLE from those two gifs. TELL ME MORE PLEASE. Is it Jane by Design? I’ve googled and you can’t watch the pilot freaking anywhere. Should I risk it?

    WATERFELL ROAR. What a trainwreck.

    • Haha, yeah, it is Jane By Design. It is super cute and addictive but the show was canceled at like THE WORST MOMENT I just. ugh. I would recommend it but beware that you will be in MASSIVE AMOUNTS OF PAIN when you get to the end.

  9. I would love to read more romances where the best friend wins! 🙂 And I would love more books that are set in Japan! MERMAIDS! Ever since I watched The Little Mermaid when I was little I have been obsessed with them! I would love more well written mermaid books! Gender-Bending! Yes! 🙂 And #9! Wish You Were Italian is a book I’m looking forward to that fits that wish! 🙂 And in the little things you were mentioning in #10, I would love a Rapunzel retelling! My favorite fairytale!

    • I heard about Wish You Were Italian but it sounds like it can easily go the hilaribad route. So I’m gonna wait for some reviews on that one.

  10. A fantasy/sci-fi/dystopia from the perspective of the villain. Uhm, hell yeah! That would be absolutely epic. It sure would make for an interesting read, so yeah I WANT!

    A hate/love, friends with benefits romance *squeals* I love the way you think! I’ve never really read a book in this department and all, and I definitely wouldn’t mind reading it! Adorkable you said? I’m going to check out that one for sure!

    THERE ARE WAY TO MANY THINGS! Though your list pretty much rocks! 😉

  11. Persephone was always my favorite myth! I would love to see more re-tellings. Oh man, looking through people’s lists makes me want to read through all the books! I would also love to see more parallel universes, gender bending, and more young adult books set in countries other than the US and UK. Macao? Anyone?

  12. OMG I LOVE YOUR LIST!!! Yes to a story from the villains POV – I would love that. I am glad I am not the only person rooting for the best friend to win, I have an ARC of Better Off Friends and I am looking forward to that – But… maybe they just realise they are better off friends?!? I mean, it is the title.

    I want more mermaid books that don’t suck! I think that is the little kid in me who ADORED the Little Mermaid! I would love a friends with benefits romance, that would be a lot of fun. I picked a parallel universe book too, I’d love something like Sliding Doors for YA! Amazing picks 🙂

    My TTT 🙂

    • Yeah, I realize Better Off Friends may not go the way I kind of want it to, but to be honest, I’m just really interested in the male-female best friend dynamic. Because I’m also a proponent of the idea that they can be just friends and that’s the best thing for them. TL;DR: I need that book in my life ASAP.

  13. 1. VICIOUS!!! Oh my word, have you read VICIOUS by V.E. Schwab? You should, BECAUSE THAT’S WHAT THAT BOOK IS! It’s fantastic.

    2. Yessssssssssssssssss. Feeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeelsssssssssssss.

    6. THE BURNING SKY has some hate-to-love. Not the best book of all time, but there’s also cross-dressing, sooooo…

    • I haven’t read Vicious yet, but I do want to. I know it’s like that but I would still like to see it in a fantasy or sci-fi story.

      I’ve already read The Burning Sky and I loved it.

  14. Your list is pretty genius, Debby! I’m especially fond of #1 (a villain’s POV would be stellar! and different!) and #3 (because I’m crazy obsessed with Japan and its culture). Hopefully, authors (and budding authors) will take note!

  15. Definitely be on the lookout for The Fine Art of Pretending by Rachel Harris for #2! It sounds adorable, and her contemporary romances are pretty great.

    I like a good hate-to-love dynamic as well – if it’s done right the chemistry can really spark off the page.

  16. sarah c.

    I got pretty bummed out when abcfamily canceled Jane By Design.. I thought it was a great show.. It seemed all my shows I was watching around that time was getting canceled like The Secret Circle and another show I can’t think of the title at the moment (hate when that happens) but it had Sarah Michelle Gellar playing a double part in it.. I had most friends that were guys but just friends it seemed people couldn’t comprehand ( that ight not be spelled right) that me and the guy were just friends.. Great list you have!!!

    • Aww man, I had heard of My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century but kind of wrote it off without really considering it. BUT TIME TRAVEL TO HISTORICAL FICTION. FLUFFY. ITALY. This needs to go back on the list. (Which makes this the second Rachel Harris book on my TBR thanks to this post xD)

  17. I didn’t know how much I wanted a Grisha novel from the Darkling’s perspective until this post, and now I want it a WHOLE LOT. Not just because, you know, it’s the Darkling, and he’s pretty sexy. But he’s got really complex characterisation anyway, and I’d love to see how he justifies his own actions to himself.

    • Right? I love reading things from the villain’s perspective. I love how some books put flashes of that in, like The Lunar Chronicles does sometimes, and sometimes there’s like novellas, like Destroy Me, but I want a WHOLE MASSIVE BOOK. ^^;

  18. Jasmine Baggenstos

    The problem I see with number 1 is that a lot of the time we tend to see the main character as the hero no matter what. I agree that’s interesting to see the perspective of the supposed villain, but more often than not that tends to make them seem less villainous. I think it could work if it’s already an established story with a “hero”, though. (I mean, look at Light from Death Note. I’m of the opinion that he was terrible got an ending that suited him while there seem to be quite a lot of people who side with him.)

    As far as mermaid books go, I really enjoy the Lost Voices series by Sarah Porter.

  19. 1. YES YES YES. I want one where the villain is the main character. And also maybe one where the love interest is the villain. Not abusive, but they legit did all the bad things they’re rumored to have done. So like Warner, only not jk I’m a nice guy. You know? I think it would be cool to have the heroine’s values tested that way. Love or humanity? S&B definitely gets closest to this so far, and I kind of want the ending to be the Darkling and Alina becoming world-dominating villains.

    2. I know of a couple of adult books that do this. One is a series where the best friend wins in book three. And the other is a novel where they get together after the guy you would think she would be with from the blurb. 🙂

    3. YOU KNOW MY FEELS ON THIS. Also, Korea. And maybe you shouldn’t read When You Were Here. I didn’t really like the people or the plot. It was a good book, but SO not me, and I don’t think it’s you either.

    4. Why can’t there be good mermaid books? I swear if Jennifer Donnelly’s book is also bad, I’m done with them but not really.

    5. YES YES YES.



    8. Hmmmmm. Timey wimey books usually piss me off at the end because their world building doesn’t work for me. But 57 Lives has this.

    9. I know there’s one of these coming out. Wish You Were Italian, I think it’s called. Don’t know if it’s good or not. A friend loves it but she and I often disagree, so there’s no knowing.

    10. GOOD PERSEPHONE RETELLING. Also, I would like manga where the glasses guy wins.