This is a meme from The Broke and the Bookish. For info about the topics and how to participate, click here.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.
3. GIVE ME MORE JAPANESE SETTINGS.
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.
7. MOAR PARALLEL WORLDS!!!
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.
8. TIMEY WIMEY GOODNESS.
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*
10. THERE ARE TOO MANY THINGS.
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.