[Top Ten Tuesday] Ten Things On My Reading Wishlist

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and runs every Tuesday — obviously. 

This weeks’ Top Ten Tuesday is all about what we’d like to see more of in books, from tropes to time periods to plots, etc. Here’s what I came up with!

1. More fun time travel stories!

Ever since I read Outlander, I’ve loved time travel stories. I would love something fun, maybe going to a different time period, similar to Gina Lamm’s Geek Girls series.

2. More city-to-country books! 

I adore any story where a guy or girl from the “big city” moves out to the country to start afresh, or maybe be with someone they love in the country. They’re more of a fish out of water and don’t know much about farm life, etc. I would love to see more like this. This would be similar to Katherine Center’s The Lost Husband.

3. More honest romances / less love triangles! 

Has anyone in real life actually ever been a part of a love triangle? Are they something that happens to everyone except the people I’ve known? I feel like, in books, the main character always has suitors tripping over themselves for some romance when it just doesn’t happen in real life. I love a good romance that I can relate to, with the struggles and an honest relationship between two people.

4. More books set in Scotland / Ireland / England! 

I love any good story, but I love the setting of a book that takes place in Scotland, or Ireland, or even England. Maybe another fish out of water type of book? Like a Canadian or American moving to those countries and having to make a living, meet friends, find romance, etc.

5. More YA that takes place in Canada! 

One book that always sticks out in my mind is The Space Between Us by Jessica Martinez, which takes place in Banff, Alberta. I LOVE this book because I can visualize the places it takes place right in my head because I’ve been there. I’d love a book that takes place in Victoria or Nova Scotia (that isn’t an Anne of Green Gables type of book).

6. More Scottish romances! 

I love a good Scottish romance so the more the better! This can be historical with highlanders (really, anything with kilts) or maybe someone moving to Scotland and finding love or something similar.

7. More road trip books — or travel to other countries! 

I will never, ever tire of a good road trip book. I’m such a hermit that I love living vicariously through people in books who travel!

8. A book about a book blogger? 

I love books that take place in bookstores, or have book clubs, or just people who read … but how fun would it be to have a book about someone who blogs about books? Maybe they find a portal somewhere in their bookcase, or time travel through one of their books one day, or maybe something more contemporary about book con or something?

9. YA books that take place outside of America! 

I feel like every single — or nearly every single — YA book takes place in The United States and even though teens can connect to that since it takes place somewhere they know, I would love to see more that take place elsewhere, like Australia, or Japan, or India, or Mexico, or South America. I mean, those places have teens, right?

10. Parallel Worlds! 

I love those books that stem off of what would happen if your life went one way vs another way. Like what if you took that job? What if your parents never got divorced? What if you went with this guy vs that guy? Something to the effect of how just ONE CHOICE can alter the rest of your life and what if you made that choice? What if you took the safe way vs the hard way?

What do YOU want to see more of in books? 

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[Top Ten Tuesday] Top Ten Books I Want To Read Just Because of Their Covers

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and runs every Tuesday — obviously. 

Alright, the post title is a bit of a lie because not only are these book covers GORGEOUS, but the books sound amazing, too. I’ll admit it, I am a SUCKER for a pretty book. I love anything that will look beautiful on my bookshelves! And if I’m picking something up to read, it might as well look gorgeous on the coffee table or my bedside table, right?

1. Into the Bright Unknown (The Gold Seer Trilogy, #3) by Rae Carson

These covers are GORGEOUS in real life. This one looks especially beautiful, with the gold raised lettering, and I can’t wait to see all three of these together on my shelf.

2. Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye

I was wandering the bookstore trying to find something to buy for my birthday — well, not trying, but trying to whittle my selections down to a few books, not 10 — and this one kept catching my eye. I heard great things about it but once I saw the book in person, I had to buy it. It’s just so pretty with that pop of red!

3. Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer, #1) by Laini Taylor

Again, I was wandering the bookstore and I just HAD to get this one. I would’ve been all for reading it on my ereader, but that cover just pops and is beautiful.

4. The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld

I’ve never seen this book in person, but I’ve seen it on a few YouTube videos and it’s just super pretty. It’s one of those books that just makes me want to read it based on the cover alone.

5. The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich 

This book has been on my wishlist for a while now and whenever I scroll through it, it catches me eye. I love black and white books with a pop of read (as stated above) and with these colours, along with the silhouettes, it’s just very eye-catching.

 

6. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz 

I have seen SO MANY good things about this book and, honestly, it’s the cover that’s pulling me in even further. It’s just so beautiful with the script and the colours … I’ve moved this one way up on my reading list because I just have to experience it.

7. Hunted by Megan Spooner. 

This is another book that’s been on my radar. At first it was because the cover was just so beautiful and eye-catching (seriously, that green is gorgeous!), and then I heard it was a Beauty and the Beast retelling, so that just amped it up even more. The more I look at the cover, the more I love it. The colour balance is perfect!

8. Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices, #2) by Cassandra Clare

Okay, I love Cassandra Clare, but after reading her Mortal Instruments series and then her Infernal Devices series, I was done with Shadowhunters. And then Lady Midnight came out and OH MY GOD THAT COVER! I couldn’t NOT own that book, it was just too pretty. And now Lord of Shadows is coming out and it’s equally gorgeous. This is basically a series I bought solely for the cover, but now intend to read because I’ve heard nothing but amazing things.

9. Windwitch (Truthwitch, #2) by Susan Dennard

I still haven’t read a Susan Dennard book, but her covers are gorgeous. This is a high fantasy series and the covers are amazing. Just when I think that I have too many books on my plate to read as it is, I see a cover like this and I just have to have it!

10. The Last of August (Charlotte Holmes, #2) by Brittany Cavallaro

I’m so on the fence on whether or not I want to read this series, but I am ADORING the covers for it. I love illustrated covers that has typography that isn’t common. I love the colours and how eye-catching it all is put together. Looking at the two books in this series together, they’re just so pretty and unique!

What book covers have made you want to read a book?

[Top Ten Tuesday] Top Ten Things That Will INSTANTLY Make Me NOT Want To Read A Book

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and runs every Tuesday — obviously. 

While I’m quite easy to please when it comes to reading or buying books, I can also be turned OFF from reading a book. Whether it be the author’s fault, the subject matter, or just my own quirks, here’s what will probably make me say NO to reading a book.

1. Bad author relations. 

Don’t get me wrong, most authors are amazing. Polite, easygoing, a joy to chat with on Twitter. But then there are some who follow me on social media or send me an email with the line “Hey! I love your blog, and I think you’ll love my book …” Seriously, NO. Or authors who comment on a tweet I might have written about how I’ll love their book. No, no, no.

2. Anything by Chuck Palahniuk. 

This is super specific, but oh my GOODNESS, Chuck Palahniuk has quite the mind on him. I read — and loved — his books Invisible Monsters and Haunted, but when I checked out his book Pygmy, I realized that I just can’t read more of his books. This book literally made me want to vomit. It was just so gory and detailed that I realized I just can’t stomach books like this anymore.

3. Some self-pubbed books. 

I know this sounds terrible, but over my years as a book blogger, I’ve grown to just ignore a lot of the emails I get pushing a self-published book. Don’t get me wrong, there are some indie writers out there who are amazing but I’ve read so much that is just full of grammatical errors, spelling mistakes, or books that are just too long and too dense and too boring. I’m older now, I have less time, so I’ve gotten more picky.

4. If everyone hates it.  

I don’t follow a lot of social media – I go through spurts – but if I’m on social media and everyone is talking about how awful a book is, I’m definitely turned off from reading it. Not only that, but I check some books on Goodreads before buying (especially if the author is unknown to me) and if the reviews are super unfavourable, I probably won’t pick it up.

5. Middle grade books. 

I used to love middle grade books, but I’ve gotten to this point in my life where I’ve realized that middle grade books just aren’t for me. I still love certain YA books, but I feel like I just can’t connect with middle grade books anymore. I’m sure I’ll try again once my kids are reading, but for now I’ll stick with YA and Adult books.

6. If there’s only a mass market available and it’s a BIG book.

This is usually one that I can work around, what with having an ereader, but if I’m at the bookstore looking for a certain book and it’s only available in mass market paperbook, I’m not picking it up. I think they’re just too small to read, the font is usually tiny, the pages thin, and it just hurts my hand to hold them.

7. If the cover is terrible. 

I am a huge lover of covers and if the cover to a book is just ugly, then I’m not buying it. I might read it from the library, but even then a horrible cover just turns me off from a book. I have mentioned in the past that it might be a good thing if books DIDN’T have a cover, but I love them too much. A pretty cover draws me right in and keeps me looking at the book, but an ugly cover just doesn’t work for me.

8. Paranormal issues. 

I love certain paranormal books and am catching up on some series that I already bought, but these days when it comes to buying a book to read, I will probably overlook it if it has vampires or angels or werewolves or the like. I’ve read so many paranormal books in the past that it just doesn’t jive with me now.

9. The same old bad-boy-good-girl trope. 

I used to really enjoy NA books, but these days I find a lot of them are the same. You have the girl who hasn’t done very much in her life, who is maybe a bit too “good” and who didn’t mean to meet this guy, but he’s a bit of a bad boy, with tattoos and a sketchy past. You know, THOSE kind of books. I like unique characters, not the same ones regurgitated over and over.

10. Erotic fiction. 

I actually used to enjoy some erotic fiction, but these days I feel like there are just other books worth my time. I love a good historical romance that has sexy times on it, but I just say no to the erotic fiction these days. I much prefer a book that makes me think in the end, something with a good story, amazing characters, etc.

What will instantly make you want to NOT want to read a book?