Top 10 Tuesday: Reading Wishlist

Top Ten Tuesday
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Typically, I’m not too picky a reader.  This is directly tied to my job as a reading interventionist, and the need to know what good YA is out there in order to make good recommendations to my students. Which means that I’ve lost sight of my specific personal reading preferences because I find that I’ve enjoyed texts that I didn’t think I would. But if I could wish for anything, here goes

10. More novels about the variety in trans* experience. Even within conversations in the LGBT community, I feel like trans* people are portrayed a single way, where that’s not really the case.  Kristin Elizabeth Clark’s Freakboy (which I’ve talked about a number of times) is a step in the direction I want to see novels about the trans* experience go.

9. This isn’t so much a novel request as a publisher request: bring more novelists of color to the fore. There has been a lot of conversation about how publishers reward authors who do well with a larger promotion budget, but it seems like it’s cyclical. So big sellers get more advertising, so those authors people buy. Which in turn means that unknown authors remain unknown, and that’s unfortunate.

8. Characters who critically examine stereotypes. I was reading The Secret Story of Sonia Rodriguez by Alan Lawrence Sitomer, which is a novel many of my female students who are Hispanic/Latiina/Mexican-identified really like. They feel like they see themselves in the story. This is all well and good, but older readers have criticized the novel, suggesting that all it does is stereotype the experience of the Mexican-American family.

7. A scary book that is truly scary. The first Skeleton Creek novel by Patrick Carman did it for me, but I know it was the multimedia component that made that novel scary. I haven’t been scared of something that I’ve read since I read It by Stephen King. Particularly not scared while reading YA.

6. Another novel that will draw me in as much as The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern did. As soon as I finish the Daughter of Smoke and Bone audio, I’m going back to The Night Circus because I love it so much.

5. Not another dystopian novel.

4. Or zombies.

3. Or angels who fall in love with demons (yes, I know Daughter of Smoke and Bone falls into this category. I love the series. Leave me alone.)

2. This one is directed at distributors: I want some explanation about how the book selections for stores like Wal-Mart, Kmart and Target are made. I’m really curious about why the books that are selected are those that are selected. I fear we may fall into a cyclical problem again where it is explained that the selected books are those that the people will read, but in a town where Wal-Mart and Kmart (we don’t have a Target) and the only booksellers, what other options do the people have?

1. The bottom line… my absolute, number 1 wish as a reader is that writers keep telling stories.  As long as they keep writing, I’m going to keep reading (though to be honest, they could stop writing and I’d still be reading until I die… So many books…)

What are your reading wishes? Leave them in the comments and I’ll see you there soon.


  1. I’ve thought this through. I think my wishes are..

    10. Instead of passively watching non-sense TV which happened to look vaguely interesting as they casually scanned the channels; I wish that people would choose to read a novel which took the author months of imagination and dedication to produce.

    9. That more people openly discuss the books that they’ve read, thus spreading the discovery and joy of a well written novel.

    8. That schools, the government and parents put more effort into the promotion of reading as a form of entertainment. In doing so, also showcase a wider variety of genres*.

    7. That authors become as famous, or more, than those who speak and act out their words.

    6. That publishers and/or authors globally release all their work as ebooks. At more reasonable costs.

    5. That more women write science fiction (of high quality) and are recognised for their work.

    4. That more authors, especially the bestselling authors, create lead characters that do not follow the society norms. For example: LGBT characters, characters of all melanin concentrations, female characters that defy sexist stereotypes or just something as small as a magically endowed pubescent male who helps his granny with the housework every Tuesday.

    3. That authors, as well as creating characters, created a slightly more utopian/moral world. For example: a society that is not dystopian or plagued by violence but today’s world whilst wearing rose-tinted glasses.

    2. That paperbacks are released at the same time as hardbacks.

    1. Most of all, that I could work a three day week enabling me to dedicate more time to reading.

    Emma 🙂

    * Based on experience of schooling in England.


    • I think the lack of variety in genre applies to US schooling as well. At least in my experience. I think teachers are trying to incorporate more texts that challenge students’ preconceived notions of the way the world works, though I imagine it’s a challenge.

      In regards to #3, I can’t help imagining the Oz from Wicked, where everything isn’t actually green so much as seen through green-lensed glasses. Also, the first text I thought of was The Giver by Lois Lowry — doesn’t exactly meet your criteria, though it does beg the question if everything is rosy, who takes care of the filth that seems to be inherent in human existence?

      Woohoo for famous authors. ‘Cause they’re my rock stars. 🙂


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