Happy Tuesday. This week’s TTT topic is: Ten Things On Your Reading Wishlist (if you could make authors write about these things you would. Could be a specific type of character, an issue tackled, a time period, a certain plot, etc.)
Here are my picks with a few examples from books I have read….
1. May/December Age Gaps in Romance
Romances where the woman is a few years older than her love interest. When this is written well, it really works. I like it. Give me more.
Examples: Jane’s Melody and On the Island.
2. Sad Endings
It’s okay if a main character dies at the end or if a couple decides that even though they love each other, it just won’t work. Go ahead, break my heart a little. I can take it.
Example: Nights in Rodanthe
3. Characters With Physical Disabilities/Illness
One of the reasons I enjoyed The Fault in Our Stars so much is that John Green tackled the topic of cancer with grace and respect. (TFIOS can also go with #2 on my list.) I have read a few other books where a main character has mental illness like depression or PTSD and those were well done. I’d like to read more like that or ones where a central character has a physical disability.
Examples: The Fault in Our Stars and I Know This Much Is True By Wally Lamb
4. Bilingual Characters
I’d like to read books where a main character is fluent in another language. Spice it up some. I haven’t read any book where there was a main character legitimately speaking Spanish. I would like to see that. If you know of any, please share.
5. Books Where a Main Character Crochets
I’m not talking about a murder mystery cozy, nothing against those but I’m talking about a novel where a main character goes home and crochets to unwind after a long day. I have yet to see this happen in a book.
6. Stories set in Latin America
I really enjoy Latin American settings. Gabriel García Márquez is great for this, his writing and descriptions are so rich and vivid, he sweeps me away. I want more of that.
Example: Of Love and Other Demons
7. Snowed in settings
There’s something cozy about being snowed in. So far the only snowed in books I’ve read were horror/thriller types, but this would work for romance too. I’d like to read a romance where the couple is snowed in.
Examples of snowed in thrillers: Mind of Winter and The Shining
8. Nerdy Main Characters
I haven’t seen much of this in the books I have read, but I did find it in regency romance with A Week to Be Wicked . The heroine is a scientist who digs up fossils. I’d like to see more intelligent/nerdy type main characters. Speaking of which, the hero in A Week to Be Wicked has PTSD, which goes with #3 on my list.
9. Books with Social Media/Computers in the Storyline
This is another theme I haven’t seen in any of the books I’ve read. If you know of any, let me know.
10. Interesting Nonfiction About Historical Figures
When I read Marie Antoinette: The Journey I was fascinated, I could not put it down. I would love to find other biographies like that one.
That wraps up the Ten Things On My Reading Wishlist. What are yours?
Enjoy your week and thank you for stopping by.