May 9 Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Things On Your Reading Wishlist

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.


28 thoughts on “May 9 Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Things On Your Reading Wishlist

  1. Great theme for this post.

    I am glad to hear that you liked the Marie Antoinette biography. I was thinking of reading it. I think that in the end I would find it very sad. Her fate was so bad and I thing that she gets something of a bad wrap in history.

    I also love.

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    • Hi Brian , that book was so good, really well written. Her story was a sad one. I liked that the author of this particular biography showed both the good and the bad. Reading it made me feel for the Queen who was married off a such a young age for political reasons. I went to the Met in NY and saw the special exhibit they had of Marie Antoinettes portraitist. It was such a treat to see those gorgeous paintings, a few of them were in the book so it was nice knowing the story.
      Enjoy the rest of your week 🙂


  2. Nice TTT! I agree with you that more books need to have the theme of social media/computers in the storyline. A good example of this is Who’s That Girl? by Mhairi McFarlane.

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  3. Oooh I love this list. I especially agree with bilingual main characters. I live in NYC and know a TON of people who speak two languages. So it would be super cool to see this incorporated into more books, especially when they take place in cities with diverse cultures.

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  4. Hi Naida,

    I’m actually quite happy with the eclectic mix of books coming across my review desk right now.

    They cover a diverse range of subjects, from deadly viruses, racial tensions and learning disabilities, to domestic abuse, gangland revenge and police procedurals.

    Although I am quite active on social media / internet, I have to admit that I haven’t really ever got into fiction storylines which particularly highlight those areas, but if they come along then that will be fine by me!

    The only time I have ever known a charcater to go home and get out their knitting or crocheting, is in a cozy mystery, but then I enjoy those books from time to time as well!

    What a lovely post, thanks for sharing and putting so much thought into your selections 🙂


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    • Hi Yvonne. Enjoy the nice mix of books! I would definitely enjoy seeing someone crocheting in the storyline somewhere. The cozies that feature crocheting and knitting look like fun reads though.
      I remember reading a contemporary romance where the main character actively ran a book blog. I can’t remember the book title but it was neat aspect to the storyline.
      Thank you and have a great week 🙂


  5. Naida, I agree with Yvonne: thank you for this thoughtful post! Marie Antoinette: The Journey does sound fascinating. I am familiar with some of your selections (mainly as movies) and they are good examples. I’ll keep your Top Ten list of ideas in mind.

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  6. Enjoyed reading your answers, Naida! I’m totally with you on the sad endings and nerdy characters. Although it’s always wonderful to have a HEA ending, sometimes sad endings make a story more bittersweet, thought-provoking and unforgettable (well, at least to me.)

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  7. Great list of choices! I had to look for some of these titles and have since added them to list. Like you I like romances that have some nerdy/intelligent characters. To me they almost feel more realistic.

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  8. Yes, I also loved how “The Fault in Our Stars” represented cancer patients. I’d check out “I Know This Much Is True” but it’s probably too long for me. I read a lot of mental illness and Latin America books [Love Marquez!] so maybe we’ll have the opportunity to chat about them 🙂 There a few reviews under “Disability”, “Mental Health” and “Multicultural Interest” on my blog if you visit again 🙂

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  9. I love these suggestions (and for crocheting, I’d love to see a male character do that. I have a thing for good-looking guys who know how to sew/knit/crochet…)

    It’s funny but when it comes to nerdy main characters who use computers and social media a lot, a TV show comes to mind – Leverage (and its hacker character, Alec Hardison, played by the charismatic, funny, handsome Aldis Hodge).

    But I agree – more nerds please (especially not nerdy in a really exaggerated stereotyped way, but just people who geek out about stuff and know a lot about the areas they’re interested in…)

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    • Hi HKatz, yes about crafty men. I follow an account run by a guy on Instagram who crochets, and really well. He’s insta-famous for it lol 🙂 It’s impressive because you don’t see to many guys out there crocheting/knitting like that.

      I like nerdy characters like you say, not in an exaggerated way, but geeky in a good way.
      Enjoy your week!


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