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February 7: Top Ten Books I Wish Had (More/Less) X In Them (the original idea came from Andi who suggested top ten books I wish had more kissing which I thought could be fun but also realize it might not be everyone’s thing! Could also be top ten books I wish had more diversity in them or top ten books I wish had less violence in them or less romance focus in them or top ten books I wish had more dragons in them. IDK! Have some fun with this one!)
Because it’s almost Valentines, I like the kissing suggestion. Here’s my Top Ten Books I wish Had More/ Less Kissing.
1. The Hob’s Bargain; Patricia Briggs. A woman agrees to marry a kind of forest spirit to save her town. It’s a slow building relationship, and it works, but I always wanted a tiny bit more, to know that it would actually work.
2. The Burning Page; Genevieve Cogman. Librarians travel to alternate worlds to save rare books. There’s just a few hints–I could use a little more.
3. Jane Eyre; Charlotte Bronte. A governess in a very secretive household. Not really more kissing, per se, but more of a sense of attraction.
4. Grave Sight; Charlaine Harris. A lightning-struck woman can find the dead. There’s just a little more romance that could be in all of these books.
5. Anna and The French Kiss; Stephanie Perkins. Anna travels… and meets people. There’s a block to the kissing that I wish went away sooner, so there could be kissing.
6. Bridget Jones’ Diary; Helen Fielding. I would like Bridget a little more if she was less obsessed with men–though she’s still a hilarious disaster as is.
7. Outlander; Diana Gabaldon. Time travel. I find a lot of the physical side of things in this book… too much. I know it’s popular, but I couldn’t get into it.
8. The Fault in Our Stars; John Green. Tear-jerker romance about teens who’ve survived cancer. It’s really just one scene that’s kind of awkward, but I could have done with less of it.
9. A Kiss of Shadows; Laurell Hamilton. An exiled fairie princess, with a dangerous court. Somewhere in this series, the story began wandering away from the plot for pages at a time.
10. Twilight; Stephanie Meyer. Sparkly vampires. There’s still some disturbing power dynamics, but a less quick start on the physical would help, maybe.