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May 9: Ten Things On Our Reading Wish list (topic originally done January 2014) — things you want to see more of in books — tropes, a time period, a specific type of character, an issue tackled, a certain plot, etc. All those things that make you think I WANT MORE OF THIS IN BOOKS!

1. Anti-heroes. Not the revenge-crazy or the unlikable, but just a bit wicked.

2. Diverse re-tellings. Make the prince a princess, or have the princess rescue herself, or change up the characters’ race, etc.

3. Female leads without a romance. Love is nice, but a lady can kick butt and take names without it!

4. Fun and action. I love protagonists that can fight and toss off a snappy comment, or plots that have moments of humor among the serious ones.

5. Mermaids. Not ones who sigh after humans–dangerous ones, like sharks.

6. Scholarly protagonists. Fight with your brain!

7. Steampunk. A time period with a twist, and usually a funny genre–that meshes well with others.

8. Unusual supernatural beings. Venturing beyond vampires and werewolves makes for a different kind of story.

9. Urban Fantasy. I love the idea of magic in the real world.

10. Weird fiction. The newer works in the genre, like the works of China Mieville.

About Caitlin Stern

I have a MA in English, and have so many fantasy/urban fantasy WIPs it's not even funny. I'm an avid reader of science fiction, fantasy, mystery, romance, biography, fiction, and anything else that catches my interest. I collect books, and bookmarks I find that are visually appealing and useful.

11 responses »

  1. Lilyn G says:

    I agree on everything except mermaids and steampunk! LOL. Have you read “PrinceLess”? I just read the first volume with my rugrat. It really is a fun little graphic novel!

  2. I love female leads without romance! What a great idea!
    My TTT.

  3. Tanja says:

    Anti-heros are always fun to read about. I don’t think I’ve ever read anything about mermaids except for The Little Mermaid. But I really want to 🙂

  4. FranL says:

    Ooh I think I agree on most of these! Especially mermaids and steampunk. And diverse retellings!

  5. Becky says:

    I am so with you on anti-heroes. I love seeing characters that are either wicked or morally ambiguous.

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