Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is things on our reading wishlist. I guess I’m easy to please, because there’s no way I could think of ten items. But these are a few things I’d love to see more of.
#1 – strong platonic relationships
It’s not just that I’m tired of love triangles or unnecessary romance (I am, but that’s not the point). It’s that even when those things aren’t there, it’s still rare to have a really great platonic relationship between a man and woman. And often, even if a set of characters starts out this way, eventually the author will throw them together… and no matter how great the relationship is, even if I love reading about it, it’s still just another romance.
#2 – religious thrillers that explore other religions
I love religious thrillers. Love love love. I love how they question established beliefs, and they always make me think (at least the really good ones do). But why are they always based on Christianity? Is it because that’s what the author is most familiar with? Is it because potentially offending Christians through fiction is somehow safer than potentially offending another group? Personally, I’d love to read a great religious thriller exploring some aspect of Judaism, Islam, or Eastern religions.
#3 – the heroes DON’T save the day at the eleventh hour
My favorite books are often ones with high stakes. Like, the-world-is-going-to-end high. And of course it’s satisfying when the good guys save the day just in time and we all get to go on living. But what if they didn’t? I’d really like, every once in a while, to see things go badly. Not the-earth-is-destroyed-seven-billion-people-die-the-end badly, but worse than the usual we-saved-the-day-with-just-a-couple-token-sacrifices.
I know this is a short list, but this is really all I could come up with. Like I said, easy to please… or maybe it’s just that when I go into a book excited about one specific part of it, I usually end up disappointed.
I’m sure there are books out there that do fit these descriptions (in the case of #3, I’ve actually read a great one, I just can’t tell you what it is since that would be super spoilery), but I’m almost scared to go looking for them.
What would you put on your reading wishlist?