Top Ten Things on My Reading Wishlist

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I was actually going to skip this one… because I found it incredibly hard to come up with Ten Reading Wishes. After spending the day thinking about it, and scribbling some ideas in my notebook, as well as peeking at other people’s lists I managed to come up with Ten Reading Wishes that I’m fairly happy about!

Badass lead femalesass. The best example I can give you is Celaena Sardothien from Crown of Midnight. I posted my review only this afternoon and Celaena is the best female lead character ever. She’s confident, fierce, ruthless, at times arrogant and sarcastic, while at the same time flirtatious and playful. I don’t mind if characters have flaws, not at all! But I do want them to be strong and badass! More characters like Celaena Sardothien? Yes please! Book about a blogger

Actually, I just finished reading a book about a music blogger: Stargazing from Nowhere. Unfortunately, while the premises where great, I had some really mixed feelings about the story and ended up not really liking the book at all. It was a shame really. As a blogger myself I really wouldn’t mind a good book about the life of a blogger. I don’t know, let the blogger fall in love with somebody he or she regularly blogs about. I don’t know… Just write! haha.

Christmas YAEvery year, around the same time, I get the urge to read a good Christmas YA. And every year I find that there just aren’t that many Christmas YA novels. It’s shame really, because what would be better than curling up with a good Christmas read, right before Christmas?

Less Love-trianglesWhile I don’t really mind a good and well-written love-triangle, I do often find myself annoyed whenever another one makes an appearance. There’s just too many of them lately. So cutting back on the love-triangles would make me a very happy girl.

    More male narratives

Thinking back, I haven’t read many books that have a male narrative. Maybe there are lots out there that I just don’t know about (If there are, please leave the titles in the comments!) or maybe there really aren’t that many out there. Anyhow, I’d like to read some more books from a guy’s perspective.

More retellingsThere are quite some good retellings out there! For instance Scarlet, a retelling and a very original take on the classic story of Robin Hood, or Another Little Piece of My Heart, a great retelling of Jane Austen’s Persuasion. I love retellings, that is if they are well-done and original, so I wouldn’t mind reading some more!

More sister storiesAs a big sister myself, I would really like to see some more stories about the relationship between sisters. I don’t mind some romance, but I think it would be really refreshing to read a book in which romance isn’t the main theme, but the relationship between sisters is!

  Sibling Stories

 This one is pretty alike as the Reading Wish I mentioned above, but instead of just sisters, the whole bunch (aka the siblings). Let the  madness that can be the relationship between siblings show! Show me the love, the fights, the everything!

Slow burn RomancesNo insta-love. Instead, go for the Slow-Burn Romances! Let me feel the tension, and all the feels! The process of falling in love or the process of building your relationship and make it stronger. Let it develop, and let me feel all the feelings that come with it.

Villain's daughter pov

This has been on my mind for quite some time, maybe because I have a weakness for crime-shows and all, but I think it would be so interesting to read from the perspective of the son or daughter of a villain. The impact it has, the relationship between father and child. Does the child already know, or do they find out during the course of the story. It just seems like such an interesting and original story!

Do you have any Reading Wishes? Or do you have any good Titles to Recommend to me, based on my wishes?

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  1. 21/01/2014 / 21:10

    I can’t get enough of kick-ass girls, especially when they also show their vulnerable side. I recently finished Graceling and I loved Katsa :) More retellings, YES PLEASE. I’m always in for fairytales. I’d love to see more diversity in the tales they pick.

    • Iris
      23/01/2014 / 23:28

      I haven’t read Graceling yet, so it’ll go on my TBR list! Especially since you told me it has a great main character.

      I would love to see more diversity in the tales they pick as well. I’m always in for a retelling, but more diversity would be great!

  2. 21/01/2014 / 21:16

    Great list, Iris. I would love to read about a lot of these. Badass lead females are awesome and I love Celaena as a character a lot. More like her, please! (I probably talk to much about this series haha)

    I love retellings and I want more too. I don’t think I can ever get enough of retellings and these can go so many different ways, for example like from the POV of villains daughter in a fairy tale. Those two wishes combine really well.

    Slowburn romances really are the best. They give me the most feels and I become attached to these characters so much if I’m rooting for them the whole book to get together. And about the male narrators, I haven’t read a lot of books with male narrators but one book that came to my mind right away is Variant by Robison Wells. I really liked that one.

    • Iris
      27/01/2014 / 10:54

      Those two combine really well indeed! How come I didn’t think of that?! We so need to write a book together, I have a feeling that the result would be epic ;)

      Slow-burn romances make my heart burst with feelings, for real! I love reading about two people growing to love each other, with all the ups and downs. Its real (and builds the tension! *fans face*)

      I haven’t read Variant yet, so I’ll go check it out! :)

  3. 21/01/2014 / 21:54

    What a great idea to have more Christmas YA! There are a lot of movies, but not so many books. Christmas is a great time period for books because there are Christmas parties, snow, winter sports, vacations… what a great time period for a YA novel. Nice idea!
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    • Iris
      27/01/2014 / 10:55

      I know huh?! There really need to be some more great Christmas reads. There’s so many movies, so why not books?

      Thanks for stopping by!

  4. 21/01/2014 / 22:10

    Great list :-) I’d love to read a book about a blogger! I love books I can relate to.

    • Iris
      27/01/2014 / 11:00

      Me too! I’ve been told that Obsidian has a main-character that is a blogger, though blogging isn’t the main focus. My sister read it and loved it, so that bodes well :)

  5. 21/01/2014 / 22:21

    We DO have a lot alike in this list *high fives* YA does need more Christmas stories that are GREAT. And a book about a blogger! Ah, I love that idea.

    • Iris
      27/01/2014 / 11:01

      *High fives back* Thanks for stopping by Summer (wow, I am really used to saying Sunny!)

  6. 21/01/2014 / 22:41

    YES less love triangles! That is so so annoying! And kick ass heroines are very much appreciated :D
    Happy reading!

    • Iris
      27/01/2014 / 11:03

      Love triangles… I could handle them when I just started blogging, but after a while they just get really really annoying! :(
      Kick-ass heroines though, I would like to see a LOT more in YA books! <3

      Thanks for stopping by!

  7. 22/01/2014 / 00:20

    These are all freakishly awesome!! I WANT THEM ALL TOO. Seriously…particularly the sibling stories. I feel like they’re SO powerful. I’m reading Sisters Red (fairy tale retelling of Little Red Riding Hood + werewolves) and that’s about sisters. It’s already so awesome. I’d like to see more villains daughters too. I read a book once about a youtuber…like a really famous one…but it said basically NOTHING about the vlog process! It wasn’t even part of the book! I was so disappointed, because I’d love to read about how people because famous vloggers.

    • Iris
      27/01/2014 / 11:07

      Sisters Red sounds awesome! It’s a retelling and it’s about sisters, that’s two reading wishes I have on my list. I am so checking out that title!

      Oh I know what you mean! That would be very disappointing to read about a youtuber, but nothing is mentioned of the process of vlogging and even how they started vlogging and all. Yeah that would disappoint me as well! A lot… Like I said about the book I read about the music blogger, that one just didn’t live up to its expectations for me. It was disappointing as well, and I hate being disappointed! :(

  8. 22/01/2014 / 00:35

    I think almost everybody wants to see fewer love triangles! Adorkable by Sarra Manning is about a fashion blogger, I loved it. I’m intrigued by Stargazing from Nowhere, I’ll have to try it and see what I think.

    • Iris
      27/01/2014 / 11:09

      I really hope you enjoy Stargazing From Nowhere more than I did! :)

      Adorkable you said, Adorkable it is! I’ll put it on my TBR list and see what I think. I really need a good book about a blogger, I like how I would be able to relate, because we’re all bloggers as well!

  9. 22/01/2014 / 15:34

    I love your list! I hadn’t really thought about it before, but a big YES to a books about bloggers and Christmas YA! I mean, we have Christmas movies and stuff, but I’m more of a reader than a moving picture kind of girl. And I soooo want to see more sibling and sister/brother reads. I mean, in my own life? Some of my biggest relationships are with my family. Yet in books? Oh, wait, what happened to their family. . .

    And I would SO read a book in the POV of a villain’s child! Just GIMME.

    • Iris
      27/01/2014 / 11:12

      Agreed! We all have the movies and everything else that comes with Christmas, but why are the books left out? Give me a good Christmas read pretty please!

      Haha, the idea of a book from the point of view of a villains daughter is pretty awesome huh? I wonder if there’s a book like that already out there… If there is I haven’t heard about it for sure!

  10. 22/01/2014 / 19:22

    We share quite a few things this week!

    I hear you about Christmas YA! Every winter, bookstores are filled with Christmas chick lit, but not much else. It doesn’t really help scratch the itch.

    I can’t attest to its quality (although it seems quite popular), but Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout features a protagonist who is a book blogger!

    • Iris
      27/01/2014 / 11:17

      It really doesn’t scratch the itch… I wouldn’t mind if it was just one Christmas YA, if its a good read I would probably re-read it every year! I have no problem with that, just as long as there’s one out there :)

      My sister only just finished that book and was raving about it! Thanks for mentioning it, I’m going to give it a go :)

  11. 23/01/2014 / 17:05

    YES to more male narratives, especially with romance books =) I could definitely use more retellings and less love triangles too! Retellings is one of my favorite genres to read. Nikki@The Paper Sea mentioned Obsidian and I have to say I love that series. The main character is a book blogger (although that definitely isn’t the focus of the story). She’s a pretty strong main character and the romance is a slow burn. The fourth and fifth book features the main guy character’s POV, although, there is a bit of a love triangle in book two.

    • Iris
      27/01/2014 / 11:39

      I’ve heard a lot of people saying that they Retellings are some of their favourite genres, and that makes me really happy! I really hope that we’ll see more of those and less of the love-triangles! :)

      Now I just have to read Obsidian! My sister just finished the book and was raving about it. A little bit of love-triangle I don’t mind, just as long as its not a full blown one, and as long as the main character doesn’t loose credibility and strength because of it! :)

  12. 02/02/2014 / 11:10

    I love reading from a male’s pov! (I even prefer those over female ones. That’s why I try to read more books by male authors, they mostly write about boys :D) Some books I enjoyed a lot:
    – I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga (also: a villains son! :D)
    – I’m not a Serial Killer by Dan Wells
    – The Marbury Lens/Winger by Andrew Smith
    – The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson
    – The Maze Runner by James Dashner
    – The Enemy by Charlie Higson
    – My Favorit Band Does Not Exist by Robert T. Jeschonek
    – Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry
    – Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
    – The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey

    • Iris
      02/02/2014 / 17:33

      Oh My! Thank you so much for the recommendations :D I wrote down the titles and I’m going to check them out for sure! *Jumps up and down in excitement*

      Dan Wells I love! His Partials trilogy is rocking and one of my fave series EVER (its just Bad-Ass all the way!)!

      Thanks for stopping by and the list of books that have now made my TBR list!

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