Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is Ten Things On Our Reading Wishlist. So here are 10 things that I’d like to see more of in YA books.
1 – Male POV
Most of my all-time favorite books have a male POV. I don’t know why but I just adore it and I always find it easy to get into. Most of the time easier than a female POV. Maybe this is because I’ve always found it more easy to make friends with guys in the past back when I myself was a young adult (read: silly, dorky teen). But I really would like more of it in YA.
Fun fact: most of my own writing project feature male POV.
2 – No Romance Whatsoever
This one speaks for itself. I just want more books with no romance whatsoever. Because there ARE great books out there that do not have romance, believe it or not. They do exist!
3 – Friendship Focused Books
I LOVE books that focus on friendships. Positive, awesome friendships. YES PLEASE. Especially between guys and girls. Because they CAN actually have awesome platonic friendships. And I just want more of them in YA.
4 – Great Family Dynamics / Awesome Parents
Families have a tendency to be in the background in YA and can I say NOPE to that? Because families do exist! Can’t we just keep them alive throughout the book and actually be a part of the MC’s life? Because awesome families and fantastic parents make a book so much more real and relatable. Some of my favorite bookish families are Simon’s family from Simon VS The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli, Starr’s family from The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas and Sloane’s family from This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills.
5 – Asexual / Aromantic Spectrum Rep
I MEAN. WHUT EVEN. Why is this not represented more? Yes, YA is getting better at the LGBTQIAP+ rep, but there’s a giant hole where the ace spectrum rep is. Let’s fill it up people. As someone from that exact spectrum, I would love to see more positive, accurate rep.
6 – Personality Disorders Rep
I’m sure there are a lot of books repping personality disorders lurking in the shadows but they need more love and they need to more in the forefront. I especially would like more books with Main Characters that have either Borderline Personality Disorder or Avoidant Personality Disorder. Recs are always welcome, people.
7 – Heists & Cons!
I have a huge weakness for stories about heists and cons. I LOVE them. Two of my favorite series center around exactly that. (Six of Crows duology and the Gentleman Bastard series.) WHYYY aren’t there more books with heists and cons? I am not smart enough to write these myself so please someone do it for me? Please and thank you.
8 – Diverse MG Contemporary
Yes. I want more diversity in every genre but I think it’s especially important in Middle Grade books. It can do so much for that generation of people. The ones I’ve read so far are SO beautiful and SO important (like Gracefully Grayson by Ami Polonsky) and I really want to read more like those.
9 – Bullying
This is a tough one. Because yes, there are YA books featuring bullying out there. But there aren’t that many that where it’s JUST about that. It’s hard to explain… but I just want more books that are straight up about bullying and how badly it affects the one who’s bullied. As someone who was bullied throughout elementary and high school, it’s a topic close to my heart and I’d like to see it represented more.
10 – Pirates!
This one is obvious, right? We all need more pirates in books. Because they’re the best. Especially if they’re anything like the fabulous Captain Jack Sparrow.
I’m just saying. More pirates.
Do you have any of these on your reading wishlist? Or do you have things I haven’t mentioned on yours? Let me know in the comments! Oh and all recommendations are welcome.