Ten Things I Want to See More of in Books.

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by Broke and Bookish.
This week’s theme is Ten Things On My Reading Wishlist.

So I obviously haven’t done a Top Ten Tuesday post in quite awhile but I was actually really excited for this one because I have plenty of things I would love to see more of in books.

  1. First is a pretty obvious thing, I would love to see more asexuality within books. Main characters who are on the asexual spectrum, relationships between asexual character, friendships, anything really. Because, let’s be real here for a second I’m pretty much over your typical relationship being huge plot devices.
  2. More prominent platonic friendships and even relationships. Because hey, that’s a thing. And those can be so important!
  3. Aliens. Good aliens. Real aliens. Not the disappointing development that was the 5th Wave. I just want more aliens.
  4. LGBTQIA+ main characters in genres beside contemporary. Not that I don’t mind reading contemporary books. But it’s definitely not my favourite genre to read and it really sucks not having those main characters in the genres that I love.
  5. More characters outside of the normal gender spectrum please! I would love love love to have more non-binary characters. As someone who is non-binary I would be nice to have more relatable characters. I know the hardest part of this is that I think its a little different for everyone when it comes to being non-binary. So even when I have read books with characters outside the gender norm I have trouble relating, so please more main characters that aren’t just the norm!
  6. Kind of a continuation of number 4 – less books about coming out and less about them being LGBTQIA+ and more just having those character go through the whole story and them being LGBTQIA+ not be relevant or important to the plot. Maybe I need to delve outside of YA to find this? But still, I’ve been out for 10 years as of this summer and I’m not about the discovery anymore. I’m more about just reading about them in the fantasy + sci-fi worlds that I love.
    • Side note – I know that YA is geared towards teens, which having stories about coming out and discovery can be and is so freaking important. But also reading about LGBTQIA+ characters who are just living (in whatever world) like every other character can also be very encouraging. And like I said earlier maybe I need to look for this elsewhere in the book world but I think it could bring a lot to YA too. (Maybe I should just write a post about this).
  7. Now I don’t read a lot of historical fiction but YA books set during the Renaissance would be really kind of awesome. It’s just one of my favourite time periods for art.
  8. This is a big one for me, more main characters with anxiety. Especially characters with all different levels of anxiety because it’s different for everyone. And again, not just in contemporary either. One of my favourite set of books, Consider and Contribute (which I have an ARC review coming for Contribute soon!) by Kristy Acevedo combines an MC with an anxiety disorder and aliens (+ space and other cool things) beautiful and I JUST WANT MORE OF THAT PLEASE.
  9. Possible unpopular opinion? But seriously, books that chance MC POV’s every book bother me so much. This is me side eyeing you Graceling Realm Trilogy. I can get so invested in characters and then BAM new MC in the book and I’m just usually left like ????? Of course there are a few exceptions, the only reason I finished the 5th Wave books was because of the MC POV change to Ringer.
  10. Last thing here, I would love to see more books writing in the style of Sleeping Giants/Waking Gods and even Illuminae/Gemina! I think it’s super fun and can be a bit of a relief from heavier books. I’m always up for something grabbing my attention and these books do in their crazy cool formatting. So more like them please!

Are any of these things you would also like to see while reading? Let me know!

Top Ten Tuesday: Audio Galore~

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by Broke and Bookish.
This week’s theme is Top Ten Audio Freebie.

One Favourite Book Playlist (shameless self promotion): My recent Feysand (ACOMAF) book playlist I made for this review here

Two Favourite Bands You Should Listen To: Heirsound & PVRIS

Three audiobooks that I want to listen to but probably wont because they have more than one narrator: aka my love/hate relationship with Full Cast Audio.

Four Audiobooks I Love: aka my go-to favourite reads.

Top Ten Tuesday: Aliens?!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by Broke and Bookish.
This week’s theme is Top Ten ALL TIME Favorite Books Of X Genre.

Since I’m watching The X Files fully for the first time, I decided to go with an Alien theme for this. Because let’s be honest 3/4 of these lists today are going to be fantasy or contemporary.


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10. Saga by Brian K. Vaughan: When two soldiers from opposite sides of a never-ending galactic war fall in love, they risk everything to bring a fragile new life into a dangerous old universe.

From bestselling writer Brian K. Vaughan, Saga is the sweeping tale of one young family fighting to find their place in the worlds. Fantasy and science fiction are wed like never before in this sexy, subversive drama for adults.

 

 

 

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9. Icons by Margaret Stohl: Your heart beats only with their permission.

Everything changed on The Day. The day the windows shattered. The day the power stopped. The day Dol’s family dropped dead. The day Earth lost a war it didn’t know it was fighting.

Since then, Dol has lived a simple life in the countryside — safe from the shadow of the Icon and its terrifying power. Hiding from the one truth she can’t avoid.

She’s different. She survived. Why?

When Dol and her best friend, Ro, are captured and taken to the Embassy, off the coast of the sprawling metropolis once known as the City of Angels, they find only more questions. While Ro and fellow hostage Tima rage against their captors, Dol finds herself drawn to Lucas, the Ambassador’s privileged son. But the four teens are more alike than they might think, and the timing of their meeting isn’t a coincidence. It’s a conspiracy.

Within the Icon’s reach, Dol, Ro, Tima, and Lucas discover that their uncontrollable emotions — which they’ve always thought to be their greatest weaknesses — may actually be their greatest strengths.

Bestselling author Margaret Stohl delivers the first book in a heart-pounding series set in a haunting new world where four teens must piece together the mysteries of their pasts — in order to save the future.

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8. Ultraviolet by R.J. AndersonOnce upon a time there was a girl who was special.
This is not her story.
Unless you count the part where I killed her.

Sixteen-year-old Alison has been sectioned in a mental institute for teens, having murdered the most perfect and popular girl at school. But the case is a mystery: no body has been found, and Alison’s condition is proving difficult to diagnose. Alison herself can’t explain what happened: one minute she was fighting with Tori — the next she disintegrated. Into nothing. But that’s impossible. Right?

 

 

 

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7. Adaptation by Malinda Lo: Reese can’t remember anything from the time between the accident and the day she woke up almost a month later. She only knows one thing: She’s different now.

Across North America, flocks of birds hurl themselves into airplanes, causing at least a dozen to crash. Thousands of people die. Fearing terrorism, the United States government grounds all flights, and millions of travelers are stranded.

Reese and her debate team partner and longtime crush David are in Arizona when it happens. Everyone knows the world will never be the same. On their drive home to San Francisco, along a stretch of empty highway at night in the middle of Nevada, a bird flies into their headlights. The car flips over. When they wake up in a military hospital, the doctor won’t tell them what happened, where they are—or how they’ve been miraculously healed.

Things become even stranger when Reese returns home. San Francisco feels like a different place with police enforcing curfew, hazmat teams collecting dead birds, and a strange presence that seems to be following her. When Reese unexpectedly collides with the beautiful Amber Gray, her search for the truth is forced in an entirely new direction—and threatens to expose a vast global conspiracy that the government has worked for decades to keep secret.

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6. The Cage by Megan Shepherd: The Maze Runner meets Scott Westerfeld in this gripping new series about teens held captive in a human zoo by an otherworldly race. From Megan Shepherd, the acclaimed author of The Madman’s Daughter trilogy.

When Cora Mason wakes in a desert, she doesn’t know where she is or who put her there. As she explores, she finds an impossible mix of environments—tundra next to desert, farm next to jungle, and a strangely empty town cobbled together from different cultures—all watched over by eerie black windows. And she isn’t alone.

Four other teenagers have also been taken: a beautiful model, a tattooed smuggler, a secretive genius, and an army brat who seems to know too much about Cora’s past. None of them have a clue as to what happened, and all of them have secrets. As the unlikely group struggles for leadership, they slowly start to trust each other. But when their mysterious jailer—a handsome young guard called Cassian—appears, they realize that their captivity is more terrifying than they could ever imagine: Their captors aren’t from Earth. And they have taken the five teenagers for an otherworldly zoo—where the exhibits are humans.

As a forbidden attraction develops between Cora and Cassian, she realizes that her best chance of escape might be in the arms of her own jailer—though that would mean leaving the others behind. Can Cora manage to save herself and her companions? And if so . . . what world lies beyond the walls of their cage?

 

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5. Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel: A page-turning debut in the tradition of Michael Crichton, World War Z, and The Martian, Sleeping Giants is a thriller fueled by an earthshaking mystery—and a fight to control a gargantuan power.

A girl named Rose is riding her new bike near her home in Deadwood, South Dakota, when she falls through the earth. She wakes up at the bottom of a square hole, its walls glowing with intricate carvings. But the firemen who come to save her peer down upon something even stranger: a little girl in the palm of a giant metal hand.

Seventeen years later, the mystery of the bizarre artifact remains unsolved—its origins, architects, and purpose unknown. Its carbon dating defies belief; military reports are redacted; theories are floated, then rejected.

But some can never stop searching for answers.

Rose Franklin is now a highly trained physicist leading a top secret team to crack the hand’s code. And along with her colleagues, she is being interviewed by a nameless interrogator whose power and purview are as enigmatic as the provenance of the relic. What’s clear is that Rose and her compatriots are on the edge of unraveling history’s most perplexing discovery—and figuring out what it portends for humanity. But once the pieces of the puzzle are in place, will the result prove to be an instrument of lasting peace or a weapon of mass destruction? (You can see my review for Sleeping Giants: here).

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4. Rush by Eve Silver: So what’s the game now? This, or the life I used to know?

Miki Jones’s carefully controlled life spins into chaos after she’s run down in the street, left broken and bloody. She wakes up fully healed in a place called the lobby – pulled from her life, through time and space into some kind of game in which she and a team of other teens are sent on missions to eliminate the Drau, terrifying and beautiful alien creatures.

There are no practice runs, no training, and no way out. Every moment of the game is kill or be killed, and Miki has only the questionable guidance of Jackson Tate, the team’s alluring and secretive leader. He evades her questions, holds himself aloof from the others, and claims it’s every player for himself. But when he puts himself at risk to watch Miki’s back, he leaves her both frustrated and fascinated. Jackson says the game isn’t really a game, that what Miki and her new teammates do now determines their survival. And the survival of every other person on the planet. She laughs. He doesn’t. And then the game takes a deadly and terrifying turn.

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3. Beyond the Red by Ava Jae: A story of betrayal, love, and loss—all on a technologically advanced alien planet where monarchy reigns, but lies rule.

Alien queen Kora has a problem as vast as the endless crimson deserts. She’s the first female ruler of her territory in generations, but her people are rioting and call for her violent younger twin brother to take the throne. Despite assassination attempts, a mounting uprising of nomadic human rebels, and pressure to find a mate to help her rule, she’s determined to protect her people from her brother’s would-be tyrannical rule.

Eros is a rebel soldier hated by aliens and human alike for being a half-blood. But that doesn’t stop him from defending his people—at least until Kora’s soldiers raze his camp and take him captive. He is given an ultimatum: be an enslaved bodyguard to Kora, or be executed for his true identity—a secret kept even from him.

When Kora and Eros are framed for the attempted assassination of her betrothed, they flee. Their only chance of survival is to turn themselves in to the high court, where revealing Eros’s secret could mean a swift public execution. But when they uncover a violent plot to end the human insurgency, they must find a way to work together to prevent genocide. (You can find my review for Beyond the Red: here).

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2. And All the Stars by Andrea K. Höst: Come for the apocalypse. Stay for cupcakes. Die for love. Madeleine Cost is working to become the youngest person ever to win the Archibald Prize for portraiture. Her elusive cousin Tyler is the perfect subject: androgynous, beautiful, and famous. All she needs to do is pin him down for the sittings. None of her plans factored in the Spires: featureless, impossible, spearing into the hearts of cities across the world – and spraying clouds of sparkling dust into the wind. Is it an alien invasion? Germ warfare? They are questions everyone on Earth would like answered, but Madeleine has a more immediate problem. At Ground Zero of the Sydney Spire, beneath the collapsed ruin of St James Station, she must make it to the surface before she can hope to find out if the world is ending.

 

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1. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness: Prentisstown isn’t like other towns. Everyone can hear everyone else’s thoughts in an overwhelming, never-ending stream of Noise. Just a month away from the birthday that will make him a man, Todd and his dog, Manchee — whose thoughts Todd can hear too, whether he wants to or not — stumble upon an area of complete silence. They find that in a town where privacy is impossible, something terrible has been hidden — a secret so awful that Todd and Manchee must run for their lives.

But how do you escape when your pursuers can hear your every thought?

Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Of My Most Recent 5 Star Reads

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by Broke and Bookish.
This week’s theme was a freebie theme of something I’m thankful for so I decided to go with: 10 Of My Most Recent 5 Star Reads. 

I don’t 5 star a lot of books and I didn’t want to include comics that I’ve read so I only have 6 5 star reads. But I’ll include 4 of my most recent 4 star reads!

  1. Conviction (Razia #3) by S. Usher Evans
  2. Thorn by Intisar Khanani
  3. Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone
  4. Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
  5. The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury
  6. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz (reread)
  1. None of the Above by I. W. Gregorio
  2. Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin
  3. Made You Up by Francesca Zappa
  4. Bluescreen by Dan Wells

I’m really hoping to have some reviews up for these in the near future since most of them aren’t my usually go to reads. But I loved them all, surprisingly.

 

Top Ten Best Books I Read In 2015

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by Broke and Bookish.
This week’s theme was a freebie theme of something I’m thankful for so I decided to go with: Top Ten Best Books I Read In 2015. 

In no particular order:

1. Still Point by Katie Kacvinsky.
2. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe.
3. Lois Lane: Fallout by Gwenda Bond.
4. The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas.
5. Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert.

6. Half a King by Joe Abercrombie.
7. The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski.
8. Fire Falling by Elise Kova.
9. Red Rising by Pierce Brown.
10. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff.