Top Ten Tuesday: I Wish There Were More Books About …

Nafiza

  1. Look, there can never be enough books about dragons. If you have recommendations, please leave them in the comment section.
  2. Well written books about fae. There are many books about fae but I wouldn’t call them up my alley.
  3. I would also like books about a teenager who loves food without feeling guilty or ashamed of her food-eating ways. In fact, I want books about teen foodies.
  4. I want books about teens being aware and active about social justice issues. Make passion for people and the wellbeing of the world amazing.
  5. I’d like more fantastic books that deal realistically with death. You don’t get to just kill minions and move on without feeling anything. Nope.

Janet

  1. I never tire (I’ve never had a chance to tire) of leading characters with a mental illness or a physical disability which is treated compassionately and written with accuracy. The many lovely #ownvoices fanfics go some way to filling this gaping wound left by the publishing industry, but they aren’t enough.
  2. Like Nafiza, I’d like more books with characters who experience grief, mourning, and the death of someone else truthfully. Pain is complicated and messy, and it becomes a little easier to bear when there are models to help conceptualize what is happening.
  3. Books with activist characters and books where characters really know what they want and go for it. There’s a Tedx talk on why we don’t get what we want, and I suspect that part of the reason some of us find it difficult to believe that we can get what we really want is because everything else in life tells us we can’t get it. So how about stories with characters who are utterly, wholly certain that they can do what they want to do, and then do it.
  4. More books about nature. Nature on its own, people in nature, I want it all. When you’re trapped indoors, sometimes the only escape to that peace and immense openness found under trees or by the shore is through a good book.
  5. More books about art – art and artists of all kinds. I want stories about painters, doodlers, charcoal portrait-makers, singers, choirs, instrumentalists, sculptors, whittlers, writers, editors, card-makers, carpenters, weavers, embroiderers, friendship bracelet-makers, wire-workers, jewelers, crocheters, knitters, assorted arts-and-crafters…

Yash

Everything I listed below comes with the tag: #SorryNotSorry

  1. More Black protagonists in fantasy and science fiction and sports.
  2. More interracial romances of any kind that do not have white people in them.
  3. More heist stories that are fun and diverse!
  4. More contemporary stories by Indians about Indians. 1.2 billion people, 29(ish) states, 20 odd languages, probably more cultures and traditions than the languages spoken, and around 200 tribal groups and I’ve got maybe two #ownvoices books, both with North Indian/Indian American protagonists. It’s kinda upsetting.
  5. More characters of colour who are disabled, especially those dealing with “invisible” disabilities because mental illness is rarely discussed if you’re Indian.
  • I’m tardy to the party this week, but here are a few of my Top Ten Wishes!

    1. More books featuring characters with same-sex parents where the emphasis is on the parents just being normal, goofy, embarrassing parents!

    2. More romances featuring teens with disabilities. Why can’t a wheelchair-using teenager or a visually impaired teenager have your typical high school shenanigans and find their own happy endings?

    3. More stories set in Canada!

    4. More high school stories that aren’t all about angst – some of us actually enjoyed high school, and didn’t spend the entire four or five years navel-gazing or contemplating the futility of our modern existence.

    5. More stories that celebrate nerds (not geeks – geeks are cool and socially acceptable) – as a young person I struggled to find stories in which nerdy, severely uncool characters were the heroes, not just the helpful sidekicks (and don’t even get me started on makeover stories in which a nerd is transformed into a “cool kid”).

    6. More stories that celebrate female strength in all its forms – physical, emotional, mental, spiritual. Far too many authors seem to think that strong, kick-ass women have to be physically strong, and express their strength through physical violence, but true strength can come in many different forms.

    7. EVERYTHING THAT NAFIZA, JANET AND YASH PUT IN THEIR LISTS!!!