Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Things On My YA Reading Wishlist

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jamie @ The Broke and the Bookish.

So as the title suggest these are all things on my YA reading wishlist so basically things I want more of in YA! These are in no particular order and I will provide links to my reviews to the example books if I have them!

Also if you guys have read or heard of any books with these themes then PLEASE let me know about them in the comments below, I’d really appreciate it!

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10.) Diversity!

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Examples: The Hate U Give, Labyrinth Lost, & The Seafarer’s Kiss

Of course diversity is definitely an easy thing to pick since it’s very important to have in books, obviously! Unfortunately there really aren’t as many out there as you would think and definitely not as many that are problem free. However, these are some books that are very enjoyable and have diverse main characters!


9.) More Morally Ambiguous/Grey Characters

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Examples: Vicious, I Hunt Killers, & This Savage Song

I love reading about characters like this so, so much! I love when they aren’t truly good or evil but a bit of both instead. It just adds a lot of complexity and development to the story this way, in my opinion.


8.) Dark, Grungy Mystery/Thrillers

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Examples: The Darkest Corners, I Hunt Killers, & With Malice

This one is a little more self explanatory but I LOVE YA mystery/thrillers that really toe the line between what is considered too dark for YA and what’s not. Maybe it’s just me but I like dark, twisted mystery books! Plus it’s always an upside when you don’t see any of the plot twists coming!


7.) Terrifying YA Horror

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Examples: Daughters Unto Devils, Slasher Girls & Monster Boys, & The Girl From The Well

I feel like there aren’t that many YA Horror books out there in the first place and there definitely aren’t as many of them that are truely terrifying. Or, you know, fun to read at the very least. These ones that I used for examples were magnificent though if you’re looking for some good chills!


6.) Ancient Civilization Setting (Not Fantasy)

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Examples: And I Darken & My Lady Jane (sort of…..)

Mostly what I’m talking about with this one is any ancient themed historical fiction, if that makes sense. Such as Medieval England, Ancient Egypt, or really any other ancient civilization because I feel like these really aren’t done in YA that often. Sure there are many YA fantasies that have these themes but I’m talking based off of REAL history or a retelling of real history.


5.) Contemporaries Featuring Royalty

I don’t read contemporary all that much but what would definitely get me reading it would be tales of modern royalty! This may have to do with my love for movies such as The Princess Diaries (no I have not read the books, sorry!), The Prince and Me, and What A Girl Wants. I’m not talking about dystopians or fantasies or any of that either because there definitely are plenty of those!


4.) Peter Pan Retellings

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Examples: Tiger Lily

There are a few of these out there and I do have most of the good ones on my TBR already but I feel like we should just have a TON of Peter Pan retellings because I just adore Peter Pan! “Tiger Lily” is an amazing retelling of the story and I have read “Unhooked” and was not a fan of it at all.


3.) Vicious and Badass Female Characters

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Examples: And I Darken & The Diabolic

I LOVE heroines who are cold, calculating, fierce, and actually badass! Two of the best examples I’ve seen in YA are Lada Dracul from “And I Darken” and Nemesis from “The Diabolic, both these women are all of those things! There’s no “damsel syndrome” with these two at all and it’s nice to have heroines who don’t get all distracted with ball gowns and love triangles.


2.) Sympathetic Villains

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Examples: Illuminae & Heartless

This kind of goes with “Morally Ambiguous Characters” a lot because I really love when villains in books are in a grey area, you find yourself hating them and loving them all at once. So of course that usually means the villains are more sympathetic, and for some reason I love this I think it makes the story ten times more complex!


1.) Westerns

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Examples: Vengeance Road

There are actually quite a few YA westerns popping up and while I do own a couple I also have yet to read them. I will say though “Vengeance Road” was pretty fun to read through and I just really love the “wild west” setting!

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What are some things on your reading wishlist?

Do you agree with any of the ones I listed?

Have you read any of the books I used for examples? If so what did you think?

Do you have any recommendations for books that match these themes?

Let me know in the comments and feel free to link up your TTT as well!

The Sassy

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22 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Things On My YA Reading Wishlist

  1. morally gray characters for all!I love VE’s characters and anti heros there’s just so many more layers to them, I’d recommend Lies of Locke Lamora for some gray characters that band of misfits are my fave even if they can be a bit stabby XD Also Aiden is one of my fave villains AI scares the crap out of me but I love his character arc and relationship with Kady. Great List!

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    • Thank you!
      VE Schwab’s characters definitely have lots of layers to them! I do own a copy of The Lies of Locke Lamora and had to put it down because the beginning is super slow but I hope to pick it up again here!
      AIDAN was awesome! Definitely one of my favorite all time villains because like you said his arc and relationship with Kady is super complex and well developed! 🙂

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  2. Nice post! I agree with all your choices, especially with diversity. I think the whole reading population should have at least one book or character they can relate to, and many people haven’t been able to do that because a lot of the young adult novels have the same story and characters.

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    • Thanks Jessica! 🙂
      I’m really tired of the same ‘ol same ‘ol YA novels and you’re exactly right, everyone should be able to relate to a book or character! Plus I’m sick and tired of reading the same overused plots and characters in YA so any kind of diversity is much welcomed!

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  3. These are great picks for this week Heather, and a lot of these would be on my reading wishlist as well. I definitely definitely agree we need to see more diversity in books, the ones that have been released just this year so far are amazing but there’s room for a lot more. Also I love morally ambiguous characters and sympathetic villains; Victor from Vicious is actually one of my favourite characters in general. I’d love to see more like him in future books!
    Again great picks for this week. 🙂

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    • Thank you Beth!
      There has definitely been a slew of diverse books this year have been amazing and hopefully the rest of them live up to expectations as well! Diversity in books is easily something I think we all, as readers, can get behind. I’m really hoping to see more wonderful books such as THUG etc!
      And I’d also love, love, love to see more morally ambigious characters and sympathetic villains, because they add so much complexity to the stories! Victor from Vicious is also one of my absolute favorites, when I think of morally grey characters he is who I compare every other character to! 🙂

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  4. This is such a great collection! Good job.
    I added them all to my TBR , except the few that I have already read , Vicious for example was one of my favorites , 5 stars out of five

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  5. Great collection! They are all interesting , I ended up adding most of them to my TBR , because I agree that there should be more diversity in the book community picks , especially when it comes to grey characters.
    I loved Vicious , it’s one of my all time favorites , a solid 5 stars .

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  6. Great list & Yes to all of these!
    Diversity is definitely high on my list together with Morally Gray Characters and Bad-Ass Female Characters 😊 Also contemporaries featuring royalty will hook me so hard, I’d buy all the books on that subject!

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    • Thanks Michelle, glad you agree!
      I think we can all agree books need more diversity and I adore morally gray characters and really badass heroines!
      Also 100% with you on contemporaries with royalty, I don’t know why but I’m also hooked hard as well! If you ever have an recommendations for those let me know! 🙂

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