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


Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Bookish Blogs You Should Follow

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke & The Bookish!

This week’s theme is people you should follow on social media, be it Twitter, Instagram, Goodreads, or Facebook etc. So I’ve decided to do blogs, more specifically WordPress blogs. Now this was super hard trying to only pick ten so I’m going to cheat and mention a few others at the end as well!

Make sure to check ALL  of these lovely ladies’ blogs, guys!

(Also these are in no specific order!)

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10.) Rein Reads

Alysyn has BEAUTIFUL, bookish pictures on her blog. I could seriously sit and look at them all damn day. Her photos are definitely my favorite thing about the blog but it isn’t the only great thing, she also has great posts such as: hauls, reviews, and playlists.

9.) Arctic Books

I love Ali’s book reviews, plain and simple. Not to mention she gets TONS of ARCs that she reviews, so her blog is definitely one of my go-to’s when it comes to the newest releases!

8.) She Latitude

Reg has a gorgeously maintained blog, I just love how pretty and neat it looks when I go on her page. Her reviews and other features are always super fun to read through and Reg is great to chat with! She ALWAYS replies to comments you leave her, which is a big plus for me since I love engaging with other book bloggers.

7.) Stellar Scrutiny

Kelly is not only super friendly she also has some great blog graphics, I love her social media icons and her graphics she includes in her book reviews. I feel like review graphics really add to the reading experience.

6.) A Frolic Through Fiction

Ashleigh manages a fantastic blog, she hosts some very interesting discussions as well as writing informative (and spoiler free!) and helpful reviews. Not to mention her bookish photos (and Instagram) are crazy awesome.

5.) The Wild Readers

Paige & Yasmin host some fantastically hilarious discussions with the inclusion of many (even more hilarious) gifs. They both do up very unique posts and are super fun to chat with! Also be sure to check out their Goodreads pages as well, they’re both VERY active on there and have fun status updates.

4.) A Stranger’s Guide To Novels

Astra’s blog is just all around fun, I love her Instagram photos as well as her reviews, discussions, and memes. She is also super friendly and will always reply to comments, so don’t be afraid to talk to her, she’s a sweetheart!

3.) My Bookish Dream

Anna is always on point with her posts, seriously I’m jealous of how well she manages her posts all the time (haha). I mean it though she’s always keeping up with awards, tags, memes, and other great posts. It’s awesome. Plus the gifs she uses are awesome!

2.) Book Adventures

Michelle is pretty much one of the first book bloggers I ever discussed books with, I LOVED her Book Tag Thursdays meme and I still do so I just have to add her to this list. Michelle is always posting reviews and memes and such, so she maintains a pretty active blog. She is super approachable and always replies to comments, so please don’t be afraid to head over there and chat with her!

1.) The Quirky Book Nerd

Let’s see, what can I say about Ariana and her blog? Well first off she writes fantastic, insightful reviews and she’s also one of the friendliest bloggers, ever. Ariana is also the first person I ever did a Buddy Read with, aw good times. (You can check out both of our reviews for said Buddy Read, Ariana’s here and mine here.) I like to think of us as very alike, we both obsess *cough* I mean really like Skyrim after all!



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And then just a few other blogs to check out as well: Dreaming Through Literature, The Awkward Book Blogger, Whimsy Journals, & The Bookgasm.

Like I said guys make sure to check out all of these fabulous blogs and say hi to their wonderful creators!

The Sassy