Top 5 Wednesday #2

Posted 27th December 2017 by Wattle in Blog Hops & Memes / 18 Comments

I will, one of these days, post an actual book review. But alas, Top 5 Wednesday it is!

This week the topic is: 2018 Wishlist

Looking forward into the new year, this is a list of the types of books you’d like to see more of in 2018! Try to avoid actual titles, and discuss themes, genres, or tropes you’d like to see more of in the new year!

1. Platonic relationships
I feel like I’m in a minority with this one, but I really do prefer a good platonic friendship in my novels over romance. Whether it’s between people of the same or opposite sexes, or whatever a character identifies as; I don’t care. Healthy friendships are where it’s at!

2. Cozies with a twist
Cozy mysteries are some of my favourite novels to settle down with, have a cup of coffee and something sweet, and read for entertainment value alone. But they are all just SO predictable and follow the same formula; which isn’t always a bad thing, but sometimes I just want more. More mystery, more suspense, less ‘oh it’s this dude’, more surprises, less stupid decisions by the main character *cough*, more meaning.

3. Characters with flaws
Sometimes when I want a serious read, I want characters that are more like me (I know I am super unique and all but a girl can dream ๐Ÿ˜› ) characters that are struggling (with something in particular, or mental health issues), that are existing, that push through and go great for a while and then fall back into old habits. Someone relatable that isn’t perfect all the time. Flaws, irrational fears and dislikes.

4. Textbooks that aren’t dry
Uni is starting up in a couple of months, and I’m planning to buy my textbooks a bit beforehand. But for once, I’d like a text that doesn’t send me to sleep. Is it too much to ask for? I usually have to read these things cover to cover (or if not that, a vast bulk of it) and I have such a hard time doing so because they’re just so bloody boring. And if there’s one thing I learned this year; it’s you can’t wing it!

5. Diversity
This is probably entirely my own fault, but I seem to read a lot of white books. Sure, there’s diverse background characters in some series, but it’s not really the same as having them at the centre of your attention, is it? I’m not sure if it’s just the genres I read, or what I’ve been into lately (urban fantasy, YA fantasy – oh yes, back on that bandwagon, cozies, etc), but…so white. Feel free to rec me things in the comments! I did have a list somewhere of diverse reads, but it’s mainly YA.

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18 responses to “Top 5 Wednesday #2

  1. I mean, I do like romance in books, but I also love great friendships! So I get it ๐Ÿ™‚ And yessss more characters with flaws! Real flaws. Not those “flaws” that just make them more perfect lol. I agree, the perfect characters are not relatable, but sometimes the struggling ones are.

    • Oh yes, sometimes I read a book and think ‘there’s no way anyone is this perfect or has that much luck!’ lol we all have faults, even if we don’t like to admit it ๐Ÿ˜›

  2. I also enjoy characters with flaws, they seem more real and relatable.
    And while I do enjoy romances in my stories, I do agree that platonic relationships are just as important and deserve some page time.

  3. I’d like to see a new take on cozies too, I don’t read a ton of them but I do like some, and I’d probably read more if they weren’t QUITE so formulaic maybe? More platonic relationships too…

  4. I wouldn’t mind reading more platonic relationships either ๐Ÿ™‚ I would also love to read more feel-good books. Maybe I’ve been reading too many things that have been dragging me down lately… Even if they’re important topics ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. I really enjoy books that focus on friendships rather than a romance, especially in young adult. It sends the message that you’re only complete if you have a love interest and it’s great in contemporaries but in other genres, it tends to overwhelm the storyline. No one is stopping for a pash when they’re saving the world. Unfortunately I could only recommend young adult diverse reads really or middle grade but that’s one of my resolutions this year, to read more engaging adult titles and new adult reads. Luckily I have a wonderful group of romance reading friends to help guide me or else I’d be lost.

    • Omg all the young adult books with their romantic ‘this is going to last FOREVER AND EVER’ relationships is why I took a break from them if I’m being honest. Like shit, a girl doesn’t need a boy to be complete or feel satisfied (although to be fair, I am perpetually single – I’m way too selfish to be in a relationship lol).

  6. I love a good romance, but it’s also great to see platonic relationships in books. I totally agree with the cozies with a twist and characters with flaws. I have some cozy series I really enjoy, but there are also some that feel too typical, which sometimes works and other times doesn’t. I mostly try to not read too many cozies in a row, which helps. I recently picked up a paranormal cozy mystery series which was great as it felt like a cozie and different. And you know I picked up that space cozie, I have high hopes for those. And I love reading about characters with flaws as that makes them feel more realistic.

    • I’ve read a few cozy series that are basically the same book over and over again ๐Ÿ™ when series goes for more than 5 books I start to get worried; I also learned not to read too many in a row, otherwise it gets very frustrating!

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