1.20.2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Things On My Bookish Wishlist


This week's Top Ten Tuesday on The Broke and the Bookish is "Top Ten Things On My Bookish Wishlist." This, apparently, means thigns I wish I could make authors write about. Could be an issue, a time period, a type of character... whatever.

Man, I have NO idea where to start with this one. I feel like most things I want to read about - well, I've read about them. But there are probably a few things I'd be into:

1. More books (ANY books) set in the Harry Potter universe.

I love the Harry Potter books. And while I'm sure that, after seven books, many years and countless hours spent writing these books JK Rowling was more than ready to move on, I'm not. I want prequels (how about the story of Harry's parents' generation while they were at Hogwarts - and everything that happened leading up to their deaths?). I want sequels (What do Harry, Ron and Hermione end up doing? What madcap adventures do they embark on post-Hogwarts and Voldemort's defeat?). I want tangential storylines (I want Dumbledore's life story!). Pretty much anything else in this world - I'll take it, thanks.

2. More sarcastic and bitingly funny teenagers.

I've been reading a LOT of YA books this year. And there are a lot of amazing ones out there, but I do find that YA is often synonymous with censored and fluffy. Now, it's totally possible that this is a perspective thing. I am well past my teen years, after all. But as memory serves, my teen years weren't very often like what I read in YA books. There was a lot more swearing, for one thing. A lot more "naughty" shenanigans. A lot more stupid decisions. I'd like some more hilarious, no-holds-barred, uncensored teenaged antics.

3. Another book by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett.

Good Omens, the one and only book by these two authors in combination, is my favourite book of all time. Not only is it fantastically well-written, but it also contains some of the funniest images, ideas, characters and events I've ever come across in a single book. It's also piss-your-pants hilarious. I'm a huge fan of many of Gaiman's solo works (though I haven't read any Pratchett - I tried but got woefully lost somewhere near the beginning of the first Discworld novel), but nothing else I've read comes close to the chemistry of these two authors writing as a team. Man, what I would do for another book anywhere near as good as Good Omens!

4. A re-write of the Hunger Games.

As you know if you've been reading my blog for awhile, I am not a fan of how the Hunger Games books were written. The story and concept? Stellar. So. I would like to do what my elementary school teachers did whenever I turned in inadequate homework - I'd like to send Suzanne Collins home with her books and have her do a re-write of the end of every single one of these books. I'd like her to, you know, actually write an ending. No more of this Katniss being unconscious bullsh*t.

5. More really GOOD books set in my part of the world.

I live on the we(s)t coast of Canada. It rains a lot here. On the plus side, we have beautifully green forests, but on the down side.... it rains a LOT. But there are so many wonderful and unique elements to living on the west coast. I recently read The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong, which is set on Vancouver Island, and it was amazing and wonderful to me to read a story with such an intensely familiar setting. So much better than Forks, which is the only other YA book in particular I can think of that is set in this general area (the Twilight movies were filmed in and around Vancouver - the "movie theatre" they go to is actually a strip club down the street from where I used to live. Ah, the things you didn't know....). They don't have to be by local authors, in fact I'd be interested to read what someone recently located here would have to say about it. But I do love Douglas Coupland, who's from here and writes excellent books that are mostly set here.

6. Another TFIOS.

Yeah, I know. It's unique, nothing will ever be the same... but a girl can dream, right?

I really can't think of anything else. That good enough?

14 comments :

  1. I agree that we need more books set in Canada and on the Pacific Northwest of the USA. It is sometimes like we aren't part of our countries. Ha!

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    1. Or, when we do have books set here, they're all grey and rainy and miserable. (Or have sparkly vampires *massive eye roll*).

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  2. I'd actually love if JK Rowling wrote about the Marauder's. I'd love it if it were a sort of prequel about their lives at Hogwarts. When I heard JK was writing more in the HP world, I thought for sure it would be that, but I'm happy to get what I can.

    I also love sarcastic teenagers. I feel like that's what my teenage life was like and would totally pay to read about more characters like that.

    Aly @ My Heart Hearts Books
    My TTT

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    1. Dude, I'm in my 30s now *gulp* but I'm pretty sure I never stopped being a sarcastic teen. It's kind of a whole personality in and of itself!

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  3. Great list! I love number 1 :) Don't worry my list is just as short!

    Here is my Top Ten Tuesday list if you want to check it out!

    Chanzie @ Mean Who You Are.

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    1. Thanks! I like your list - you have better specific ideas! Just left a comment over there - but you've reminded me that I need to read Infernal Devices - so thanks! :)

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  4. As a huge Harry Potter fan.... I admit that I read quite a lot of fan fiction between the releases of the last three books in the series. I'd love for there to be more books set in that universe even if it's with characters we haven't met yet.

    And I haven't read many books set on the west coast of Canada but I do love Kelley Armstrong. I've also read a few Douglas Copeland novels.

    Also - someone needs to rewrite Mockingjay even if they don't rewrite the other two. It had pacing issues and was a cop out. Grr... don't get me started! Great list. Hope you have a happy week :)

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    1. It's shameful considering she's from my 'hood, but I've only just started reading Kelley Armstrong books. So good! Coupland is a major fave of mine. I love his sense of humour and the way he creates such hilarious and odd characters.

      Totally agree about Mockingjay. I don't remember the details now, because I read the books ages ago, but I just remember feeling incredibly frustrated by them! It wouldn't have been so bad that the writing wasn't up to par if the story idea hadn't been so damn good!

      Oh, HP. Nothing will ever compare.

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  5. I just read TFIOS, and it was simply amazing. Brilliantly written. I would love if another book was published to that calliber. Also, I am also wishing for more HP. Great list!
    Check out my TTT list and please follow my blog, Book Savvy: http://booksavvyblog.blogspot.com/

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    1. Tell me about it - after I read TFIOS I just sat there afterwards feeling like someone had scooped out my insides with an ice cream scooper. Man.

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  6. I love number 1 and 4. Number one made my list as well. In regards to number 4, I was such a huge fan of Hunger Games and then was SO disappointed with the rest of the trilogy. I would have preferred she stopped with book 1.

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    1. Yeah, I felt like it started off AMAZINGLY but each book got less coherent, more lazily written and less satisfying. I'm still glad I read the books, but there was so much potential in the story that the writing didn't do justice to. Very disappointing.

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  7. I would have to agree with you about sarcastic teenagers! That way I can steal their jokes and comebacks and use it myself. BWAHAHA! Thanks for stopping by earlier :)

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    1. Haha! Excellent plan. I just find that I relate to them so much better! Reading Will Grayson, Will Grayson right now - loving it for this. Thanks for visiting! :)

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