Because, you know, that’s totally the logical choice.
Happy Friday guys! I was having trouble thinking of a post to write, and then got an idea when I remembered something Ashleigh did back in December.
I’m sure you all can relate when I say my TBR is huge. It’s at about 260 books on Goodreads, but I’m going to add more anyway. I need to make sure I have a lifetime supply of books to read/buy, right? 😉
So today, I’m going to use Ashleigh’s idea. I want more books on my TBR, but I can’t think of any. You guys are going to recommend me books!
Well, if you want to. You don’t have to. I’d like you to. 🙂
Here’s what I’m looking for! My only request is that all recommendations must be YA.
- New genres
I read a lot of fantasy and contemporary, with some sci-fi mixed in. I’ll totally take suggestions in those genres, but one of my reading goals this year is to expand my bookish horizons. I don’t read horror or otherwise creepy books because I’m a total chicken, but otherwise I’m open to anything. Specifically, I want historical fiction, mystery, thriller, psychological thriller, dystopian, magical realism, steampunk, and alternate history. Okay, that’s not very specific, but it’s better than just saying “everything,” right? Even though I do kind of want everything… anyway! Not the point. Oh, and I’m also open to exploring poetry.
I’ve read The Infernal Devices, My Lady Jane, Mara Dyer, The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender, and When The Moon Was Ours. Anna-Marie McLemore’s other books are on my TBR already, as well as Bone Gap by Laura Ruby and all of Ruta Sepetys’ books. I wasn’t a big fan of TSABSOAL, but otherwise I enjoyed all of the titles listed. Similar stories are encouraged. As for poetry, Milk and Honey and The Princess Saves Herself in This One are on my TBR as well.
- Underrated books
I love reading hyped books. I don’t always enjoy them as much as everyone else, but I like reading them nonetheless. Since I started this blog in September 2015, I’ve read a lot of really popular books; Throne of Glass, A Court of Thorns and Roses, The Raven Boys, The Darkest Minds, A Darker Shade of Magic, Vampire Academy, and Illuminae, to name a few. I have more hyped books on my TBR, like The Bone Season, More Happy Than Not, Half Bad, All the Bright Places, and The Book Thief.
This year I want to give love to lesser-known books, too. In 2016 I read a few hidden gems, and I want to increase that number before 2018. A few of my favorites are Anomaly by Tonya Kuper and Unicorn Tracks by Julia Ember. If you know of books you love but don’t see others talking about, or have that one book you want to shove in everyone’s face, feel free to shove it in mine! I’ll welcome it!
As long as it isn’t a hardcover.
- Diverse books
Along with many others, one thing I really want to work on is reading more diversely. I’ve read 30 books so far this year, and almost half have included some sort of diverse element. I want to balance that better. I’m a white, able teen and I want to learn about all the other kinds of people in the world. I want to learn about the things that make a person unique. Give me books with LGBTQ+ characters, with POC, that involve other religions, other cultures, disabilities, and mental illnesses. I’ve found a lot of recommendation threads on Twitter, and my TBR has
benefited from them. I’m hoping to find even more.
In terms of books featuring LGBTQ+ characters, I’ll give any a try, but if there are lesser-explored groups I’d love to know about them. Meaning, I want to read more books with transgender characters, intersex characters, non-binary characters, aromantic and/or asexual characters. I’ve read one book with an intersex lead (None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio) and one with a gender-fluid lead (Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin), and I want those numbers to grow.
Also, while this isn’t really diverse, I’m interested in finding books with no romance, where the protagonist stays single and/or has their friend remain a friend rather than grow to be more.
If you have any recommendations for one, two, or all of those categories, definitely let me know! I’d really appreciate it! 🙂
I’m off to eat something chocolaty
(that’s actually a word and I didn’t know hahah) and continue reading Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst. 😉 I hope you all have a fabulous day/night, and a great weekend! ❤
Until next time…