Top Ten Books I Hope Santa Brings Me

Let’s begin with a word of thanks. This meme is a weekly joy, provided by The Broke and The Bookish. Today’s topic: Books I hope Santa brings me. Frankly, give me money or a giftcard to my favorite bookstore and I’m good to go. But, sometimes Little Saint Nick needs help. While I’m not giving him a book list, I’m writing a list of literary aspects I’d like to enjoy in 2018. Santa get on it!

Shall we begin? 

  1. Seek out the examples I provide for good measure. They’re great reads.Meaningful YA. Last year, I read some mind-chilling, intriguing tales from the young adult world that deserved and received accolades. In 2018, I’m not wasting time on stories that repeat the same tropes and story lines. YA’s notorious for going to the same well and expecting innovation. Insanity!
  • Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson

  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  • The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis

2. Psychological thrillers that cause insomnia. Scare me. Send me down an emotional abyss. Freak me out.

  • Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough   The Good Daughter by Karin SlaughterGood Me Bad Me by Ali Land

3. Strong women protagonists. Always a good notion.

  • Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

  • The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  • Akata Warrior by Nnedi Okorafor

4. Intriguing male protagonists changing how I feel about reading male characters (Hint: I’m not a fan)

  • Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

5. Creative nonfiction. Truman Capote created this subgenre. Joan Didion’s revered for her storytelling within it. I’m itching to read more in 2018.

  • Play It as It Lays by Joan Didion

6. Nonfiction. If I can get five nonfiction books into my system by 2018’s end, I’m good.

  • The Jacksons by The Jacksons

7. Compelling stories. I do not want to read more of the same, which pushes the need for diversity. Drain the boring, tired well. Invite fresh water.

  • The Summer We Got Free by Mia McKenzie
  • Bad Romance by Heather Demetrios

  • The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel

8. Diverse characters. Give me stories with people of color at the realm. Consider tales with LGBTQA characters. Women. Religious differences. Give me flavor!

  • The Education of Margot Sánchez by Lilliam Rivera

  • Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera
  • Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour

9. Historical fiction from the 1950s through 1990s. I need more stories from these decades. Historical fiction does not begin and end with Victorian, Edwardian, or Medieval times.

  • White Fur by Jardine Libaire

  • Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys
  • The Diviners by Libba Bray

10. Stories offering a damn good time. I dnf’d more books this year than previous ones. Less hype. Focus on story and characters, people! Stop wasting my time.

  • The Mothers by Brit Bennett

  • The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

  • Slice of Cherry by Dia Reeves

What’s on your list for Santa/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa/Eid? Feel free to share below.

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