Tuesday, January 21, 2014

My Top Ten Wishful Elements I Want To Read In A Book

This week's top 10 list is about things we wish were in a story.  So many times I'll see something on TV, or maybe I'll be reading an article online, and think -- that would make a great book!  Has this ever happened to you?  Well here's my list of elements that I wish I could read about in a book.

FYI: A lot of these elements I have read in a book, and definitely want to read about again, so that's why they're on my list today.  Be sure to check out The Broke and the Bookish for more details on this awesome weekly feature.

Summer Romances: If you know anything about my reading tastes, then you definitely know my reasons for wanting to see more of this in the books I read. It's only my most absolute FAVORITE.

Music Themes: Another element that shouldn't be a surprise to see on my list today. I adore stories set around music, discussing music, playing music, listening to music. You name it, I want to read it!

College Settings (that are actually present in the story and not just a forgotten backdrop): I wish I found more stories where the characters experienced dorm life, ate in the campus cafeteria, and had to deal with pot-luck roommates. There's so much drama to be had on college campuses!

Social Classes: I have always been fascinated my stories representing those from different classes and how their worlds mesh (or collide).  It creates  a good source of drama and conflict, that's for sure.

Road Trips: Who doesn't love an adventure? It's always fun to experience different places through the eyes of a character, but usually these stories are more about the personal journey -- which is something I love almost as much.

Music Festival: This could also go with #2, but specifically I want to read a story set at a music festival.  I've toyed with the idea of writing my own, but haven't found the time to actually sit down and write it.  Hopefully one day!

Back-packing Across Australia: I want more Aussie books, period, but I think a back-packing adventure sounds even better! The landscape is gorgeous (from what I've seen in pictures) & think it could propel a really fun, interesting story.

Good Guy Romances: Don't get me wrong, I love a bad boy too, but lately I'm a bit over it.  I really want to see the Good Guy have his chance & WIN. There's definitely something appealing and attractive about a man who is sincere and kind.  I want to read more about THAT guy!

The Time Between College & Finding Your Career (aka yourself): Literature seems to jump from the teen/college years into Adulthood.  But what about those moments in between when you're still struggling to find yourself? I definitely think a lot can relate to that type of story.

A YA Contemporary With Coach Taylor & Tami Taylor as Parents: Who wouldn't want to read this??!!  And in case you have no earthly idea who these people are, do yourself a favor and watch the TV series Friday Night Lights. You'll thank me later.


  1. OMG the FNL one!!! Coach Taylor and Tami.. And, since I love Matt Saracen so much, I really want to read about him too (but minus Julie Taylor. Haha..)

    Nice choice! I agree to most of your list.

  2. I've read some fanfictions with music festival as the big theme and they're so much fun to read. It's a great idea. My favorite from your list are #3 and #9! Somehow #3 reminds me of Fangirl, and yes we clearly need more books similar to it :D

  3. #9 is my most wanted for sure. I'd like some New Adult that focuses on the confusing, awkward stage of adulthood that many people, myself included, are living. While the wild sex life NA works sometimes, most of those scenarios are going to be unrealistic. I'd like some NA that I can relate to. What am I doing with my life? Who am I? Why didn't I figure this out in college like everyone else? Those are the questions I ask myself and I'd love to see a 25+ heroine struggling with the same stuff.

  4. I would also like to see road trip books. There are so many opportunities for humor and self-growth on road trips. Great list!
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  5. Haha. I love a bad boy romance, too, but I agree, I'm a little over it. I like to see nice guys getting the girl too. I love Julia Quinn's Romancing Mr. Bridgerton. Colin is such a nice guy, even if he's gorgeous and wealthy. But he's not always fooling around with women, and he treats people well. Now I want to re-read it :)

  6. Could this list be any more Gingerlicious? Love it.

  7. I am on board with all of these (except maybe the Australia one, I know I'm the only one alive who thinks like this, but I've never been interested in that country/continent, but for you I will wish for it!). I am especially on board with the a contemporary with Coach and Mrs. Taylor as the parents. They are the best.

  8. Number 9 would be awesome seeming as I could totally relate to that!

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  9. I think #3 is why I liked Fangirl so much. It wasn't just the fangirl aspect or the romance, but Cath was really experiencing college.

    I love summer romances too, especially this time of the year. It's been snowing every few days here, and while I love snow (and it's rarely more than an inch or two), I'm ready for a little warmer weather.

  10. I would definitely read a book set at a music festival! That would make a very cool setting! I would also like to see more books centered around music.

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  11. I agree with more college and more college to adult like transition. That sounds great!
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  12. Great list! And I 100% agree with more books where the good guy wins, that made my list too! I'm totally fed up with bad boys. Great picks :)

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  13. Good list, I always tend to love the good guys way more than I like the bad boys so I would really love it if the good guys(the type of person I'd actually choose to date) ended up with the girl as well.

  14. Road trips! There are not nearly enough road trip books that exist in the world. I think authors should keep on writing them, because I'll keep on reading them. I also love a lot of the other suggestions on your list, but this is the one that really stands out to me.

  15. Summer romances… check. While I love the wintertime and think it can be pretty romantic too, there is nothing better than the freedom and heat of summertime!

    I really like music in books as well. One of my favourite books as a teen was Just Listen by Sarah Dessen, because I loved how music played such a key role for many of the characters and relationships.

    As a senior in University, I SO wish there were more college settings. I hate that the only choices seem to be high school or adulthood. (I kind of wish NA fit better in here!) Do you have any recs for favourite books set in college? I am having trouble finding them. Same goes for the time between college and finding your career. Would really like to read something like that too, but I can’t find any :(

  16. Oh good grief yes to Tami and Coach Taylor being the parents in a YA book! That would be the best evah!

  17. I'm still waiting for a solid NA that will have a great college setting. Those were some of the best years of my life so far and I'd love the chance to relive them!

  18. Great List! You should look at reading books by Maureen McCarthy, especially her book Chain of Hearts, she's an Australian author :)


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