Top Ten Tuesday: My Reading Wishlist

Top Ten Tuesday is an awesome bookish meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is your reading wishlist (If you could make authors write about these things you would.  For example: a specific type of character, an issue tackled, a time period, a certain plot, etc.)
1. Books set in outer space!  I read two books like this last year, The Martian by Andy Weir and The Explorer by James Smythe.  I love books set in space, even if they aren’t really science fiction or have a lot of sci fi elements.  Anything with outer space or space travel involved catches my eye and it seems like most space books are space operas or epic sci fi series where space is involved, but really isn’t the main focus.
2. Fast paced heist books: I loved Ghostman by Roger Hobbs which fit this bill perfectly. I’ve written before how much I loved the Leverage series and I was so excited that several books adapted from the show were written.  But after reading one of them (The Con Job), I just  wasn’t as hooked on the book as I was by the show.  Ghostman totally had my attention and I loved every second of it.  So yeah, more of that please!
3. Fantasy without all the confusion: I rarely read fantasy because I have such a hard time getting into the world and keeping track of the characters.  Not to mention most of the names are strange to pronounce, contain so many syllables and consonants all crunched together and give me a headache.  And tons of the series are super long, out of order, have half books (e.g. Book 2.5) and are so confusing I don’t know where to start. So I’d love to come across some great fantasy that works for me.

4. Non-romantic holiday books: I love reading festive books around the holidays. But unfortunately, most of them seem to be chick lit or romance books.  Those can be fun at times, but it seems like the majority of books set around the wintry holidays fall into the category.  How about some great stories with incredible characters that just happen to fall around the holidays?  Or some unique twist on Christmas with some sci fi elements thrown in?  That’d be pretty awesome too!
5. Great fiction books about ballet/the world of dance: I love dancing, especially ballet, and I get excited when I see this component in a novel.  But it seems like most ballet books are either cheesy YA books that stereotype the dance world, books that have dance as a backdrop but it isn’t heavily featured (Various Positions by Martha Schabas), or dance plus some other element (e.g. The Cranes Dance by Meg Howrey). I’d love to find a book that really characterizes the beauty of dance and the feeling of being a dancer. I think this is a tall order because dance doesn’t carry over well to paper and it’s hard to describe the movement of a dancer on the page, but I’d love to read a book like this. I also feel the same about books on figure skating, another sport I love which doesn’t seem to translate well to the page.

Well, I could only come up with 5.  What kinds of things are on your reading wishlist? Do you know any books I could read that would bring my list to life?

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