Welcome back to my latest Top Ten Tuesday post! This week we’re looking at the top ten things on our reading wishlist! Examples given are “tropes, a time period, a specific type of character, an issue tackled, a certain plot“.
I’ve had to think hard about it this week, but I think I’ve managed to come up with some really good ones, for me, anyway!
More historical fiction with mysteries
I really love historical fiction when its plot is a little mysterious but I don’t think there are enough out there! Not enough that fit my reading type anyway. The Miniaturist (4 stars) and The Wonder (5 stars) are two historical fiction novels with some mystery in them that I love!
More game show dystopians
OK, so this one is really specific but after reading The Last One (5 stars), I’ve had this huge itch to read another game show dystopian novel… If you know of any, please comment what they are!!
More from Sarah Lotz
Ever since reading The White Road (5 stars) I’ve been eager to get my hands on more of Lotz’s work, but she only has a couple of other books! I want more!
More widowed men with mysterious wives
There are so many thrillers out there where the husband dies and then the wife starts finding out dodgy stuff about him that she didn’t know while he was alive. I wish there were more books that changed the roles up, that it was the wife who was dead and was hiding stuff during her lifetime.
I also find widowed male characters to be more endearing for some reason, so maybe that’s another reason I’d like to see this kind of book.
More creepy / murderous children
This can sooo easily get cheesy and terrible but when it’s done right, having a creepy child in a book is so fear inducing. How can such a little human be so far removed from innocence? I love it! The Bad Seed and We Have Always Lived in the Castle (3 stars) are just a couple of examples of creepy children books!
More mysteries set on islands
Again, I guess this is kind of specific, but I like the idea of mystery thrillers set on small islands. I suppose this is kind of like that close-knit community thing that’s super popular, but I want mine on a little island, rather than in a village on a big island lol.
More creepy but mundane thrillers
This sounds like it’s really boring lol but what I mean by this one is that I want more thrillers that aren’t trying to be the most outlandish things in the world. I get that domestic thrillers don’t always tend to do this, but I want non-domestic thrillers that are based around mundane things.
My example for this is A Pleasure and a Calling (5 stars) where the thriller and mystery aspect is based around an estate agent that keeps the keys to your house after he sells them to you and then lets himself into your house when you’re out and mooches around your house. That is basically it, and I loved it! I want more books like this pls.
More overbearing women
I actually talked about this earlier in my Listicle Tag post, but I love Annie Wilkes from Misery (5 stars) and I want to see more intimidating women like her in novels.
Even in books like PsychoAnalysis (3 stars) where the killer is a woman, they are always weak in some way and it bugs me that not enough authors write about hardcore women.
More “the husband didn’t do it” endings
To be fair, there are a lot of these kinds of thrillers, but still not enough! I’m sick of the husband being the bad guy all the time, give the male gender a break, authors!
More religious-true-crime non-fiction
I love books about religion and true crime. Under the Banner of Heaven (4 stars) was all about how some Mormons use their belief in their faith to excuse their murderous and other illegal acts, and I loved it! It was a really fascinating read.
I’d like to read more about this kind of thing… Where people are so delusional they really believe their God is telling them to kill other people.
Those are 10 things on my reading wishlist! I think I completed this list with the right idea? I was a little bit confused when I first saw the topic for this week!
If you know of any books that I’m looking for more of, please tell me in the comments!
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