Welcome to another contribution to the wildly popular Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week they ask us to share lists on the following:
May 9: Ten Things On Our Reading Wishlist
This week’s list is fairly appropriate for me as I am once again longing for a great new series to dive into. So this week I am simply going to share ten aspects of a story that I think will scratch my reading itch.
Ten book characteristics I want in my next great read.
- Great Setting: I would LOVE a great setting, that I’m familiar with, for my next great read. I love it when the location is almost like another character in the book because if I’ve been there I can totally place myself in the world so much easier. Plus it is almost like you have a fun inside track to the world you are reading. Locations I’m currently seeking; Chicago, Iowa, Istanbul, Bulgaria, Minnesota.
- Not too technical but still accurate: One thing I loved about The Martian was all the accurate science involved in telling the story. I would love for my next science fiction read to be like that but dumbed down enough that I can get most of it.
- Sex but not too much sex: I am an unashamed reader of romance and I like the steamy parts. BUT that doesn’t mean I want the characters to be constantly jumping each other’s bones. I want a good plot too. So I want some sex but am willing to give that up for a better plot.
- Witty Dialog: Some of my favorite series came with smart-ass characters that were quick with a one-liner. So I would love my next great series to have a little sass in the dialog.
- Fun Sidekick: I don’t mind a story that focuses all the attention on the two key characters but when you throw in an amazing supporting cast then the book is usually even better.
- Alpha Male: Goes along with #3. In books, I don’t mind a strong alpha male that has a bit of caveman mentality. Usually, it is a great premise for hijinks as the strong female drives him up the wall. Plus I kind of enjoy seeing them get schooled when the female shows them they are just as capable as they are.
- Alpha Female: Part of the reason I don’t care for historical romance is I’m not a fan of weak females. Sorry, I know it is probably a stereotype but too often the plot in those books revolves around a woman’s role in society. Not interested. I want a female that is equal to her male counterparts. I don’t mind them being physically weaker than the males but I don’t want the entire book to be about saving the female from danger. I want her to get her hands dirty and kick some ass too.
- Realistic love: Now I am pretty accepting of instant romance. I usually don’t find it annoying in paranormal or urban fantasy books where you already have to suspend reality to enjoy the plot. That doesn’t mean I don’t want some challenges for my main couple to overcome. They need to work for their H.E.A. too.
- Good Vs. Evil: I love sinking my teeth into a good battle of good vs evil. Part of why I enjoy dystopian books when we aren’t currently living in a dystopian society…
- Plot Twists: To finish off my list I would love for my next read to have some great plot twists that I don’t see coming. Not too difficult as I usually don’t figure things out.
There you have what I am looking for in my next great read if you know of any science fiction, urban fantasy, or paranormal romance that fits the bill or comes close feel free to share in the comments! No YA, please.
Welcome to another contribution to the wildly popular Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week they ask us to share: November 11: Top Ten Characters You Wish Would Get Their OWN Book (minor or just maybe a semi main character you wish a book was from their POV). Had to do this list because there are so many series that I read where I am waiting, WAITING for my favorite character to get their own damn book already. Please note: this blog post is being written while sick and dizzy so at times it might not make sense or there could be an increase in dramatics and/or swearing.
Ten characters that I wish would get their own freaking story already.
- Lassiter from Black Dagger Brotherhood series: I WANT this character to get his own story in the worst way. He is often made to be the comic relief is recent books, but I know there is more there. PLEASE Ms Ward, give Lassiter his own books already.
- Nick Gautier in the Dark Hunter series: I know, I KNOW, Nick has his own spin-off series, The Chronicles of Nick, but I want to read Nick’s adult story in the main series. Ms. Kenyon says it is coming, so it is just a matter of being patient. Good thing we do have that YA series to tide us over until Nick’s day of reckoning comes.
- Al from the Hollows series: I love Al. I also think he got the short end of the stick as far as H.E.A’s come in this series. I would love to read something more than the 20 page short story from his perspective. We want more Al!
- Reyes from the Charley Davidson Series: Again I know there are some short stories and chapters from Reyes perspective, but that has only left me wanting more! How about a full length book from his P.O.V. I bet Ms. Jones would have fans clawing each other’s eyes out to get their hands on a copy.
- Ian from the Night Huntress world: He is the only character left from the original series to not have his own spin-off series or book. Common Ms. Frost, find some way to redeem Ian and give him a H.E.A.
- Eric from the Sookie Stackhouse series: Not going to hold my breath on this one, and DON’T get me started on how much I hate how this series ended or what a crappy E.A. Eric received. I would though love to be in Eric’s head for a whole book. He was the best part of this entire series. Maybe someday someone will write some fan fiction…
- Seth from the Immortal Guardians series: Seth reminds me of Ash from the Dark Hunter world and I believe his story has the potential to be just as amazing. Hopefully Ms. Duvall will get around to giving this mysterious character his own book cause I definitely want to know more.
- Matthew Clairmont from the All Souls Trilogy: Its Matthew yummy, sexy, dark. mysterious, brilliant Matthew. Need I say more.
- Col or Dov from the Guardian’s of the Race series: Just finished up the soon to be release Guardian’s Patience, which I am hosting a giveaway for an e-copy of the title releasing Nov 15, 2014. This is a great series by Indie Author Jacqueline Rhoades that I enjoy tremendously. Two great characters in this series are twins Col and Dov. They have come a long way in the five books making up this series and I hope Ms. Rhoades gives them their own stories some day.
- Edward from the Twilight saga: Alright I’ve kinda moved on from loving this series to just having fond memories of our time together. However if Ms. Meyers ever decides, and I’m not holding my breath on this one either, to finish Midnight Sun I will gladly read it.
Good Monday Morning everyone, hey look I’m actually getting around to posting this in the a.m.. This morning I thought I would ask you all what reading or bookish things you covet? Perhaps a wishlist for the holiday gift giving season or an upcoming birthday. What ever it may be a new book, a comfy reading nook, or a bookcase for your ever-growing collection of to or have read titles. This weekend hubby and I went to B&N and I got to play with the new Samsung Nook tablet in the store and I kinda really want one now. I’m torn between the 7 inch and the 10 inch. The larger screen might be nice, but I’m used to the smaller one with my current e-reader and there is a significant difference in price. If they were closer I might just say screw it and go for the 10 inch, but I’m thinking cheapness might win out and go with the smaller yet just as nice 7 inch. I could make some sort of lewd joke about it’s not the size but what you do with it, but will refrain… Anyway, already owning three e-readers one might ask, do you really need another one, but those people would promptly be kicked in the shin and receive the stink eye. It is only a matter of time, this year my hubby is pushing for a watch for his ‘gift’ (we don’t celebrate the holidays) and is all on board with me getting the cheaper 7 inch reader if it means he can bring home the watch he is coveting. So it is only a matter of time, as when it comes to bookish things I really want I have no will power and that’s alright we as far as vices go it’s not too bad a one to have.
Oh yes! Don’t forget to enter my giveaway! I am giving away an e-copy of Jacqueline Rhoades upcoming new release Guardian’s Patience. Click on the this link or the giveaway tab on the right to go enter. I’m so sorry, but U.S. Residents only, I wish to continue to travel freely around the world… Good Luck!