Top Four Things On My Reading Wishlist

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly event hosted over at The Broke and the Bookish.


This is such an interesting topic.  We get to list things that we wish authors would write about, whether it’s a specific type of character, a place, a topic.  Fun, right?

In no particular order . . .


1.  Shy female protagonist
So here’s the thing.  I’m shy.  Big time.  I don’t think people really know what that means, to be shy, unless you really are shy.  Well, okay, I’m sure people who aren’t shy have an idea of that it means, but there’s lots of people who don’t.  It doesn’t mean that I don’t like hanging out with people, or that I can’t talk to people.  But certain things that seem simple are torture to me.  For example, making simple phone calls.  If I have to call the snow plow business so that they will take care of my drive way, it’s painful, and stressful, and half the time I just won’t do it.  And although I’m 30,  an adult, and pretty comfortable with who I am, it would be pretty amazing to read books where the main character is a shy, introvert like myself.  It’s nice to know I’m not alone.

shy gif

2.  Alaska setting
There is just something about Alaska that I can’t resist.  Not that I’ve ever been there, but I would like to visit sometime.  And I know that there are books set in Alaska, but I want more.

3.  Strong female friendships
Again, I know that there are books out there that showcase strong female friendships, but not enough if you ask me.  And I don’t want a book where the author is all “it’s so rare that girls can be so close and not catty.”  And actually . . .

4.  No “girls are so catty” references
Gosh, I hate that!!!!  It’s this awful stereotype, and both women and men seem to perpetuate it.  And it just pisses me off.


That’s actually all I can really think of.  I guess it’s a good thing that I’m a reader and not a writer.  🙂

About Quinn

I'm a twenty-something children's librarian at a public library in Central New York. I've long left my teen years behind me, but I love to read YA and children's books. I have two adorable dogs. Ginger is a mix between a poodle and havanese, and Daphne is Bichon Frise. Other things I love: Favorite Movie: Singing in the Rain Favorite Book: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Favorite TV Show: Monk
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26 Responses to Top Four Things On My Reading Wishlist

  1. I think there needs to be more girl friendship books where that’s the main focus of the novel. I can name very few that have girl friendships as the center piece of the story. I want more and I think a lot other readers what more of that. I know girls can be mean to each other but they are also pretty wonderful too and there’s not enough of that side shown.

    Aly @ My Heart Hearts BooksMy TTT

    • Quinn says:

      I definitely think that other readers would love books that focus on girl friendships. And sure girls can be mean to other girls – just like guys can be mean to other guys. It’s not like girls are the only mean people out there. That frustrates me so much.

  2. ChrissiReads says:

    Great list Quinn. I’m incredibly shy as well, so I completely understand why you picked that!

  3. I definitely agree with the shy thing. I have a similar thing on my list, anxiety (social and otherwise). I really really loathe talking to people because it makes me feel like I’m going to completely rattle apart or have a panic attack. I’m the same way with phone calls…if I have to call to do something it will take me months to actually talk myself into it.I definitely agree with female friendships too, it always seems like the females are out to get each other.

    • Quinn says:

      Oh my gosh, it’s awful talking to people, right? I mean, one on one is great and I have no problem. But groups with four people or more, and I pretty much clam up. I don’t sufer from panic attacks, though.

      I’m like that with phone calls, too, though. It will take me months to get the nerve to actually pick up the phone.

  4. Lindsay says:

    I struggled with this week too. I’m definitely not a writer! I’d love to see more positive female friendships too. Not all women are catty!

    My TTT

    • Quinn says:

      It’s just that sure some women are jerks, but it’s not like only women can be mean to eachother. I see plenty of guys being jerk, and often in catty ways.

  5. Axie says:

    “Strong female friendships” made my list, too, sort of. I said I wanted to see more “magical girl” stories, like Sailor Moon, where a group of girls work together to defeat an evil.

    And I love shy female protagonists! (btw, love the gif!) You’re not alone!!!!! 🙂

  6. lipsyy says:

    Alaska settings, YES!

  7. Jessica says:

    Number 4! *fist pump* I totally agree.

  8. sappleby says:

    Ooh a shy protagonist could be so interesting! Also your definitely not alone on that front, i’d definitely classify myself as shy, though its improved over the years. However i’m still not comfortable phoning people (as you mentioned) or being with big groups for long periods of time. It would definitely be great to see these sort of ideas reflected into the main character. I also love 4 (we’re not “catty”) and 3 would be great too see as most of the books i read, the friends don’t really seem to support each other. Great choices!

    • Quinn says:

      My shyness has definitely approved over the years, too. Thank goodness. But still, talking in a big group – that doesn’t even happen. Even at family gatherins, I’m very quiet. But one on one, I’m very comfortable and chatty. And don’t even get me started on making phone calls. If I can get someone else to do it, I will.

      And seriously, I hate that catty girl stereotype. It pisses me off to no end!

  9. Andrea says:

    I think you and I have a whole lot in common! I’m also incredibly shy and much more comfortable sending an email than making a call. Sometimes that drives my boss crazy! It seems a lot of the books I’ve read recently feature either incredibly strong and brave women or women who are shy because they’re broken somehow. None are just shy because that’s their personality. I’d never noticed that before, but you’re right, it would be nice to see that.

    • Quinn says:

      I’m so glad to hear that I’m not the only shy person. It seems like a lot of bloggers are shy.

      You know what does drive me a little crazy? When there’s this quiet girl character, and then all of the sudden she gets all the attention adn she loves it. And of course that’s not bad, or naything, but I’m quiet and I never, ever want to be the center of attention.

  10. Liesel Hill says:

    Great list! Couldn’t agree more. There’s such an emphasis on “strong” female characters and for some reason, anytime a character is anything but outspoken and outgoing, they’re seen as a weak character. Definitely a stereotype that needs to be blasted. I actually like the Alaska setting, too, but I don’t feel like I have enough authority to write about it. I’ve never been there and don’t know much about it, but there is a true crime show called Ice Cold Killers–definitely creepy/scary–about killers in remote parts of the state. Not that it’s the sunniest picture of Alaska, but definitely intriguing. I’d like more fiction based there. And I agree that there needs to be more show of female relationships that aren’t catty. I don’t think I’m catty with a single one of my female friends, but for some reason, in fiction, people think that kind of thing is unrealistic. Yeah, it’s not. Great list!

    My TTT

  11. I so hear you on the phone calls thing!! I will put that stuff off like nobody’s business. I would also really like to see some shy/introverted/just plain awkward girls in YA literature.

    • Quinn says:

      Yes, I want those characters, too. But I don’t want those shy, introverted, awkward characters to suddenly change during the course of the story and “learn” to not be shy or introverted. You know? I want them to be comfortable with who they are – even if they have securities.

  12. Ha glad to find another shy person. I think it’s really hard for people who aren’t shy to understand. I work in the library and talk to people every day and that took me ages to get more comfortable with. But outside of work, I’m a social anxiety, shy mess! Having to talk to new people gives me panic attacks to the point where I feel sick… and phone calls to companies and strangers, it is AWFUL!

    Also happy to see I wasn’t the only person who struggled to think of things this week! My TTT 🙂

  13. Angie says:

    I lived in Alaska for a few years. I really liked it.. it’s very different then living in the “lower 48” (that’s what they call the rest of us). I miss it sometimes. I need to get back up there and visit.

  14. Julianne says:

    I actually agree with all of these! I hate the catty girl thing and I don’t think I’ve ever read a book set in Alaska. I think it would be interesting.

  15. Alisa Selene says:

    I like the idea of shy protagonist, being shy myself!

  16. I would love a shy protagonist and strong female friendships as well. Count me as another shy person who will do anything to get out of calling someone I don’t know whether its customer service or a doctor’s office. I read a paranormal series that took place in Alaska which really made me want to visit. It was Molly Harper’s Naked Werewolf series which are hilarious!

  17. Cassie says:

    I love #4. Can we just get some girls that love and protect each other.

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