Hi! Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam@Thoughts on Tomes over on Goodreads. This week’s theme is: Your 2018 Wishlist. We’re not talking about specific books that are coming out in 2018, but the kinds of books we’d like to see more of in the upcoming year. So tropes, themes, genres etc.
5. FAMILY RELATIONS & FRIENDSHIPS
Ok, confession: I’m a hopeless romantic. I love love. I’m not upset when there’s romance in my epic fantasy tome or hard sci-fi adventure story. I’m delighted. But I don’t think romantic relationships are in any way more significant or valid than platonic ones. So in 2018 I want more books where the romance isn’t the main focus or where there’s no romance at all. I want to read books about different kinds of family constellations that explore the unique relationships between mother and daughters, brothers and sisters, grandchildren and grandparents. I want to read books about childhood best friends who don’t fall in love and new friends finding each other in a completely platonic way ya’ll.
4. SCI-FI EXPLORATIONS
You could say 2017 was the year I finally fell down the sci-fi wormhole (lol). I’ve read lots of different types of sci-fi this year and all my favorite ones fall into a very specific category: books that feature space travel, aliens, inhabited planets and a variety of civilizations and cultures across the galaxy. I want more. Ok.
3. DIVERSE SFF
There’s already a lot of fantastic voices writing diverse SFF out there, but we need more. Everyone deserves to see themselves represented in the kind of books they love to read. We need lesbian queens, assassins with anxiety, Asian knights, black royals, Latinx magicians, bisexual space captains, trans princesses etc. Not only is this very, very important – it’s also so much more fun and interesting to read about different people with different perspectives and experiences. So it’s a win-win. 2017’s been a great year for diversity in books and I hope 2018 (and every year after) will be even better.
2. FAIRYTALES, FOLKLORE AND MYTHOLOGY
Fairytale retellings have been the thing for a few years now and while I do love a good Beauty and the Beast or Snow White retelling, there’s such a vast collection of fairy-tales, folklore and myths from all over the world to choose from and I hope that in 2018 we’ll get a more varied selection of retellings to read. Since two my all time favorite books were inspired my Russian fairy-tales, I’d love to see more Russian folklore explored. I’d also love to see more retellings of non-western folklore and mythology in general.
While anti-heroes are a dime a dozen, anti-heroines, for some mysterious reason, are much harder to come by. (Just kidding. I know the reason. It’s the patriarchy) Which is very unfortunate for me since anti-heroines are my faves. It doesn’t matter if it’s a wicked witch in a fantasy novel, a femme fatale slinking into a detective’s office, a mean girl on the cheer squad or an “unlikeable” woman (whatever that means) – I just love them all. I hope to see lots more complex, flawed and difficult women in books in 2018.
What types of books are at the top of your wishlist for 2018?