The Broke and the Bookish is Ten Books I Wish Had More/Less X in them. There aren't ten books that I wish all had more of the same thing in them but there are definitely 10 books I've read that I wish had more or less something in them so I thought I'd break this down book by book!
The Wicked City by Beatriz Williams - I really enjoyed this dual timeline book but for the timeline set in present day I wanted more ghosts and I wanted them to realize it was ghosts way earlier!
2. A Book I Wish Had a Little Less Chaos
Teetotaled by Maia Chance - I love Lola, the heroine of Chance's 1920s era cozy mystery series, and enjoy watching her adventures and mishaps but I could have used a mishap or two less in this book.
3. A Book I Wish Had a LOT Less Pages
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott - I know this is probably an unpopular opinion but while I loved Eight Cousins by Alcott Little Women was not a favorite. I could have used waayy less of it.
4. A Book I Wish Was a Little Spookier
Thornyhold by Mary Stewart - I really expected this book to be spooky. There's witches and an old house with unknown nooks and crannies but instead it was kind of sweet. I mean it was a good read and all but it just was not what I expected!
5. A Book I Wish Had Way Less Boat
Nobody But You by Jill Shalvis - I love Jill Shalvis really I do. Her contemporary romance stories are basically guaranteed fun and I always enjoy them but my review for 3/4 of this book could be wrapped up in one sentence - "Just sell the boat Sophie!"
6. A Book I Wish Had More History
Nine Lives by Wendy Corsi Staub - This may be because I'm a massive history nerd but while I really enjoyed Nine Lives I really wanted more history of the setting - Lily Dale, famous for its' psychics, spiritualists and who knows what else. I would have loved it if the plot had more about the history of the place.
7. A Book I Wish Made More Sense
Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll - Maybe it's because I didn't read these books as a child but I was not a fan of Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. While I could at least follow along with Alice reading Through the Looking Glass was like reading someone describing their dream for 100+ pages and then just coming to a stop. I have no idea what was going on.
8. A Book I Wish Had More Books in the Series
The Beekeeper's Ball by Susan Wiggs - This has all the indications that there's going to be another book. It's listed as #2 in a series, there's hints of a mystery that are discovered right at the end of this book and a new character appears who seems to have no other purpose than to be the main character in the third book. But is there a third book?? No there is not and it's been YEARS. I'm still hoping though!
9. A Book I Wish Had More of the Side Characters
Fudge and Jury by Ellie Alexander - I love this cozy mystery series set around a bakery in a theater town in Oregon and I really love the world Alexander has created but I wanted more of the side characters in this latest book! We only see them occasionally and I wanted more!
10. A Book I Wish Had Less Characters and Subplots
Lovers and Newcomers by Rosie Thomas - I loved Iris and Ruby by Thomas and really wanted to love this one as well. While I liked it it just had so many characters who all had so much history and baggage that it was hard not to get a little lost.
So those are my more or lesses! Anything you wished some recent books have had more or less of?