Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday - Ten Things on My Reading Wish List

This week's Top Ten Tuesday topic from The Broke and the Bookish is Top Ten Things On Your Reading Wishlist.  It was fun to think about some of my favorite topics and plots and just what I want to see more of or at all in books!

1.  A Book About My Favorite Characters as Adults - I want to see what happened to Nancy Drew and the girls from The Babysitter's Club and any number of other characters as adults.  And I want it well done and believable too.

2.  A Book About a Woman (maybe a pastry chef or at least someone who likes to cook) who inherits an old house in Ireland, moves there to figure out what she wants to do with her life, discovers the house is haunted and finds a hidden diary and/or a packet of letters that leads her to uncover a mystery about former residents of the house.  Seriously these are pretty much all of my favorite things rolled into one plot.  I would love if this book exists.  If it does and I've just missed it please let me know!

3.  Treasure hunts or quest stories - especially ones that involve a group - Any time a crew is formed to go hunt down some kind of treasure or complete a quest I'm so in.  Nora Roberts is fantastic at this but I would love more!  I can't put these kinds of books down.  One of My Favorites: Stars of Fortune by Nora Roberts

4.  Historical + Travel Memoirs - I love books that combine history and travel and there aren't nearly enough.  Tony Horowitz's Blue Latitudes and Sarah Vowel's Assassination Vacation are two my favorites but I'm always looking for more.

5.  Librarians - I love when a main character is a librarian - especially when they talk about books and reading and bookish stuff

6. Old or Abandoned Houses - I can't emphasize just how much I love an old house.  I always want to know the story and love when a book gives me that.

7.  Books About Books - There just aren't enough books about books.  Books themselves, people reading books, the history of books, books with readers as characters - I want them all! One of My Favorites: The Man Who Loved Books Too Much by Allison Hoover Bartlett

8. Mysteries that Aren't Murder Mysteries - There was a cozy series years ago about a woman who worked with people to help them find long lost family.  I loved it and was incredibly sad when she stopped writing them.  There was typically a murder or two along the way but the real focus was more on the missing person.  Sheila Connolly has a book in her Apple Orchard series where the main characters solve a mystery about the old home they live in.  It's always such a treat to come across these.  I wouldn't want to give up my murder mysteries completely but I'd like a few more of these!   One of My Favorites: Bitter Harvest by Sheila Connolly

9.  More secret families or estranged families who are forced together for some reason.  Normally this is because of a will and to inherit money.  I love it!  It always brings different characters together - who usually don't like each other- forces them to work together and figure out what they all really want in life.  It's like my catnip.  I can't resist it.  One of My Favorites: The Last Chance Matinee by Mariah Stewart

10.   More Time to Read - I think this is probably high on a lot of wish lists.  There are so many great books but I just don't have the time to read the way I used too.  Part of this may be bad time management on my part but there always seems to be something else that has to be done.

What's on your reading wishlist?


  1. That would be awesome to see Nancy Drew as an adult! Or the Hardys or the Boxcar kids... treasure hunts would be neat too. And I love books about bookstores or books in general.

  2. I would love to see Nancy Drew as an adult. I read all of her books and loved them.

  3. I would love to see the Babysitters Club as adults!! Your #2 is funny in how specific it is!! More time to read would be so nice. Great list!!

  4. A book about Nancy Drew's adult life is one I would pick up in a heartbeat. Great idea.
    My list here: http://wp.me/p4cJzL-3o8

  5. Ha, you got me! I read that second item (A Book about a Woman) and thought I needed to get it in my library holds! I didn't know you made it up. So I will look for that book for us to read. Bet it's out there somewhere.

    As for item #8, check out Fiona Mountain's genealogy mysteries. I love her work. Here is a link for Goodreads:

  6. I love books about librarians, too. But only when the author did research on what being a librarian is actually like. I remember reading this romance where the heroine was a librarian. I was so excited, but then when the book touched on what she did in her job, I was like THAT IS SOOOOOOO WRONG! For example, she has a storytime, so she just walks into work, puts her purse in a drawer in her desk (which is on the floor!!!! We never do that because it will be stolen) and then just grabs some books off the shelf and does the storytime. We always plan our storytimes ahead, we also usually need to do a lot of room set up. Plus a storytime isn't just reading a couple books. We have other activities that are planned ahead of time. Okay, I will stop ranting.

    I would love a story like number 2. But I'd also want some romance too. :)

  7. I would LOVE to see the BSC girls all grown up! I loved those books so much as a kid

  8. I'd love to read books with my favourite characters as adults!
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/05/09/top-ten-tuesday-106/

  9. I need more time to read. You should write the book for #2 on your list! I would definitely read that one. Great list!

  10. Great list! I particularly like how you offered books that fit the category.
    Travel- memoirs are a great idea!
    Books about grown up characters is a great idea - it may be why I always read Anne of Green Gables books as LM lets Anne grow up.

    Re: non-murder mysteries. Have you read The Number One Ladies Detective Agency books? Very gentle mysteries; I can barely call them mysteries, but oh, so delightful.

  11. Ah, yes, more time to read. Someone needs to discover how to stop time, preferable a bookworm. Great list!

  12. A book about my favorite characters as adults!!!!!! How did I not know that's exactly what I want to be reading???

  13. Great list! Mine would be not so much more time to read but me devoting more time to reading and not getting distracted by other things. Love books about books too.

  14. I'm totally laughing at number two. Not something you've thought about at all, huh? It sounds awesome to me :)

  15. There are so many characters I'd like to revisit as an adult. :)

    Lauren @ Always Me

  16. Love your list! LOL @ #2-- pretty sure if anyone's written that one it would be Nora Roberts. She's touched on most of these topics, but whether she's rolled them into one, now I don't know.

    I love stories about books, librarians, and libraries also. And you're right; as much as I love my murder mysteries, can't there be more plots revolving around mysteries that are more generalized? That would be a treat.

  17. Books about characters all grown up, yes! Your mash-up book is hilarious. Speaking of books about books, have you read The Thirteenth Tale, yet? :)

  18. We do need more librarian characters. And books about characters all grown up would be amazing.