HOSTED BY: The Broke and The Bookish
DESCRIPTION: Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!
This week’s theme: Ten Books with Settings We’d Love to Visit
Because I don’t wanna.
SO, instead, I give you:
Ten FIVE Things this Penguin LOVES to See in Books
Because you all KNOW I lay little snark eggs that hatch little snark penguins. I am ALL ABOUT snark, so books colored fifty shades of it? are always the books I most enjoy.
Snark, penguins–it’s like Skittles for me. I long to taste the rainbow…and I can NEVER get enough!
(of course, this often leads to a strong sense of need-to-sass while I’m working… it’s a good thing most of my customers tolerate my mouth, because lately it’s been HUGE)
I mean really, who?! wants to read the same “girl meets guy, falls head over heels, gets hurt” drivel time after time after time?! Not me, for sure! Give me something different. I don’t MIND romance, but I don’t want it to be the entire plot, you know?
Dragons, pirates, polka-spotted coat-fondling ghosts…there are so many ways you could go! Spice it up a little and try one of them out. Or get crazy and do five. OR get SOOPAH EPIC AMOUNTS OF CRAZY and do all of them. At once. In the same chapter. And then add about a gazillion more.
(actually, no, don’t do this–your book would be a mess and that’s one lawsuit I don’t ever need on my plate. seriously, you guys should know better than to listen to ANYTHING I say!)
Yeah, I looooove love as much as the next book penguin…but romance (and romess!) gets a bit plain Jane tedious after a while. Some of my FAVORITE reads this year have been, surprisingly, romance free (or pretty darn close to it).
Why? Because these books have the freedom to focus on OTHER things. The characters as complete individuals ON THEIR OWN, the plot and yummy twisty-turns, the emotions beyond “he/she broke up with me and now I’m crying.
Romance free is the best thing EVAR, penguins, because there’s no pressure to “ship” anybody.
I’m sure you’ve all come across at least one of these characters in your reading careers: that girl who, for unexplained reasons, is “not like other girls” (even though she really toooootally is. LIES, I tell you, LIES!)
Maybe she’s into video games (leGASP!) Maybe she wants to be a zombie when she grows up (I mean, who wouldn’t?!) Maybe her hair smells like lemons and she lays golden eggs (if this is the case, you should probably run far far away–there’s no telling what else she’ll do, and golden eggs can easily bust your face open in a fit of rage)
Whatever the case, she thinks she’s the BEST VERSION OF GIRL to ever exist since men discovered their own two feet… and this? Annoys the crap out of me. Because usually, it leads to girl hate. It leads to cat fights. It leads to a whoooooole lot of drama that could be effort put toward other portions of the plot.
Give me girl power, and you’ll find a solid reader in me. Give me unnecessary girl hate, and…well, I might just find a golden egg of my own to throw at you.
Some of my favorite reads share ONE important, but often overlooked, thing: awesome familial relationships!
Don’t get me wrong–I’m not necessarily talking the “perfect” family. This is 2016; perfect families don’t exist aaaaanywhere.
BUT. Books that focus on and implement familial relationships (of any kind, not just blood-related) are the bomb diggity. Mostly because these days, books paint families as either completely nonexistant…or the most evil of evil things in all history of evilness. Which… No.
Don’t do those things, okay? There are all sorts of families out there. Even if the parents are dead and your MC’s an only child, they can–and probably should be!–close to others in the same type of way. Figure out WHO those others are. Make them IMPORTANT to the story and your character.
I will love you so hard for it.
And that’s it!
What sort of things does YOUR little penguin heart go pitter-patter over in books? Based on the above, do you have any book recommendations for me? Feel free to share your thoughts with me in the comments, or link me to your own Top Ten Tuesday!
Until next time, happy book-ing!