Top 5 Wednesday: 2018 Wishlist

TOP 5

Hey everyone! For today’s Top 5 Wednesday we will be discussing some things I would like to see in 2018 releases. I know, I know, the title was a little misleading. If anything, you probably thought that I would be talking about some of the books I want to receive/read in 2018. However, I am actually going to be talking about my top 5 themes, genres, tropes, etc. that I hop e to see in 2018 releases. Let’s get into it!

  1. Even more diversity…
    2017 seemed to be the year where authors truly recognized diversity in YA literature. Prior to this year, I would say that maybe 1 out of every 3 books featured a character of colour and/or an LGBTQ+ character. But, I believe that authors were able to bump that number up to 2 out of every 3 books. Almost every contemporary I read that was released in 2017 had at least one diverse main character in it. Although fantasy novels still lacked a lot of diversity, authors like Cassandra Clare and Leigh Bardugo helped the numbers improve slightly.
  2. More paranormal books…
    If you didn’t already know, paranormal is my absolute favorite genre! It can be mixed in with so many other genres including romance, science-fiction and historical fiction, so how could you not love it? But I haven’t been seeing a lot of it recently. I loved the days when paranormal books were constantly being released. Like the years when Fallen and Hush, Hush were super popular.But, I am hoping that we can convince some YA authors to bring back paranormal books. (I hope you are reading this, Jennifer L. Armentrout)
  3. More co-authored novels…
    Has anyone else noticed an abundance of co-authored, or even multi-authored books? In past years, we have received amazing co-authored novels like These Broken Stars, Illuminae and Beautiful Creatures over the years and it has become noticeable that many of these writing duos work out in the end. I haven’t actually read one bad co-authored book. So far, I have heard about a few co-authored novels being released in 2018, but I am really hoping to hear about a few more!
  4. Less possible problematic books…
    Okay, that subtitle was a bit of a tongue twister. But I think you could kind of guess where I am going with this. When readers find a book “problematic,” the book world blows up with problematic thoughts. Usually they don’t last more than a few days, but I’m hoping for less problematic YA books in 2018. For the most part, readers find books problematic when an author attempts to write about diversity. My biggest recommendation for authors is to simply not write about diversity if you don’t think you will do it in a way that will satisfy readers, especially readers that are diverse, themselves.
  5. And a whole new year of YA novels…
    I absolutely cannot see where the YA book world goes in 2018. It has so much potential and from what I’ve heard, we are expecting a great year!

That’s about it for today’s post! I hope you enjoyed reading this post and have similar thoughts to mine. Do you do Top 5 Wednesday on your blog? Be sure to share the link to your post below and I will definitely check it out. Other than that, be sure to like, comment and follow my blog to stay up to date with all of my future posts!

Happy Reading,
Alaina

4 thoughts on “Top 5 Wednesday: 2018 Wishlist

  1. Amen to diversity! I’m really falling in love with that aspect HARD lately. Even noticed that I’m capable of reading diverse books way faster than other ones – which is pretty funny in a way but also annoying since there simply aren’t enough, haha.

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    1. Haha, that’s so funny. I actually don’t read a whole lot of them. I kind of just pick books, and if they include diversity, than I guess I end up reading a diverse book! But you can never have enough diversity!

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      1. I’ve been focusing on diverse books this month so I’ve had quite my fair share of them lately, haha. Normally I wouldn’t check up front either and just read what I feel like reading – this month was different.

        Although it is a nice feeling to just pick something up and discover it to be diverse!

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