22 Things I Want More of in Books That You Didn’t Even Know You Needed

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Books are wonderful, but sometimes they don’t have everything I want.

Apparently, all books don’t cater to my interests (which is upsetting BECAUSE THEY CLEARLY SHOULD). So, I thought I’d talk about some of the things I want more of in books, continuing on with the whole “things in books” trend I’ve been carrying on for the whole month! Hopefully, you’ll be convinced that you need these things in books, too, because WHY WOULD YOU NOT?

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1. Heists

I don’t know about you, but because of Six of Crows, I now love heists. A group of people trying to steal something or overthrow a government? Count me in! There are clearly not enough heist plots out there, but about 240840284 books where a group of people is going from one place to another. WHY?

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2. More Realistic Horror

By this, I mean horror that centers less around paranormal activity and such, and more around serial killers and psychopaths. I’ve become really interested in serial killers in the last year because of all of the thrillers I read, and I think realistic horror is what really makes it scary. I’m not one to believe in ghosts and spirits, but a serial killer hunting me down? SHIVERS.

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3. Cut-throat Ballerinas

After reading the Tiny Pretty Things duology and then binging the mini-series Flesh and Bone on Starz (I highly recommend both of those), I’ve been so intrigued about how cut-throat and intense the ballet world is, especially since I used to want to do ballet when I was younger (then quickly let that dream die because ballet class was THE WORST). So I demand more books about the OTT drama of the ballet world, please!

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4. Male Protagonists

Because what would I do without Percy Jackson, Harry Potter, and Darrow? WHERE WOULD I BE? But, seriously, I feel like I rarely read from a male’s point-of-view, even when I read thrillers, they’re usually narrated by a woman, and I wish there was more of it! Good thing I only have a large amount of books from a male’s point-of-view on my TBR.

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5. Missing Kids

I don’t know why, but this sub-genre of the thriller genre is one of my favorite things. Which sounds terrible, but I’m always intrigued about the whole mystery and what could have happened and whodunnit? I feel like I’ve only read a couple of thrillers with this trope that I REALLY loved – there are definitely some that are meh out there – and I’d like more that are done well!

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6. Alternate Dimensions

This is literally one of the most interesting things to read about. Like, the idea that there are alternate universes out there where we made different choices or there are different worlds? Excuse me while my mind explodes. I feel like this is such an interesting trope to play around with, and my obsession with Blake Crouch’s Dark Matter has not helped with damping my interest.

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7. Time Travel

Some people absolutely hate time travel because it’s confusing and weird, but that’s basically the reason why I absolutely LOVE time travel. It makes my brain hurt, and that’s what makes it so fun. Not to mention that this also has endless possibilities and interpretations to play around with, so no matter how many stories I read involving it, it always never fails to interest me. So more time travel stories!

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8. Fae

THESE ARE MY FAVORITE PARANORMAL CREATURES. It seems like vampires and werewolves and angels had their time to shine, and after that, fae were never really properly introduced, which is terrible, because fae are so sneaky and seductive and conniving and magical and a whole slew of things because there are SO MANY interpretations of faeries out there! Of course, I love Sarah J. Maas and Cassandra Clare’s books, but that’s only two authors out of the millions out there. WHEN IS IT FAERIES’ TIME TO SHINE?

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9. Speculative Science-Fiction

I totally enjoy sci-fi that takes place in space with aliens and the galaxy and all that, but I’m more of a fan of the type of sci-fi that’s satirical or manages to make me think about our society and some of the ridiculous things we do (not like that’s not already every single day of my life or anything). Basically, I want more books that are like one of my favorite shows of all time, Black Mirror.

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10. Non-Contemporary Short Story Anthologies

I absolutely LOVE short story anthologies, especially YA ones since they’re far and few between, but it really annoys me how pretty much all of them are contemporary-based. My fantasy/thriller/horror/sci-fi-loving self doesn’t WANT to read thirty short stories from contemporary authors I don’t like or read from making ten page short stories about falling in love. I want more Slasher Girls and Monster Boys and Scary Out There and Because You Love to Hate Me. BRANCH OUT IN DIFFERENT GENRES, PLEASE.

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11. Prohibition Era or Roman Era Settings

I talked about this in some other posts earlier this month, but I’m so tired of the Regency era and the World War II era being used EVERY SINGLE TIME a book is in the historical fiction category. Personally, I’m a huge fan of the Roaring Twenties (thank you, The Diviners series, for giving me this obsession) and the Roman era with gladiators and ridiculously gratuitous amounts of violence (but is really interesting to me? Don’t ask why). There are barely any YA books in these settings, and it’d be nice if there were more out there and less of petticoats and fancy language.

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12. Gangs

A gang of anti-heroes. A gang of hunters. A biker gang. A gang of druglords. I honestly don’t care what it’s a gang of, I just want a gang of people doing gang-like things. I guess we could tie this into the previous point with the Roaring Twenties (NO, I haven’t watched Boardwalk Empire; IT’S ON THE LIST, DAMN IT). But I do think the concept would make for an amazing book.

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13. Mythology

I really don’t care what mythology is, whether Greek or Roman or based off of some sort of folklore, but I will eat it up. I feel like everyone thinks that only Rick Riordan can write about mythology, and even though I love his books and consider him one of my favorite authors, it really bothers me that he’s the ONLY source of mythology-inspired plots and concepts.

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14. Dark Fairytale Retellings

Because even though I love Disney and what it’s done with some of the fairytales, it’d be really great to see more books written surrounding Hans Christian Anderson’s original dark fairytales.

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15. Boarding Schools

I feel like boarding schools were a thing for a while because of Harry Potter, and then they just completely died out as a setting, but I absolutely love the boarding school setting! It’s just so interesting to see the main characters navigate a school throughout an entire series, and also leave me jealous because I WANT TO GO TO HOGWARTS, DAMN IT.

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16. SuperheroesΒ 

Okay, this is 100% inspired by my love for Marvel, how excited I am for Avengers: Infinity War (IT’S BEING DIRECTED BY THE RUSSO BROTHERS), and the start of the DC Icons series starting next month with Wonder Woman, but I want more superheroes and superpowers! Out of all the books I’ve read involving the concept, only a couple of them have satisfied me, so I want better stories surrounding superheroes.

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17. Villains and Anti-Heroes POV

And banking off the other point, I really love seeing villain’s origin stories or reading from the POV of anti-heroes. Yes, I love being confused about my feelings towards people that I’m supposed to hate, but do I really actually hate them, and is it wrong for me to love them?

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18. Video Games

It’s actually funny, because I don’t even PLAY video games – but I absolutely love watching people play video games and I love reading about it as well. There are a couple of books out there surrounding video games or taking place in a video-game type world on my TBR, but not nearly enough to satisfy me.

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19. A Closed Environment

I’m a huge fan of any sort of plot where people are stuck in a room together for a long amount of time because what will happen? Why are they stuck there? There’s just an endless amount of questions and possibilities. I’ve watched a lot of movies that deal with closed environments, but, funnily enough, I haven’t read too many books that have the same thing.

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20. A Group of People Stuck Together

Again, WHAT ARE THE POSSIBILITIES? This can definitely tie in with a closed environment, and I have read a couple of books that deal with this subject, but I don’t feel like I’ve found too many, and I’d like more of them.

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21. Robots

I find robots super interesting, especially since you can make them good or evil and have some other sort of side on their own. Again, movies and shows seem to have tackled robots in their many different forms a lot, but I rarely see them pop up in books, and most of the time, they’re usually fun side-kicks. WHERE ARE MY KILLER ROBOTS AT?

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22. Zombies

I know so many people think that zombies are over-done and need to stop, but I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of zombies and the zombie apocalypse. I just love how every single one of these stories seems to be different and explores a different aspect of zombies. I mean, World War Z, The Walking Dead, and I Am Legend all deal with zombies and are completely different, but I don’t feel like there are enough zombies in YA, so I demand them.

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43 thoughts on “22 Things I Want More of in Books That You Didn’t Even Know You Needed

  1. I totally agree that we need more dark fairytales, it’s one if the reasons I love Into The Woods so much! Also, you talked about Marvel and the new Avengers film so I thought you’d be interested to know that they just finished filming Infinity War part 1 so we should be getting more info/footage soon!

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  2. I loved a lot of these! YES to more superheroes (aaah, so excited for Inifinity War. Plus, I saw Spiderman last night and it was amazing), people being stuck together, and more time travel. Also, I prefer (reading and writing about) male main characters so I’d love to see more of them too. Great post!

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    • Ah, I want to see Spider-Man but my parents don’t seem to be taking me anytime soon! It kills me inside; I haven’t been to the movie theater since last year! 😭 I CANNOT WAIT FOR INFINITY WAR GAH! I got excited about it for no reason today because I was thinking of Chris Evans/Hemsworth/Pratt doing all these press release interviews and started fangirling. πŸ˜‚

      Yeah, I’m so glad we agree on so many! ❀ Thank you!

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      • Ah, that sucks. I really hope you get to see it soon.

        Me neither! And apparently they’ve shown a bit of footage at a press release which I’m dying to see but they haven’t released it on YouTube yet πŸ˜”

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    • Ooh, yes, I love the Red Rising trilogy! It’s so good! 😍 I know I read some male protagonists in M/M YA contemporary novels, but it seems like they’re not as frequent in sci-fi or horror or thriller or dystopian, which I find interesting! πŸ€”

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  3. I need more antihero stories and novels with mythology or dark retellings! I’m so down for that!!
    Also even if there were so many books fae related I would need more! I love them, especially dark fae❀️

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  4. Have you read any C.J. Skuse? She wrote a great YA horror Monster which has a group of teens trapped in a Boarding school.

    She also has another book The Deviants which is more thriller but has a group.

    Both would fit a few of your categories and she’s a great writer.

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  5. I LOVE FAE TOO!!! I’m always looking for new books with fae, but it’s hard to find them when so many lists of fae related books only have SJM books!!

    My personal favorite books with fae in them are The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black and Midnight Never Come by Marie Brennan.

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    • Yeah, she’s the only one I know who mainly writes about fae, and I love her books, but I need more! I heard An Enchantment of Ravens is about fae, and I’m so excited for it! 😍

      Ooh, I have Holly Black on my list, but I’ve never heard of Marie Brennan! I need to look into her! πŸ˜„

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  6. DARK FAIRY TALE RETELLINGS YES YES YES YES!!! I love dark and I love retellings. Stop with the popular tales and DELVE DEEPER AND MAKE IT DAAAAAARK. 😈 Also I just stared at the featured image for a few seconds, jealous of all them ARCs. πŸ˜‚ YES for male protags! I mean, go girls and all but we need some boys to narrate sometimes. AGH ANTI-HEROES’ POVS YES PLS! I looove all that morally grey stuff and it’s just SO intriguing to be in the anti-heroes/villains’ head! And dude SoC has ignited a love for heists… but will they ever be as perfect as SoC??? πŸ˜‚

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    • I KNOW I WANT THAT SO MUCH! Forest of a Thousand Lanterns is supposed to be a dark retelling, so I hope it’s good!

      LOL, I used to have so many images on my phone that I used for featured images (and I didn’t delete them after I used it; DUMB DECISION), but I knew I hadn’t used the ARC pics I had taken so they’re used so often in my July + August posts. πŸ˜‚

      Yeah, I’m totally here for female MCs, but I miss my snarky boys! ❀ I LOVE MORALLY GREY CHARACTERS! It is very interesting to be in the head of a “bad guy.” I don’t know why, but it does??? And they probably won’t??? But if they’re pretty good, I’ll probably still like it! πŸ˜‚

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  7. Although it’s a sequel, Gemina has a seriously amazing alternate-dimension plot! I highly recommend picking up the Illuminae series, if you haven’t already. Also I haven’t read anything by her myself, but I know Holly Black has written quite a few books about fae. And I definitely know what you mean about limited historical fiction, my personal pet peeve is that so many of them seem to be written in the Victorian Era! I was okay with it for a while, but a person gets real tired of reading about dirty, disease-infested London, all the ladies in suffocating clothing, and guys with pocket watches. The Valiant and An Ember in the Ashes are both historical fantasies based on Roman culture (Valiant even more so). A personal favorite of mine is Grave Mercy, which is set in the 1450s in France. It’s super unique and highly underrated, in my opinion! ❀

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    • I have read the Illuminae series! IT IS SO GOOD! I loved Gemina more than Illuminae just for that plot! ❀ I have an ARC of The Cruel Prince by her, and it sounds SO GOOD, so I’m hoping it’s good! πŸ˜‚ YES EXACTLY! It just gets really old. Like, every historical fiction book either takes place in that era or WWII, and I feel like we’ve covered every angle it could be covered at. πŸ˜‚ I loved An Ember in the Ashes (SO GOOD), and have both The Valiant and Grave Mercy on my TBR! πŸ˜„

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      • I’m still deciding whether Cruel Prince is something I would be interested in, so I can’t wait to see what you think! I hope you like it, as well as Valiant and Grave Mercy whenever you get around to them! ❀

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  8. I like all of the above concepts except time travel. I only like ‘Harry Potter’ kind of time travel. It was somewhat same in ‘Being a Witch’, like they imagine a place and Poof! Not that ‘Time Traveler’s Wife’ kind. :/
    Serial killer and psychopath book I’m reading right now- ‘Hanover House’, I just finished 40% and so far it’s damn scary. You may like it.

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    • I haven’t read the Time Traveler’s Wife nor seen the movie, so I don’t know what happens. πŸ˜‚ I do like Harry Potter’s time travel! It’s very complicated when you really think hard about it, which is why I like it so much!

      Ooh, I’ll look into that! πŸ˜„

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  9. If you like satirical science fiction, definitely check out The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, if you haven’t already! It’s one of my favorite book series of all time, and it actually makes you laugh out loud. P.S. I wouldn’t recommend reading it in class; you might get weird looks laughing at your book. (I’m certainly not speaking from experience here…)

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  10. Definitely, want more male MC’s! I feel like we get SO MANY female protagonists (YA especially) i Miss male ones who are usually fantastic MC’s?
    Boarding schools are fantastic! I LOVE THE WHOLE VIBES OF THE SETTINGS. gimme more? I love heists because of SoC we need so many more!

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    • Yeah, I feel like it’s more of a middle grade thing, maybe? In most of the genres I read, the MC is female, even in my adult thrillers! Like, even some male authors write their books from a female POV in YA, which I find interesting! SAME I DO, TOO! I need all the boarding school antics! πŸ˜‚ I now need all the heists because of SOC! ❀

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  11. So so many of these are high on my list of things I want to see more in books. After reading Six of Crows I really want to see more heist books, then again I’d be happy with more books featuring the Six of Crows crew! πŸ˜€
    Also yes to dark fairytale retellings and mythology books. They’re two of my favourite subgenres so I don’t think I’m ever going to get tired of them. Time travel is another favourite subgenre of mine so again I’d love to see more books that feature it. πŸ™‚
    Great post Mikaela.

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    • Yes, Six of Crows made me want all the heist books! I want them all! I thought Want by Cindy Pon was pretty good! πŸ˜„

      So many good subgenres! I feel like all the ones I like are never written, and the ones I don’t like get books ALL THE TIME! πŸ˜‚ There are some fall releases that are coming out that fit the criteria, so that’s definitely good!

      Thank you so much, Beth! πŸ˜„

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  12. Heists make everything better xD. Have you read The Diviners? That is fantastic, and it is set in the prohibition area, which I totally agree we need more of. I wish more YA books had male protagonists! I mean, I love female MCs, but there are so few guy POVs!
    Fantastic post!

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  13. Cut-throat ballerinas. Yes! Totally loved the twisted treat that is Tiny Pretty Things, and as far as fantasy goes, I do love the Fae. Boarding Schools are an interesting setting, because of the absence of adult supervision (is that really how it is?), all Lord of the Flies stuff there. I love when a mythology is used in a book too. As with any re-tellings, it’s interesting to see what they do with it.

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    • Yes, I loved how twisted it was, so I would definitely love more of it! Fae are totally my favorite! ❀ That’s quite true; I’ve never thought of that! Yeah, I love mythology and re-tellingly because I don’t know what they’ll do with it, which always makes it so intriguing!

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