The Do’s And Don’ts of Social Networking (Or, How To Make All The Blogging Friends!)

Networking is hard sometimes.

I mean, what do you do? What do you say? When do you do it? How much should you do? It’s a lot of work, especially since networking can possibly be what makes or breaks your blog. So, of course, I decided to list out some tips that I thought might help some people, since you guys seem to really like them!

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13 Expectations Of Book Blogging (And Their Less Glamorous Realities)

Book bloggers are told lies before they even begin blogging.

I’m pretty sure we all came into the blogosphere with plenty of expectations, only to be smacked in the face with reality. So, of course, I thought I’d talk about some of the expectations I had when I started book blogging way back in December, and the cold hard truths I learned. Hopefully, this will help someone out there!

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9 Series I Won’t Be Continuing (Fortunately and Unfortunately)

I am not good at finishing series.

I currently have several series that have one book that need to be finished, or I’ve only read the first book and not any of its sequels, or I’m in the middle of. Basically, I’m a series failure. So, I decided to talk about some of the series I’ve decided that I’m just never going to actually finish because I’m much too honest with myself.

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7 Common Book Blogging Insecurities

 With being an amateur blogger comes great insecurities.

Most of you probably think I have my blogging life together, and I’m not insecure about anything. THAT IS A TOTAL LIE. I have all the insecurities, and I’m terrible at not playing a part in the comparison game – I play it all the time. So, I decided that I’d talk about some of my blogging insecurities and hope I’m not the only one who’s suffering through the same thing.

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To All The Books I’ll Never Read | Revisiting An Old Post

 If you’ve been following me for a long time, I had a post called “Why Have I Not I Read You Yet?”

I posted it way back in early January when I was just a tiny blogger, and, basically it was just an entire post about all the books on my TBR that I feel like everyone else in the world has read…except for me.

Since then, I’ve culled my TBR down by asking if I’m REALLY ever going to read those books, so I’m going to revisit this old post by looking at some books that are still on my TBR and some that are no longer there anymore!

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15 Fictional Worlds I’d Like to Leap Into (Ft. Lots of Pictures of Books with Maps)

 As bookworms, we all want to live in a fictional world.

Who wouldn’t want to get their letter to Hogwarts or have Rhysand appear out of nowhere and ask you if you want to come with him to the Night Court or go trekking in Cabeswater with the Gangsey or hang out in Camp Half-Blood with Percy Jackson and the gang? We all would, duh.

So, I’d thought it’d be nice to talk about some of my favorite fictional worlds that I’ve read about, and even talk about some  that I haven’t read about yet, but are on my TBR, and have cool maps, so I couldn’t resist them.

Also, as the title says, this post will feature lots of pretty pictures of books with maps. So be prepared for book porn.

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10 Of My Most Secretive Bookish Confessions

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So, a couple months ago, I did a post about 11 blogging confessions and it was pretty popular and very fun to write!

So, I decided it’d be fun to kick off the month of August by talking about ten of my bookish confessions, because, clearly, I have lots of things to confess.

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1. I sometimes skim.

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Yes, yes I do. It’s usually not even because I’m bored or anything, but when I read a book, I usually read it pretty quickly, depending on what’s going on around me. So, if I read a thriller in a day, yeah, I’ll sometimes skip a couple of paragraphs if they just reiterate the same facts over and over again or if I’m reading a YA book and the main character is angst-ing about somebody that’s died for the millionth time. I don’t think it’ll kill me if I just skim over the paragraph, especially if my eyes accidentally wander to the end of the page and I see something exciting happening.

2. Action scenes can bore me sometimes. 

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I owe this mainly to the fact that I’m awful at visualizing things in books. I mean, I’m weird enough that I can visualize whole story ideas in my head and see my own characters, but I suck at seeing things in my head as a story happens. So, to me, action sequences are basically nothing in my head. Not to mention that sometimes, I’ll read a couple of pages from a book but be completely out of it when I do, and that mainly happens when I read action scenes. And I’m terrible with keeping up with what’s going on during the scene, so overall, action scenes and me don’t get along.

3. I will frequently rant in my own head while reading.

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It definitely depends on what I’m reading. For instance, there have been many a thrillers where the guy is a douchebag, and I continually rant in my head about how much I hate him (looking at you, Todd and David). There are also the times I’ll rant in my head if insta-love becomes present since I hate insta-love with a passion. Or when something really awesome happens or I love a quote or I notice something, I’ll also rant in my head about how good it is. It can go both ways, for sure.

4. I suck at finishing series.

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I do. I really, really do. I’m not even going to bother to list them all, but for some reason, I have a problem with reading every book in a series except for the last one. Or it’ll be even worse and I read the first book in a series and fall in love with it, but haven’t read the sequels in the series, and now it’s been years and I forget everything. And let’s not get started on the amount of books I’m just in the middle of reading. Someone please help me.

5. Long chapters make me bored.

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I’ve definitely said this before, but they do! I think it’s mainly because I have this weird thing where I HAVE to finish a chapter before I put down a book, or else, it’s going to bother me until the end of time. I have a problem with this since I’ll continually tell myself I’m going to stop after this chapter, but then end up almost finishing the book (oops), so when I tell myself “One more chapter and then I’ll go to bed!” and the chapter ends up being forty pages long, it honestly drives me up a wall.

6. Sometimes, I’ll rate books higher because of hype.

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Yeah, I admit it. Most of the time, I do give my honest opinions and ratings on books, but when a book is really hyped up, sometimes I’ll end up convincing myself that I loved it more than I actually did. Some books this happened with were A Darker Shade of Magic, A Court of Thorns and Roses, and Clockwork Angel – these are all the first books in some of my favorite series that I originally rated four stars, but as time went on, they went to three stars. They definitely weren’t bad, but not as good as what I was expecting. Books like Shadow and Bone and The Winner’s Curse were books I also rated higher for some reason, but, unfortunately, I didn’t like those series or those books, so those ratings went from four and three stars to two and one stars. I think it happens to the best of us.

7. The more I hear about a hyped book, the more I want to scream.

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I feel like 2017 has been the year of “Everyone Keeps Recommending Mediocre-Looking Contemporary Novels That I Almost Fall Asleep When I Read Their Synopsis’.” Like, I’m glad you guys love your contemporary novels, but I literally could not care less about any of them (or maybe I could; who knows?). But, in general, I feel like I’ve been bombarded by the same hyped books over and over again this year, and it drives me crazy. Is it the influence of the blogosphere? Probably.

8. I’ll sometimes judge people on what they read.

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Yes, I know, I shouldn’t. But if someone says that a book I love isn’t good but rates five stars to every single new adult romance book that’s the same as every single new adult romance book, except with different names for the main characters? Or if they trash my favorite series while constantly talking about and praising an extremely mediocre one? Yeah, I’ll probably judge them just for that. It’s terrible, I know.

9. I don’t like reading negative reviews of books I love.

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I actually hate it. It seems like everyone always has this attitude of “I actually go out of my way to read negative reviews of books I absolutely adore!” but I just don’t. It’ll make me angry, I won’t change my mind, and it’ll just be a huge downer on my mood, so I just find absolutely no reason to go seek out something like that (and, between you on me, I don’t really believe people when they say they always read negative reviews of books they love, but that’s just me).

10. I’m brutally honest with myself regarding what I will and won’t read. 

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Literally just a couple months ago, I went through my TBR and took off probably 100+ books, and it felt really good. I know there are people who will keep a book on their TBR forever, but for me personally, if it’s been years and it’s just not happening or I realize I’m just never going to read a book no matter how much I want to, I’m totally okay with just removing it from my TBR. I want my TBR to be A LITTLE bit manageable, at least.

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20 Retellings That Need to Be Written Like I Need Air

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We bookworms love our retellings.

Over recent years, retellings have pretty much taken the publishing world by storm, and with that comes a whole new genre of books that I feel like hasn’t been explored to its full capability. So, I decided that I wanted to talk about some retellings of stories that I would love and enjoy (and, hopefully, you’ll beg the publishing industry for them as well).

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Robin Hood

1. Robin Hood

Because imagine a book where the main character was snarky and went around with a group of anti-heroes taking from the rich and giving to the poor in a sci-fi or a contemporary setting. Try to tell me that doesn’t sound totally awesome, BECAUSE IT DOES.

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2. The Nutcracker

I will say, my obsession is birthed half from the Barbie adaptation and half from seeing the ballet live way back a long time ago (and it was absolutely stunning, if you want to know), but I’d love to see a modern retelling of The Nutcracker! It doesn’t even have to be centered around Christmas, but it’d just be amazing to see the gorgeous world adapted onto the page, especially with an author who has gorgeous prose.

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3. Pandora’s Box

Not only does this Greek mythology really interest me, but it also pretty much ends on a sort of cliffhanger, if I remember (Pandora opens the box with all the bad traits inside…and that’s it, basically). I know there’s a middle grade series out there that I really enjoyed when I was younger that retold this story, but I’ve yet to see a YA retelling of this story. It’s so interesting, and I think it’d easily make an amazing series or stand-alone.

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4. Hercules

This would make a brilliant series or book! I remember that Hercules had to go through a slew of challenges to appease Hera, and it’d be so awesome to see a modern or sci-fi adaptation of the whole thing. And this may or may not have come up because I watched the Hercules movie a couple months back (it was objectively terrible, but subjectively entertaining).

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5. Prometheus

When I first heard this story, I absolutely fell in love with it. I don’t know why, but I’ve always found it so interesting that Prometheus was a sort of rebel and introduced fire to mortals anyone at the risk of being chained to a rock and having his insides attacked by a bird for the rest of his life, so why not have a more modernized version that talks about the events and gets into Prometheus’ head?

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6. Atlas

Even though I haven’t read the Percy Jackson series in a long time, that brief moment in The Titan’s Curse when Percy had to hold the world on his shoulders in place of Atlas was SO INTENSE. I think it’d be so interesting to have a retelling of the who, what, when, where, why, and how of this entire story! And because the premise of someone having to hold up the world with their shoulders is so interesting.

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7. Spartacus

Basically, I freaking love Spartacus’ story, and if there was a YA modern adaptation of his story or the movie 300 or even the TV show, I would be behind it 100 percent. Please someone write this.

Trojan War

8. The Trojan War

The idea of an adaptation where a group of people hide in a giant wooden horse and pretend to be a peace offering is totally entertaining to me, and I’m all for it.

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9. Frankenstein

I actually had to read this book for school and absolutely hated it, but I can’t deny that the concept and the whole discussion about what makes something human is totally fascinating and would make an amazing YA adaptation that delves deep into a topic that’d make people think! The Unwind Dystology (one of my favorite series of all time) explores this concept magnificently, but I’d love more dystopian and sci-fi that talks about it!

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10. Rapunzel

Okay, this is definitely inspired because Tangled is one of my favorite Disney Princess movies ever (and probably one of the most underrated besides The Princess and the Frog and Brave, but THAT’S NOT THE POINT HERE), and I absolutely loved Marissa Meyer’s Cress, so I’d love a modern retelling of Rapunzel, especially since the original fairytale is pretty dark, if I remember.

King Midas

11. King Midas

This is another sort of story that really has a tragic, cliffhanger ending, much like Pandora’s Box, so it’d be nice to see a sort of continuation of it or maybe even a metaphorical retelling or adaptation of it. I really think it’d be an interesting story to retell.

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12. Icarus

Again, another Greek mythology that has a tragic ending with it, and that’s basically it. I do find the story intriguing and interesting, though, especially with the fact that a modern retelling could have a main character that’s really good at inventing things, which isn’t usually seen a lot in YA! And it involves being in prison, and it’d be nice to see how one got there, along with their father.

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13. Romeo and Juliet

This is actually another classic I read back in middle school that I really didn’t enjoy (be prepared; there are a lot of them coming up), but the story of a star-crossed forbidden romance would make an awesome modern retelling, especially if it delved into politics and family relationships, or even had an alternate ending.

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14. The 12 Dancing Princesses

I actually know about zero of the story behind this one, and the only reason I’m intrigued by it is, again, because of a Barbie movie I watched when I was younger about them, but it was a gorgeous-looking movie, and one of my favorites, so a YA adaptation, please?

The Little Mermaid

15. The Little Mermaid

And I don’t mean the Disney adaptation of The Little Mermaid, I mean the Hans Christian Anderson’s version of The Little Mermaid where awful things happen and it ends terribly. Because I want more dark fairytales, damn it! And, also, because I have yet to find a book about mermaids that actually interests me.

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16. Julius Caesar

Again, another book I hated when I read it for school, but I love the plot and think it would make an amazing retelling. I mean, it’s literally an entire story leading up to a betrayal and it deals with politics and takes place in Rome. That’s basically all I’d need to hear, and I’d want to read it immediately.

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17. 1984

I’ve actually never read 1984 ever (it’s been on my TBR for a long time, though), but the premise sounds so amazing that it’d be really cool to have a retelling of it, especially since YA dystopian has died off, and I really miss it (but then again, I only read about five or so of the many dystopian novels that came out, so there’s that). And, again, I want more YA that gets me thinking.

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18. Fahrenheit 451

Again, another old dystopian novel with an interesting concept that has been on my TBR since the dawn of time. But don’t tell me you don’t want some sort of YA dystopian retelling that talks about free speech, because that would be absolutely amazing.

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19. Lord of the Flies

This book bored me to death when I read it in school, but again with the amazing premise! The Troop by Nick Cutter deals with a horror variation of this (and it was absolutely brilliant; I’d highly recommend it), but the idea of a group of boys having to survive without adults on an island would be interesting to watch unfold (without the ridiculous amounts of filler like in the original).

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20. The Odyssey

Another super boring book I read in freshman year of high school, and my opinion of Odysseus could be explained as “If him living was the only way I could still keep reading and he was on the threshold of death, I’d still let him die,” but I’d love to see a modern version of a male or female protagonist going on an awesome journey with a group of people for an extremely long amount of time. And in novel format instead of poetry format, because that made the original book about ten times more painful.

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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. Superheroes 

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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