Happy Hump Day – it’s Top 5 Wednesday! As a reminder, Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly roundup of cool/fun bookish things that is hosted by Sam over at Thoughts on Tomes on YouTube. You can visit the Goodreads group for topics (and such, as Sam always says). Oh hey, it’s been a while since I’ve written a Top 5 Wednesday post – sorry about that! Wednesdays have turned into additional book review and rest days. In any case, I liked this topic and wanted to talk about it! Yesterday I listed specific books that I’m looking forward to in 2018 – today I’m going to be more broad and talk about genres, topics, and themes that I’m looking forward to in books in 2018. So let’s go!
Top 5 Types of Books I’m Looking Forward to in 2018
- Diverse YA Fantasy. I’m starting to see this, and I just want more of it. With Children of Blood and Bone, the third Ember in the Ashes book, and Bruja Born all coming out in the first half of the year, I’m super excited! And I just want more! I’m currently reading Reign of the Fallen, which has a black MC, and I’m just like YES I’M HERE FOR IT. Plus! LGBTQIA+ representation! Especially bisexual and on the asexual spectrum. More please!
- Diverse Historical Romance. I’ll admit that historical romance hasn’t always been my thing, but I’ve started getting into it and I want more diversity. People of color! LGBTQIA+ rep! Anything that isn’t a rich white person and a rich white person sounds great to me.
- More LGBTQIA+ representation in Women’s Fiction. Um hi. I know I haven’t been out searching for this, but I want more of it to be mainstream. Please please please.
- Interracial Couples in Contemporary Romance Where Neither are White. Interracial couples are getting to be more common in CR, but there’s always at least one white person. Come on. Let’s mix it up a bit!
- More LGBTQIA+ representation in YA Contemporary that Aren’t Coming Out Stories. I’m starting to see more of this too! I recently read the 2018 releases Girl Made of Stars and Miles Away from You, and both had rep that didn’t contain a coming out story. (GMoS had bi and non-binary/genderqueer rep and MAfY had trans and pansexual rep.) I loved that it was just the characters’ lives and I want more normal life like that. I know coming out stories are always going to be important, and they don’t have to go away. I just like that there is getting to be more variety in YA Contemporary!
What do you think? What do YOU want to see in 2018 books? Let me know in the comments!