‘Please Sir, I want some more’

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Every Tuesday over at  The Broke and Bookish we all get to look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) examples to demonstrate that particular topic.  This week’s topic is:

Ten Things On Our Reading Wishlist  –  things you want to see more of in books

  1. Heists – I love heist stories, I don’t know why but I just do.  So, The Gentleman Bastards by Scott Lynch, The Six of Crows series by Leigh Bardugo, The Rogues of the Republic by Patrick Weekes, to name but a few.
  2. Banter – and actually this probably goes with all the books above – because the banter is excellent in all those books.   I love good banter between characters in books, especially in really dark books – you need something to every now and again stop you sinking too low. – Some examples, anything by Mark Lawrence, The Copper Cat series by Jen Williams, Scott Lynch. The Grey Bastards by Jonathan French.
  3. The – Roman time period – I love reading about this in fantasy.  The Valiant by Lesley Livingston is a recent example, The Shards of Heaven by Michael Livingston – both brilliant and I could definitely do with more.
  4. Western style fiction – I had no idea that I liked a bit of western – so, The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt, True Grit by Charles Portis, The Wolf Road by Beth Lewis.
  5. Bookish characters – if you love books, you can’t help loving bookish characters (I think) – Hermione Granger from Harry Potter, Shara from The Divine Cities by Robert Jackson Bennett, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, Liesel from The Book Thief.
  6. Libraries – because I do love libraries – The Historian, The Shadow of the Wind, The Invisible Library series by Genevieve Cogman to name but a few.
  7. Originality but not at the expense of good writing – examples of books that felt really original to me or brought something different to the table, The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold, The Time Travellers Wife by Audrey Niffenegger, The Martian by Andy Weir, The Girl With All the Gifts by M R Carey, The Hike by Drew Magary.
  8. Great characterisation – I love good characters who develop and grow, who feel well fleshed out and who just make me like them – even if they’re not always perfect.  Toby Daye from Seanan McGuire’s UF series, Kvothe from Patrick Rothfuss Kingkiller Chronicles, Jorg from The Broken Empire, Hwa from the Company Town by Madeline Ashby.  There are lots more of course – tell me your favourites.
  9. Dragons – talking dragons even.  Lots of dragons can be found here – but it couldn’t hurt to have more could it.
  10. Suggestions please??

 

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22 Responses to “‘Please Sir, I want some more’”

  1. Barb (boxermommyreads)

    Banter is always fun to read and I agree about libraries. I asked for more to chose from in the horror genre. Hope some authors are listening!

  2. Nathan

    Banter is good but only if done right. So I am careful in wishing for it. I also included dragons because they are always welcome. I like Western fiction too! Let me add to you TBR list. Territory by Emma Bull, The Half-Made World by Gilman.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Dragons are just so good! I think I have an Emma Bull book – I’ll have to go and look which one… War of the Oaks
      Thanks for the recs I will go and check these out.
      Lynn 😀

  3. Tammy

    R. S. Belcher’s Golgatha series is western fantasy and so much fun. I agree with most everything on your list, I never get tired of good heist stories:-)

    • @lynnsbooks

      I did read the first and need badly to catch up – I love the covers for that series too.
      Lynn 😀

  4. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    100% with you on Western fantasy (quick, read Devil’s Call!) And you’ve also pegged my other guilty pleasure, which is Ancient Rome. That’s a tougher one to rec for I think, I’m looking for more reads in this category too. And of course, I love heists! 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, I would love more stories of Ancient Rome. And, yes, I can’t wait to read Devil’s Call in fact I’m just thinking of squeezing it in between my other reads.
      Lynn 😀

  5. proxyfish

    I don’t think I’ve read many – if any! – Roman fantasy books. Though I do love the idea of them.

    Have to agree withat so many of your points. Banter which has a good dose of wit and humour always plays out so well in darker novels. Nothing like swinging an axe whilst laughing!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Absolutely – humour whilst swimming an axe is absolutely a must. You should give the Shards of Heaven a shot – it’s very good.
      Lynn 😀

  6. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    Historical fiction has quickly become one of my favorite genres – mostly thanks to the Shards of Heaven books – and I love the way it entertains me while teaching me something I didn’t know. It’s a win-win situation… 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      That is another great reason why I love historical fiction – it’s the merge of truth and fiction and the desire it provokes to go and check out more information.
      Lynn 😀

  7. Carmen

    I LOVE heists, and banter. Lots. And particularly in dark books.

  8. jessicabookworm

    You can never have too many dragons, especially talking dragons. In fact just more talking animals in general please 🙂

  9. Danya @ Fine Print

    Dragons and libraries, heck yes! More of those for sure. The only Roman-inspired fantasy that comes to mind is Furies of Calderon by Jim Butcher, which I know some people were unimpressed by but I really liked it!

  10. sjhigbee

    A great list, Lynn:). Have you read The Scarlet Star trilogy by Ben Galley? I’ve read the first one and it’s a cracking book. As for suggestions… I’ve found I have a real fondness for science fiction crime thrillers…

    • @lynnsbooks

      Crime thrillers in science fiction sounds great. And, no, I’ve not read the Scarlet Star trilogy – I shall go and take a look – I like his work.
      Lynn 😀

    • @lynnsbooks

      No – I have read Bloodrush – I hadn’t realised it was called the Scarlet Star trilogy – I do want to read No.2 though
      Lynn 😀

      • sjhigbee

        Yes, so do I – there’s just one or three other books that are claiming my attention just now…

  11. Amanda @Cover2CoverMom

    I’m so with you on Western Style books (really enjoyed The Wolf Road, and I’ve had my eye on The Sisters Brothers…), bookish characters, and Libraries (read all of your recs except The Invisible Library series). Thanks for the recs!

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