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Top 10 YA Books I Want Written

A weekly meme by The Broke and the Bookish

Confession: I tried to make a list of 10 for this week's topic, "Top 10 Characters Who Need Their OWN Books," and failed miserably. I found out I either liked a book and was satisfied with the stories of all characters involved and didn't need more, or I disliked a book and didn't want more of anyone. Doubtless, this will all change when I see everyone else's lists and remember all sorts of characters who need their own stories; but for now, nobody really jumps to mind. Except Eponine. More on that later.

So, instead, I give you:

Top 10 YA Books I Want Written 
PS- Could be NA or Adult too as long as the emphasis stays on plot/character development, aka NOT romance. :)
PPS- If you have seen any or all of these stories already in book form, please tell me. :)

  1. Les Misérables retelling from Eponine’s POV
  2. A standalone Red Riding Hood retelling
  3. More sci-fi/fantasy fairy tale retelling mash-ups (a la The Lunar Chronicles)
  4. Dark fairy stories and folk tales (Side-note: "dark" does not mean "romance" or "naked." Looking at you, Winterspell.)
  5. Contemporary or futuristic Shakespeare retellings
  6. Space westerns (think Firefly)
  7. Fantasy or sci-fi swashbuckling characters (musketeers, pirates, highwaymen, etc)
  8. East Asian-set sci-fi/fantasy
  9. Bounty hunters and private investigators
  10. Alternate history adventure (a la Leviathan)

That's it for this round of 10! Thanks for stopping by and check back in tomorrow for this week's Updates! In which I saw Robin LaFevers! :)


  1. I think you probably already know about Chris Wooding's Ketty Jay series but if you don't it fits #6. And while not YA, you should read it anyway if you haven't. Because EVERYONE should.

    1. I've read Retribution Falls, and I think I have the next two books on my shelf. I really need to get to those. We could all use a little more space western in our lives, right? :)

  2. I failed miserably at this topic, too, and just threw something together. Yes on bounty hunter/private investigator fiction! :)

  3. I really loved the Stephanie Plum series for your #9 until they got too sexual and they all turned out identical. But it was good for about five or six books.
    Once you find books that fit this list: let us know! I love this

    1. Aww, it's a shame that series flopped out. I haven't read it yet, but I remember hearing good things about the first books. Haha, will do! :)

  4. I haven't read either yet, but Alison Goodman's "Eon" and "Eona" would tick #8 off your list. Both were inspired by Chinese history and mythology. And A.M. Dellamonica's "Child of a Hidden Sea" could take care of #7. Another one I haven't read, but it's on my TBR list and I believe it's a pirate story in a fantasy setting.

    1. Ooh, thanks for the recommendations! I don't think I've heard anything about Eon/Eona, but the world sounds interesting. I know I read at least one good review for Child of a Hidden Sea. Good picks!