I’ve seen a few things in books that I’ve loved, so I wanted to talk about a few types of books I want to read more of. Some of these are books I think deserve more attention and books like those, and some are just some types of books I personally like in novels. Let’s get started!
Books with sex-positivity
I haven’t read many books that portray sex in a positive light or deal with it head-on, but I really want to see more of it. The stigma around sex needs to be stopped because sex is a natural thing and something that shouldn’t be hidden from young readers. I would recommend FIRSTS by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn because portrays sex very well, and it also has a lovely, lovely cover.
Books with LGBTQ+
I feel like LGBTQ+ books are increasing in number, which I fully support and adore. I think it’s important that young adult books (and books in general) need to have accurate representations of people, especially LGBTQ+ people. I would recommend UNICORN TRACKS by Julia Ember or WE ARE THE ANTS by Shaun David Hutchinson because I think both books really express what it’s like to be human.
Books with villain main characters
I have only read one book with this concept, and I loved it! I think this idea really helps show a different side of the story and brings out some moral debates regarding the villains and their actions. I read THE YOUNG ELITES by Marie Lu and adored this concept. I want more!
Books with girls who have to disguise as boys
This is a personal preference, but I find books like these super fun to read. I personally haven’t read many, but the whole concept just seems so exciting and creative. I hear WALK ON EARTH A STRANGER has that concept, and although I haven’t read it yet, I hope to read it just in time for the sequel to come out.
Books with Western settings
Again, this is a concept that I’m not very familiar with, but I think this setting is really interesting and something you don’t see very often in young adult literature. I have only heard of two books with Western settings—WALK ON EARTH A STRANGER by Rae Carson and VENGEANCE ROAD by Erin Bowman. Hopefully in the near future, there’ll be more!
Books with a retelling of the Titanic
This is a weird personal preference, but when I was younger, I was absolutely obsessed with the Titanic. I’d borrow like, 20 books on the Titanic and read them, and I’ve seen the movie countless times, so I would love to have a fictional account of the Titanic’s sinking.