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Discuss: There Should Be More Books About…

Do you ever feel like there’s a book that MUST exist that you just haven’t found yet? There are a TON of books I feel that way about (which is scary because Toni Morrison is famous for saying: “If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.”)!!

What do you think there should be more books about?

I personally think there should be books about:

there should be more books about

Book Vortex Sucking You Up

  • Pirates with magic. Or just people with magic on the sea. Especially if it’s Bloody Jack style – a secret girl on board.
  • Unlikely retellings. Like Robin Hood (especially if Robin were a girl. Man, I really like female leads) or Moby Dick or Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (steampunk style).
  • YA with dragons. I’m not too picky on this. Although if the dragons could talk or talk in people’s minds that would be cool too.
  • Historical fiction with fantasy. I cannot get enough of this right now. Born of Illusion really hit the spot, so I’m looking for more historical (real time) stories that either have alternate histories or just incorporate magic somehow. Deepest Night and Star Cursed were similar too.


  • Lesser-mentioned supernatural powers. So books with people who can do things that aren’t talked about all the time. Like move through time and space Jumper style. Or lie detectors or alchemists.
  • Totally new worlds. Or maybe just more world-building. I think a lot of YA defaults on modern times or just changing a few things from present day to be different. I want the epic fantasy style of world-building.
  • Computer-hacking skills. There’s something about super smart kids that I love reading about. The inner (and very present) nerd in me wants to see geeks inherit the earth. Also, I’ve just gone through Freaks and Geeks on Netflix in a week. But seriously, more stories about kids with super smarts taking over the world.

I just got SO EXCITED thinking about all of these books…yet sad. Because they haven’t been written yet. #nerdlife #bookwormproblems

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.
  • Anonymous

    check an app called wattpad it has lots of neat stories about dragons and various other topics.

    • http://www.readbreatherelax.com Lisa@Read.Breathe.Relax.

      I’ve heard of it! It’s amazing that it exists for sad, addicted people like us :)

  • Stacey

    Have you read Seraphina, by Rachel Hartman?

  • Stacey

    Have you read Seraphina, by Rachel Hartman?

    • http://www.readbreatherelax.com Lisa@Read.Breathe.Relax.

      I have! And, I loved it and want MOAR! The sequel should be coming out soon.

  • Danielle Nguyen

    I wish there were more YA books without any romance in them. I want to read more about strong female friendships and less about boy meets girl. Code Name Verity is a great example.

    • http://www.readbreatherelax.com Lisa@Read.Breathe.Relax.

      I still need to read that book! Although I do enjoy romance in most books, it’s definitely refreshing to take a break from it.

  • http://abookishheart.com/ Asti @ A Bookish Heart

    I’m always surprised that there aren’t more dragon books. I participated in an event a couple months ago where someone asked you to list all the books with dragons you had read, and my list was pretty pathetic. Besides the Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini, I have read practically no books with dragons. Lame! You would think they’d be more popular. Dragons are awesome!

    • http://www.readbreatherelax.com Lisa@Read.Breathe.Relax.

      I TOTALLY agree!!! Have you read Seraphina? It’s a really interesting take on dragons…and it’s YA of course. :)

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  • Abria Mattina

    It seems like you have to go to the far end of the high fantasy spectrum to get books about dragons. There are so few “mainstream” dragon books that don’t involve quests, magic swords, and place names with impossible pronunciations. Dragons are due for a re-imagining.

    • http://www.readbreatherelax.com Lisa@Read.Breathe.Relax.

      Definitely. Come on, authors, give the people what they want!!

  • http://thedailyprophecy.blogspot.com/ Mel @thedailyprophecy

    Unlikely retellings, GIVE IT TO ME 😀 And historical fiction with fantasy is great as well.

    Mel@thedailyprophecy.

    • http://www.readbreatherelax.com Lisa@Read.Breathe.Relax.

      We are totally on the same page, haha!

  • Lia @ The Reading Shelf

    Have you read A.C. Gaughen’s Scarlet? It’s a Robin Hood retelling with a female lead – she’s not Robin Hood, but she is in his group. It’s purposely written with a bunch of grammar mistakes (on purpose, because it fits with the main character), but I really enjoyed it!

    • http://www.readbreatherelax.com Lisa@Read.Breathe.Relax.

      I haven’t – but I remember seeing it when it was published. The format reminds me of Blood Red Road. I need to check it out!!

  • Leigh (Little Book Star)

    OMG YES! Honestly, I try REALLY hard, really really hard to NOT compare books to each other.. but there are SO many books that are alike and I wanna cry my eyes out because I feel like I’m reading the same dang thing over and over. I mostly have a problem with dystopian books.. even though there are good ones, most of them are very similar. I would totally read a book with computer hackers and new worlds! For the books about dragons, I’ve only read The Sweetest Dark & The Deepest Night. I would definitely pick up a YA book about murders, mysteries, and kidnapping. For sure it will leave readers at the edge of their seats, with jaw-dropping faces, and O-M-G moments. :)

    Leigh, LBS ★

    • http://www.readbreatherelax.com Lisa@Read.Breathe.Relax.

      Man – I JUST read a book description on Goodreads about a kidnapping story. It sounded really interesting. I think it’s coming out in the fall. I’ll comment back if I find it! I read and loved The Sweetest Dark series too!! Loved it!

  • Riley @ Reading Books in Bed

    Someone PLEASE write that Robin Hood as a girl idea.