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Top Ten Tuesday | What I Love (and Want to See More of!) vs What I Don’t Like


Most of the time, the Top Ten Tuesday topics are fun. I read the list and think, “Oh, yes, I’ll enjoy putting *that* together.” This week my reaction was a little different.

Broke and Bookish February 7 |  Top Ten Books I Wish Had (More/Less) X In Them 
(the original idea came from Andi who suggested top ten books I wish had more kissing which I thought could be fun but also realize it might not be everyone's thing! Could also be top ten books I wish had more diversity in them or top ten books I wish had less violence in them or less romance focus in them or top ten books I wish had more dragons in them. IDK! Have some fun with this one!) - Broke and Bookish

This topic asks us to get honest with the things we do or don’t respect. Like the things we most appreciate about certain books. Today, we’ve been tasked with documenting these things. Talk about pressure. There are things I know I dislike in books but finding ten was a task that wasn’t clicking into place. Since I have too many books that I could gush about featuring things I love, I decided to go a different route. (Though, of course, now, when it's too late, I'm thinking, "Ooo, I wish I'd done...")

Since it felt like too much work to rework this list differently (and since I already upped my list at the eleventh hour - because that's normal right!?), I’ve got nine things I could do with MORE or less of in the fictional realms known as books, novels, tomes, fiction and all around enchanted worlds that carry us away. (If there is one thing I can say, it's that I'm consistent, so my apologies if this all comes across as a "rinse, wash and repeat" cycle of another post.)


1. Armchair Adventures | I'm sure there are tons of books that "travel" out there, but the genres I like don't indulge in a great deal of adventur-ing. So I'd love to know, what "armchair adventures" do you most recommend? (More, please!)


2. Book Nerds | Thinking we need many more characters like Harriet Manners (Geek Girl) or Felicity (Arrow). (More, please!)


3. The Feminist* | Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind a strong heroine who is kick-butt awesome (case in point, let’s have a look at some of my favorites: Black Widow, Wanda Maxinoff, Lizzy Bennet - in PPZ), but the female characters I most admire are those who know how to take care of themselves, but also know when to let a man help and be the gentleman. (*Less!)

*Unless the writer is willing to show the character able to compromise, and appreciate both strengths.


4. Friendships | Again, I know there are lots of amazing books out there with great friendships, but reading Lorie Langdon and Carey Corp's "Doon" series made me want to find more "good" friendship books. Recommendations!? (More, please!) 


5. The Interruption | Ah, yes. THIS. We are all familiar with this ploy. This has been used time and again, not only in books, but TV too. We all know it. It’s the I-Need-To-Tell-You-Something-Really-Important ploy only a knock at the door, or a child, or a phone call or the character themselves prevents it. (Less!)



6. Libraries | Ah, yes, who doesn't want a “Belle library!?” Me please! (More, please!)


7. The Love Triangle | I’ve talked of this time and again, so I’ll try to keep my thoughts on this concise. When done well, I don’t mind this element. In fact, if it’s the kind of love story that has the “fought over” character decided in their choice, I don’t mind it in the least. It’s the back-and-forth, do-I-or-don’t-I love him/her characters that annoy most. (Less!)


8. Small Town Girl (Returns) | If done right, this can be charming - and don't mistake me, I like the plot fine, but by and large, it's a ploy that, in my opinion, is overused. (Maybe I feel this way because I've grown up in a small town.) The city doesn't have to be bad... (Less!)

9. Unconditional Love | I've (apparently) got Beauty and the Beast on my mind because I'd love to see the kind of romances portrayed in a story such as this. And you know, HEA fairy tales in general too! (More, please!)

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That’s an end to today’s Top Ten Tuesday. I’m interested in knowing, what are some plot twists or ploys you want to see more or less of? Why do you like or dislike them? Can you share any good or bad examples of books that deal in some of the things I've talked about?

Share ALL THE THOUGHTS down below. What’d you feature today? Leave those Top Ten Tuesday links because I’d love to visit your book haven. 

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  1. I really enjoyed reading your list! :-) I wouldn't mind reading about more book nerds!

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    1. Me too, Chrissi. It's always so much fun when there are "nerdy" (or as I like to say, "characters I can related too) main characters in a story - and thanks! As always, I appreciate you visiting. :)

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  2. I could DEFINITELY use more friendship books. LIKE CAN THERE PLEASE BE MORE??? If you haven't read This Adventure Ends yet, I so recommend that for the friendship feels!

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    1. YAY! Thanks, Michelle. I'm all for the recommendations. I'll check it out. :)

      Appreciate you stopping by.

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  3. Ha ha so true about interruptions! I often roll my eyes at the one! And good bookish friendships- definitely. Good one. And we need more libraries (can never have too many of those)!

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    1. Right!? Preferably the library Belle gets to hang out in - that's every book nerd's dream.

      Interruptions are a cliche (overused).

      Thanks, as always, for visiting, Greg. :)

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  4. I absolutely love your list and couldn't agree more! Yes to more book nerds, friendships, armchair adventures, libraries and unconditional love! No to love triangles! :)

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    1. Cool. Thanks so much, Lindsey. I'm looking forward to checking out your list too! :) *high five* YAY for book nerd characters and friendships. Many armchair adventures (how else are we to see the world, right!?) and libraries! I adore the "unconditional love" theme in BATB, so seeing it in more books would be incredible. :)

      #LoveTrianglesBeGone (This can be a thing, right!?)

      Thanks, as always, for making Finding Wonderland a Top Ten Tuesday stop.

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  5. Great list! I would love more books about nerds, friendships, and libraries!
    My Top Ten

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    1. YAY! Me too, Lori. All favorite bookish things. :)

      So glad you stopped by. As always, I appreciate it. :)

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  6. Love this list - I agree with everything you said, especially about those ever-frustrating interruptions! I wish I could think of a recommendation or two, but I guess it's still too early for that (for me, ha).

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    1. YES! Silly interruptions be gone. Think of all the "shipped" romances that could have been fixed without the painful interruptions! ;)

      Thanks, as always, for visiting, Hallie. Great to see you here.

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  7. Love this list! And you made a great spin on this week's theme. I, myself, would love to see more friendships and adventures than love triangles. Lol I can do without love triangles any day.

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    1. Thanks! I had lots of fun with this one. In some ways I wish I'd put a more "focused" spin (i.e., "ten things I loved about X book"), but in the end, this was still fun. Unless really well done, love triangles are, well, passed their expiration! ;) (My primary reason saying this is the girl is usually so WISHY-WASHY. Were it not for that, I could deal.)

      Thanks, as always, for stopping by.

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  8. I just finished Everything Leads to You and I absolutely fell in love with the friendship between Emi and Charlotte. It's so honest and genuine. Definitely one of the best friendships I've read.

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    1. Good to know, Emily! Thanks! I'll have to look up 'Everything.'

      Glad you stopped by. Thanks. :)

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  9. I could definitely read more friendship books! And definitely more libraries :)
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/02/07/top-ten-tuesday-95/

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    1. ME TOO! And, yes! All those libraries. Especially if it's like Belle's. :)

      Thanks, as always, for visiting.

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  10. I could totally do with more book nerds and libraries in my books too! :)

    Lauren @ Always Me

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    1. YES! Where do we sign the petition!? :)

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  11. I agree that there needs to be less love triangles, since a lot of them are just thrown together.:P We all know who is the distraction in a lot of the stories.;)
    And, I agree that returning to a small town doesn't have to be a sign of disgrace or a last ditch effort.;)

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    1. I don't mind them so long as the "center" of the triangle (usually it's the girl with two guys) isn't so wishy washy. That's what I've often found.

      Thanks, as always, for visiting, Amanda. I do appreciate it. :)

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  12. We definitely need more belle library moments in our lives...

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    1. YES! Who doesn't love a good Belle library!? :)

      Thanks so much for visiting.

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  13. There's a lot I agree with on this list, but a couple that I would add: I always love a good not-too-scary ghost story. Or a boarding school story. Yes... I could use more of those.

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    1. Ooo! A boarding school story!? I like that idea. Maybe one set in a (not too) scary ghostly school. I always did like stories like A Little Princess. Excellent idea, JOni. :)

      Thanks for visiting.

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  14. I could also do with more Unconditional Love. Unfortunately, the majority of love stories also have insta-love problems though. I just need some genuine romance, is that so much to ask?? haha

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    1. They do, don't they!? If it's done well, I can "deal." But most the time insta-love is FAR too immature. Although someone the other day mentioned they don't always see it as "insta" because it's teens, and often high schoolers think their relationship is "forever." I can see this point, but also wish it were less in the bookish world. :)

      Thanks for visiting, Bonnie!

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  15. Thus is a great list, Rissi! I'm right there with you on love triangles. I've come across some great ones, but others. . . Not so much. I could do with less insta-love. And I also am a bit tired of the long drawn out mis-understandings, one right after the other. Talk to each other already!

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    1. I can deal with triangles and instas if its "organic." Specifically re: the former, when the "one in the middle" isn't so wishy-washy! Right!? Those misunderstandings get carried a little too far!

      Thanks so much for stopping by. :)

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  16. Hey Rissi *waves* Been quite a while since I stopped by :( I haven't done any TTTs of late (I blame college but I've also been working on a lot of blog stuff!) but I love this list here :) I'd recommend The Raven Boys if you wanna see wonderful friendships <3 Lovely images as usual Rissi!

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    1. Hi, Uma! So nice to see you over here.

      YAY for blog stuff and congrats on college. Despite it keeping you busy, I hope it's going well. :)

      Thanks so much for the recommendation. Love getting those. Thanks for stopping in! Always nice to chat with you. :)

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