A bit of a listical for you today, Gentle Reader!
I enjoy the podcast Reading Glasses and I love their idea of readers having reading wheelhouses.
These are sort of amorphous tropes, archetypes, and plots that me the reader really desires.
I have a pretty strict wheelhouse in terms of what I like to read (as opposed to what I like to write).
So no, it’s not the same thing, Gentle Reader.
So, especially if you are a member of Coop de Book (as I only pick stuff that’s in my wheelhouse) I thought this might interest you.
Plus I’d love to know, what’s in your reading wheelhouse?
5 Plots I’m Always Looking For
- Unique Triumphs:
Female fighter excels against adversity (e.g. The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley)
- Culture Conflict:
Displaced heroine outside of her own culture must survive confusion (e.g. Warprize by Elizabeth Vaughan)
- Political Machinations:
Against all odds, heroine must manipulate politics in order to save her world (e.g. Local Custom by Sharon Lee & Steve Miller)
- Burden of Exile:
Exile must keep her integrity in adversity (e.g. Lord of Two Lands by Judith Tarr)
- Crossdressing for Subversion:
Girl disguises herself as a boy in order to infiltrate a patriarchal environment (e.g. Alanna by Tamora Pierce)
I Strongly Prefer That It Have
- Queer Characters
- A certain lightness of touch and style
9 Things I Actively Hunt For
- Unique non-western world building with a strong HEA romance thread (e.g. Daughter of the Empire by Raymond E. Feist & Janny Wurts)
- Warm, lighthearted, own voice authors (e.g. Nikki Woolfolk )
- Funny female and/or queer-centric genre fiction (e.g. TJ Klune’s Lightening Struck Heart)
- Bisexual main characters (e.g. Not Your Sidekick by CB Lee)
- Happy poly relationships with good communication (e.g. Knight of Ghosts and Shadows by Mercedes Lackey)
- Found family and/or queer comfort books (e.g. R Cooper)
- Queer or gender fluid sci-fi with alien love interests and heavy emphasis on cultural world building (e.g. Claimings, Tails, and Other Alien Artifacts by Lyn Gala)
- Honest treatment and good examples of healthy BDSM relationships that are NOT male-Dom/female-sub (e.g. For Real by Alexis Hall)
- The Heroine’s Journey (learn about what that means to me from my non-fiction book/seminar or upcoming book on the subject… but basically I’ll take Captain Marvel over Wonder Woman for 100 please, Alex)
8 Writer’s Tricks I Dig
- Lots of snappy dialogue (e.g. Tanya Huff’s Valor series)
- Stand alones in a shared world (e.g. By the Sword by Mercedes Lackey)
- Novella length (e.g. Courting Magic by Stephanie Burgis)
- Jane Austen or Shakespere retellings with unique twists (e.g. Clueless)
- Gender flipped and queer’ed up fairy stories (e.g. Truth in the Dark by Amy Lane)
- Funny commercial genre fiction (sci-fi, fantasy, romance, YA COMEDY~ e.g. Terry Pratchett, Douglas Adams, Jasper Fforde)
- Lesser known but established work horse authors who never get enough attention (e.g. Sherwood Smith)
- Snappy, tight, fast-paced space opera with HEA (e.g. the Paradox series by Rachel Bach)
And yes, I’ll be posting about the stuff I hate soon!
Yours, forever reading,
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Book de Jour!
The 5th Gender (A Tinkered Stars Mystery as G. L. Carriger).
Sci-fi queer romance meets cozy mystery in which a hot space station cop meets the most adorable purple alien ever (lavender, pulease!) from a race with 5 genders.
GAIL’S DAILY DOSE
Your Moment of Parasol . . .
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- Book Journaling: What It Is and How to Get Started
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Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
“This is a fantastic and quick read. Fans of Carriger’s will be well-served in picking up this novel, and those who aren’t familiar with her work will find it a great way of introducing themselves to her steampunk universe. I was sold at the name Genevieve Lefoux, and I suspect many others will be also. It’s a wonderful story with two characters who are more than a match for each other. The combination is electric and sure to please.”
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