Top Ten Tuesday: Things I Want More Of


Hello, welcome back to another Tuesday. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is:

Ten Things On Our Reading Wishlist (topic originally done January 2014) — things you want to see more of in books — tropes, a time period, a specific type of character, an issue tackled, a certain plot, etc. All those things that make you think I WANT MORE OF THIS IN BOOKS!

Today I’m going for the obvious Things I Want More Of.

1. More women STEM a.k.a. Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

This one for me is a no brainer. As a woman in science myself, I never truly see myself represented when reading most books, and I would like to see some kick ass scientists portrayed.

2. Books set in Europe, Asia, etc, but with people native to said area

There is a general lack of books set anywhere else but the US or UK. We need to see characters and places from all over the world.

3. Discussions about the lack of proper Sex Ed in the US

I think this is a huge problem in the education system in the USA, so I would like to see more YA books acknowledging this.

John Oliver did a great show about it awhile back, so you should definitly check this out, if you haven’t yet:

4. Discussions about the lack of proper education on HUMAN EVOLUTION in the US

Yeah, this is one theme that is very close to my heart, as it is what I’ve been studying since I got into college, 14 years ago… Do you guys know that in some states in the USA Human Evolution is not taught in school? They’re actually forbidden to teach anything like the Evolution theory, and instead teach only Creationism to their youngsters.

5. Neurodiversity

I want more diversity in general, ok? But I do think that there needs to be more discussion and more understanding to Neurodiversity, because there is still such a huge stigma regarding this.

6. More racial diversity in NA and Romance

While I do think that NA has been improving greatly, I still feel it lacks some representation, especially in terms of racial diversity, and I would like to see more of it.

7. Bathroom uses

This is a very common “problem” in books, that I’m able to look over it when the writing is compelling and doesn’t pull your attention to those silly little places in time when a bathroom would be necessary, I mean, I read about so many girls that wake up, get dressed and leave their dorms or houses without taking a leak… am I the weird person here? Because I wake up with a super full bladder.

8. Periods

I’m looking at you NA and romance! I truly struggle to understand when in books the girls have sex all month long without even a mention to their periods. Look, I’m not saying you should truly mention them or whatever, I’m saying that it gives an unrealistic image. I was reading Addicted to You and I remember thinking “How does Lily maintain her sex addiction, sleeping around with STRANGERS? Doesn’t she interrupt her birth control pill?”… Yeah… I was thinking this while reading a book… Women have them, it’s natural, you can talk about it!

9. Academia settings in general

I would love to read more book set in the university setting, but not only the students, but those people following an Academic life. 😀

10. Nerdish books

Who doesn’t like books with a nerdy element to it? I know I do, and I like them a lot.

9 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Things I Want More Of

  1. Alison Doherty says:

    Yes on all of these! Would love more STEM, more bathrooms and periods, more school settings (that’s where teens spend the majority of their time!). More of all of this!

  2. raven avery says:

    Oh my goodness I watched that John Oliver video, it is extremely scary that that is what people in the US get taught, and I also agree with you on the periods thing as well 🙂

  3. itsareaderslife says:

    Great list! I love number 8😂 Periods are literally never mentioned in books and it’s amazing because they’re the biggest problem of my life haha

  4. anovelglimpse says:

    I bet Lily doesn’t interrupt her pill. She probably takes them back to back. I can totally see her doing that. 😉
    But I do think more Period/Bathroom Usage needs to be added to books.
    My TTT.

  5. Adoptabookaus says:

    YES TO ALL OF THIS, Yes to brainy girls, yes to more neurodiverse characters to get rid of the huge stigma around it, yes to more books set outside the US and different new characters. I’m not in the US so no real idea on how the sex ed works there but I do love John Oliver XD

  6. Kristina Steiner says:

    Haha I love your list! And I agree: no one ever needs to use the bathroom and women are blessed with no periods. But I am proud to inform you that I’ve incorporated both in my novels. What an accomplishment, ey? 🙂

  7. theportuguesebibliophile says:

    I’ve watched that segment by John Oliver and I just thought it was ridiculous and honestly so surprising (in a kind of negative way). I didn’t have many sex ed classes (about four in my 12 years of mandatory education actually) but we talked about these things in other classes as well, like in sciences and english for example. Just a casual conversation, nothing like those teachers and vids that John Oliver talks about. It’s outright irresponsible to not have a proper sex ed program in any country, let alone one as big as the us.

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