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The instructions for this week’s prompt said to list the top 10 books you’d love to own and include a link to a wishlist so that people can grant your wish.
I’m tweaking it just a little because a) my TBR pile is already huge, and b) I don’t have actual titles or authors for any of my wishes…yet?
Instead of asking any of you to buy books for me, I’m asking for recommendations instead if you know of any titles that might match up to my bookish wishes below.
Wish #1: Fiction about neanderthals.
For example, I liked:
The Clan of the Cave Bear series by Jean M. Auel
The Neanderthal Parallax trilogy by Robert J. Sawyer
The Last Neanderthal by Claire Cameron
These all happen to be loosely based in the speculative fiction genre, but I’m quite open to other genres. Neanderthals are cool no matter which genre they appear in or whether they’re a main or side character!
Wish #2: Cozy mysteries about main characters who are part of minority groups
I occasionally enjoy a good cozy mystery, but I haven’t read many about characters who are people of colour, LGBT+, disabled, etc.
It’s time to change that if any of you can help.
Wish #3: Non-romance stories about animals who do NOT die in the end.
A romantic subplot here or there is totally fine, but I’d prefer the main storyline to be about something else. Mysteries, fantasy, science fiction, nonfiction, mainstream fiction, or any other genre works perfectly well for me. A sprinkling of horror is cool, too, so long as it’s not gory.
The important thing is that Fido or Fluffy lives happily ever after.
Wish #4: Alternate history
For example, I liked:
The Years of Rice and Salt by Kim Stanley Robinson
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks
The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick
I enjoy alternate history books based on specific historical events just as much as I do the ones that get creative with their world-changing events. See also: the aftermath of a zombie uprising.
Wish #5: Humorous short stories or novellas
They can be from any genre or era.
I don’t know about all of you, but I’ve spent the last eighteen months actively seeking out cheerful and uplifting things to read.
Great twist on this week’s topic! I have to recommend Dread Nation by Justina Ireland for alternate history.
Ooh, I’m looking it up now. Thanks!
I’ve been actively seeking out humor during the pandemic, too. Some short humorous novels I’ve enjoyed are The Uncommon Reader; the Jeeves books; the James Herriot books (animals in these, too); and Nora Ephron’s I Feel Bad About My Neck.
Yay! Thank you, Deb.
The Jeeves books are absolutely wonderful. And Nora Ephron is ever so funny. Such a great woman!
Great take on this week’s topic.
I love your take on the prompt!
Humor: Vinyl Cafe by Stuart McLean–the stories are a slice of life for a family. There are some touching ones, some sad ones, and some that are just hilarious. The first time I read one of his books, I was riding the bus and laughed out loud. To say the least, I got some strange looks.
Alternate History: Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin–I haven’t read it, but I heard it’s excellent!
Here’s my post: https://readbakecreate.com/?p=426
Wow, those books sound good. I’m looking them up now.
Ooh, I like the way you approached this week! 🙂 Here are a few mysteries with POC that you might like:
Winter Counts by David Heska Wanbli Weiden
Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
The Gone Dead by Chanelle Benz
Yay! Thank you so much!
For wish #2 I recommend the series A Noodle Shop Mystery by Vivien Chien. And wish #4 check out The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang and The Hunger by Alma Katsu. Enjoy!
Awesome! Thank you. 🙂
I second the Noodle Shop mysteries recommendation. You could also try Amanda Flowers’ mystery series that are set in an Amish community. Oh, and Abby Collette has a cozy series that revolves around a Black family that owns an ice cream shop in Ohio.
Ditto on the alterate history! For my own part, I really wish there was more historic fiction set in the middle east. Think Hosseini or Amirrezvani, but much older — more of the sword and sandals period. I’d love to read novels about the Egyptians expanding across the crescent, or of Assyria, Persia, etc. Most of what I can find in this period is Greco-Roman, which is fine….but I loved learning about medieval Persian culture through Amirrezvani.
Oh, that would be so cool. Do let me know if or when you find more books like that. I’ll do the same for you if you wish!
True, there aren’t that many books about that area and that time. I have just been thinking about one but can’t remember the title. Will let you know when it comes to me.
Glad to hear it.
For alternate history, I really liked Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin.
Good post! Alternate History–I’m always afraid of these, but have thought of some as book ideas–books I’ll never write though.
How intriguing. Yeah, I can’t imagine they’re easy to write.
#3 is a hard ask! I can’t even think of one off the top of my head!
What a great list! For alternative history, I love the Lady Astronaut books by Mary Robinette Kowal.
Ooh, sounds good. Thanks.
I love your twist on this theme. I hope you get lots of recommendations.
I haven’t read either of them (yet!), but for alternate history stories I’ve seen a lot of people recommending Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin, because that’s about what the world might be like if the Nazis won the war. Another book which I’ve heard a lot about but also haven’t read yet is Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh, which is set in prehistoric times.
Hopefully those recommendations will help to fulfill your bookish wishes!
Thank you so much! Yes, I think they do.
Nice twist! I second the recommendation for the Noodle Shop Mystery series by Vivien Chien; it’s a cozy mystery series where (nearly) all the characters are Asian.
The only Alternate History book I’ve read recently that I can think of is Ghost Talkers by Mary Robinette Kowal. It’s set in a WW1 that seems to keep everything the same except that it adds ghosts and mediums. So part of the war effort is a debriefing of the ghosts after they die in order to get better intelligence about the front. Neat concept, and well-executed. (Though it doesn’t exactly fit the “cheerful and uplifting” part of wish #5…)
My post this week
Ghost Talkers does sound interesting.
Love the twist. The Shaped by Love series by Michelle Pennington is hilarious. The first one is called “A Man Worth Shaving For.” They are regular size novels so not sure if you are interested. I have also been reading a lot of humorous books.
Thanks! I’ll look that one up.
I wish I had some recommendations for you! I really liked your categories, I guess I’ll just have to read the books you mentioned. 🙂
Hope you like the books I mentioned.
Love your take on the topic! Though I’m afraid I can’t think of any recs right now.
Thank you. And no worries.
Finding humorous or cheerful books is definitely a challenge. Let me know if you find anything good.
Thanks. Will do.
Love this take on the topic! I think I can grant your Wish #3: I, Cosmo by Carlie Sorosiak is an adorable fiction adventure from the POV of a Golden Retriever. Cosmo’s an old boy, so if that sets off your tear ducts (it does mine) then brace yourself! But he absolutely DOES NOT die at the end, and it’s a lovely, heartwarming story. 🙂
I can’t wait to read I, Cosmo! Thanks for the recommendation.
Well, I’d obviously suggest Arsenic and Adobo for your cozy mystery choice, even though I haven’t read it yet I’ve heard a TON of good things. That is why it is on my wish list. For your number one ideas, have you read Neanderthal by John Darnton? Maybe Dark Inheritance by W. Michael Gear? Hope you find some good reads!
I’m looking up Neanderthal and Dark Inheritance now. They sounds great.
I think the only alternate history novels I’ve read are Wolf By Wolf and Dread Nation, both of which I enjoyed.
Cool! Thanks for the recommendations.
I love your twist on this week’s topic. I hate that my mind goes completely blank whenever people ask me for book recs, haha.
I could do with more alternate history too. Some of my favorites are the Parasol Protectorate from Gail Carriger, Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke, Thursday Next from Jasper Fforde, Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld, and Lady Astronaut by Mary Robinette Kowal.
Ooh, that’s a lot of books. Thank you for them. I’m looking them up now.
Fantastic twist. I’ve just been going through some of the suggestions from your other blogger friends and there are some great ones.
I love alternate history. This is my absolute favourite book ever (of all the books written, not just this genre: The Children’s War by J.N. Stroyar. I must warn you, though, there are three books in the series by now, together about 2.700 pages. However, it is totally worth it.
For humour, I cannot recommend Bill Bryson’s travel books often enough. He is the funniest author ever.
I’m sure you’ll find some great books this way. I’ll have to check out some of them, as well. Thanks.
And thanks for visiting my TTT earlier.
Looks like I’ll have to check out “Wolf by Wolf” as it’s the same topic as “The Children’s War”. What would the world look like if the Nazis had won the war. Gosh, am I glad they didn’t.
You’re welcome, Marianne!
I’m looking up The Children’s War and Bill Bryson’s books now. Thanks for the recommendations.
This is a great way to do the prompt this week!
I haven’t read a ton of altered history, and the ones I have are YA, so if you don’t like YA, skip them, but Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin is fantastic and Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld is interesting!
I love the way you did this prompt! I totally agree with points 1 and 2. I don’t think I’ve ever read a story about neanderthals? And, as much as I love cozies, I’m always disappointed by how it underrepresents diversity.
Thank you very much! And, yeah, cozy mysteries really need to improve the diversity of their characters.
I love that you asked for recommendations in this post. It looks like you’ve gotten lots of them. I replied about cozies up above. As for dogs, it seems like books about working dogs are popular right now. I like the Jazz Ramsey series by Kylie Logan, which is a cozy-ish series about a woman who trains cadaver dogs. I could be wrong, but I think the dogs all come out alive in the series.
Happy TTT (on a Wednesday)!
I’m looking up the Jazz Ramsey series now. It sounds fun.
first of all, i want to thank you for visiting my top ten each week!!
second, love your take on the theme and i now want to read books of each type as well so need to look at recommendations from others..
i know i want to read more humor myself.. one of my old old (classic) favorites has been The Open Window by Saki (kind of humorous!)
You’re quite welcome.
I’m going to try to find The Open Window. Thanks for the recommendation.
I’m guessing that you’ve read Stig of the Dump?
No! Was it good?
Love your twist on this prompt! I had never thought about it before, but more books about Neanderthals would be fun! I really want more cozy mysteries with minorities, too. It seems like that’s the one segment that’s been overlooked with the push to print more diverse books, unfortunately. I’ve seen a few but not many.
I’m glad you agree!
I’ll let you know if I find more books in either of those categories other than what’s already been recommended here.
This is a fun twist on the prompt!
For #2, I’ve heard great things about Dial A for Aunties.
I’m looking up Dial A for Aunties now!