I want to read happy books, funny books. I love Rene Gutteridge, Ella Minnow Pea, Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog).
I’ve heard it said recently that the Young Adult “genre” is characterized by having hope. I love to find hope and redemption in what I read. No, that’s not accurate. I need what I read to have hope, and therefore I want to explore YA more.
I want to read meaningful books. This is not (necessarily) to say the books everyone is reading; I want to read books that speak to my soul. Generally these books are books that really engage the Christian faith. This is why I’m reading the Image Journal list, as well as why I helped found the INSPY Awards. (These aren’t necessarily published by Christian houses.)
I want to read mysteries. I love a whodunit, and I pretty much always have. Thrillers, suspense, crime fiction. Yes.
I want to read good Christian fiction, if for no other reason than that I want to stay current on this category of books that I’ve read for decades.
I want to read well-written books. And this consideration is across the board, not some separate category.
This is still a work in progress. And maybe “manifesto” isn’t the best name for it. But what do you want to read?