This week’s Top Ten topic, brought to you by the girls at The Broke and The Bookish, is ‘Books I wish had more/less X in them’. To be honest, I’ve only had one wish in that regard this week, and it’s a much more general one: I wish I had more time!
We went back to school here last week, which is always a pretty intense week when you’re homeschooling. It can take a bit of convincing to get everyone back into the school routine after the freedom of summer holidays – and I include myself in that comment!
What’s more, my email program has been… uncooperative 😠… which meant that an editing job I was sent didn’t come to my attention for a whole week! I’m so glad they followed up with me, otherwise I would still be sitting here clueless – about both the editing job and the state of my emails! (It turned out the editing email was one of about 1,300 that went AWOL…) *sigh* So I have also been editing my little tookus off in between homeschooling, and had no time at all to think about wanting more or less of anything—other than time!
BUT, I’m not going to leave you empty-handed today, because my mate Carrie at Reading is my SuperPower has an excellent Top Ten Tuesday post this week, and I think you should all read it and join in the discussion — ‘Top Ten Things I Wish Christian Fiction (and its Readers) Did More Often’.
The direction of Christian fiction has been a hot topic in Christian publishing circles lately, but it requires input from readers as much as authors and publishers. So, I want to know: How do you feel about ‘messy faith’ in Christian publishing – books which, as Carrie so beautifully put it, ‘[aren’t] afraid to face the messiness of faith head on. To tackle the sins that no one else writes about. To address the doubts and struggles that we’re sometimes afraid to voice. To expose the grittiness of grace and the marvel of redemption.‘? Do you wish there was more ethnic diversity in Christian fiction? (If you do, you should come over and check out this brand new blog I’m a part of: Diversity Between the Pages). Do you wish there were more novels set outside of the US or the UK? (Waving vigorously from all the way over here in Australia 🇦🇺 ).
And that’s just a small sample of what she has for you in this post. So, while I go and hunt out that bucket of spare time I’m hoping is stashed somewhere, join in the conversation – both here and over at Reading is my SuperPower.
What would you like to see more of in Christian fiction? Is there anything you would like to see less of in Christian fiction?