Books Missing From Our Options List?

The life of a reader is complex and overwhelming. No matter how hard you try, you will never be able to read every book in existence. For every day you live, hundreds of new books are being published and made easily accessible. I’m only hazarding a guess, but I wonder if nearly every possible type of story has been written already and we are just unable to find something new and fresh. Between physical and electronic books, self-published and traditional published books, and recommendations or new discoveries, there are so many books out there, how do we really know if we’re finding that perfect book for us… you know, that book that meets every possible need you might have. Characters. Perspective. Point of view. Plot. Time period. Language. Length. Balance of dialog and narrative. Genre. You name it… the list could go on and on.


Have you ever thought about that amazing book sitting on some physical or virtual shelf somewhere… calling your name… wanting to meet its perfect match?

Whatbook is missing from ourlist of options_

The life of an author is complex and overwhelming. No matter how hard you try, someone will always have a problem with your book. Readers are a picky crowd. I know this because I’ve written over 700 book reviews in the last three years and find myself often thinking about the positive and the negative in whatever it is I’ve just read. As a writer, when I conjure up my next story, it often comes from some spark that called out to me… ‘Write about me, Jay… readers will love this story.’ While that little idea’s voice might be right, there is a completely different and opposite viewpoint to consider. Rather than dream up the story on my own, what if I said to someone:

What kind of book is missing from the plethora of novels that is our options list?

Give that some thought for a few moments… you’ve got your favorite genres, authors, series, or topics. You often gravitate to those first… then come the ARCs, beta reads, giveaways, and committed reviews we throw our hat in the ring for… and then there are the recommendations from friends or book review sites that dazzle us. Is that everything? Are there other ways to locate that book we haven’t yet to find? When I thought about these questions, I came to one conclusion first above all else:

What is still missing from our choices?

I’d love to hear from everyone over the next week as many of us sit down to eat our Thanksgiving meals… wish our international friends a happy holiday if we live elsewhere… or think about the many things we’re grateful for. This is a book-related post, so I’m not going to itemize everything I want to give gratitude to… purely focusing on books… I’m grateful for all the authors and readers out there. So tell me what’s missing in this wonderful literary canon we have in the 21st century.


I’ll organize all the response and create a poll later this month to see what we collectively think is the biggest type of book missing from our lives. I’m excited to see everyone’s input. Thank you for sharing it with me and everyone else.



  1. I must be honest I write my books for myself and I don’t really think about what other people would like to read. I probably should but I don’t think I can write like that. I just have to hope there are a few other people out there who like the same sort of things as I do. I wrote While the Bombs Fell along the lines of Little house on the prairie. Some people “get” that and love the insight into life at the time with its theme of hope and others say there is no story line. It is interesting. What books are missing, I can’t tell you, Jay, as I only read children’s books, horror books and books like yours.

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    • I love your approach. I understand it too. I’m sure there are lots of people who love this style (me included)… I am just also wondering what I should consider writing next! 🙂 I haven’t seen Little House on the Prairie in years… I think this will have to be a prelude to reading your book.

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  2. Jay, I read so many books in a year and write reviews, and I am also courteous, I pray, in what I write in the reviews. If a book is missing it’s because I haven’t had the opportunity to read it yet. It’s not because of an inexplicit feeling or reason. I’m appreciative of all the authors I’ve had the privilege to read and look forward to reading new authors. Every book unknowingly adds a new dimension to my reading experience and I am grateful beyond belief.

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    • Your response is wonderful! It shows such appreciation and gratitude. I completely agree and understand. I wish more people felt that way!

      My thoughts in the post were also thinking about… hmmm… what should I consider for my next book. Let me see what others are looking for and determine if I can find that happy medium between my style and what readers want! 🙂


  3. i’m a blogger and really do not qualify as a “writer” and I only review books about horses on my blog. But the wealth of books still to be discovered is a great joy to me. Gratitude to those who have the courage to write them, who did write them so now I can read them and in reading them discover new worlds. And I’m not talking about Science Fiction!

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  4. Hmmm, a very interesting question. I have been trying to read a few books outside my comfort zone every couple of months. I do not know what else I would be looking for as there are just so many great books out there. It will be interesting to see what others think.

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  5. After you leave picture books and books for younger children, most books are told from humans or human-like figures. So books with really out-there narrators are missing.
    There aren’t that many (that I’ve found) with absurdist humor.
    Melodramatic stories that don’t seem realistic.

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