Thursday, 14 February 2013

Topping up the Wishlist

Since I last updated you on the state of my wishlist, I have added another 23 books! As I use Amazon to maintain this rambling wishlist, there are a few things on it besides books (shocking I know) but there are a whopping 242 items on it. Most of them are book-shaped. So this is partially an exercise in reminding myself why I put books on there. I'm guessing the first candidate was a Karina influence; Nightshifted by Cassie Alexander. Etiquette and Espionage is Gail Carriger's first foray into young adult but I believe set in the same world as the Parasol Protectorate series. There is barely any info on Tempt the Stars by Karen Chance yet but it is the next Cassie Palmer book and I am desperate for more Pritkin! I discovered War with the Newts via Farm Lane Books; weird, dystopian fiction and a translation for bonus points! I'm not sure I would have ever picked up 13 Little Blue Envelopes if I hadn't read any other of Maureen Johnson's books but I like her style so will give it a chance.


I spied The Falconer by Elizabeth May on the Gollancz blog. It's historical young adult urban fantasy set in Edinburgh with fae. Tick, tick, tick! I found Katharine Kerr at the back of one of the Seanan McGuire books I've been reading lately and plopped License to Ensorcell onto the list for further investigation. A Fantasy Medley 2 has also made it on thanks to Seanan as it contains a Tybalt story I would like to read. Hoping an ebook edition comes out soon. I have ummed and ahhed over reading Jaqueline Carey for a while now but at least I have worked out where to start although Kushiel's Dart is massive!


The Healer by Antti Tuomainen sounds like a dystopian Scandi-crime mash-up (found on Crime Fiction Lover). Maureen Johnson tweeted about Paper Aeroplanes when she was in London and it turns out Dawn O'Porter's young adult novel is set in the 90s. That's when I was a teen! Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas is the sequel to the fabulous Throne of Glass. The Bone Season marks the start of a fantastic sounding, near-future fantasy series from Samantha Shannon. Not only does Zenn Scarlett have the most beautiful cover, it's also about a young vet who specialises in aliens. Another intriguing title from Strange Chemistry! I also added on When the World was Flat (And We Were in Love) by Ingrid Jonach.


I've been reading The Bookseller recently which has resulted in me finding out about titles that I would normally never see. The next two books are both non-fiction titles that intrigued me; Nijinsky: A Life by Lucy Moore and Permanent Present Tense by Dr Suzanne Corkin. I overheard Dan praising Butter by Erin Lange on Twitter and likening it to Wonder. Black to Blackbrick is another Twitter discovery and sounds like a wonderful and different young adult read.


I so nearly bought Where She Went from The Book People the other week and didn't because I hadn't read If I Stay yet...only now I have read it and so want to know what happens next! I was first attracted to Infinite Sky by the pretty cover and was swayed by Kirsty's review. Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? by Jeanette Winterson is my next book group read (so this will be moving to purchased pretty quickly). We were all disappointed in the last one, Aquariums of Pyongyang (more on that later), and so I wanted to find another book on North Korea with a different angle. Nothing to Envy: Real Lives in North Korea sounds like it could be just that.


Have you read any of these? Any you think should go to the top of the list or others that maybe aren't as good as they look? Feel free to leave links to your reviews in the comments!

12 comments:

  1. Ellie, I haven't read any of the books on your wish list although I do own "Why Be Happy When You Can Be Normal" How long would it take you to read all of these and would you review them all? Sarah

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    1. Well I've been reading about 175 books a year since I started blogging...so the whole wishlist would take a while but these 23 could be done in less than 2 months. I tend to review everything I read to some extent, even if it's just a quick paragraph.

      Unfortunately, due to poor restraint, my actual TBR is over 600 books!

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    2. Jeez, that puts me to shame - I'm lucky if I get through 60/70 books a year! The TBR is always a problem, twitter and all the blogs I follow are a major issue when it comes to adding to the TBR, which I am trying to limit to books I already own!

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  2. I also have "Why Be Happy..." in my pile... though not very high up. But at times it looks at me with those innocent eyes and I swear it's saying "Why aren't you reading me??" Looking forward to your thoughts :)

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  3. You never cease to amaze me, Ellie! To be fair though, your wishlist is kinda cute ... at least compared to your actual TBR piles!

    P.S.: Nightshifted is on my wishlist too! ;-)

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  4. I haven't read any of these, but just had to comment because I often have trouble remembering why I add certain books to my list. And then I'll look over it, decide it doesn't look interesting anymore, and get rid of it... only to add it again a few months later as I stumble across another persuasive review.

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  5. Ellie, Kushiel's Dart, Gail Carriger and Katharine Kerr might be in your local library (I hope) I've reserved my copy of Etiquette and Espionage when it was on order and they just delivered it in the library so I'm picking it up tomorrow. Give me a shout if you fancy reading Nightshifted soon. We can swap when you finish Demonologist? I'm dying to read it. I've also have The Falconer and The Bone Season on my wishlist - both sound like gorgeous reads!

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    1. My main problem is time! I can afford to buy books but I am just finding more than I possibly have time to read. I need to take back a like of unread library books tomorrow actually! Have had some of them since before Christmas! I will try and not let The Demonologist linger on my TBR too long!

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  6. I haven't read a single one of these but a handful are also on my wishlists. Great choices! I love this feature. :D

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  7. That's an impressive list! I've read The Falconer and The Bone Season and enjoyed them both.

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  8. And here I was thinking my wish list was long! I stare at Why Be Happy When You Can Be Normal every time I go into a bookshop. it's just begging me to buy it but I'm trying to be restrained. I'm sure it won't last because it just looks so good.

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  9. It is great to see War with Newts on your list - it is a wonderfully original book and although it has its faults it is thought provoking and funny. I hope you decie to read it.

    Nothing to Envy is an amazing book. It is one of the rare books to be given 5 stars by me. It's shocking and insighful. I highly recommend it.

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