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!
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