I’ve been neglecting my book blog lately, haven’t I? I’ve been excited about fashion and have had lots of ideas for that blog, and although I have been reading, I’ve not had much to talk about in the way of books. I’m thinking of combining my book blog and my fashion blog on a new site. I still think WordPress is great but its limitations are starting to show – I feel like it’s hard to make your blog look unique on this platform. What do you think?
Anyway, here’s my bookish wishlist. I could go on all day and talk about my dream library but these are the books I’m actually planning on buying, and which won’t need their own room.
Origin by Dan Brown.
Robert Langdon returns this October in Origin, to solve more mysteries and break more codes. A lot of people think the Langdon books are silly and low-rent (read my D is for… The Da Vinci Code post to see why I disagree) but I was so excited when I heard we were getting a new book. These books are the definition of page-turners and I’m sure Origin won’t disappoint.
The Last Tudor by Philippa Gregory.
Gregory is another author who has been deemed a bit of a sensationalist by nay-sayers, but anyone who gets on the bestseller list is going to attract a backlash at some point. (Mainstream doesn’t always mean crap, guys!) Gregory’s books are dramatic, a bit dirty and brilliantly feminist, and I can’t wait to see what she makes of Lady Jane Grey’s story in The Last Tudor. The hardback is out now, but I have paperback versions of Gregory’s other books so am waiting for that to come out (or for the ebook to go down in price – I’m not paying £11.99 for something I can’t display!).
The Scandal (or Beartown) by Fredrik Backman.
I do have an ARC ebook copy of this from Netgalley, but it’s really badly edited and I just can’t read it properly. I love Backman’s work so I’ve put that ebook to one side and am waiting for a nice paperback copy to appear. Everything I’ve read by him is heartwarming, funny and brings a tear to my eye, whether happy or sad, so I’m expecting great things from The Scandal.
I still want to complete my collection of 10 Penguin leather hardbacks, of which I already own Grimms’ Selected Tales and Wuthering Heights. These are gorgeous debossed books with beautiful patterns on them. They are all around the £20 mark so it will take me a while to collect them. I’d like the Jekyll and Hyde one next – I love the potion bottles on the front.
I’ve wanted a pretty copy of Alice in Wonderland for ages – I used to have a lovely one when I was a kid but don’t know what happened to it. The Macmillan Collector’s Library hardbacks are absolutely stunning: they have gold-edged pages, adorable illustrations and a pastel blue background to the gold-lettered titles. They are just very chic little books! They do an Alice in Wonderland and also A Christmas Carol, so I’m thinking of starting with these and then slowly building up my collection of these beautiful little books.
Well, this is unusual. I used to love poetry but have really gone off it in recent years. However, whenever I go into Waterstones, I keep getting drawn to Milk and Honey by rupi kaur. It’s an unassuming cover but the writing inside is stunning: I’ve not felt a reaction like this to poetry for years, if ever. Open any page and read any sample and you will feel as if you know this person. There is something sad and seductive at the same time about kaur’s description of the realities of a sexual relationship. It’s extremely raw.
A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket.
I still haven’t finished these! I’ve got 2 more to go and have decided to reread the others, as I don’t really want to come to the end. At the same time, I really want to know what happens. Surely it has to have a happy-ish ending?
I’ve recently bought the first three books for my niece for Christmas. I’m hoping she loves them as much as I did. All my copies are ebooks so eventually I would like to get a nice set.
Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling.
My copies of Harry Potter are all falling apart (that’s what comes of reading them so often) and are mismatched – I have children’s covers for some and adult covers for others, depending on which I liked better at the time. I’d like to get a matching set. I am collecting the illustrated editions, but obviously you can’t just have those! So I’d like either the cartoony covers:
Or the set with an image of Hogwarts on the spines:
Oh, and I need new copies of Fantastic Beasts, Quidditch Through the Ages and DEFINITELY The Tales of Beedle the Bard because my niece drew all over my copy *deep breaths*
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