From My Wishlist: Books Published in 2013

From My Wishlist: Books Published in 2013
I’m sure there are many more wonderful books that I don’t know about yet that are published this year, but I thought I’d tell you a little about some of the ones that are already on my wishlist.

Just One Day by Gayle Forman
Out now. I am very much into young adult contemporary fiction lately, especially approaching the warmer days. Its companion novel, Just One Year, is published in October.When sheltered American good girl Allyson first meets laid-back Dutch actor Willem, there’s an undeniable spark. After just one day together, that spark bursts into a flame, or so it seems to Allyson, until the following morning, when she wakes up after a whirlwind day in Paris to discover that Willem has left.’

The Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth LaBan
Out now. I saw The Tragedy Paper being compared to John Green, which instantly made me curious. ‘Tim Macbeth is a 17-year-old albino and a recent transfer to the prestigious Irving School… He finds himself falling for the quintessential “it” girl, Vanessa Sheller, girlfriend of Irving’s most popular boy’. Check out the book trailer here.

Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys
Out now. Between Shades of Gray is easily one of my absolute favourite novels. Will Out of the Easy live up to my expectations? ‘Set against the vivid backdrop of 1950s New Orleans… this novel has something for everyone: love, mystery, murder, blackmail and warmth.’

Awakening by Karen Sandler
Published April. I haven’t been reading as many young adult science fiction/dystopian novels as I used to, but I cannot wait to read Awakening because Tankborn was a surprise favourite of 2011. I really enjoyed following the story of Kayla and Mishalla, two Genetically Engineered Non-humans (GENs).

The Crane Wife by Patrick Ness
Published April. Patrick Ness. That is all there is to say. ‘Wise, romantic, magical and funny, The Crane Wife is a hymn to the creative imagination and a celebration of the disruptive and redemptive power of love’.

Vortex by S.J. Kincaid
Published July. Insignia is one of my favourite science fiction novels – a high concept story, action packed, and full of intergalactic fighting with robots – and this highly anticipated sequel promises no less. ‘The second book in S.J. Kincaid’s futuristic World War III Insignia trilogy continues to explore fascinating and timely questions about power, politics, technology, loyalty, and friendship.’

Also on my list so far: Golden by Jessi Kirby, 17 & Gone by Nova Ren Suma, More Than This by Patrick Ness, Unsouled by Neal Shusterman, Undone by Cat Clarke, Paper Aeroplanes by Dawn O’ Porter, Transparent by Natalie Whipple, Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins.

Check out my previous wishlist posts: Zombies!, YA Contemporary, On My Wishlist #1, It’s Nearly Christmas, Adult Fiction.

On My Wishlist: Adult Fiction*

*(Also known as, er, fiction).

On My Wishlist: Adult Fiction

Here is another post about books that are ‘on my wishlist but I probably shouldn’t buy for at least a few years because my ‘to read’ list is so high that if I stacked each book on top of each other, and it fell on me, it’d probably kill me’. (As a side note, I’m calling this ‘adult fiction’ as an explanation as to why there are no children’s books or young adult books here.)

The Restaurant at the End of the Universe by Douglas Adams
I really enjoyed The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy when I read it last year so I’d love to check out the next book and the rest of the series. I’ve also been told repeatedly to check out the original radio series.

Fuse by Julianna Baggott
Pure was one of my favourite post-apocalypic books of 2012 and although I would have preferred it to be a standalone novel, I cannot wait to see what happens in Fuse. Yes, it’s another end of the world and yes, it involves people who live under domes, but Pure presents world-building like nothing I’ve ever seen before.

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
In Cold Blood is said to be the first book that inspired ‘crime’ as a genre. It’s also narrative non-fiction, which is my favourite kind of non-fiction (so I’m probably cheating putting it here, but it bridges the gap between fiction and non-fiction). In Cold Blood ‘reconstructs the murder in 1959 of a Kansas farmer, his wife and both their children’.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
It took me a little while to decide whether or not Ready Player One was something I wanted to read, but positive feedback from my friends swayed me! I’m not really into games but I am into geeky references.

Part quest, part romance, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Gone Girl is a crime novel that initially didn’t stand out to me as being different from any other crime novel, but I haven’t stopped hearing about it for over a year. It also won a 2012 Goodreads Choice Award. The last time I listened to hype surrounding a crime novel was when I picked up The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, which is a trilogy I loved, so here’s hoping! It’s described as an ‘unputdownable masterpiece about a marriage gone terribly, terribly wrong’.

The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson
I’ll be honest, I mainly want to pick this up because of 1) the cover and 2) the title. Also, I always see a stack of them whenever I visit Daunt Books. A good sign, surely?

After a long and eventful life, Allan Karlsson ends up in a nursing home, believing it to be his last stop. The only problem is that he’s still in good health. A big celebration is in the works for his 100th birthday, but Allan really isn’t interested, so he decides to escape.

The Day of the Triffids and The Chrysalids by John Wyndham
I couldn’t decide between these two! They have both been on my wishlist ever since dystopian and post-apocalyptic fiction became favourites of mine – they are both classics. They fit more into the science fiction genre than I’m used to, but that’s the fun of it. A devastating global nuclear war and grass that eats you. Why not?

Honourable mentions: Of Mine and Men, Lolita, The Alchemist, Player One, A Game of Thrones, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, and The Storyteller.

Are any of these books on your wishlist? What other fiction titles do you want to read?

Check out my previous On My Wishlist posts: Zombies!, YA Contemporary, On My Wishlist #1, It’s Nearly Christmas.

On My Wishlist: It’s Nearly Christmas

On My Wishlist: It's Nearly Christmas

It’s nearly Christmas! I thought I’d share with you some of the books that are (or were) on my wishlist, so you can perhaps discover books to add to your own wishlist or books to buy for others.

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë (Deluxe)
I read Jane Eyre this year as part of an attempt to read more classics – I adored it! I came across this edition in Daunt Books, Marylebone and I thought it was beautiful. Slightly eerie, but beautiful. It has deckle edges.

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë (Clothbound)
Who says you don’t need to two copies of Jane Eyre?! I couldn’t decide and so I put this lovely Penguin Clothbound Classics edition on my list too. There are many other lovely editions also, such as Penguin English Library, this pretty floral hardback, and this Vintage Classics paperback.

Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill
I’m cheating slightly as this book is already on a previous wishlist, but Meant to Be has finally been published! I can’t wait to read this cute YA contemporary novel set in London.

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is a book I’ve known about for a year or so and after watching Priscilla’s review, I thought I’d finally give it a go. It’ll be perfect for my 2013 Classics Challenge – it’s very different to the ones I’ve read so far.

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie
Nothing screams ‘Christmas’ like a good ol’ murder, eh? I have And Then There Were None and Murder on the Orient Express already. I’m trying to build my Agatha Christie collection! I love these matching signature editions.

Looking for Alaska, An Abundance of Katherines, Paper Towns, and The Fault in Our Stars (Box Set) by John Green
I was going to ask for this for Christmas. After all, box sets are the perfect gift, but I just couldn’t wait. I bought it for myself instead. It’s now proudly displayed on my desk while I receive other books for Christmas instead. Win/win.

What’s on your Christmas wishlist?

Check out my previous On My Wishlist posts: Zombies!, YA Contemporary, On My Wishlist.

On My Wishlist

On My Wishlist

I usually do ‘themed’ On My Wishlist posts (‘usually’ meaning ‘my two previous’) like Zombies! and YA Contemporary, but today I just decided to pick a few that are currently sitting on my Goodreads wishlist shelf, some new, some old.

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
I read And Then There Were None earlier in the year and loved it. (I also love the matching covers!) Just after midnight, the famous Orient Express is stopped in its tracks by a snowdrift… Isolated by the storm and with a killer in their midst, detective Hercule Poirot must find the killer amongst a dozen of the dead man’s enemies, before the murderer decides to strike again…

Fire Spell by Laura Amy Schlitz
Sounds very Neil Gaiman. It begins with a girl in London, 1860. The closest thing to friendship Clara has experienced was a brief encounter with the two ragged children who work with the puppeteer in the park. For her birthday she asks to see them perform in the drawing room, and her father, to her surprise, allows it. The puppeteer, Grisini, kidnaps Clara and uses his sinister powers to imprison her body and mind in the form of a marionette to add to his theatre.

The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop by Lewis Buzbee
I’ve posted a few inspiring bookish quotations from this book previously. A former bookseller and sales representative, celebrates the unique experience of the bookstore–the smell and touch of books, getting lost in the deep canyons of shelves, and the silent community of readers.

The Templeton Twins Have an Idea by Ellis Weiner, illustrated by Jeremy Holmes
I adore the cover and it sounds very Lemony Snicket. Dean D. Dean and Dan D. Dean kidnap the Templeton twins and their ridiculous dog in order to get their father to turn over one of his genius (sort of) inventions. Yes, I said kidnapped. Wouldn’t it be fun to read about that? Oh please. It would so.

Mothership by Martin Leicht & Isla Neal
There’s an influx of YA science fiction lately but this one stands out to me; it looks hilarious. Elvie Nara was doing just fine in the year 2074. But then she had to get involved with sweet, gorgeous, dumb-as-a-brick Cole—and now she’s pregnant. Getting shipped off to the Hanover School for Expecting Teen Mothers was not how Elvie imagined spending her junior year, but she can go with the flow. That is, until a team of hot commandos hijacks the ship—and one of them turns out to be Cole.

I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
This classic been on my wishlist for a while; I really want the new Vintage Children’s Classics edition. I Capture the Castle tells the story of seventeen-year-old Cassandra and her family, who live in not-so-genteel poverty in a ramshackle old English castle.

What one new and one old book is on your wishlist?

On My Wishlist: YA Contemporary

On My Wishlist: YA Contemporary
On My Wishlist: YA Contemporary

YA contemporary was one of the genres I thought I had grown out of. Why should I be interested in the lives of teenagers, seeing as I’ve been out of school for 5 years? (I’ve also never been of a fan of calling it ‘contemporary’ because ‘realistic fiction’ seems more accurate to me.) But, since reading John Green and books like Saving June and Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares, I’ve really started to enjoy the genre, especially when it’s intelligent, funny, and heartbreaking. Here are just some of the ones on my wishlist:

Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill
Published in November. “Julia’s rules are about to get defenestrated (SAT word: to be thrown from a window) when she’s partnered with her personal nemesis, class-clown Jason, on a school trip to London.”

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
The companion novel to Anne and the French Kiss. “When Cricket—a gifted inventor and engineer—steps out from his twin sister’s shadow and back into Lola’s life, she must finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door.”

Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
What’s not to love about road trips? “Told in traditional narrative as well as scraps from the road–diner napkins, motel receipts, postcards–this is the story of one girl’s journey to find herself.”

If I Stay by Gayle Forman
I’ve heard that this is a beautiful story. “Seventeen-year-old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall riding along the snow-wet Oregon road with her family. Then, in a blink, she finds herself watching as her own damaged body is taken from the wreck…”

My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
Published in June. “A gorgeous debut about family, friendship, first romance, and how to be true to one person you love without betraying another.”

Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler
I really want to see why this was banned! “According to her best friend Frankie, twenty days in ZanzibarBay is the perfect opportunity to have a summer fling. Anna lightheartedly agrees to the game, but there’s something she hasn’t told Frankie—she’s already had that kind of romance, and it was with Frankie’s older brother, Matt, just before his tragic death one year ago.”

Honourable mentions: Jellicoe Road, The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, Before I Die, Fall for Anything.

What are your favourite YA contemporary novels?